Opinion

Michael Wolff Dismantles The Ronan Farrow Myth In “Too Famous”

By Alyson Camus | November 25, 2021

To Michael Wolff, Ronan Farrow is a fraud

Has Billie Eilish Peaked Already?

By Iman Lababedi | August 12, 2021

She grew up and away too fast.

Not With The Band: The Problem With Mentally Ill Artists

By Alyson Camus | December 10, 2013

Adam Ant, Kurt Cobain, Ray Davies, Sinead O’Connor (among others) were diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has a schizoaffective disorder and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett was speculated to have either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Each case is different and these artists certainly managed to have a career of their own

Not With The Band: Animal Liberation, Celebrities Should Leave Monkeys Alone

By Alyson Camus | September 24, 2013

Animals do not exist to serve us or make us pretty on Instagram. They should be respected and wild ones should be left alone. And I am not even talking about Beyonce’s custom-made trainers incorporating the skins of animals including anaconda, crocodile and stingray, and other fur-wearer pop-stars!

Elvis Costello Is Not the Hulk Hogan of Popular Music

By Steve Crawford | September 11, 2013

Shouldn’t every red blooded American know that early in his career Mr. Terry Bollea, who later morphed into the Hulkster, was once billed as “Sterling Golden” and was a heel? And, I would argue, the whole “good guy/bad guy” issue entirely misses the point when it comes to Elvis Costello.

Too Much Arcade Fire Information For One Day?

By Alyson Camus | September 11, 2013

Is this the cover of the new Arcade Fire album? Some people say so, as New Zealand iTunes is using this picture, showing statues of Greek legends Orpheus and Eurydice by Auguste Rodin, for the upcoming album ‘Reflektor’.

Poverty And One Direction

By Iman Lababedi | September 5, 2013

Near the end of the documentary, unable to afford a ticket to see her idols, not even able to get a response on twitter, stunningly outside of everything, she gets to meet Zayn… in a manner of speaking.

Young Adults And ODs

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2013

That doesn’t help the family of the dead babies but so what? Their problem is not my concern. There are too many people to cry for lost souls, you can’t live that way or you will never stop crying. Rather you have to be cold to individual grief and look at hard numbers.

Not With The Band: I See Joe Strummer Everywhere In Los Angeles

By Alyson Camus | September 3, 2013

Alll these visions occurred a bit apart in time, but still, what is this recurrent obsession with English punk rockers in Los Angeles? I can’t help it I see Joe Strummer’s signs everywhere, and I swear I am not looking for them.

The Worst Concerts Of All Time

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2013

The Ray Charles Orchestra played 20 minutes of instrumental and was followed by the Raelettes who performed 20 minutes of backup singers singing front-up, followed by a ten minute break and then Ray Charles played the laziest thirty minutes of greatest hits you’ve ever heard

Donald Trump Defends Miley Cyrus' VMAs Performance on Vine… Why?

By Alyson Camus | August 31, 2013

‘Miley, don’t let them get you down, they are all jealous’. If you watched his vine, be aware that it is quite horrific, but why is he doing this? I know trash will always rally with trash but what is he expecting?

Drop The Lime Is The New Paradigm

By Iman Lababedi | August 30, 2013

Here and there you got the sense of Luca’s vision reaching fruition but when you looked a little closer, DJs like Avicii and Calvin Harris were going all the way to the very edge and pulling back. And Swedish House Mafia were DJs first, second and to the end

Lady Gaga Is A Mess (For Dummies)

By Mahalia Dark | August 28, 2013

When you work so hard getting from A To B, you’d hope it would be over but it had only just begins. At the level Gaga has been playing at, getting there isn’t close to being the trick.

Trent Reznor Calls Kanye West the Most Dangerous Entertainer in 2013

By Alyson Camus | August 23, 2013

Yeezus, I really love it. I think the sound of it is cool. I can’t endorse what he’s saying lyrically, but I will say that in terms of the role of the dangerous entertainer in 2013, nobody is beating him at that game

Touche Amore Won't Play Warped Tour And Why I Don't Care

By Helen Bach | August 22, 2013

Way way back before your egg started splitting there were bands who played shitty dives for nothing while shitty kids sat around them and all was well.

The Complete Impossibility Of Getting A Handle On Modern Music

By Mahalia Dark | August 22, 2013

Music is completely out of control, it is an unknowable behemoth of sound bearing down on you. If you embrace it, it will smother you to death, if you ignore it you’ll miss some of the greatest music of all time

Was Our "Against Me" Review Transphobic? rock nyc's Stephanie Lowther Responds

By Stephanie Elliott Lowther | August 20, 2013

There are many of us living in transition and the fact we are transitioning in public is bound to put us under a certain amount of scrutiny: would you rather people thought things yet were afraid to say them?

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

Stoney Edwards – Stuck Betwixt Pride and Hootie

By Steve Crawford | August 17, 2013

boatloads of banal pop-tarts to frat boys/girls scared of rap music

Justin Bieber Grants 200th Wish

By Iman Lababedi | August 16, 2013

It doesn’t make him a better person or a better musician. But if you wanna compete in something, making the most wishes ever come true is a pretty cool way to go about it.

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.

Chuck Berry's "The Great Twenty-Eight" -Black In America In 1956

By Iman Lababedi | August 10, 2013

“Climb into my machine so we can cruise on out…”

Mommies Who Rock

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | August 2, 2013

All moms rock in their own way, but some moms rock harder than others

Moves Like Morrissey

By Helen Bach | August 2, 2013

A slow motion pants acid trip that buts the character Elaine from Seinfleds thumbs up dance to shame.

