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  • Surfing Strange

    Surfing Strange | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you're looking for a guided tour of the eternal-turning-23 blues, you can't do better than the second Swearin' album. These indie kids spend the LP driving on the turnpike, listening to the crunch of the black...

    November 5, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Weird Sister

    Weird Sister | ALBUM REVIEW

    A hot new guitar band from the British Isles? There's something you don't hear every day, or every year. It's been a chilly minute since the U.K. has given up anything like these indie Welsh kids from...

    November 1, 2013 3:50 PM ET
  • "Venus"

    "Venus" | SONG REVIEW

    The summit of beauty and love – and Gaga was her name. Her space-disco ode to the planet of sex sounds even more like Madonna than you'd expect, especially "Papa Don't Preach," chanting, "Goddess of...

    October 31, 2013 5:05 PM ET
  • "Sweeter Than Fiction"

    "Sweeter Than Fiction" | SONG REVIEW

    Swift does a whirlwind tour of the prom scene in every John Hughes movie, crushing all their highlights into one Eighties-style synth-pop tune. Written for the soundtrack of the film One Chance, about an opera singer,...

    October 31, 2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Sha La La La, Man: Thank You Lou Reed

    Sha La La La, Man: Thank You Lou Reed | BLOG ENTRY

    "Sha la la la, man." Lou Reed once said those words could have been his epitaph, from his 1978 sex-and-drugs epic "Street Hassle," and he was right. The character in the song is a real New York...

    October 28, 2013 8:55 AM ET
  • Morrissey's Autobiography: The Dream Is Gone but the Book Is Real

    Morrissey's Autobiography: The Dream Is Gone but the Book Is Real | BLOG ENTRY

    Just a few weeks ago, the rumors of Morrissey's Autobiography seemed like a cruel hoax to taunt his fans, who have suffered enough lately. By all the rules of the publishing world, this book shouldn't exist. But...

    October 25, 2013 2:00 PM ET
  • Parquet Courts: So Stoned, So Starving

    Parquet Courts: So Stoned, So Starving | BLOG ENTRY

    You ever have a favorite band so geared to your tastes, so blatantly aimed at your pleasure zone, you wonder if they're kidding? Or if you're just weak and gullible and easy? Parquet Courts are that band...

    October 10, 2013 11:17 AM ET
  • Farewell 'Breaking Bad': Earth Below Us, Drifting Falling

    Farewell 'Breaking Bad': Earth Below Us, Drifting Falling | BLOG ENTRY

    Walt White's old adversary Mike Ehrmantraut put it best: "You know how they say 'it's been a pleasure'? It hasn't." After five agonizing seasons, Breaking Bad finally reached Miller Time with last night's finale caper, using...

    September 30, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • Farewell 'Breaking Bad': Earth Below Us, Drifting Falling

    Farewell 'Breaking Bad': Earth Below Us, Drifting Falling | ARTICLE

    Walt White's old adversary Mike Ehrmantraut put it best: "You know how they say 'it's been a pleasure'? It hasn't." After five agonizing seasons, Breaking Bad finally reached Miller Time with last night's finale caper, using...

    September 30, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • The Emmys Could've Used a Little Miley

    The Emmys Could've Used a Little Miley | ARTICLE

    Wake up, Miley – I think I got something to say to you. It's late September and you really should be back at school, but more importantly, you should be on the Emmy Awards. Because awards shows...

    September 23, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Trouble in the 'Homeland'

    Trouble in the 'Homeland' | ARTICLE

    The funniest moment in the Homeland season premiere comes when a hysterical Carrie (Claire Danes) freaks out over the phone, and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) says, "Calm down." Now you tell her, dude? Homeland leapt...

    September 23, 2013 12:40 PM ET
  • The New TV Season: What Doesn’t Suck

    The New TV Season: What Doesn’t Suck | ARTICLE

    Brooklyn Nine-NineFox, Tuesdays at 8:30One of the few appetizing comedies on the fall menu, starring Andy Samberg as a bumbling Brooklyn detective. He's not as broad or clownish as you might expect – his performance...

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Sound System

    Sound System | ALBUM REVIEW

    It takes a band as myth-saturated as the Clash to live up to a career-summing box as ambitious as this one. But Joe Strummer and his crew of London gutter-punk romantics fit the bill. The 13-disc...

    September 10, 2013 12:40 AM ET
  • Run Fast

    Run Fast | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kathleen Hanna has one of America's toughest punk voices – somewhere between a Johnny Rotten sneer and a Valley-girl shrug. She defined her raging sound in the 1990s, from the riot-­grrrl attack of Bikini Kill...

    September 3, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • How 'Duck Dynasty' Became America's Biggest Cable Reality Show

    How 'Duck Dynasty' Became America's Biggest Cable Reality Show | ARTICLE

    Duck Dynasty sure has charmed its way into America's overalls. We just can't seem to get enough of the hairy Robertson clan from West Monroe, Louisiana – their beards, their bandannas, their zany adventures trying to dynamite...

    August 28, 2013 9:00 PM ET
  • Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

    Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been a long day off for Franz Ferdinand, the band Kanye West memorably tagged as "white crunk music." These Scottish boys banged out three of the past decade's most dazzling rock albums...

    August 27, 2013 12:30 AM ET
  • It's Miley, Bitch: The Tongue That Licked the World

    It's Miley, Bitch: The Tongue That Licked the World | BLOG ENTRY

    Oh, Miley. That was priceless. Miley was the one star in the room who truly understood what the MTV Video Music Awards are all about — waggling your tongue, grabbing your crotch, rocking a foam finger, going...

    August 26, 2013 3:16 PM ET
  • Is 'The Newsroom' the Best Bad Show Ever?

    Is 'The Newsroom' the Best Bad Show Ever? | ARTICLE

    You have to be a genius like Aaron Sorkin to get away with a show as vigorously awful as The Newsroom. That's the thing that makes it so agonizing in its watchability. Sorkin sees his hero Will...

    August 15, 2013 2:20 PM ET
  • Evil Under the Sun: The Endgame for 'Breaking Bad'

    Evil Under the Sun: The Endgame for 'Breaking Bad' | ARTICLE

    "Say my name!" Walter White commanded last year, in his most deliriously evil Breaking Bad moment yet. Standing out in the desert sun, his bald head gleaming like a knife, he ordered a gang of high-roller drug...

    August 9, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Depeche Mode Prepare to Re-Invade America

    Depeche Mode Prepare to Re-Invade America | ARTICLE

    "For years, I was stuck behind a keyboard rig," Depeche Mode's Martin Gore says with a laugh, calling long-distance from backstage in Poland, just minutes before showtime at Warsaw's National Stadium. "When I started playing...

    July 29, 2013 1:40 PM ET
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