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  • 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
  • The Dutchess

    The Dutchess | ALBUM REVIEW

    All hail Fergie, the duchess of vaginal metaphors! Last year, in the Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps," Fergie was a camel stomping her lady lumps across the desert; in her solo smash "London Bridge," she's the mighty...

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • RS at Fashion Week: Rob Sheffield Goes to "Project Runway" Show, Fandom Ensues

    RS at Fashion Week: Rob Sheffield Goes to "Project Runway" Show, Fandom Ensues | BLOG ENTRY

    Fashion week? It's on like Malan Breton! We just got back from this morning's Project Runway show at Bryant Park, and as Vincent would say, it got us off. The season's final four designers...

    September 15, 2006 4:12 PM ET
  • Whitney and Bobby: Didn't They Almost Have It All?

    Whitney and Bobby: Didn't They Almost Have It All? | BLOG ENTRY

    Bittersweet memories "that's all I'm taking with me" and it's all Whitney's taking from Bobby — at least until the lawyers get involved. But damn! It's too true! Whitney and Bobby checking into the...

    September 14, 2006 2:05 PM ET
  • Pop Life: Scarlett Johansson Is A Muse Again, This Time for Bob Dylan

    Pop Life: Scarlett Johansson Is A Muse Again, This Time for Bob Dylan | ARTICLE

    Scarlett Johansson and Bob Dylan – you have to admit, that's a hot couple. Look at her in the tabloid photos, shooting the...

    September 7, 2006 4:15 PM ET
  • A Public Affair

    A Public Affair | ALBUM REVIEW

    Did Ashlee get all the talent? On Jessica's big post-divorce statement, she still sounds like a prissy kid, braying, "I complete myself" in "I Belong to Me," her answer to Nick Lachey's "What's Left of Me." "A...

    September 7, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Live-Blogging the 2006  VMAs

    Live-Blogging the 2006 VMAs | BLOG ENTRY

    Gosh, another MTV Video Music Awards! Tonight is the night when millions of music fans hit the couch to bury a Thursday night's worth of brain cells in a Zima coffin, watching famous people in silly pants....

    August 31, 2006 6:58 PM ET
  • Idlewild

    Idlewild | ALBUM REVIEW

    The world's biggest pop group makes an album about breaking up. It becomes a staggeringly popular crossover hit, winning them so many new fans they have no choice but to forget the solo careers and carry on...

    August 23, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Review: Sonic Youth and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Brooklyn

    Live Review: Sonic Youth and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Brooklyn | BLOG ENTRY

    Only a few objects on earth are visible from space: the Great Wall of China, Nick Zinner's gothgantuan hair, Thurston Moore's willowy neck, the Pyramids, Karen O's purple tights and feathery minidress — Okay, maybe not...

    August 15, 2006 12:44 PM ET
  • Live Report: Sleater-Kinney's Last Show in NYC

    Live Report: Sleater-Kinney's Last Show in NYC | BLOG ENTRY

    Sleater-Kinney went out the way they always promised they would - all at once, not piece by piece. "Like a whole bucket of stars dumped into the universe," as Corin Tucker sang in "Get Up," and...

    August 3, 2006 5:21 PM ET
  • Live Review: The Dixie Chicks at Madison Square Garden

    Live Review: The Dixie Chicks at Madison Square Garden | BLOG ENTRY

    Oh, Dixie Chicks, how grateful we are to share the planet with you. Especially since it's SO FREAKING HOT out there we'd sit through anything for two hours of air conditioning. The Chicks kicked ass last...

    August 2, 2006 5:25 PM ET
  • Now More Than Ever: Rob Sheffield's Guide to Rock-Show Etiquette

    Now More Than Ever: Rob Sheffield's Guide to Rock-Show Etiquette | BLOG ENTRY

    Our item earlier this week on Leo DiCaprio obeying the unwritten rules of rock shows spurred some heated debate in the message boards between tall guys who don't want to stand in the back and the...

    July 27, 2006 2:59 PM ET
  • Album Preview: Hold Steady, "Boys and Girls In America"

    Album Preview: Hold Steady, "Boys and Girls In America" | BLOG ENTRY

    Damn you, Hold Steady! How can any band be this good? Boys and Girls In America is the third straight chain-smoker from everybody's favorite Brooklyn bar band. Has anybody made three albums this great in...

    July 27, 2006 12:04 PM ET
  • The Eraser

    The Eraser | ALBUM REVIEW

    Many people find Thom Yorke disturbing. And Thom Yorke seems to be one of them. On his excellent surprise solo album, The Eraser, he creeps himself out constantly, muttering about heartbreak amid waves of electronic keyboards. He...

    July 10, 2006 5:30 PM ET
  • Ten Sleater-Kinney Songs That Make Them the Best American Punk Band Ever. Really.

    Ten Sleater-Kinney Songs That Make Them the Best American Punk Band Ever. Really. | BLOG ENTRY

    Thank you for the music, Sleater-Kinney. This gang of three was the best American punk rock band ever. EVER. (No disrespect to the Ramones--S-K called one of their best songs "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone," cleverly...

    June 28, 2006 12:28 PM ET
  • Exclusive: One Night In Jessica Simpson's Inbox

    Exclusive: One Night In Jessica Simpson's Inbox | BLOG ENTRY

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - June 26, 2006 — Yahoo! Music has teamed up with Epic Records to give fans the opportunity to be featured in pop superstar Jessica Simpson's latest music video for the single "A Public...

    June 27, 2006 9:01 AM ET
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