Why is it that when British people drink too much, they become 10 times funnier? It's not just the accents (though that does definitely help). There is just something specific to coming from that island -- and we have no idea what it is -- that inspires a special next-level of unhindered glee and co ... More >>
Depending on your perspective, cheating's a little bit naughty, a whole bunch of fun, or one of the worst things you could possibly do to another human being. Here are our 10 favorite songs about not being able to keep it in your pants when you're supposed to. "Cry Me A River," Justin TimberlakeThe ... More >>
It's that magical time of year once again, where the entire nation leaves the house looking ridiculous on purpose! Yay! Occasionally, Halloween costumes based on musicians border on genius -- like Sum 41's Deryck Whibley and his girlfriend Ari Cooper hitting a party a few days ago dressed like Deryc ... More >>
The Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the nine-year anniversary of S ... More >>
If you've walked along upper Haight recently, you'll have no doubt noticed the series of tributes to much loved musical heroes who are no longer with us, lovingly arranged around single trees. Amy Winehouse recently joined Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on that run. But tributes to musicians -- both ... More >>
On Sunday, April 15, 2012, the world officially entered science fiction-land. Sure, iPods are pretty futuristic, GPS is spy magic from space, and we all have stupidly intelligent phones now, but nothing has felt quite as much like living in a Buck Rogers episode than when Tupac got resurrected in ho ... More >>
This week, Whitney Houston became the first female artist to have three albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart at one time. In the two and a half weeks following her death, Whitney sold 2.7 million songs and 668,000 albums -- a massive increase. There's no doubt that if she were st ... More >>
If the marijuana legalization efforts currently underway in California receive some unexpected financial support from Hollywood over the next few months, drug war opponents may be able to thank Whitney Houston. And Tony Bennett.Mere hours after Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hilton hotel bat ... More >>
In the world of random audio hallucination, there's the shit and then there's, well, shit. While I own some terrible stoner tunes, mere good taste, as everyone knows, goes for little in a world of thin walls, car audio, American Idol, and an ongoing '90s revival. Drunk or sober, bent or straight, l ... More >>
Oh, look at that. Nicki Minaj just emerged with a chicken wing around her neck that had been painted hot pink and dressed up like a necklace, and called it fashion. Hot! ... Or not, depending on your perspective. Regardless, in Minaj's avian-slaughtering honour, we'd like to take a look back at 10 o ... More >>
Mitch and Amy WinehouseTwo months after the death of troubled British soul singer Amy Winehouse, the star's almost-famous father, Mitch, is back on the road with his own project and performing live. He'll be celebrating the release of his debut album -- a collection of jazz standards and gems ... More >>
Dear Kanye West,Congratulations. You are officially the most bemusing man in music. We say this because it's been seven years since The College Dropout and we still can't figure out if you're a sly genius or a blinkered buffoon.
Beloved English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. Police have not yet determined the cause of death, but several outlets have reported that there were no signs of foul play.
Winehouse enjoyed a brutally short legacy akin to that of several ... More >>
R.I.P. Amy Winehouse
Maybe now that Amy Winehouse has fallen into that darkness around whose edge she was always walking -- maybe now, that she's lost for good -- we can admit what she was: A rare genius.
Winehouse died this weekend in the same way many seem to remember her passing her life: ... More >>
As if anything could get worse for Amy Winehouse: Yesterday, her last bastion of unmarred public image -- her website -- got hacked. There weren't any references to her drug and alcohol problems, though. Instead, what you get is a profane prank from apparent fans of Berkeley rapper ... More >>
When Demi Moore took her kit off for the cover of Vanity
Fair in 1991, it caused a storm of controversy. A -- gasp! -- naked, pregnant
woman, looking -- double gasp! -- sexy! People freaked out. It was kind of cool, but the problem was that it opened the floodgates. And
now, more than a decade ... More >>
Tamara PalmerGarden State's grilled Alaskan cod, potato, and orange sandwich.One of Portland's newest food cart parking lots, or pods, is located at the Mississippi Marketplace in North Portland, and it might well be one of the most health-conscious collection of carts around, at least relati ... More >>
Noisettes Rickshaw Stop
July 28, 2009
Better than: Any show I've seen in a long time.
America hasn't yet fallen under the spell of London trio Noisettes, but it's gonna happen soon. They are well known in their homeland, and their latest single, "Never Forget You," leaps out of my speakers whe ... More >>
January 29, 2009
Better than: Watching Amy Winehouse frolic a step away from death.
British singer/songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (known simply as Adele) totes a voice that's dripping with old soul, yet she's only 20. When she took to the stage last night at the Warfiel ... More >>
Keys to the City
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2009
Notes by Jackie Lopez
The Independent was chilly on the inside Tuesday night. The venue had left the doors wide open and it just wasn't packed enough for the crowd to steal some body heat from others in attendance. Still, a good number showed u ... More >>