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  • Blogging "American Idol": We Predict Jordin's the Next to Go

    Blogging "American Idol": We Predict Jordin's the Next to Go | BLOG ENTRY

    The best line on American Idol last night came from Paula, gushing to Melinda: "It's awesome when you're fantastic!" Well put, Zen master Abdul. She's right -- it IS awesome when you're fantastic, which must explain why...

    May 16, 2007 4:43 PM ET
  • Live Review: LCD Soundsystem Makes Us Sweat In Brooklyn

    Live Review: LCD Soundsystem Makes Us Sweat In Brooklyn | BLOG ENTRY

    If you like watching musicians sweat, LCD Soundsystem has got to be the best touring band out there right now, pore for pore. Saturday night, they leveled an equally sweaty crowd at Brooklyn's Studio B, the warehouse-shaped...

    May 14, 2007 4:00 PM ET
  • Sky Blue Sky

    Sky Blue Sky | ALBUM REVIEW

    Have Wilco ever come up with a better song than "Impossible Germany"? For the first three minutes, it's a mysterious soft-rock ballad with jazzy chords filtered through stoner-country guitar licks, like some lost outtake from Steely Dan's...

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Snakes & Arrows

    Snakes & Arrows | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you're a Rush fan, add two stars; if not, subtract two. Snakes & Arrows gives Geddyheads the first new Rush material in five years, unless you count Neil Peart's 2005 instructional DVD, Anatomy of a Drum...

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Boxer

    Boxer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Let's talk about the drummer a minute. Bryan Devendorf's the name. He plays in the National, who do brooding Leonard Cohen-Nick Cave-style melancholy, except he's not brushing the drums elegantly, he's pounding, yet he amps up the...

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Year Zero

    Year Zero | ALBUM REVIEW

    The best thing to hit YouTube in the past few weeks is Sad Kermit singing Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." Everybody's favorite Muppet amphibian strums an acoustic guitar, warbling Trent Reznor's classic ballad of self-loathing to a...

    May 3, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Blogging "American Idol": Livin' On A Prayer

    Blogging "American Idol": Livin' On A Prayer | BLOG ENTRY

    Didn't we all hope Bon Jovi Night would end with Sanjaya making a tearful re-entry, stage right, bleating "Never Say Goodbye"? "Remember when we lost the keys / And you lost more than that in my back...

    May 2, 2007 4:17 PM ET
  • Coachella 2007: Sheffield's Final Word

    Coachella 2007: Sheffield's Final Word | BLOG ENTRY

    Like any festival, except more so, Coachella has three things that suck: getting in, getting out and being there. Lord, the torments we endure for music. But this weekend, the music was more than enough, gathering most...

    May 1, 2007 11:51 AM ET
  • The Coachella Awards

    The Coachella Awards | ARTICLE

    You can tell it's still early at the Coachella Festival, because nobody smells bad yet. The crowd is well-scrubbed, the grass is still soft, the water bottles only cost two bucks and everybody's smiling. Where's the...

    April 28, 2007 8:17 PM ET
  • "American Idol": Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Sanjaya

    "American Idol": Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Sanjaya | BLOG ENTRY

    Sanjaya, crawfish pie, me-oh-my-oh! It was Country Night on American Idol, which meant it was the night for The Sanj to get his Uncle Jesse on, wrapping a red bandanna around his forehead and wearing some kind...

    April 18, 2007 3:20 PM ET
  • J. Lo on "Idol": Like the Blind Leading the (Tone) Deaf

    J. Lo on "Idol": Like the Blind Leading the (Tone) Deaf | BLOG ENTRY

    This was Jennifer Lopez week on American Idol, and the results speak for themselves. In case you're too young to remember, Jennifer Lopez was a popular movie/music personality from the early '00's, starring in movies like The...

    April 12, 2007 12:48 PM ET
  • Blogging "Idol": Gina Makes T-Bonez Cry

    Blogging "Idol": Gina Makes T-Bonez Cry | BLOG ENTRY

    I, for one, expected a little more from Sanjaya's hair last night. After last week, when he rocked the faux-pony- hawk in a tribute to Paula's hair in the "Opposites Attract" video, I was hoping...

    April 4, 2007 2:31 PM ET
  • Pop Life: Like a Bon Jovi Ballad, Antonella Barba Is Living on a Prayer

    Pop Life: Like a Bon Jovi Ballad, Antonella Barba Is Living on a Prayer | BLOG ENTRY

    Ciao, Antonella. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you. We'll forget everything else on American Idol this season, but we'll never forget the toothsome Sagittarian from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the Italian girl...

    March 23, 2007 7:20 PM ET
  • Because Of The Times

    Because Of The Times | ALBUM REVIEW

    They don't make seven-minute doomed-teen-lover melodramas like the Kings of Leon's "Knocked Up" anymore. This is the Tennessee band's big album-opening saga, building from quiet to loud with guitar licks that sound like the Edge fried in...

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Blogging "American Idol": Sanjaya Is Killing Our Buzz

    Blogging "American Idol": Sanjaya Is Killing Our Buzz | BLOG ENTRY

    Gosh, Sanjaya! That was one special version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Speaking of things that aren't high enough, even if I got high enough to understand what Paula Abdul is saying, I still couldn't guess...

    March 15, 2007 12:05 PM ET
  • Pop Life: Baby Steps for Britney

    Pop Life: Baby Steps for Britney | BLOG ENTRY

    Britney: disaster or catastrophe? Discuss! All right, so we could go on all day running down her recent indiscretions, but by the time we're halfway done, she'll be knocking over a liquor store. So instead, let's save...

    March 9, 2007 7:56 PM ET
  • The Weirdness

    The Weirdness | ALBUM REVIEW

    Something about Iggy Pop brings out the beast in guitar players. On the first two Stooges albums, he drove Ron Asheton to turn his wah-wah into a flamethrower. Then, on the 1973 comeback, Raw Power, he goaded...

    March 7, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Blogging "American Idol": White Girls Can't Sing

    Blogging "American Idol": White Girls Can't Sing | BLOG ENTRY

    Ladies' night! And the feeling's right! But there was no chance last night's American Idol could top the entertainment value of Antonella Barba's alleged-sex-photo scandal, not with all those humping-a-basketball pictures. I love how Antonella's BFF spoke...

    March 1, 2007 2:10 PM ET
  • Blogging "American Idol": Everyone Loves a Southern Boy

    Blogging "American Idol": Everyone Loves a Southern Boy | BLOG ENTRY

    Congratulations, Sundance! After you sang "Mustang Sally" on last night's American Idol, Paula proclaimed, "That's like the best vocal I think we EVER HEARD!" Well put, Paula. She's crazy, obviously, but it was a whole lot better...

    February 28, 2007 1:10 PM ET
  • Worst Oscars Ever!

    Worst Oscars Ever! | BLOG ENTRY

    Let's try to find something nice to say about the Oscars. Scorsese got to receive his Oscar from Coppolla. Forest Whitaker was the first Fast Times at Ridgemont High alum to win since Jeff Spicoli. (Next year:...

    February 26, 2007 3:59 PM ET
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