Taylor Swift

rock nyc Called The Top Seven Acts At Z-100 Jingle Ball 2014!!

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2014

Yes folks, now the line up is official let’s see how close we came to calling Z100’s Jingle Ball, 2014, a show we have covered every year since 2009 and which I’ve attended since its inception, give or take a hangover! Needless to say, we got quite a bit right here back in on August 21st, 2014.

Not With The Band: Women In Music, Have We Really Made Any Progress?

By Alyson Camus | October 7, 2014

‘I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology.”

Taylor Swift Vs Every Celebrity In The World

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2014

I stole this off Popdust here so if you wanna see the original go there but if you wanna stay here, I’ve simplified it and sneered at all the right places just for you. Plus, in my world young Tay tay can do no wrong so, guess what? It’s all everyone elses fault. Oh and I graded em because that’s what we do.

"Shake It Off" Lip Dub – Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu And For A Charity…

By Iman Lababedi | September 14, 2014

This is so spectacular not only has it gone viral with over a million views on Youtube, but Taylor herself gave it a nod: ” I’m personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it’s on me. Nailed it, bros! ” Enjoy… and donate…

Taylor Swift Talks -Not To Us Of Course, To Rolling Stone

By Iman Lababedi | September 8, 2014

“There’s someone whose entire job it is to figure out things that I don’t want the world to see. They look at your career, they look at what you prioritize, and they try to figure out what would be the most revealing or hurtful.” If we lose Taylor to L.A. we have only ourselves to blame.

Taylor Swift Writes To Bullied Teen: Forever on Your Side

By Iman Lababedi | September 5, 2014

“Every time someone picks on me, I’ll think of you in the hopes that every time someone picks on you, you’ll think of me… and how we have this thread that connects us. Let them keep living in the darkness and we’ll keep walking in the sunlight. Forever on your side, Taylor.”

US Top 10 Singles 9-13-14

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2014

If you are a pop music fan circa 2014 there should be no second guessing this list, half of the songs are in my best of 2014 list already and another three might slip their way in. This feels like a golden age of pop music, and while I know my peers will laugh themselves sick at the prospect, still you show me a playlist with Tay, Sam, Minaj and Jessie J and I will show you some very strong state of the pop art stuff.

Best Songs Through August 31st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2014

Two songs, released the same day, Taylor’s “Shake It Off” and and Leonard Cohen’s “Almost Like The Blues”, a third, around for awhile but finally hitting home FKA twigs brilliant “Lights On”, and a fourth, rock ny’s band Je’June’d excellent “picotement” ran away with the month.

US Top 10 Singles 9-6-14

By Iman Lababedi | August 28, 2014

Nearly 600K units moved in the first week, tops in streaming without any streaming services having it, and the fourth most popular first week if akk time AND Taylor already owns another one of them (“Never Ever, etc…”) and, her 60th (yes you read that right, right. It looks like a typo!) Top 100 song. Man, our girl can bring it.

rock nyc Top 10 Songs week of 8-18-14

By Iman Lababedi | August 22, 2014

This maybe the best ten songs list of the year. Right at the top are two songs which will be very high on my end of year list, along with a third at the very bottom which will also make the near top of the year, meanwhile three artists I am on the record as to loathing, McGraw, Chesney and alt-j came up with crackerjacks, Kimba, who I have never much noticed, has a good album (I underestimated it earlier this week).

So Some Of You Think Taylor Swift's Last Video Is Racist?

By Alyson Camus | August 21, 2014

If you find this offensive, well be prepared to be offended by a Gap commercial, and about anything in life? And please don’t open your TV, don’t watch any sitcoms, don’t watch SNL, don’t even think about listening to any stand-up comedians. Swift wasn’t even trying to be funny, critical, or a comedian, she just wanted to dance!

Leonard Cohen And Taylor Swift: Almost Like Shaking It Off

By Iman Lababedi | August 20, 2014

Taylor responds to claims she can’t hold a man, indeed, seeing her ex with another woman, by dancing. Cohen reacts to hell by dancing the samba. And both react to troubles with humor. At the bottom, both these songs are darkly humorous. It is almost like shaking with laughter, it is almost like darkness. But it isn’t darkness yet.

