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Melissa Maerz

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  • Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

    My Chemical Romance used to be so sad, they could make your cold goth heart bleed. On 2006's The Black Parade, Gerard Way wailed about cancer and misery, emerging as a savior for the broken and the damned. Now, he's dyed his hair fiery red, and he's pissed at everyone: junkies, party girls, Hollywood and […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Loud

    Call it How Rihanna Got Her Groove Back: Clearly over her abusive ex, she leaves behind the tortured mood of 2009's Rated R in order to pound Jameson shots and table-dance at Coyote Ugly. "Life's too short to be sittin' round miserable," she sings on "Cheers (Drink to That)," and with these digital-pop party tracks, […]

    • Album Reviews
  • How to Destroy Angels

    Having wrestled with world annihilation in Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is dealing with his scariest subject ever: marriage. His new trio is fronted by his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, and married life doesn't exactly sound like bliss. In an eerily comatose voice, Maandig imagines the couple's guts getting ripped out onstage: "Opened up, proudly on […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Memphis Blues

    Lately, Cyndi Lauper is many things: American Idol guest, Lady Gaga sidekick, relevant again. So it's the perfect time for her to make . . . classic blues covers? Memphis Blues is a curveball, but that's its charm. It's fun to hear Lauper go all badass Betty Boop on "Don't Cry No More" and "Rollin' […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Destroyer of the Void

    No indie band tells better campfire tales than these flannel-clad Oregonians: They have been singing vivid folk-rock odes to horse-stealing and wolf-wrestling since their 2003 debut. Here, they get epic — tracking a prodigal son who battles hurricanes and dragons before becoming . . . a suit tailor. Trading low-fi ruggedness for gorgeous Americana pop, […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Best Folk Import: Mumford & Sons

    U.K. neo-folk act gets loud with banjos, acoustic guitars

    • Music
  • Secrets of “The Runaways”: Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Co. on the Wild New Biopic

    What's the only thing better than becoming the first acclaimed all-female rock band? Becoming the first all-female rock band to get your own biopic. At least that was the feeling during Wednesday night's premiere of The Runaways, the true story of the five teenage girls who spent the Seventies kicking their way down the Sunset […]

    • Music
  • The Mind Behind “Mad Men”

    Will Sterling Cooper move to L.A.? Are Don and Betty unraveling? Creator Matthew Weiner on what's in store for TV's best show

    • (Sub)Culture
  • Sounds of the Universe

    For their new album, Depeche Mode said they were using analog synthesizers and other vintage gear to "conjure up images of the universe and space travel." But the result sounds like a time machine back to the Eighties. The pulsing single "Wrong" oozes classic synth-pop angst, but with Commodore 64-style beats and laser-tag keyboards, ballads […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Hot Actor: Q&A With “Twilight” Star Robert Pattinson

    "There's only so much adoration you can take"

    • TV & Movies