The 25 Greatest Country Songs of the 1970s

By Steve Crawford | October 25, 2013

Pop stars like John Denver and Olivia Newton-John crossed over regularly onto the country charts and future chicken salesman Kenny Rogers became a superstar in the genre.

The 25 Greatest Country Songs of the 1960s

By Steve Crawford | September 15, 2013

“It is my unfortunate responsibility to inform you that “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” by Little Jimmy Dickens did not make this list…” so says Crawford before going all country on us…

Wedding Day First Dance Songs

By Margaret Mullen | September 12, 2013

Three years to the day, he brought me back to the place we met and proposed. We couldn’t agree on a song. Sea of Love came on the radio during a trip back to NY from Newport. Wanting to check something off the ‘wedding to do list’ … yes, it’s great

Spotify's Top 20 Most Streamed Songs Of The Summer, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | August 31, 2013

rock nyc has written about em non stop all summer long but made one mistake in the Top Three, we didn’t like “Radioactive” and discounted it, and we didn’t like “Can’t Hold Us” in the top five, so we ignored them both and claimed the # 3 spot for Daft Punk.

John Anderson -The Essential List

By Steve Crawford | August 29, 2013

He separated himself from the Nashville assembly line crowd by writing and performing not just traditional hard country music (which was a pretty daring artistic statement in 1980), but also by incorporating elements of rock and bluegrass

Thirteen Unlucky Reasons to Love Freedy Johnston

By Steve Crawford | August 18, 2013

After more than two decades of recording, he’s established himself as a King of Heartbreak, The Melodic Marvel of Melancholy

20 Essential Songs from the Silver Fox

By Steve Crawford | August 13, 2013

Nobody could figure out how to let a white blues singer from Colt, Arkansas follow his artistic vision and simultaneously make money.

50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now: Rolling Stone Lame Feature They'd Be Ashamed Of If They Had Any

By Mahalia Dark | August 6, 2013

50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, Rolling Stones current best of, is completely ridiculous, a snap shot of heavy touring outfits plus their perennial favorites

Top 10 Rock And Roll Movies Of All Times

By Iman Lababedi | July 26, 2013

the excesss of the rock and roll and the excess of the movies don’t mesh so hot

Thank You Peter: People Who Introduced Me To Bands I Love!

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2013

Yes, no man is an island and no, it takes more than a rock critic to introduce us to a world of music

Who Will Write The Trayvon Martin Protest Song

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2013

At least Hattie Carroll’s murderer got six months.

Top Five Songs Of Nostalgia

By Iman Lababedi | July 14, 2013

Here the desire is for a return to place where the vitality of youth isn’t sapped by the decay of age

Musicians I Haven't Seen On Stage But I'd Really Like To

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2013

Stuck in a wheelchair for decades the former Soft Machine musician is on a whole other level

Elvis Costello's Top 500 Albums Reaches It's End W-X-Y-Z

By Iman Lababedi | July 10, 2013

Waits get a healthy FIVE ALBUM PICKS. That’s more than Stevie Wonder. A risable conclusion by any standards.

Elvis Costello's Desert Island Discs N – V

By Iman Lababedi | July 6, 2013

This is kinda interesting, Elvis produced THREE of the albums here, the Pogues, the Specials, and Squeeze!!!

Entertainment Weekly Lists the Top 100 Albums Of All Time

By Helen Bach | July 4, 2013

Right now citizens of Great Britain are having a cow because Sgt Peppers isn’t on the list. Why? Who really cares what Entertainment Weekly thinks.

Frank Turner Covers Foo Fighters' "All My Life"

By admin | July 3, 2013

Look under the M’s… no McCartney-Costello collaboration on “Flowers In the Dirt” so we will include it here

Elvis Costello's 500 Must Own 500 Albums – F – H

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2013

A huge hole where hip hop should be. I am not a Jay-Z fanatic but cmon, where is Reasonable Doubt and Hark Knock Life, Vol 2??

Elvis Costello's 500 Albums You Need To Own A – D

By Iman Lababedi | June 26, 2013

Then I thought I might write about the first time I’d become aware of him. 1982, Elvis Costello covered “Two steps from The Blues” on the Imperial Bedroom tour (I think, something around that time) and blew me away and so i started listening to him

Color Me Impressed: In Anticipation Of The Replacements Reunion Two Pros Offer Up A Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | June 19, 2013

I asked Bill Holdship, who wrote the liner notes to the extended Replacements reissues at the bands request, and Rob O’Connor, the Yahoo Music columnist and maybe the best rock critic around, to tell me what their favorite songs were.