STREAM NEW TAYLOR SWIFT SINGLE "Shake It Off" Here (Plus Review, etc…)

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2014

the living breathing embodiment of awesomeness. Catchier than it is humanly possible for a song, I taped it onto my cell and I can’t still stop listening to it. So bubblelicisious it sticks to your fingers and so jumpy you can’t stop moving to it.

"The Giver" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 16, 2014

Taylor Swift plays Rosemary who is only in the movie for like 300 seconds tops so who cares, though she has brunette hair and really, I saw Taylor on the increasingly dreary “The Tonight Show” the other day and will somebody please feed the damn girl. Cmon, Taylor, you are too cool to worry about how much you weigh.

Taylor Swift for Worldwide Live Stream, August 18th, From nyc

By Iman Lababedi | August 12, 2014

Anyway, I asked my friend freelance writer Rob o”Connor to get in touch and ask Dave -who is now the head of Yahoo Music (nice work, etc.) to see if he could press list me for the Taylor Swift Live, from New York Streaming Worldcast show.

The Death of the Autograph per Taylor Swift

By Helen Bach | August 5, 2014

Who cares if someone wrote on your paper? I suppose for those who use them as auction items its a good thing- there is a strong market for them, but I don’t really care about ink unless its needled into my arm. The prize for meeting your idol is a photograph, the infamous ‘selfie’.

Taylor Swift Visits Seven Year Old Boy…

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2014

So you have my former FB buddy Tay and you have Jordan who might well be the cutest kid who has ever lived (well, except for my Great Nephew James) singing “we Are Never ever Getting back Together” and after you stop smiling note that Tay even went through in the spoken portion.

A Taylor Swift Playlist: Now At Short Stop

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2014

There is no better rock superstar in the world today. She is the Derek Jeter of rock and roll, she is rich, she is gifted, she is lucky, beloved, born at the right time, and she does everything so gracefully most people (I mean me) don’t resent her for it. She does it the right way.

Taylor Swift: 'The Music Industry Is Not Dying…It's Just Coming Alive.’

By Alyson Camus | July 9, 2014

‘Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.’

Spotify Streams: The Best Way To Check On Your Faves Popularity

By Iman Lababedi | June 13, 2014

Youtube is a good way to take a peek at the numbers but too time consuming so in our ongoing attempts to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, here is the chart that dares to ask the musical question…How many streams did you get buddy?

Not With The Band: Why Are Pop Stars Afraid Of The Word Feminism?

By Alyson Camus | June 11, 2014

‘For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. . . Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities.’

Taylor Swift Nation Wishes Me A Happy Memorial Day!!

By Iman Lababedi | May 26, 2014

As I am sure you are aware we are breathing the same particles of air that Jesus breathed. We are sharing them with who he was, it hasn’t gone anywhere. That’s thrilling enough, but to touch the same strings Taylor strummed??? How wonderful.

Taylor Swift – Anna Karenina Linked

By Iman Lababedi | April 11, 2014

“Taylor Swift’s mom and dad are being accused of becoming “difficult and controlling stage parents” as they assume total power over her career — even though they have technically separated.”

Taylor Swift And Harry Styles Perform Secret Gig At Mercury Lounge Monday Night

By Iman Lababedi | April 1, 2014

“I am so excited to be living in New York City and where else can you decide to perform a concert in the late afternoon and play it at night?” she said before leading Harry into another half dozen covers including Kacey Musgraves “Silver Lining”.

Republican Pop Stars! Read Em And Weep!!

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2014

Yes folks, money attracts money and rock stars have money and the GOP will tax em less so that leaves rock stars between wanting to look like Bob Dylan but be taxed like General Electric.

