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Billy Joel Sets Up Residency at Madison Square Garden

Pop/rock icon to perform monthly for foreseeable future

New York visitors looking for an opportunity to catch Billy Joel in concert will have that opportunity for the foreseeable future at Madison Square Garden. On Tuesday, the “Piano Man” announced that he will be playing monthly concert dates at the famed venue as long as there is public demand for it. So in other words—probably until he dies. It’s really an historic moment for the venue, which has never […]


Britney Jean

Britney Spears “Britney Jean” –Album Review

RCA (2013)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there was a lot riding on the release of Britney Jean, Britney Spears’ widely-touted, much anticipated new album. Several years past a string of erratic, meltdown-like behaviors and PR nightmares in which she became the worst caricature of herself—with some of the offstage drama news as fresh as her stint last year on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor—for the past few months […]


Bob Dylan

Croatian Group Sues Bob Dylan for “Racism”

Here’s a bit of double irony to start your week: Bob Dylan is being sued by a Croatian group in France over alleged racist remarks made in an interview with Rolling Stone last year, according to Slate.fr via Business Insider. The irony is double in that first of all, we’re talking about one of the civil rights movements’ most outspoken supporters being sued for racism; and secondly, the allegedly offensive […]


Kim Shattuck

Pixies Part Ways with New Bassist Kim Shattuck

Seems like the Pixies are having difficulty hanging onto female bass players named Kim. Shortly after the band announced in July that founding bassist Kim Deal had left the band, they hired The Muffs’ bassist and lead singer Kim Shattuck to fill her shoes. But on Friday, Shattuck posted her disappointing news to Facebook and Twitter, suggesting that she had been canned after just four months: Disappointed to learn that […]


Joan Jett I Love Rock n Roll

Rock Rewind: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”

After a four-year stint with all-girl rock band The Runaways in the late 1970s, chick-rocker Joan Jett was at a bit of an impasse. After trying in vain to launch a solo career in England, she ended up recording a self-titled solo album with producer and friend Kenny Laguna in 1980, then ended up self-releasing it after nearly two dozen labels rejected it. Then came Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, […]


Milosh Jetlag

Milosh “Jetlag” – Album Review

Deadly (2013)

As the androgynous voice behind enigmatic electro-soul duo Rhye, singer-songwriter Milosh had many convinced that they were in fact listening to a new Sade-esque chanteuse on the stunning Quiet Storm-inspired Woman earlier this year. Now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, the Canadian has decided to revive his under-rated but largely ignored solo career with a fourth album, Jetlag, which is arguably just as seductive. Recorded in […]


Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery Scores a Hit with Self-Titled Debut

Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Nashville (2013)

Last spring during The Voice Season 4, teenage country singer Danielle Bradbery became an instant American sweetheart, captivating the public as much by her strong, silky voice as by her backstory. We simply couldn’t believe a voice that good was coming from someone completely untrained and inexperienced (the blind auditions were her first public performance). We didn’t know stories of discovery existed like this anymore. It was almost never a […]


Kosheen Solitude

Kosheen “Solitude” – Album Review

Kosheen Records (2013)

Making up for lost time following their five-year hiatus, trip-hop/drum ‘n’ bass trio Kosheen now return with their second studio album in just over twelve months and one which is also intended to “represent the band breaking free from some behind-the-scenes stuff,” Solitude. The band’s mission statement would suggest that a reinvention is on the cards. But disappointingly, the majority of its eleven tracks stick to the same kind of […]


One Direction Midnight Memories

One Direction “Midnight Memories” –Album Review

Syco Records/Columbia (2013)

“Whether they can keep up this momentum by traveling this rut-ridden road remains to be seen. But for now, they’re here, topping the charts, and wooing young hearts.” Apologies if it is narcissistic to quote yourself, but this is what I wrote about One Direction a mere year and a half ago when their debut album Up All Night was imprinting their pretty faces indelibly into the hearts of ‘tween […]


American Music Awards

Taylor Swift Dominates Win Category at American Music Awards

Recap, highights and lo-lights of the AMA Awards 2013

Despite some of the negative vibes country-pop artist Taylor Swift has generated of late with her penchant for targeting ex-boyfriends in her music, her popularity with her fan base continues to soar. This was demonstrated at Sunday night’s 41st American Music Awards telecast as fans voted her Artist of the Year for a record third time. “My lucky number is 13, and so far you guys have made 2013 the […]


George Jones

Nashville Bids Farewell to George Jones in All-Star Tribute

Over 100 notable musical artists converged on Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night to offer a final tribute to country legend George Jones. Billed as “Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show,” (referencing two of Jones’ lifetime nicknames), the concert was supposed to have been the final date of the icon’s farewell tour. After Jones passed away in April of this year, the decision was made to keep the date as a […]


Pharrell Happy Video

Pharrell Releases 24 Hours of “Happy”: Video

This must be a week of video “firsts.” A couple of days ago, Bob Dylan released an interactive, 16-channel flip-through video for his classic hit “Like a Rolling Stone.” Today, R&B artist/rapper/producer Pharrell Williams has released the first-ever 24-hour music video for his tune “Happy” off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. In a nutshell, the video plays the song “Happy” on repeat while person after person sings and/or dances in […]


Madonna MDNA

Madonna, Lady Gaga are World’s Highest-Paid Musicians in 2013: Forbes

Looks like the public rivalry between two generations of pop diva superstars has paid off for both. According to Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians, Madonna and Lady Gaga took the two top slots for 2013. The “Material Girl,” who spent the better part of last year stirring pots with her controversial MDNA Tour, topped the list by a wide margin, pulling in a whopping $125 million. Gaga, […]


Bob Dylan music video

Bob Dylan Releases “Like A Rolling Stone” Interactive Music Video

Official video coincides with huge box-set release

A classic rock song goes high-tech. After 48 years, Bob Dylan finally made an official music video for his song “Like a Rolling Stone.” And how. The perfect combination of old and new, Dylan’s video for the 1965 song features an interactive virtual television with 16 channels of people lip syncing to the song on their various shows—and the viewer can actually flip through the different channels and watch them. […]


Daughtry Baptized

Daughtry “Baptized” –Album Review

19 Recordings/RCA (2013)

From one point of view, it’s hard to feel sorry for Chris Daughtry. After his shocking 4th-place elimination from American Idol Season 5, his popularity has carried him onward to become the best selling AI alumnus who didn’t actually win the competition, going platinum with his first two outings and trailing behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood in total record sales. On the other hand, he does deserve a […]


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