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John Vilanova

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  • Pepsi's Idiotic Kendall Jenner Ad Highlights Pop Music's Protest Problem

    How songs like Skip Marley's "Lions" in the Pepsi ad get caught in a battle between capital and protest

    • Music
  • Lesh, Weir Turn Out Short Set to Preview Grateful Dead Exhibit

    New York City Deadheads exchanged their tie-dyed shirts and electric kool-aid for suits, ties and wine glasses on Wednesday night as the New York Historical Society hosted a benefit gala for an upcoming exhibit honoring the history and legacy of the Grateful Dead. Approximately 300 donors munched on hors d'oeuvres while enjoying a first look […]

    • (Sub)Culture
  • Matisyahu Takes on Heavy Topics, Dense Beats on August's "Light"

    "Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I'm breathing," chants reggae sensation and Hasidic Jew Matisyahu on "One Day," the anthemic new single from his upcoming album, Light, which will be released on August 25th. It's been more than three years since his breakthrough single, "King Without a Crown," became a surprise hit […]

    • Music
  • Phish Bust Out Rarities, Kids for Unique Father's Day Gig

    Fresh off two headlining performances at Bonnaroo last weekend, Phish brought the first half of their first tour in five years to a dynamic end last night at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theater. The band took the stage with some special guests — their seven children — before opening with their first rendition of "Brother," […]

    • Music
  • Phish Dive Deep Into Catalog For Reunion Tour Opener in Boston

    Fenway Park's PA announcer was in fine form on Sunday evening as a capacity crowd in Boston gathered around the rain-soaked stadium for the opening night of Phish's first summer tour since 2004. "Absolutely no smoking," he joked to the assembled free-spirited, dreadlocked masses. "And stay in your seats." Assigned seating meant little as the […]

    • Music
  • Eddie Vedder Recalls Birth of Pearl Jam in Grunge Oral History

    Seattle is famous for Starbucks, the Space Needle, and, of course, grunge, the early-Nineties movement responsible for producing rock icons like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. For his new book, Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music (released earlier this month on ECW Press), author Greg Prato interviewed more than 130 of […]

    • Music
  • The Open Door

    To some extent, this EP — culled from songs left off last year's Narrow Stairs — feels like a Death Cab for Cutie sampler pack: "Little Bribes" is a return to the jaunty guitar rock of The Photo Album; the driving "I Was Once a Loyal Lover" is the Seattle foursome at their poppiest; and […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Death Cab for Cutie Dig Out Deep Cuts for Philly Tour Opener

    Death Cab for Cutie kicked off their U.S. tour last night with a stop at Philadelphia's Tower Theater, a converted movie house with acoustics ready-made for frontman Ben Gibbard's supernaturally clean and earnest whisper. Gibbard, recently engaged to fellow indie icon Zooey Deschanel, took the stage after solid performances from opening acts Cold War Kids […]

    • Music
  • Allman Brothers Band Wrap Beacon Theatre Run With Dead, Kid Rock Cameos

    The Allman Brothers Band's return to New York's Beacon Theatre came to a triumphant end over the weekend, riding the success of 15 shows, over 100 songs played, and a guest list that rivals that of The Last Waltz. The Brothers moved into the recently restored venue March 9th and the critically acclaimed run is […]

    • Music
  • Rockers Rally to Help Cover Nerves/Plimsouls Leader Peter Case's Medical Bills

    Peter Case, the former frontman of the Nerves and the Plimsouls, needs some help. Case, 54, underwent emergency open-heart surgery on January 15th, and he is expected to make a full recovery. However, Case, like many musicians and 46 million other Americans, does not have medical insurance. The lengthy hospital stay and numerous other mounting […]

    • Music