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101 items by Evan Serpick

  • Led Zeppelin Get All-Star Tribute at Kennedy Center Honors

    Led Zeppelin Get All-Star Tribute at Kennedy Center Honors | ARTICLE

    A generation of acolytes including Jack Black, the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz and Heart paid hard-rocking tribute to Led Zeppelin in Washington D.C. Sunday night as the band received the Kennedy Center Honors in...

    December 3, 2012 8:35 AM ET
  • Emmanuel Jal: Behind the Warchild

    Emmanuel Jal: Behind the Warchild | ARTICLE

    In Issue 1052, Evan Serpick profiled Emmanuel Jal, an MC who grew up in Sudan and became a soldier in the country's vicious civil war at age seven. After escaping five years of battle and unimaginable atrocities,...

    August 28, 2012 3:06 PM ET
  • Jay-Z and Kanye Rock Mics, Arenas

    Jay-Z and Kanye Rock Mics, Arenas | ARTICLE

    On opposite ends of the arena, perched on towering, video-panel-studded platforms, Jay-Z and Kanye West face off like gladiators waiting for the...

    November 24, 2011 4:50 PM ET
  • Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Tour Dominates

    Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Tour Dominates | ARTICLE

    As the booming bass and sputtering hi-hats of "H.A.M." filled Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena last night, Kanye West and Jay-Z rose 15 feet in the air on cubed platforms on opposite ends of the floor,...

    November 2, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • Ferrari Boyz

    Ferrari Boyz | ALBUM REVIEW

    Don't expect innovation from these titans of Southern rap. Instead, brace yourself for chanted celebrations of money, cars, cocaine, and Waka and Gucci themselves. Gucci delivers mush-mouthed lines like "I'm not a blogger/I'm not a jogger/More like...

    August 9, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Sade Opens Tour With Sultry Baltimore Show

    Sade Opens Tour With Sultry Baltimore Show | ARTICLE

    Last night, after Sade had finished slinking around the stage during an amped-up version of "Soldier of Love" – the first song in the first concert of her first North American tour in nearly 10 years...

    June 17, 2011 11:00 AM ET
  • Bikinis, Handcuffs and a Prince Cover: Rihanna Kicks Off Over-the-Top Summer Tour

    Bikinis, Handcuffs and a Prince Cover: Rihanna Kicks Off Over-the-Top Summer Tour | ARTICLE

    Loud is the perfect name for Rihanna's summer tour, which kicked off with last night's sold-out gig at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena. Beyond just the volume of the show – which was considerable – the theme prevailed through...

    June 5, 2011 1:38 PM ET
  • Adele Kicks Off North American Tour With Emotional D.C. Show

    Adele Kicks Off North American Tour With Emotional D.C. Show | ARTICLE

    When Adele finished a soaring rendition of "Hometown Glory" to open her set at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club last night — the kickoff gig for her North American tour — she did a mini-curtsy and took a...

    May 13, 2011 12:50 PM ET
  • Patti Scialfa Records Song With Bruce Springsteen for 'Every Mother Counts'

    Patti Scialfa Records Song With Bruce Springsteen for 'Every Mother Counts' | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Patti Scialfa's "Children's Song" When Patti Scialfa was asked to contribute a song to Every Mother Counts (Starcon), a compilation CD...

    March 31, 2011 7:20 AM ET
  • Why Bon Iver Had to Relearn Everything He Knows

    Why Bon Iver Had to Relearn Everything He Knows | ARTICLE

    In the three years since Bon Iver released its critically beloved 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago, frontman Justin Vernon earned thousands of new fans – including Kanye West, who invited the sensitive singer-songwriter to appear...

    March 23, 2011 7:45 AM ET
  • Fictionist: Mellow Utah Guys Get Their Pink Floyd On

    Fictionist: Mellow Utah Guys Get Their Pink Floyd On | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Laid-back space-rock quintet whose founding members met while studying jazz at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Yes, they're all Mormon, but they try to keep overt religious references out of their songs. "Music is an...

    February 14, 2011 3:55 PM ET
  • Muffy: Atlanta Scenester Sings, Raps, Seeks Inner Peace

    Muffy: Atlanta Scenester Sings, Raps, Seeks Inner Peace | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Versatile singer-MC who made her name performing in Atlanta's diversely populated clubs. "You have hipsters drinking PBR and black socialites popping bottles," says Muffy (real name Andrella Muffy Gainer). "Then there's the gay scene – they...

    February 14, 2011 3:30 PM ET
  • PK: Scrappy Quintet Ditch College For Shot at Pop-Punk Glory

    PK: Scrappy Quintet Ditch College For Shot at Pop-Punk Glory | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: This Templeton, California, band broke up after high school but restarted when themembers dropped out of college two years later. “We realized real life sucks and got back together,” says guitarist Nick Fotinakes. Sound: Amped-up pop...

    February 14, 2011 3:25 PM ET
  • Ume: Ferocious Texas Rockers Powered By Love and Distortion

    Ume: Ferocious Texas Rockers Powered By Love and Distortion | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Noise-rock trio led by husband-and-wife duo Eric Larson (bass) and Lauren Langner Larson (guitar, vocals), who met in Houston's grubby punk scene in the mid-Nineties before moving to Austin in 2006. Sound: Distortion-heavy jams (and the whole...

    February 14, 2011 1:45 PM ET
  • Fictionist on Their Shared Appreciation of Katy Perry

    Fictionist on Their Shared Appreciation of Katy Perry | BLOG ENTRY

    What was your crappiest day job?Stuart [Maxfield, guitar/bass/vocals]: My crappiest day job would be working in a lumberyard moving pallets of wood all day long. That was in Provo [Utah] – it was a fencing company....

    February 14, 2011 1:35 PM ET
  • PK on Opening for Aerosmith and Taking Guitars to the Head

    PK on Opening for Aerosmith and Taking Guitars to the Head | BLOG ENTRY

    What’s the best show you’ve played?Travis: We opened for Aerosmith in front of 10,000 people. That was the biggest, and then the best shows have been our hometown shows where we just pack it out and...

    February 14, 2011 1:05 PM ET
  • Ume's Lauren Larson on Knowing How to Unleash the Vampire Within

    Ume's Lauren Larson on Knowing How to Unleash the Vampire Within | BLOG ENTRY

    What's the best show you've ever played?Lauren [Larson, vocals and guitar]: We played with Arcade Fire before they broke. We played a show with the band Warpaint on New Year's Eve. We played once in New...

    February 14, 2011 12:25 PM ET
  • Muffy on Her Mix of Gwen Stefani and Nicki Minaj

    Muffy on Her Mix of Gwen Stefani and Nicki Minaj | BLOG ENTRY

    What's the crappiest job you ever had?I have a crappy day job right now, but I kind of enjoy it. I babysit dogs at a dog kennel, so I have to pick up crap and pee-pee...

    February 9, 2011 7:54 PM ET
  • McCartney, Haggard Honored at Kennedy Center Awards

    McCartney, Haggard Honored at Kennedy Center Awards | ARTICLE

    Last night's Kennedy Center Honors show was a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll — and a little bit Oprah. Sir Paul McCartney and Merle Haggard were feted along with the daytime...

    December 6, 2010 10:20 PM ET
  • Nas, DJ Premier Remember Gang Starr's Guru

    Nas, DJ Premier Remember Gang Starr's Guru | ARTICLE

    Hip-hop lost one of its most distinct voices on April 19th when Guru, whose collaboration with DJ Premier as Gang Starr expanded the genre's scope, died after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 48. "Guru...

    April 21, 2010 8:16 PM ET
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