A Year Ago Today… This is What I Was Listening To

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2013

The surprise here is how not one band on this list compiled from 2012 listening habits, am I listening to in 2013. Regina had a disappointing year, Maps & Atlases still haven’t broken pop. Best Coast had a sales slump, Against Me went from controversy to norm. And Ceu should’ve been the next Shakira.

Not More About Kanye West: The "Yeezus" Track List Leaked

By Iman Lababedi | May 29, 2013

In this world, it is very hard to make money when you are this far off the grid and on just first listens and a viewing of the track list? This is off the charts weird.

Albums That Changed My Life

By Iman Lababedi | May 12, 2013

I would not be a rock critic without the Sex Pistols, I would not be alive without Elvis Costello. Some albums shake you to your foundations, they change you in some fundamental way the way a death in the family or a love affair gone wrong can change you

The Top 10 Star War Songs

By Iman Lababedi | May 4, 2013

Too much of it is like a background sound in search of a screen and that is with all due respect to williams work. But the truth is even for star wars it isal the equivalent of underlining a sentence for emphasize

Popdusts Top Five Songs On April 2013: Snoop No, Paramore Yes… Drake Always

By Iman Lababedi | May 3, 2013

Popdust (because pop stars are fun!) is just a great big fluffy pink cotton candy and it is sugary and sweet with a side of smark (smarmy and snide)

The Essential Songs Of George Jones

By Steve Crawford | April 30, 2013

Jones imparted gravitas to everything he sang. Knowing sin and salvation, he could effortlessly convey anguish, hope, and humor. He stuck to his knitting

Friday I Got Monday On My Mind: First Day Is The Worst Day

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2013

I begin dreading Monday around 11pm on Saturday nights. I don’t think I ever see the weekend on the horizon without a sense of existential dream. Of course, not having work the next day, is much much worse. Weekends mean nothing without a break from work. Monday is the death day, we dread it but without it the weekend has no meaning

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Miguel Among The 100 Most Influential People In The World According To Time Magazine

By Alyson Camus | April 21, 2013

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Miguel are among these 100 most influential people in the world! Jay-Z received the accolade from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg who wrote that the rapper has ‘proved that the American dream is alive and well’

TV Guides 60 Best TV Theme Songs!

By Iman Lababedi | April 19, 2013

If 1939 was Holly wood movies greatest year, was 1959 televisions highlight. Did we never get better than Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Lucille, George And Gracie… it really is an age that resonate with me much more than 2013

Pop Stars Who Found God

By Mahalia Dark | April 13, 2013

I was walking one day, just doing my rock and roll thing making millions of bucks, you know success and everything, addicted to drugs and then the next day I had Revelation of Christ and I was like, everything changes right now!

Data Lounge Post And We Grade Famous Musician's Personalities

By Iman Lababedi | April 12, 2013

The Data Lounge aka the daily fix of gay gossip, news and pointless bitchery made a thread of brushese with greatness aka meet a famous musician, the good, the bad and the buggered

BBC's Radio 2 Top 10 Albums Of All Time (Annotated)

By Iman Lababedi | April 5, 2013

As part of a “Golden Age Of The Album” series, the listeners voted on the best albums of all time and what the hell Coldplay’s relentlessly mediocre second album is doing on the # 1 spot is beyond me. Not one album would’ve made my top ten (though several might have made my top 20)

Actors Who Became Rock Stars

By Iman Lababedi | March 13, 2013

Sure, it’s a little on the random side, but what with SJo forming a GoGo’s like rock band and with news, gossip, music and shows being at a minimum, well, here you go folks: actors who decided all you need is a microphone and a a huge “Q Score” and you too can be a great musician.

With U2 And Coldplay On A Break, Who To Tease Mercilessly?

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2013

There is nobody like Bono. Nobody. This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in my life. The putz is addressing the nation? What a rabid egotistical nitwit. What am I going to do without him or Chris Martin to mock? It won’t be easy. Who can replace them?

The Worst Tempered Men In Rock N Roll (UK Edition)

By Mahalia Dark | March 4, 2013

According to Gigwise these are the ten grumpiest men in rock and roll UK division (mostly, though I doubt you can perform one of these types of lists without including Lou Reed) and what do they all have in common? More money than brains? A disproportionate sense of self worth? All of the above????

More Musicians I've Never See Live! Yeah, That's No Doubt!!!

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2013

And that’s just off the top of my head and not reaching for the hall of Iman shame, Armstrongs and Presleys and Lennons! The good news hear is I just know I’ll get round to three of the names here and add My Bloody Valentine to the list! And maybe Steve Leckie will bring back Viletones!!

Jim Morrison And Other Dead Rock Stars Live On Stage

By Iman Lababedi | April 29, 2011

especially in his early sober days