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Maura | June 16, 2008 - 9:30 am

Is Rolling Stone preparing on launching a “Perez Hilton-esque” music blog–with “look at me and all the famous people I drink with” correspondent Austin Scaggs as figurehead, and six unpaid interns who will reportedly “have to work 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday” doing the actual… More »

Bonnaroo: Kanye West Gets Up With The Sun

Maura | June 16, 2008 - 9:15 am

Our 2008 Bonnaroo correspondent EJ Friedman sends along a note on Kanye West’s set, which was hastily rescheduled to 2:45 a.m. Saturday/Sunday and didn’t get going until the break of dawn: Nothing wrong with Kanye West’s ego being the size of Jupiter, but his “glow-in-the-dark spectacular” was short on spectacle, long on wait, and not… More »

R.E.M. Has, In Fact, Seen The Rain

Maura | June 16, 2008 - 8:53 am

The New York metropolitan area was treated to some fierce (in both power and awesomeness to behold) thunderstorms on Saturday, and they happened to coincide with R.E.M.’s concert at Long Island’s Jones Beach Theater–a venue which, as you might deduce from the name, sits right on the Atlantic Ocean, and which also has a “rain… More »

Desmond Child: A Loving Tribute

anthonyjmiccio | June 16, 2008 - 5:30 am

In a long-overdue bit of acknowledgement, Desmond Child–the man behind many of the finest in ’80s power ballads, as well as disco Kiss and Ricky Martin–will enter the Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame on Thursday, along with relatively minor songwriting figures as John Sebastian, Loretta Lynn, and Albert Hammond. Child tells the Miami Herald, “It was… More »

Live Nation Attempting To Take “Biggest Jerks In The Ticketing Biz” Title Away From Ticketmaster

Maura | June 16, 2008 - 5:00 am

From an e-mail blast sent by turmoil-filled concert behemoth Live Nation to New York concertgoers: “Live Nation announced today that effective immediately customers purchasing tickets on will be afforded the privilege of entering shows prior to those holding tickets purchased other ticketing services.” Talk about two Americas! Although I guess that’s one way to… More »

UK Residents Think Three-Minute Pop Songs Are, Like, So Long, You Guys

Maura | June 16, 2008 - 4:15 am

Last week, Sony Ericsson–in an effort to figure out just how long the snippets of songs they sell as ringtones should be, I guess–surveyed “British music fans” and found that 44% of people they talked to would only give songs a 30-second shake before hitting the “skip” button. More »

Clichewatch II: The Writers’ Rebellion

Maura | June 16, 2008 - 4:00 am

John Darnielle has a message for publicists: “Stop opening your one-sheets by announcing that the state of music is pretty dour but the artist whose music you yourself are putting out has somehow risen above the intolerable state of things. OK? More »

R. Kelly Jury Just Glad To Never See The Tape Again

anthonyjmiccio | June 16, 2008 - 3:30 am

While post-trial commentary has sweated R. Kelly’s fame, the Little Man defense, and other colorful parts of the recently concluded circus, jurors in the six-years-in-the-running child pornography trial claim that the reasonable doubt (or “grayness,” as one juror described it) that resulted in their “not guilty” verdict revolved around the identity of the girl… More »

Snoop Dogg Pimps That Country

anthonyjmiccio | June 16, 2008 - 3:00 am

Maybe it was too built up in reviews of Ego Trippin’, but after hearing Snoop Dogg’s new country single, “My Medicine,” I can’t figure out why anyone would look forward to hearing it unless they were being forced to review the album and pining for novelty. More »

Are The Rolling Stones Going To Spin Off To Live Nation’s Geezer-Friendly Stable?

Maura | June 16, 2008 - 2:30 am

Yesterday the UK’s Observer claimed that the Stones were on the verge of walking away from their problem-riddled label EMI and heading over to Live Nation, which has recently gone on a 360-deal-signing binge that is funneling lots of cash toward big-name artists like Madonna and Jay-Z in exchange for the rights to all of… More »

Lou Barlow Somehow Not Embarrassed By Acoustic Demo Of “Soul And Fire”

anthonyjmiccio | June 16, 2008 - 2:00 am

Sebadoh recently re-released a double-disc version of 1993’s Bubble & Scrape, and the previously unreleased material includes alternate versions of Eric Gaffney shrieks and Jason Loewenstein whines, as well as an acoustic demo of Lou Barlow’s “Soul And Fire”–one of two tracks on the album that… More »

Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ Goes Platinum in Three Days

anthonyjmiccio | June 16, 2008 - 1:45 am

As predicted, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida only needed three days to go platinum in the UK, guaranteeing the band a No. 1 spot on the country’s next album chart. More »

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