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  • 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
  • Jinx

    Jinx | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you're going to do melancholy, why not do loud melancholy? That seems to be the motto for Weekend, the sad-eyed guitar boys with the incongruously cheery name. They spun heads with their noise-loving debut, but they...

    July 23, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  •  The Monkees Return With Michael Nesmith

    The Monkees Return With Michael Nesmith | ARTICLE

    Here's a sight Monkees fans have spent years dreaming about: Michael Nesmith playing his trademark 12-string Gretsch guitar, looking regal in a white jacket and glitter-covered shoes, playing the holy hell out of "Sweet Young Thing."...

    July 16, 2013 2:45 PM ET
  • "I Won't Be Long"

    "I Won't Be Long" | SONG REVIEW

    "Counting down the minutes/From an hourglass full of ice," Beck sings in this winningly paranoid ballad. He seems to chronicle government surveillance and social fragmentation ("Oh so silently we go"), singing in Thurston Moore mode,...

    July 15, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • "Dance Apocalyptic"

    "Dance Apocalyptic" | SONG REVIEW

    Dances don't get much less apocalyptic than this. Monáe salutes the Mark Ronson school of British faux-Motown pop, retro and lightweight without mussing anyone's hair. It's a functional soundtrack to her conceptual zombie-invasion video, rather than...

    July 15, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • "Bagboy"

    "Bagboy" | SONG REVIEW

    One of the wisest moves the Pixies ever made was not clogging up their reunion tours with new songs. But after almost 10 years, you can't blame Black Francis if he wants to call this...

    July 15, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • "Love Illumination"

    "Love Illumination" | SONG REVIEW

    Well, it's about damn time. After four years away, the Glasgow mod boys make their hotly anticipated return with this stomping celebration of fuzz guitar and club-kid lust. And is that an oboe solo? Now that's...

    July 15, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • 'Mad Men': Old Friends Are Acting Strange

    'Mad Men': Old Friends Are Acting Strange | BLOG ENTRY

    It's always so traumatic when another excellent Mad Men season ends. I loved that finale so much, I knew I'd have to obsessively re-watch the whole season all week just to figure out how great it...

    June 27, 2013 2:40 PM ET
  • 'Under the Dome': Inside the Terror Dome

    'Under the Dome': Inside the Terror Dome | ARTICLE

    In the CBS thriller Under the Dome, bad things are happening to the all-American town of Chester's Mill. A giant invisible shield comes down from outer space, sharp enough to slice a cow in half. People...

    June 24, 2013 9:30 PM ET
  • 'True Blood': Bored on the Bayou

    'True Blood': Bored on the Bayou | ARTICLE

    As the True Blood ads say, "No one lives forever." But vampire sex soaps – damn, those can be pesky to kill off. True Blood has gotten so soft in the head, it's hard to remember...

    June 23, 2013 9:00 PM ET
  • Happy Birthday, 'Exile In Guyville': Celebrating Twenty Years of Liz Phair’s Masterpiece

    Happy Birthday, 'Exile In Guyville': Celebrating Twenty Years of Liz Phair’s Masterpiece | BLOG ENTRY

    Happy twentieth birthday, Exile in Guyville. Liz Phair released her indie-rock masterpiece on June 22, 1993, long before the concept of "overshare" existed. She...

    June 22, 2013 11:09 AM ET
  • James Gandolfini: The '260-Pound Woody Allen' Who Changed TV

    James Gandolfini: The '260-Pound Woody Allen' Who Changed TV | BLOG ENTRY

    "I get it!" James Gandolfini yells at the desert sun at the end of The Sopranos, back in 2007. It's a moment that brings the whole Tony Soprano story together – the New Jersey mob boss out...

    June 20, 2013 7:55 AM ET
  • Hey, It's Friday. Wanna Argue About the Beatles' Last Album?

    Hey, It's Friday. Wanna Argue About the Beatles' Last Album? | BLOG ENTRY

    So what's the final Beatles album? Abbey Road or Let It Be? If you're a Beatles fan, you've had at least one chemically-assisted late-night argument about this (because that's what we do). Abbey Road was the last...

    June 14, 2013 11:15 AM ET
  • 'Mad Men' After Lane Pryce: The Year of Magical Thinking

    'Mad Men' After Lane Pryce: The Year of Magical Thinking | BLOG ENTRY

    One year ago today, Mad Men killed off everybody's favorite character, Lane Pryce, in the episode "Commissions and Fees." (The third of June – same day as Billie Joe McAllister. Damn.) But somehow, a year later,...

    June 3, 2013 5:30 PM ET
  • Wings Over America [Deluxe Edition]

    Wings Over America [Deluxe Edition] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wings Over America was Paul McCartney’s bold arena-rock (as opposed to pop) move of the 1970s – a triple-disc live set, complete with vocal showcases for the backup guys. It was also the first time...

    May 28, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • The Rhinestone Closet

    The Rhinestone Closet | ARTICLE

    "Disgusting is in the eyes of the disgusting," Michael Douglas declares as Liberace, and that's the kind of showbiz philosophy that made Liberace an American legend. In Steven Soderbergh's new HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, the Vegas...

    May 26, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Blowout

    Blowout | ALBUM REVIEW

    The So So Glos are punk-rock kids from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn – like if the Ramones really were brothers. Their second album is their gloriously high-speed manifesto, as the Glos declare war on everything boring ("I'm...

    May 8, 2013 10:30 AM ET
  • Closing Time: Saying Goodbye to 'The Office'

    Closing Time: Saying Goodbye to 'The Office' | ARTICLE

    The first thing that shocked everybody about The Office: It didn't suck. (An American network adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acerbic British comedy? Pass.) The final thing that shocked everybody about The Office: It started to suck....

    April 25, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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