For record collectors everywhere (including this one), this Saturday is their Christmas. Yep, Record Store Day is here once again. Beginning in 2008, the event celebrates independent record stores with the release (and re-release in some cases) of super rare, limited edition (or out of print) albums ... More >>
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Urlesque.comNot part of the contest, but hilarious nonetheless.While anxiously waiting for this year's Coachella lineup annoucement (okay, fine, it doesn't usually come out until January but you never know), we decided to troll the message boards for lineup wishlists. Instead, we saw a contest th ... More >>
Maybe it took R.E.M. half of their 30 years together as a band to formally announce their breakup because they were afraid of what would happen. Yup, when the Athens, Ga. band called it quits yesterday, 2,070 articles on Google used a play on the band's 1987 hit "It's the End of the World (As We ... More >>
How do you celebrate the best R.E.M. album to come out in 15 years? The band did it by releasing a short film to accompany each song from Collapse Into Now. Every Day Is Yours To Win, the latest film in s Collapse Into Now Film Project, is currently streaming on YouTube's homepage for 24 hours. T ... 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 >>
RisersRisers EPhttp://risers.bandcamp.com/We're looking a little to the north this week, but LA does have its good points, after all. It could be argued that '80s nostalgia has come too far with the opening track of Risers' self-titled debut EP A Current Affair, but there's no dramatic ... More >>
It may be hard to believe, but it has now been 20 years since 1991. "The Year That Punk Broke" may not have completely lived up to the eponymous documentary title, but it remains a watershed year in musical history, and not solely for the grunge-/alternative-rock breakthrough that defined the tim ... More >>
Wendy Lynch/MyspaceModest MouseEver notice what bizarre instruments indie rockers have been using on stage? It may enhance the sound at times, but whipping out a melodica or tuba always makes me wonder what the hell were they were thinking. Artists like Sufjan Stevens and Modest Mouse need to cut ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick here for the Long Beach Street Food Fest slideshow!What do you get when you put a couple of thousand people, 21 new-style food trucks, a pretty good cover band, and a beer and margarita tent in a park near the ocean?If you're me, you get a belly full, an earful and a nasty sun ... More >>
Will you start buying CDs again if they're priced at $10 or less? Universal Music Group hopes so.Producer, self-proclaimed ex-lover, files lawsuit against Lady Gaga for $30 million--claims he basically created the Fame Monster.
Lil Wayne's forever delayed delayed rock album Rebirth--now due out Feb. 1--mistakenly shipped to 500 Amazon customer. Can't wait to read those "most helpful customer reviews."Karen O up for Grammy and Golden Globe for Where the Wild Things Are score.Bill Berry drums/sings backup vocals on new R.E. ... More >>
I've been bear-hugged by Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green. Talked politics with Toby Keith. Sat with Norah Jones just weeks after her multi-platinum debut dropped and killed a pint of Bushmills with AC/DC singer Brian Johnson.
All of this went down during the past decade while writing for Florida ... More >>
Night can either be fun (the carefree frolic described in R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming") or scary (like the vampire-filled 30 Days of Night), or somewhere in between, like beloved '90s Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Plus there's the "Night" that's in M. Night Shyamalan's middle name, ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again.
As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scenes ... More >>
An employee at a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon mistakenly ordered vinyl LPs of R.E.M.'s latest album, Accelerate, instead of the CD-DVD version, and a funny thing happened: 20 of the vinyl copies sold the first day they were put on the shelves. Now this retailer is going to stock the format t ... More >>
I'm sure by now that most of you who read this are aware our editor-in-chief, Will Swaim, has resigned. What you may not be aware of, however, is our boss's penchant for singing—constantly. Seriously. Dude sings more than Rebecca Schoenkopf does. Which is A LOT. Anyway. In memorium, I'm posti ... More >>