Elvis Presley And The Birth of Sex

By Iman Lababedi | July 31, 2013

his lush full ripeness, that sneer, those lips, was a remodeling of blackness in a white world

Did Rock And Roll Die? No It Just Faded Away

By Iman Lababedi | July 26, 2013

We killed God and replaced it with a video game…

Train At Jones Beach Show What Smart Acts Do With Cell Phones: They Take The Pix Themselves

By Iman Lababedi | July 25, 2013

I can absorb Zooey Deschanel’s psyche while sending pix to facebook and arguing with the fat chick who just stepped on my toe and gave me a dirty look, Z isn’t that deep.

Jack Osbourne Petitions Rolling Stone

By Helen Bach | July 24, 2013

Rolling Stone is the fat out of touch uncle who sits there and tells you how he saw Deep Purple for $7.00 back in the day.

Not With The Band: About This Old Delusional Idea We Can Separate The Art From the Artist

By Alyson Camus | July 23, 2013

There is this general consensus among people that we always should separate the art from the artist

Why Do Major Artists Have Opposite Views On Spotify?

By Alyson Camus | July 21, 2013

Godrich and Yorke are accused everywhere to go against progress, Spotify is there, and like any other inexorable change in technology, there’s nothing we can do

Ten Terrific Tunes Under Two Minutes Long

By Steve Crawford | July 17, 2013

After Twitter, Facebook, paying your bills, mowing the sheep, completing your bug collection, and waxing your eyelids, do you really have time to spin “Whipping Post” or “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”? Deep down, you know you’ll never get to the second disc of the Can box set

Atoms For Peace Pull Music Off Spotify

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2013

It isn’t Spotify or the record companies, the bands or the public, it is the technology

Kanye West's "Yeezus" Improves With Age

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2013

The difference between Jay-Z and Kanye, is Jay-Z wants power and Kanye wants freedom

Swift, Springsteen, Sweat

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2013

In a hot stadium, a hard as nails rock and roller wears his perspiration like a badge of honor, but a strong woman works her way right through it

Who Will Write The Trayvon Martin Protest Song

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2013

At least Hattie Carroll’s murderer got six months.

Last Weekend: Time Moves Faster And Faster

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2013

Helen and Mary went to Warped Tour, Cory Monteif of Glee found dead, George Zimmermann found not guilty,listened to a steady diet of Laura and Kanye

Jaws – Pop Music Linked

By Mahalia Dark | July 16, 2013

I know how fast you need new product: it spits out information faster than you can feed it.

"I Want Everybody To Raise Their Cell Phones In The Air": The Other Side Of The Wars

By Iman Lababedi | July 15, 2013

There aren’t enough fans to go around any more, stop pissing off the ones who show up

Best Band Of The 1990s? Nirvana

By Iman Lababedi | July 15, 2013

“Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back”

Blast From The 90s: TV Trailer For 'In Utero' To Promote The Album's Reissue This September

By Alyson Camus | July 14, 2013

Very pregnant (and young) Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl are about to give birth under the supervision of Bobcat

Alice Cooper Slams Mumford & Sons And The Lumineers, I Slam Alice Cooper Back

By Alyson Camus | July 14, 2013

Alice Cooper is an idiot, he may have contributed to rock music in the past, but he is so irrelevant

The Death Of Pop Music (For Dummies)

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2013

I like it that people don’t understand how you can be completely obsessed with pop music, it gives it more cachet. It makes it cooler and private. Despite music’s ubiquity you can only join by caring

What To Do When A Band You Love Adds A Night At A Better venue?

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2013

Who wouldn’t prefer the Apollo over T5? Not just history, acoustics, but seats!!!

Jay-Z And Charles Dickens Linked

By Iman Lababedi | July 10, 2013

Being raised in a single parent household in Marcy’s Projects haunts Jay-Z the way being a child laborer in London haunted Charles Dickens

Two Songs That Will Be Sung As Long As People Sing Songs: "Imagine" And "Blowing In the Wind"

By Iman Lababedi | July 6, 2013

Both of these songs have nothing to do with nationality, anybody of any race and any country can sing these two songs: they are included, invited in

Free CDs on 42nd Street? A Joke In Search Of A Punchline

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | July 5, 2013

I tried to keep on walking, but it was like a trap door had sprung. He grabbed me by the hand and asked, “Do you like hip hop?”

The View From The Cheap Seats

By Iman Lababedi | July 3, 2013

They come on stage late, they lip synch, they insult the audience, they whinge about the fans taking pictures. They charge huge prices for terrible seats.

Morrissey The Rock Critic: A Job Offer

By Helen Bach | June 28, 2013

Screw Amanda Palmer with her righteous ‘how to make an album’ nonsense. The woman is dirt at the bottom of a hipsters tote bag- you belong with a keyboard and with us

Another Reason The Record Album Is Dying

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2013

Success is much more important on the singles charts where a song can hang out for months on end (look at “Mirrors”) and keep an album in the public eye. That’s why Bowie sunk and Justin didn’t

"Homophobia And Discrimination Is Not Punk Rock": DOMA is Down and Freedom on the Rise

By admin | June 27, 2013

Riot Fest tweeted, “Homophobia and discrimination is not punk rock.” You got that right. For years, a massive amount of musicians have supported equality, and that has continued to create an impact in those who are the future.