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  • Mess

    Mess | ALBUM REVIEW

    This globe-trotting trio have an uncommonly diverse dossier: over seven albums, Liars have ranged from dance-punk chants to prog gloom to primal-rock action. They've never made the same album twice – and they've never made...

    April 4, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • David Letterman: Last of the Stand-Up Guys

    David Letterman: Last of the Stand-Up Guys | ARTICLE

    David Letterman had a sketch in 1983 called "They Took My Show Away" — an after-school special where Dave helps coach a little kid to be a more responsible TV watcher. ("Jimmy, are you gonna do homework...

    April 4, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • The Boy Is Fine: Boy George, Back From the Edge

    The Boy Is Fine: Boy George, Back From the Edge | ARTICLE

    Boy George lounges on a comfy love seat in the bar of New York's posh Soho Grand Hotel, chatting in the Saturday­ afternoon winter sunlight, as the DJ spins Lorde's "Royals." All the chic people in this...

    April 3, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Symphonica

    Symphonica | ALBUM REVIEW

    George Michael crooning "Wild Is the Wind"? With a full orchestra? Now there's a concept. For his first album in 10 years, produced by the late Phil Ramone, the man who invented stubble teams up with...

    March 18, 2014 12:20 AM ET
  • Say Yes to Love

    Say Yes to Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Since when do we say yes to love?" Meredith Graves yells halfway through her band's savagely awesome debut LP. These art-punk kids hail from Syracuse, New York, previously renowned for great bands like, well, none ever. But...

    March 18, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • 'Spinal Tap' at 30: No One Knows Who They Were or What They Were Doing

    'Spinal Tap' at 30: No One Knows Who They Were or What They Were Doing | ARTICLE

    Happy thirtieth birthday to This Is Spinal Tap, which licked the world's love pump this week in 1984. It remains the funniest, truest, most emotionally honest movie ever made about rock & roll and the people who...

    March 7, 2014 2:55 PM ET
  • Oscars 2014: Just Keep Livin', If You Call This Livin'

    Oscars 2014: Just Keep Livin', If You Call This Livin' | ARTICLE

    The big winners at last night's 16-hour Oscar ceremony: Dreams. Inspiration. Heroes. So live the impossible, because that’s what Jared Leto's mom would want. Just keep livin', because no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid...

    March 3, 2014 2:15 PM ET
  • Pavement's Most Perfect Album 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' Turns 20

    Pavement's Most Perfect Album 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' Turns 20 | ARTICLE

    Happy 20th birthday to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement's most beloved, most surprising, most perfect album. Even devout Pavement fans were caught off guard by the lush weirdness of it — so devoid of feedback, so not...

    February 14, 2014 9:15 AM ET
  • Billy Joel's Garden Residency Begins With Salty Jokes and Sing-Alongs

    Billy Joel's Garden Residency Begins With Salty Jokes and Sing-Alongs | ARTICLE

    When Billy Joel announced, "I have no idea how long this is gonna go," he didn't mean the trumpet solo on "Zanzibar." He was talking about his historic residency at Madison Square Garden, which he kicked...

    January 28, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Beyonce, Grammy Queen: Raise a Gold Sippy Cup to the Night's Big Star

    Beyonce, Grammy Queen: Raise a Gold Sippy Cup to the Night's Big Star | ARTICLE

    So: Beyoncé. Once and forever, Beyoncé. Let's raise a gold sippy cup to the queen of this and every night, Beyoncé. She owned the Grammys from the opening seconds of "Drunk in Love." Everybody knew her big...

    January 27, 2014 1:50 PM ET
  • Golden Globes 2014: Wasted Ladies Kick Ass

    Golden Globes 2014: Wasted Ladies Kick Ass | ARTICLE

    "This was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be," Tina Fey announced at the end of the Golden Globes. Amy Poehler crowed, "And I got to make out with Bono!" Both ladies were correct. It was...

    January 13, 2014 10:40 AM ET
  • Wig Out at Jagbags

    Wig Out at Jagbags | ALBUM REVIEW

    Stephen Malkmus is one of the last Nineties indie-rock titans who has kept making his own eccentric music, on his own merry terms. Though written while Malkmus was living in Berlin, the excellently titled Wig Out at...

    January 7, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • Stephen Malkmus on Why Everyone Wants to Be a Nineties Kid

    Stephen Malkmus on Why Everyone Wants to Be a Nineties Kid | ARTICLE

    As the frontman of Pavement, Stephen Malkmus was always the Nineties indie rock god who loved mocking his era's pretensions – he was singing "Fight This Generation" at the height of Gen X. Yet he turned...

    January 3, 2014 10:25 AM ET
  • Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2013

    Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2013 | ARTICLE

    Don't miss Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of the Year and "Blurred Lines": The Worst Song of This or Any Other Year 1. Kanye West, Yeezus Bow down before the one you serve....

    December 20, 2013 11:40 AM ET
  • Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2013

    Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2013 | ARTICLE

    My 25 favorite songs of 2013, including but not limited to: hits, obscurities, disco infernos, guitar monsters, rap anthems, slow jams and karaoke room-clearers. And Kanye, obviously. Don't miss Rob Sheffield on "Blurred Lines" the worst song...

    December 19, 2013 11:35 AM ET
  • Beyoncé

    Beyoncé | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Can you lick my Skittles?" is the new "Hurry up with my damn croissants." Beyoncé has delivered countless surprises in her 15 years on top of the music world, but she's never dropped a bombshell like...

    December 14, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • White Light/White Heat: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

    White Light/White Heat: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    What a testament to Lou Reed: his vision, his guitar, his sheer will to stomp on people's nerves. This superbly expanded White Light/White Heat was in the works long before the man's death, but...

    December 9, 2013 11:55 AM ET
  • 'Blurred Lines': The Worst Song of This or Any Other Year

    'Blurred Lines': The Worst Song of This or Any Other Year | ARTICLE

    Congratulations, Robin Thicke! "Blurred Lines" is the worst song of this or any other year. I can't remember the last time there was a hit song this ghastly – the sound of Adam Sandler taking a falsetto...

    December 6, 2013 10:45 AM ET
  • Britney Jean

    Britney Jean | ALBUM REVIEW

    All "Work Bitch" and no play would make Britney a dull bitch. And who wants that? Nobody. So Britney's back in the game, brushing all the riffraff away from her pop throne. Even though we're in...

    November 26, 2013 3:35 PM ET
  • Heart of Darkness: A Charles Manson Timeline

    Heart of Darkness: A Charles Manson Timeline | ARTICLE

    In Rolling Stone's new issue, contributing editor Erik Hedegaard speaks with America's most notorious criminal: Charles Manson. Hear his final confessions and read the full interview here. March 21, 1967: Charles Manson, 32-year-old career criminal, gets paroled...

    November 21, 2013 10:30 AM ET
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