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  • "The (White) Rapper Show": Only Place You Can See a White Guy Ask Grandmaster Flash, "What's Pimpulatin'?"

    "The (White) Rapper Show": Only Place You Can See a White Guy Ask Grandmaster Flash, "What's Pimpulatin'?" | BLOG ENTRY

    Hallelujah, holla back! Even by VH1 reality-show standards, Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show is some seriously skin-crawling shit. It's the only place on TV you can see a white guy who calls himself "King of the...

    February 26, 2007 1:16 PM ET
  • "American Idol": Don't Feel Sorry for the Rejects, Feel Sorry for the Winners

    "American Idol": Don't Feel Sorry for the Rejects, Feel Sorry for the Winners | BLOG ENTRY

    You know the scene in Anchorman where ron Burgundy says, "We've been coming to the same party for twelve years now, and in no way is that depressing"? Welcome to another season of American Idol! The judges?...

    February 9, 2007 10:05 PM ET
  • Pop Life: Ranking the Latest Celeb Splits with Our Beyonce Breakup Scale

    Pop Life: Ranking the Latest Celeb Splits with Our Beyonce Breakup Scale | BLOG ENTRY

    You know what sucks? January, that's what sucks. In terms of celebrity heartbreak, it's the most toxic time of year, as the hearts of desperate fame whores grow cold and slushy. These are just a few of...

    January 28, 2007 3:35 PM ET
  • Infinity on High

    Infinity on High | ALBUM REVIEW

    We're living in a golden age of long song titles, and Fall Out Boy are leading the way. In the olden days, rock stars used parentheses and slashes to prove they were serious artists, refusing to reduce...

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Alright, Still

    Alright, Still | ALBUM REVIEW

    When you first left me, I was wanting more/But you were fucking that girl next door. With these gentle words, Lily Allen entered the breakup-song hall of fame, singing "Smile" to her ex with a breezy sha-la-la...

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Brit's Bits: Anyone Doubting Britney's the Biggest Star Ever Isn't Thinking Vaginally

    Brit's Bits: Anyone Doubting Britney's the Biggest Star Ever Isn't Thinking Vaginally | BLOG ENTRY

    Everybody knows the story about Clark Gable and undershirts. In 1934, he appeared shirtless in It Happened One Night and, according to legend, the men of America stopped buying undershirts, opting to go commando like Clark. And...

    January 13, 2007 11:38 AM ET
  • Bob Dylan Musical: The Times They Are A-Endin'

    Bob Dylan Musical: The Times They Are A-Endin' | ARTICLE

    How awful is The Times They Are A-Changin', the Broadway musical based on the songs of Bob Dylan? What if I told you...

    November 30, 2006 5:40 PM ET
  • Pop Life: Gross 'Anatomy'

    Pop Life: Gross 'Anatomy' | BLOG ENTRY

    God bless America -- what other civilization would give Patrick Dempsey another shot to rule as a sex symbol, twenty years after Meatballs III: Summer Job? His reign as Dr. McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy is proof that...

    November 30, 2006 4:10 AM ET
  • Kingdom Come

    Kingdom Come | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jay-Z's retirement was like Britney's marriage: The only surprise is it lasted this long. He has always styled himself as the black Sinatra, and when Sinatra retired in the early 1970s, he only made it two years...

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Now He's K-Fed-Ex, Just Another Guy With a Lot of Wife-beaters and No Wife

    Now He's K-Fed-Ex, Just Another Guy With a Lot of Wife-beaters and No Wife | BLOG ENTRY

    Poor Kevin Federline. We never thought we'd miss him, but we're all a little choked up right now, watching our Chaotic DVD over and over, cranking Journey's "Lights" (their wedding song!) and bursting into tears whenever we...

    November 17, 2006 10:20 AM ET
  • Metal Box

    Metal Box | ALBUM REVIEW

    Has any rock album fared worse in the digital era than Metal Box? Public Image Ltd. packaged their 1979 art-punk opus as three twelve-inch 45-rpm vinyl discs in a metal film canister. The sound was massive: Jah...

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Pop Life: The State 2.0

    Pop Life: The State 2.0 | BLOG ENTRY

    It's not easy loving the State. For a couple of years in the early Nineties, these jokers were on MTV all the time, with absurd skits about grunge dating, monkey torture or Sid and Nancy going on...

    November 3, 2006 11:02 AM ET
  • CMJ Madness: The Horrors Play at Dim Sum Joint

    CMJ Madness: The Horrors Play at Dim Sum Joint | BLOG ENTRY

    I've seen lots of bands worse than The Horrors. I saw Morningwood once. And Jamiroquai, they weren't very good at all. Neither were Jonathan Fireeater. I used to live behind a bakery whose...

    November 2, 2006 11:33 AM ET
  • Rod vs. Barry

    Rod vs. Barry | BLOG ENTRY

    Seeing these two billboards every day, at the 53rd Street subway stop, is like a glorious vision of gods in combat. Rod Stewart goes up against Barry Manilow, two silver foxes with dueling oldies albums, Rod's Still...

    October 27, 2006 11:24 AM ET
  • Live-Blogging the "Project Runway" Finale

    Live-Blogging the "Project Runway" Finale | BLOG ENTRY

    Like any other big night, the Project Runway finale has a morning after. Today, bittersweet memories litter the mind like the pizza boxes and Smirnoff Raw Tea bottles on our floor. (Jesus, people! These ashtrays are not...

    October 19, 2006 11:03 AM ET
  • Pet Shop Boys: Still Our Favorite Synth Rock Bum-Outs

    Pet Shop Boys: Still Our Favorite Synth Rock Bum-Outs | BLOG ENTRY

    Question: Does the world really need another comeback tour from the Pet Shop Boys? Answer: Yes, obviously. Twenty years after "West End Girls," the great Eurotrash synth-pop duo rocked Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night, packing...

    October 16, 2006 4:38 PM ET
  • Freddy Fender: We Salute You

    Freddy Fender: We Salute You | BLOG ENTRY

    This clip is a shout-out to Freddy Fender, who died yesterday of lung cancer. A Texas legend, Freddy packed a lot of road into sixty-nine years...

    October 16, 2006 12:40 PM ET
  • The Open Door

    The Open Door | ALBUM REVIEW

    A few years ago, when Evanescence got off the bus from Arkansas and sold 7 million copies of their debut album, Fallen, they were the only Evanescence around. As soon as you saw the video for "My...

    October 5, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hold Steady Tear It Up in NYC

    The Hold Steady Tear It Up in NYC | BLOG ENTRY

    October 2nd is always a bummer day for Red Sox fans (damn your bones, Bucky Dent!) but fortunately we have memories of last night's Hold Steady show to get us through. Anybody who thinks there's an...

    October 2, 2006 5:51 PM ET
  • I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

    I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's official: Yo La Tengo suck at titling their albums, but they sure know how to make them. The New Jersey indie-rock trio's latest is easily its best of the past decade or so — the kind...

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM ET
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