Love And Loss And A Rock Star

By Iman Lababedi | December 18, 2013

It’s the idea that heartbreak isn’t actually such a big deal. I know– that’s sort of weird coming from me. But it is. In fact, it’s almost minuscule in comparison to some of the other things that go on in a person’s life. Or just life itself

Fall Out Boy's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Performance Reviewed

By admin | December 16, 2013

“It was so nice to see them up there in front of such a massive audience because it truly is the recognition they deserve. The band was spot-on, clearly seasoned from over a decade of experience. This new hit is a perfect crowd pleaser and, consequentially, a good song for a runway.”

Best Concerts Through November 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2013

M.I.A. – Terminal 5 – November 1st, 2013 – A masterpiece of modern pop with a conscience that puts former contemporaries like Madonna and Lady Gaga into the nostalgia files, while M.I.A. finds the middle ground between beats and beatings.

Tonight Was A Fairy Tale!! Swift, Prince William And Bon Jovi "Livin' On A Prayer"

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2013

Do it for charity, do it for the poor, do it for someone else. That way you can spend more in a night than most people will make in a life time and still feel good about yourself.

Two Musicians Per decade Define It!

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2013

1950s – Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley – the American songbook and the King Of Rock and Roll, and really, if there is a changing of the guards in 1956 it is between these two men. Incidentally, a sign of the time but neither wrote their own material.

What If Kanye And taylor Made Up And Went On Tour together: Teezus 4EVER

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2013

Rock nyc is close with both artists and have come up with the perfect solution, Tay and Yeezus should tour together. Can you imagine the synergy…?

Taylor Swift Is paintingtheworldred13

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2013

I got a Thank You after a review once, and a thumbs up after a comment, and believe me, the amount of people who want Taylor’s attention are huge, I mean millions upon millions, that’s like winning the lottery.

Taylor Swift Wins The Pinnacle Award At The 2013 CMA

By Iman Lababedi | November 9, 2013

The problem with Taylor’s contemporaries, with the Katy Perrys and Lady Gagas, and even music producers from Dr. Luke to the Weeknd, is that while the music may sound great and everybody can write a hook in 2013, the songs are the weak spot. And that’s where Taylor excells, even by country music’s standards the woman can write a song, by modern pop standards she is a genius.

Best Concerts Through October 31st, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2013

ARMS – Studio At Webster Hall, Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 – Todd Goldstein is a one band except he has a full band and they take the stage to a soundscape indie rock of power and beauty and a smart sound you would do well to listen to.

rock nyc's Top 10 Songs Week Of October 24th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2013

Any week with a new Swift song ain’t gonna be an entire dog but the only hold over from last week is Pearl Jam and going round down this list you will find some terrific new songs

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2013

Dull Tool – Fiona Apple – The highlight of her Beacon Theater concert stands up as a major find hidden as an album only track on This Is 40, which kinda makes sense as it isn’t about libidos out of control but rather very much in control – A

The Taylor Swift Q&A Off AskFM!!!

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2013

So until we get big enough to score a phoner, Ladies And Gentlemen, without further ado, the not even slightly exclusive Taylor Swift Q&A!

Hear Ye on Spotify: what rock nyc is listening 10-25-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2013

Maladjusted – Morrissey – “On this glorious occasion of this splendid defeat…” Morrissey’s mid-career masterpiece was the opening track that seems to get lost in the shuffle – A

Taylor Swift's "Sweeter Than Fiction" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 21, 2013

The sound is electronic power pop with a rock band backing, the drums sound programmed and the opening electronic fuzz is a fake out but a good one, once the song kicks in the electric guitar carries it along.

Here It Is: The A+ List – The Single Best Song By The Biggest Artists!!!

By Iman Lababedi | October 11, 2013

Substitute – The Who – Before all the heaviness of Tommy or even A Quick One, or even “My Generation”, there was the distilled fury of this teenage misogy and displacement. Freud would have a lot to say.

Best Concerts Through September 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2013

This is the sort of meeting of a subculture defined by so many failed attempts to reunite in a moment and also extened the moment into the present. The moment was the Lower east Side in the late 1970s, and the extension was musical and triumphant.

Hear ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-29-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

S.O.S. In Bel Air – Phoenix – The catchiest song off their last album and neither song nor album has lit the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean this catchy electronic pop rock shouldn’t have done better – B+