This week, the world found out that, had he played his cards differently, Ryan Gosling could've been a Backstreet Boy. By all accounts, he thought joining the band would've been a waste of time, since New Kids On The Block had already happened. (Silly, silly Gosling -- as long as there are teenage g ... More >>
Like my colleague Andrew Stout, I have mostly managed to avoid Justin Bieber for what I'm pretty sure are good reasons. He's a typical "innocent" white male singer trying to represent universality to nonwhites and nonmales. Then there's his musical blandness: bits that crept through my defenses of " ... More >>
If you're a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live, chances are high that you found yourself confused and aghast last weekend, when the show's musical guest turned out to be British boy-band sensation One Direction. The band members grinned their way through two songs -- one of which, incidentally, d ... More >>
In what sounds like a weak "Bed Intruder" rip-off, the once-extinct Creem magazine has announced its return to the world of the living: "Lock the doors, hide your children, we're back!"
This isn't the first time -- or even the second. After publishing its last issue in 1989, it was resurrect ... More >>
Two weekends ago, throngs descended on Folsom Street for the world's biggest and most famous leather festival. No, not a trunk show of fine riding boots or Italian aviator jackets. As any true San Franciscan knows, "leather" refers to bondage, S&M, fetish gear and the people who get off on it ... More >>
Shawn BrackbillTed Leo PharmacistsDeep into his second decade of playing music for a living, frisky, political-minded East Coast punk rocker Ted Leo says he may have to retire from regular touring and recording next year because of drooping record sales.The Lookout Records artist told Louisvill ... More >>
Comedian and Internet celebrity Jon Lajoie -- the same classy guy who brought you "Show Me Your Genitals" -- wants all the teenage girls out there to know they've been played. Hard. At least according to his music video, which dares to insinuate that pop stars and boy bands don't really exist to sh ... More >>
M. NunezDanzigAll Shall PerishToxic Holocaust@The Regency BallroomJune 27, 2010 Better than: The Backstreet Boys show happening around the corner.
The photo you see above, of Glen Danzig brooding with his eponymous band during a live performance, is not from the Regency Ballroom last night. The ... More >>
For all you doubters: Backstreet's back, alright? Next week the
Boys are heading west to perform at San Francisco Pride and the Warfield Theater. If you asked the guys, though, they'd tell you they were "Never Gone" and "Unbreakable." (Yes, we're reading
straight from some of their recent album ... More >>
'90s Style Icons: the TeletubbiesAre the '90s back already? If so, is it too soon? After all, we can think of several dubious trends from that decade - grunge 'uniforms' (flannel shirts and scruffy faces), sugar-coated teenie pop (think Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys), s ... More >>