What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder that might actually d ... More >>
There few things that come with as much anticipation and anxiety as watching a respected drummer step out from behind the kit and grab a mic. The paradigm shift from rocking in the back of the stage to the front is rarely successful unless you're Phil Collins. So for Hell or Highwater's Brandon Sall ... More >>
You know the song: "Somebody That I Used to Know" is a powerful and bitter break-up anthem by Australian singer-songwriter Gotye. I'm not sure how to rank it compared with Adele's "Someone Like You" as a break-up ode, but I'd definitely put it in the same mix tape. Both songs are seriously up the ... More >>
Teen movies, in general, have great music. I don't know how that is, but when you think about it, teenagers take music more seriously than any other demographic I can think of, so if you're making a movie by/for them, it's gotta have a great soundtrack. Some of the choices may be silly, but, the ... More >>
Things you should know by now: Noel Gallagher is a rock & roll star. He is no longer in Oasis. Although his little brother Liam was the face and main voice of Oasis, Noel was the leader. Noel only sang lead vocals on about 15 percent of the songs, but he wrote about 95 percent of them. Noel ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterFact: Andrew and Jethro decided on Tax Day to create Slapfish. Also a fact: Their food is truly sustainable and fresh, since they double as wholesale importers (triple if you factor in their future "Test Kitchen" endeavor). Did we reel you in yet? Follow our interview with ... More >>
We just gave you the top 10 best albums of the year so far--now revel in the best singles!Obviously, Adele is in there, but guess who else gets a mention? Plus, do you agree with our choices? Put your own picks in the comments!
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyHey, the year's half over! Isn't that reason enough to count back through the albums that have been released thus far in 2011 and decide which ones we can safely say are great? Yes, it is.Check out our picks after the jump--and see which ones made it.
In a move that devastated fans of the soundtrack to Disney's Tarzan (1999), Phil Collins announced his retirement from the music industry this week. A prolific recording artist during his 40 year career, it's unlikely the former Genesis front man will stay idle for long. When Collins is read ... More >>
Run-D.M.C.We decided to make a new super-cool mixtape for all our loyal readers to enjoy this week. We caught the Reagan documentary on HBO over the long weekend, and it inspired us to reach back to the era of skinny ties, geometric hairdos and personal and musical excess for a set of kickass tun ... More >>
Robert KnightDon't call it a comeback; Yes have been touring for
to be exact), albeit with a rotating cast of personnel. The seminal '70s
band has seen legitimate resurgences in each decade, and still puts in
serious roadwork well into their fourth. Music blogs
don't give a ... More >>
The chica's parents bought me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, so this cheapskate finally splurged on Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land, which collected excerpts from a long-forgotten WPA program that sought to capture America's regional food traditions. It's a great read, ... More >>
Better Than: Playing a game of Guitar Hero while blind folded.
It was a strange thing trudging up the steps of Disney's House of Blues to find an empty bar on the second floor. It's typically the first crowd you see before disappearing down the stairs to find a spot at ground level. But just minu ... More >>
By Andrew Youssef
Better Than: Watching the video for "Viva La Vida" on your new iphone.
Download: Previously unreleased track "Death Will Never Conquer" from the Coldplay.com
It's fitting that the Forum is primarily used as a church these days, with the occasional concert scheduled for variety. ... More >>