Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1985 (Volume 17, Number 1)

By Steve Crawford | March 20, 2023 |

Creem, at this point, seemed to be looking for new feeding hands to bite.

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 3-10-23 – 3-16-23

By Iman Lababedi | March 20, 2023 |

a potential top album of the year.

Dawes At Beacon Theatre, Saturday, March 18th, 2023, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | March 20, 2023 |

Refreshingly honest and considerate

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming New Albums 3-24-23 – 3-30-23

By Iman Lababedi | March 20, 2023 |

can they survive an entire album?

L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks March 20th To 26Th

By Alyson Camus | March 19, 2023 |

Fleet Foxes are at the Belasco on Wednesday

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1985 (Volume 16, Number 12)

By Steve Crawford | March 19, 2023 |

highlighting hair metal bands simply to make fun of them was more amusing than profitable

UK Top 10 Albums 3-17-23 – 3-23-23

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2023 |

In the US, Morgan will be pushing Miley out in a week or two but in the UK…?

A Superhero For Late Night TV Is On The Way

By admin | March 19, 2023 |

On his way to save the day… and the night

Robert Smith Is Fighting The Good Fight: Will Scalpers Always Find A Way?

By Alyson Camus | March 18, 2023 |

How is Vividseats able to get around this technical problem?

Taylor Swift Began Her Latest World Tour Yesterday in Arizona… Here is the setlist

By Iman Lababedi | March 18, 2023 |

she really underrepresented her first ten years

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Juliana Hatfield: Hey Babe, Bye Babe; a Fiction Romance

By admin | April 23, 2009

I know i promised a Juliana Hatfield overview but as I started researching I realised she wrote an autobiography, “When I Grow Up,” last year which I have just downloaded onto my kindle and will give a quick read before I attempt my usual brief to the point of incoherrence think piece. This kindle (my…

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New releases April 21st; anti-Beatles matter; best gay anthem ever?

By admin | April 22, 2009

Every Tuesday Itune changes my life: I go through the new releases, buy ten to fifteen songs, tuesday evening buy another couple from people’s whose songs I liked and by Saturday decide whether I want to invest in the entire album. So here’s this weeks round up: It is more than possible Pet Shop Boys…

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Taylor and Miley: the difference between talent and genuis

By admin | April 21, 2009

Miley Cyrus is a talented girl, a fine comedienne with a nice voice and some good -and sometimes some great- material. She might be the Marie Osmond of the 00s and she might be more. With a howling pack of tweens and younger girls screaming for blood she appears to be traversing the horrors of…

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Lily Allen live at Roseland April 20th, 2009 reviewed; the Dead were the Byrds, no, really

By admin | April 21, 2009

The back up band was a bit nondescript, the mix was screwed up on the first two songs, she didn’t perform “Alfie” and otherwise Lily was excellent at Roseland last night. I arrived halfway through the opening band’s set and I have one valuable piece of advise for them: CHANGE YOUR NAME. They are a…

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Me and Polly Magoo; lost rock clubs; best sets ever; people I should love and don’t

By admin | April 20, 2009

Back in the day PJ Harvey could do no wrong: from the insane charged and sexual confusion of her earliest solo work like “Dry” and “Rid Of Me’ to the Jungian wetness of “To Bring Your love To Me” (possibly the best album of 1994) we were right there with her. But then things went…

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Lil Wayne and the state of hip hop

By admin | April 19, 2009

To paraphrase: hip hops been going down hill ever since Biggie died and by now… wow, if you’d told me five years ago, when the Cash Money crew got blown off stage by Eminem, Snoop, and Dre at Summer Jam, Lil Wayne would be the keeper of the faith idda wondered who shot Jay-Z. Well,…

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Dylan and Conor 2009

By admin | April 17, 2009

Look at it this way: every album Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan have ever released are must owns with the possible exception of the 1973 “Dylan”. And it looks like Conor’s “Outer South” (due May 5th) and Dylan’s “Together Through This” (April 28th) could well be masterpieces. Start with Oberst: recording as a member of…

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Hair today; middle age Tilbrook; Yeah Yeah Yeahs; bring back sunday afternoon concerts; god vs god

By admin | April 16, 2009

Say what you will about Andrew Lloyd Webber, and I can think of a few choice words, when he put on a Broadway show you could see the money. The same can’t be said about “Hair” and the very cheapness of the enterprise (orchestra: two keyboards, four horns, two guitars and a bass), stage? barren)…

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The Beatles without their clothes on (yes, Spector again); Hair yesterday; album of the year?

By admin | April 15, 2009

Any true Beatles fan can’t listen to them any more. Much like 60s’ Dylan, there is no more to be learnt in the byways of their material and even the three anthology’s did little to shed new light. For one thing, they had been available for decades on boots and for another thing, they were…

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U2 and changing your mind and writing about music; initial thoughts on Live In London with a peek at “Death Of A Ladies Man”; a word about my writing

By admin | April 14, 2009

The Stone gave it 5 stars, Blender gave it 5 stars, Q gave it 5 stars. Unfortunately, “No Line On The Horizon” is one of the worst albums of U2’s career. If I was still writing professionally I’d have given it 1 star and now, a coupla weeks after my imaginary review, I’d have to…

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Prolific Prince; Kris and Ethan and country music

By admin | April 13, 2009

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the new prince “Lotus Flower,” triple for awhile but not wanting to blow $70 online and with no “Target” stores in NYC it had to wait till a trip to orlando this weekend. And I’m not really ready to discuss it yet. But i am ready to…

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Bob Mould at Joe’s Pub -Waiting for Lily Allen

By admin | April 9, 2009

About Joe’s Pub -the food is OK, the sightlines are great and if you wanna see a band up close hope and pray they visit this village haunt. Last nights Bob Mould gig was sold out. Mould is the former frontman for Husker Du and Sugar and the set was sure brilliance -I had a…

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And Away we go…

By admin | April 8, 2009

My name is Iman Lababedi. I am 52 years old. I was a music critic for Creem, the Village Voice and other publications in the ’80s and hung up my typewriter in 1988 never to return. But i continued to listen to music and I continued to write. I listen to music just about every…