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I Can’t Get Away From John Mellencamp

Maura | July 22, 2008 - 9:00 am

Twice in the past week, I have unexpectedly run into performances by John Mellencamp, a surprise that was nice the first time (when he performed “Pink Houses” at Shea Stadium, as seen above through someone’s T-shirt) and somewhat disorienting the second; yesterday morning Mellencamp played a free… More »


Rock And Roll Heaven Week Makes My Love For “Canadian Idol” 100% Official

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 5:15 am

I don’t really want to listen to the music, and I’m not heading to Winnipeg to catch the tour, but this week solidified my adoration for Canadian Idol. Case in point: Americans had to suffer through Andrew Lloyd Webber week, while our Canadian counterparts were treated to the emotional core of popular music–dead people. Sure,… More »


MySpace Music

Maura | July 22, 2008 - 5:00 am

MySpace music: It’s about as well-thought-out as you would expect, i.e. it still doesn’t have a CEO or a launch date even though it was announced to much fanfare back in April. Anyone want to offer up odds on this thing actually launching by the end of 2008? More »



Maura | July 22, 2008 - 5:00 am

MySpace music: It’s about as well-thought-out as you would expect, i.e. it still doesn’t have a CEO or a launch date even though it was announced to much fanfare back in April. Anyone want to offer up odds on this thing actually launching by the end of 2008? More »


Band With Funny Name Scraps Album

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 4:30 am

I know you were awfully excited for the debut album from the British outfit Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, but even though the record has been completed and the promos have been sent out to journalist types, Joe Lean et al have done an about-face because they don’t feel like it reflects their… More »


Was Rick Ross A Prison Guard? Does Anyone Care?

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 4:00 am

Rick Ross used to sell cocaine, or at least that’s the impression you’re supposed to get from his music. However, would his career come crashing down if he once worked in law enforcement, the very antithesis of the character behind his recorded exploits? Apparently so. More »



“Fashion Rocks” Will Awkwardly Merge Pop Music And Prime Time Once More

Maura | July 22, 2008 - 3:30 am

One thing that’s worth reading from last Sunday’s paper is the New York Times’ profile of Conde Nast chairman Si Newhouse, who’s painted as a meticulously detail-oriented man who spares almost no expense on keeping his products at a certain level of taste. I bring this up because this year’s installment of the Conde-produced FashionMore »


Even Nostalgia Couldn’t Save The Download Festival

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 3:00 am

Seems the hodgepodge lineup presented at the Download Festival’s Sunday stop in Los Angeles provided air-conditioned entertainment to only a few thousand people, even though it was filled with retro-ish acts that usually drive people to these things, like the Jesus and Mary Chain and Gang of Four. More »


DJ K-Swift, R.I.P.

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 2:30 am

Khia Edgerton, better known as the “Club Queen K-Swift”, Baltimore DJ and radio personality, died yesterday at the age of 29 after a swimming pool accident at her home. As someone from way outside Baltimore’s city limits, it’s nearly impossible for me to try to capture the impact K-Swift’s death has had on the community… More »



One Measly Writer From Kenosha Shakes Jessica Simpson’s Country Rep

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 2:00 am

Let’s say you’re sent to cover the Country Thunder festival for your local Wisconsin newspaper and Jessica Simpson is slated to perform. Would you expect your portrayal of the audience’s reaction to her performance to launch dozens of stories and blog posts around the globe? … More »


Kid Rock Speaks, In The Only Way He Knows How

Maura | July 22, 2008 - 1:45 am

iTunes holdout Kid Rock tells Bob Lefsetz how his iTunes avoidance is working for him: “Why sell a million downloads (at a dickweed penny rate) that u say equals a 100,000 records when I’m selling well over a hundrend thousand records every 2 weeks? And I’m helping my heros sell records too???? More »


Toots & The Maytals Could Never Be A “Let Down”

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 - 1:00 am

I was reminded of Toots & the Maytals’ take on Radiohead’s “Let Down” by the Facebook status line of our very own Michelangelo Matos this morning, of all things. I should send him flowers in thanks. More »


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