New Kids On The Block Suffer Fools Gladly (But They Still Love Their Fans)

Maura | April 4, 2008 - 12:00 pm

The problem with reunion tours: Before you hit the road, you have to deal with the kinda-dim interviewers who weren’t prepped on your current activities, a lack of planning that only serves to accentuate how socially awkward they are when they have to go off-script. More »

“America’s Next Top Model” Makes Music Fierce Again

anthonyjmiccio | March 27, 2008 - 10:00 am

Last night, Tyra Banks commanded the stringbean drones populating this season of America’s Next Top Model (seriously, when they run to Tyra’s glaring portrait to read their new assignment off the ticker–out loud, in unison, shrieking–I half expect it to read “DRINK THIS KOOL-AID”) to become the… More »

Breaking: Vampire Weekend’s Mothers Dress Them Funny

Christopher R. Weingarten | March 10, 2008 - 9:30 am

newVideoPlayer(“SNL_Vampire_Weekend_1.flv”, 463, 387,””);This weekend, Vampire Weekend cemented their superstar status, joining the ranks of such timeless acts as 3-D, the Tragically Hip, the Bus Boys, Timbuk3, and the Hothouse Flowers as musical guests on Saturday Night Live! There’s been a lot of talk about whether these guys are really Columbia douchebags or just playing up… More »

RIAA: Murderers, Terrorists, And Other Criminal Minds May Be Graduating To Pirating Music

Maura | February 21, 2008 - 12:40 pm

Yesterday the RIAA-produced video In Trial, which covers the societal dangers of music piracy, made its way out to torrent sites, and among its contents are instructions on how to get RIAA investigators qualified as expert witnesses, a guide to identifying pirated CDs, and the above bit, about the… More »

Carly Smithson Explains Herself (Sort Of)

Maura | February 21, 2008 - 10:45 am

During last night’s episode of American Idol, Carly Smithson (née Hennessy) came sorta-clean about her major-label past, talking about how her label “imploded” after her album came out–although said label, MCA, didn’t so much “implode” as “get absorbed by Geffen a few months after that… More »

Art Brut Can Handle Its Own Licensing, Thank You Very Much

Maura | February 11, 2008 - 2:00 am

newVideoPlayer(“brit_tmobile.flv”, 463, 387,””);Art Brut is the latest band to be taken under the wing of T-Mobile’s advertising department with the above ad, which debuted during the Grammys last night and which is, I guess, supposed to serve as a testament to the band’s canniness as far as its ability to market itself. While I do… More »

The Plain White T’s Muse Speaks: What She Really Wants To Do Is Run

Maura | January 23, 2008 - 12:15 pm

This morning, Today sat down for a chat with Delilah DiCrescenzo, the young Olympic hopeful who inspired the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” and who’ll be attending the Grammys next month as lead singer Tom Higginson’s date. Even though she has a boyfriend! More »

We Take The “Best Albums Of ’07” Listmaking To The Streets

Maura | December 21, 2007 - 3:30 am

On a drizzly night this week, Idolator videographer Alex Goldberg headed out to the corner of Bedford Ave. and N. More »

Idolator Meets Paramore’s Frozen Faithful

Maura | November 29, 2007 - 2:00 am

As part of their trip to New York, the spitfire chick-fronted emo outfit Paramore played a “first come, first served” acoustic set at the Helio store in SoHo yesterday. More »

The Road To Crazy Town Is Apparently Paved With Crack

Maura | November 27, 2007 - 8:51 am

Who Knew That You Could Tango To Fall Out Boy?

Maura | November 20, 2007 - 2:00 am

I’ll admit that I’m pretty much unaware of Dancing With The Stars beyond the fact that it pulls in boatloads of viewers, although this clip–in which Jennie Garth and Derek Hough do, indeed, engage in a rigorous tango to the strains of “The Take Over, The Break’s Over”–is making me think that it’s… More »

Jonas Brother Sends An S.O.S. Out To The American Music Awards’ Set Designer

Maura | November 19, 2007 - 11:00 am

If you missed the American Music Awards performance by Disney Channel stars-in-waiting the Jonas Brothers, not only did you miss the one moment of the show where the audience seemed excited to be watching–thanks to a truckload of hormonal preteens being shuttled in for the duration of the… More »

Of Montreal’s T-Mobile Ad: Cell Phone Companies Now Pandering To The Blog Demo

Maura | November 19, 2007 - 1:30 am

newVideoPlayer(“Montreal_Tmobile_AD.flv”, 475, 376);When Of Montreal’s ad for T-Mobile came on during last night’s American Music Awards, my initial reaction was along the lines of, “What music-blogger hell did this crawl out of?” And it still stands. I mean, reunion-show jokes? Band meetings that are conducted in fancy-ass hotel rooms while Kevin Barnes and Co. are… More »

This Just In: Axl Rose May Not Be The Best Houseguest

Maura | October 31, 2007 - 11:30 am

Last night on Late Show With David Letterman, Slash stopped by to plug his new book and clear the air with Axl Rose, although maybe doing so by talking about how Axl kicked his grandma off her perch on the couch so he could crash out until mid-afternoon–and how Axl responded to being rebuked for… More »

Before They Were Famous, The Arcade Fire Were Just These Guys Who Opened For Chromeo

Maura | October 30, 2007 - 5:35 am

While cleaning out his archives, Gawker’s Jim Lehnhoff unearthed some video that he shot of the Arcade Fire all the way back on April 11, 2004, at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. (They were third on the bill, playing behind the Unicorns and freakin’ Chromeo, and in front of The Ponys.) More »

Translating The TV Ad For Britney Spears’ New Album

Maura | October 19, 2007 - 11:35 am

I caught this ad for Britney Spears’ Blackout yesterday on TRL, where it’s presumably airing because “Gimme More”‘s off-the-chart status has resulted in only a seven-second clip of its chorus being played on the show, as opposed to a thirty-second clip that includes a verse. The ad is not only notable for the way it… More »

Meeting The CMJ Attendees, Part Three: You Can Fool Some Of The Music Geeks Some Of The Time

jharv | October 19, 2007 - 8:45 am

One thing we keep hearing over and over, even among the rock critics, is that no one recognizes any of the bands playing CMJ this year. So we decided to send Alex Goldberg out with a list of fake band names to see if anyone would cop to knowing about a band we had made… More »

Going Inside Steven Tyler As He Creates “Sound At Unusual Frequencies”

Maura | October 19, 2007 - 1:40 am

This morning, Steven Tyler and throat surgeon Dr. Steven Zeitels appeared on Today to promote their Sunday-night appearance on the National Geographic Channel’s Incredible Human Machine; if you ever wanted to know just what happens to the insides of the Aerosmith frontman’s throat when he hits… More »

Meeting The CMJ Attendees, Part 2: Big Love For Rosebuds And Calamari

Maura | October 17, 2007 - 3:55 am

You’ve heard a lot about what our correspondents thought of CMJ, but what about the everyday people? Where did they go, who did they see, what did they really enjoy? (If they enjoyed anything at all?) More »

The Cleveland Indians’ At-Bat Music: There’s No Room For Ryan Adams Here

Maura | October 4, 2007 - 12:29 pm

To prepare for the Cleveland Indians’ playoff opener against the (sigh) Yankees this evening, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Chuck Yarborough has put together a compendium of the players’ at-bat music picks, complete with YouTube/MySpace links and “funny” commentary on each song. (In response to Jhonny Peralta’s selection of Daddy Yankee’s “Impacto,” Yarborough writes: “Domo Arigato… More »

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