• So What’s The Big Deal?

    July 2, 2013 5:50 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I’d like to offer the most cutting-edge and astute music criticism possible here—in fact, I’d always like to do that—but sadly without the appropriate cellphone in my hand, I’m not able to review Jay-Z’s latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Word is the album will be available to Samsung Galaxy owners via an app this coming July 4th, though the rest of us—the ones who don’t own Samsung phones, apparently—will have to wait a few days for t...  | More »

  • India.Arie: Hey! She’s Great!

    June 25, 2013 6:20 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Like most of us, I’m still getting over the news that singer Rihanna has taken to wearing a new hat—apparently some sort of veil is involved, and I’m assured it’s the height of fashion—and am trying to put my own puny life in perspective! Word is she places it on her head! Still, I’d like to take this opportunity to announce what may be the single biggest break this writer has ever received in his long career! Starting this week, each and every one of my...  | More »

  • The Empire State!

    June 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    How exciting could one weekend be for music fans? The world-famous “Bonnaroo” took place—an exciting pop festival in the tradition of Woodstock, only held many years later for those who missed it! It rained, there was mud, it cost money, it was streamed online! Then lovable rap star Kanye West and his affable soulmate Kim Kardashian—who’s apparently quite popular!—unexpectedly gave birth to a baby girl! Who even knew she was pregnant? Finally, charismati...  | More »

  • Even Blacker Sabbath!

    June 11, 2013 6:27 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s an inspiring week in the world of pop music! Rocker Lenny Kravitz caused a hubbub this weekend playing his unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll before a bewildered country music audience at the CMA Music Festival! Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ extended “club gig” at LA’s Fonda Theatre was shut down by fire marshals Saturday night due to overcrowding! The week’s most-anticipated new release? By none other than up-and-coming rockers Black Sa...  | More »

  • Queens For a Day!

    June 6, 2013 5:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s been a busier week than I’d like, meaning: I missed the opportunity earlier today to take a bus trip to Santa Barbara to watch former blond reggae rocker Sting perform all the songs that will comprise his soon-to-come, self-composed Broadway musical—dudes, this is not fiction! I awoke to a suggestion that Miley Cyrus’s new “risqué” single artwork was one of the biggest music stories of the day! And, perhaps mostly, we decided to start up a li...  | More »

  • Borne On The Bio!

    May 28, 2013 6:10 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I missed my chance to rave about the new Daft Punk album last week—for indeed that’s when it was finally issued--but rather than write about it I chose to be stuck aboard an American Airlines flight trapped on a Dallas runway due to inclement weather. But it’s every bit as good as you might’ve heard, and of course it is a huge sales success, and this is good. Coincidentally, in Dallas I was watching an extremely impressive live performance by Australia’s Empire ...  | More »

  • The Lost Weekend!

    May 14, 2013 12:30 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I’m not sure what it may mean as far as the record industry is concerned, but this week was significant indeed. Anyone who’s been paying attention to the present-day music biz realizes that the buzz on Random Access Memories, the soon-to-be-released album by helmet-wearing French space dudes Daft Punk, has been bordering on the absurd since initial track “Get Lucky” emerged during Coachella weekend. This morning it was announced that the entire album could be heard f...  | More »

  • The Sexy Pistols!

    May 7, 2013 11:00 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    There are weeks when one can look at new album release lists and wonder who in their right mind would buy any of these? This, however, is not one of those weeks. I don’t know if anyone might’ve guessed ten years ago that contemporary country music would become one of the hottest genres going, but here we are. New releases by Lady Antebellum, the Pistol Annies and the Dixie Chicks’ own Natalie Maines are among this week’s most hotly anticipated albums, and all of them...  | More »

  • The Mystic Saga Of The Eagles!

    April 30, 2013 9:25 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    They say that rock ‘n’ roll is a young man’s game, but of course “they” are inadvertently sexist—I’m told that chicks rock as well!—and clearly weren’t living in Los Angeles this week, where two of the hottest concert tickets came via private shows by one Rod Stewart (current age: 68) and the Rolling Stones (average age two years older than that of the US Supreme Court). Unexpectedly, neither artist covered “Walk, Don’t Run&rd...  | More »

  • I, Bublé !

    April 23, 2013 12:10 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Last week was an odd one for music fans: The year’s biggest music fest, Coachella, faded out with something of a whimper, overshadowed by, of all things, the surging popularity of a Daft Punk single and a video by the mildly amusing Psy, now apparently back for his second 15 minutes of fame, and what we have now come to call Record Store Day. To those of use who once spent significant time behind the counters of various record stores, Record Store Day is a bittersweet event. Finding a ...  | More »

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