Maura // September 8, 2008

Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as sung by adorable kittens: Come on, it has a lot more edge than that picture of James Hetfield on a shoe-shopping expedition. More »


Maura // September 8, 2008

Bridget Cross is not just a former member of Unrest, Air Miami, and Velocity Girl who put out a fine record under the name Maybe It’s Reno this year: she’s also a yoga instructor, glacier guide, DJ, fry cook, and an organ donor. More »


Is The Age Of Sexless Pop Music Here? (And Was It Inevitable?)

Maura // September 8, 2008

Last night at the Video Music Awards, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks veered from the script to defend herself against the incessant mocking of the Jonas Brothers’ vows of chastity by host Russell Brand. “I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody–guy… More »


Madonna Very Aware Of Her Ability To Push Catholics’ Buttons

Maura // September 8, 2008

Madonna made her initial foray into the pop world just around the time I started buying albums at the nearby Pathmark, and if there was one parental mandate I was to follow in my record-purchasing, it was this: No Madonna albums. I grew up under the guidance of super-Catholic parents, and my mother was not… More »


Maura // September 8, 2008

The Death Of Liner Notes, Continued: In the run-up to next week’s release of Year Of The Gentleman, Ne-Yo is using his blog to break down each song. More »


Jessica Simpson Hoping The Grand Ole Opry Sells Bobblehead Dolls

Maura // September 8, 2008

The long road bringing Jessica Simpson back to the country world will near either its end or a big bend this week, as her Dollytastic album Do You Know hits stores tomorrow. Early notices on the album haven’t been all that great, but the “singer/reality star/movie actress,” as the AP describes her, took the stage… More »


LL Cool J Pitching Himself As A Makeover Maven These Days

Maura // September 8, 2008

Above, LL Cool J’s ad for Old Spice’s new “Swagger,” which apparently makes its users smell very attractive to LL Cool J. More »


Live-Blogging The 2008 Video Music Awards: No Britney, No Peace

Maura // September 7, 2008

Oh HI! It’s dickdogfood. I welcome you to Idolator’s liveblog of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Now before I became a quasi-anonymous commentator legend, I was known as Michael Daddino. (I still am, in certain obscure circles.) Once, during that long-gone era, I watched 24 hours of MTV and wrote about it on theMore »


Get Excited: It’s The List Of Video Music Awards Winners!

Maura // September 7, 2008

Sure, in the long run, “which artists had to take moonmen home from tonight’s Video Music Awards ceremony” is probably a meaningless statistic on the level of, say, “almost-no-hitters in Mets history,” but admit it, you want to know if Paramore beat out Fall Out Boy or if both of them got robbed by Linki… More »


Temporary VMA Comments Thread

Maura // September 7, 2008

While we wait for comments to get fixed, those of you who would like to comment on Mike’s fine liveblogging of the night can chat here, at least until we hit 100 posts, at which point I guess we’ll go into thread No. 3? More »


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