• 'American Idol': Calm Before the Storm?
    January 17, 11:15 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Everything seems to be going so smoothly for American Idol. Which immediately raises the question: Is it time to start panicking about American Idol?

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  • The New Queen of Mean: Madeleine Stowe of 'Revenge'
    January 4, 3:30 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Congratulations, Madeleine Stowe! You make everyone else in any prime-time network drama look like a toothless simpering puddle of bunny drivel! As the fearsome Hamptons-socialite villainess on ABC'sRevenge, she's easily the kickiest thing on the season's kickiest new show, living up to all the sudsy melodramatics with her psycho eye-steam and menacingly husky voice.

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  • The 10 Best Albums of 2011
    December 21, 2:35 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    1. EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints
    Alternate title: She Found Hate in a Hopeful Place. We all get as miserable as Erika M. Andersen sometimes, but we rarely approach her musical-ideas-per-miserable-minute ratio.

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  • The Top 25 Songs of 2011
    December 21, 1:30 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    My 25 favorite songs of 2011, including but not limited to: hits, obscurities, disco jams, guitar monsters, boof-boof chants, pelican-fly rappers and karaoke-room-clearers. And Stevie Nicks, obviously.

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  • Happy 30th Birthday Britney Spears: Here's to 10 More Years of Pop Awesomeness
    December 2, 10:20 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Happy 30th birthday, Britney. It's safe to say you had the awesomest 20s of any pop star ever. Ten years ago, Britney rang in her 20s by wearing a python to do "I'm A Slave 4 U," a song about seething party-girl desperation that compares her vagina to a kitty cat; she rings in her 30s with "How I Roll," a song about seething party-girl desperation that compares her vagina to a kitty cat. If you don't think that's artistic integrity, there's something wrong with you.

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  • Captain America: Why Ron Swanson from 'Parks and Recreation' Is the Angry White Dude's Ultimate Hero
    November 10, 3:35 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Ron Swanson is more than the MVP of the Parks and Recreation squad, more than just the funniest character on TV – he's the perfect depiction of aggrieved American manhood at the twilight of the empire. He has a face sculpted out of glare, a mustache of granite, a helmet of hair held in place by sheer force of will and eyes that can strip the paint off speedboats.

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    There's No Way Eddie Murphy Was Really Going to Host the Oscars
    November 10, 9:55 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Damn – now we don't get to spend Oscar night wondering why Eddie Murphy didn't show up. Murphy abruptly announced on Wednesday that he's refusing to host the Academy Awards, surprising at least several dozen people who got the name wrong and thought it was breaking news about Eddie Money. But it raises the question: who really believed Murphy would go through with hosting the Oscars?

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  • 'American Horror Story' Will Restore Your Faith in Ryan Murphy's Dark Side
    October 27, 1:05 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Ryan Murphy, you sick, brilliant bastard. The Glee creator's new opus, American Horror Story, might seem like the total opposite of his most famous show. 

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    Duran Duran Turn Up the Girl Noise at Madison Square Garden
    October 27, 9:00 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    It's not easy typing a concert review when you have bruised nipples from your date pounding the "Wild Boys" drum solo on your rib cage. But Duran Duran put on tha... | More »

  • Fading Fading Celebrating: What Happens Now for Sonic Youth?
    October 17, 11:55 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Soul-crushing words nobody ever expected or wanted to hear: the future of Sonic Youth appears to be in doubt. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced their separation ... | More »

  • 'X Factor': The Bitch Is Back!
    September 29, 3:55 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    You know how sometimes a rock star will break free from the band that's holding him back, so he can make the solo album that will finally express his true artisti... | More »

  • Radiohead's Triumphant, Wiggly Return to the States
    September 29, 8:13 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    Thom Yorke, you wiggly madman. How we missed you. It's been a couple of years since Radiohead played a live show in America, but wherever these guys have been, th... | More »

  • R.E.M. R.I.P.: Thank You for Running it Into the Ground
    September 22, 11:00 AM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    "Drive," that's the one. I love dozens of songs by R.E.M., but that's the one, even though it took me 7 or 8 years to start liking it. (Most of the other son... | More »

  • 'Jersey Shore' and 'Entourage': Twilight of the Bros
    September 8, 6:20 PM ET
    | Rob Sheffield

    On one level, Jersey Shore and Entourage might seem like they're coming from different places. After all, one is an Emmy-nominated Hollywood satire heading off ... | More »


Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he writes about music, TV and pop culture. He is the author of two books, Talking To Girls About Duran Duran and Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time.

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