As we all know, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was the greatest thing about TLC always. She was the fire. She was the spunk. She was the girl who accidentally burned her boyfriend's mansion down because she was slightly irritated and tried to set fire to his sneakers in a bath. When Left Eye died in a car cr ... More >>
If I had to pick one story in all the history of music to illustrate everything I love and hate about pop, I would choose the one about Veronica Bennett and her one-time partner, Phil Spector. What's great about Bennett and Spector is the music they made together: "Walking in the Rain," "Why Don't ... More >>
There is the fact of money. And there is the fantasy. In America, we're so steeped in our wish for wealth at all costs that we've made it a virtue to live want-by-want. We've coined a shorthand for it, too. We call it "the American dream." Every pillar of our public life in one way or another uphold ... More >>
The Grammy Awards are dull and insipid every year, but at least for the last two years the Recording Academy managed a few surprises: In 2011, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, providing a climactic reality-check for thousands of indie partisans; in 2012, the awards attempted to both grapple with t ... More >>
Normally I do these things on Radiohead or Bruce or Madonna, but my editor cleared one for Carly Rae Jepsen, who was a complete unknown a year ago. That's how big the biggest hit of the year is. Problem is, it's that mass-mass appeal that I think keeps me from all the way enjoying it. It's a cute so ... More >>
Sean ParkerThe Occupy protesters might think they have it bad. Dealing with latrine-like encampments, tear-gas assaults, and general derision from the nation's economic and political elite is no walk in the park. But Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker has news for them: His life is pretty tou ... More >>
By now you may already be recovering from watching the Ed Lee music video featuring MC Hammer, Brian Wilson, Ashkon, Willie Brown and others. The video was funded in large part by Hammer's good pal and right-wing piñata du jour Ron Conway, as well as Sean Parker (who you may recall having paranoid ... More >>
The second installment in the Blow Your Head compilation series, released today, underscores Diplo's status as the world's most persuasive musical archaeologist. Released on Mad Decent, the record label run by the DJ, producer, and former darling of M.I.A., it focuses on the newly-created sub-genre ... More >>
Joseph SchellChris Keating of YeasayerYeasayer Smith Westerns May 26, 2011 @ The Fillmore Better Than: Every other afternoon set at the Pitchfork Music Festival Indie rock bands like Yeasayer are a dime a dozen on the modern touring circuit. Feel like augmenting the typical guitar, bass and ... More >>
You may have seen Dave Grohl a few days ago giving Glee creator Ryan Murphy a good verbal kicking for acting like a prissy pants (no surprise there -- have you seen that show?) every time an artist refuses to let him use their music for the series. Grohl -- clearly the eternally sane voice in a worl ... More >>
Despite its reputation, gay-friendly San Francisco is still a tough place for teens to come out.
RamaScreenNapster's Sean Parker -- yes, the guy played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network -- put his pot money where his mouth isThe e-mail came Monday from Oaksterdam University's Richard Lee, the main driving force (at least publicly) behind cannabis semi-legalization measure Propos ... More >>
Chrissy LoaderEl Vez, Los StraightjacketsThursday, Dec. 17, 2009The IndependentBetter than: Elvis impersonators who don't speak Spanish.El Vez is, in many ways, a role model for the importance of the live event in the music industry. The punk rocker-turned-underground-musical-theater star has spe ... More >>
Chrissy LoaderDuran DuranTuesday, July 7, 2009The FillmoreBetter than: Watching Michael Jackson's memorial service on your laptop.Last night, the Fillmore felt like a giant bachelorette party that just happened to have some dudes at it. Women in their 30s and 40s were pressed in toward the stage in ... More >>
Liz HaleyMirahTuesday, April 7, 2009Bimbos 365Review By Melissa BaronBetter Than: I mean, what else could you possible have to do on a cold and drizzly Tuesday night?It's easy to forget that Bimbo's is such a classy venue. You walk through the doors and everything shines in gold and velvet. The bath ... More >>
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Which, come to think of it, may be enough, for everyone involved.
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