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Fall Out Boy, Ryan Adams Get Down and Dirty on New EP

Fall Out Boy, Ryan Adams Get Down and Dirty on New EP

When Fall Out Boy ended a four-year hiatus this spring with the release of fifth album  Save Rock and Roll , audiences and critics were clearly happy to hear their unique blend of verbose, baroque pop-punk on the airwaves again. (Lead single “ My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) ” hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 – rarified air for a rock band in the 2010s.) If you’d told fans they’d follow up Save Rock and Roll with a taut, grimy EP of punk tunes, it might’ve been hard to believe. […]

The Singles Bar: Tears for Fears, "Ready to Start"

The Singles Bar: Tears for Fears, “Ready to Start”

New Wave legends Tears for Fears surprised fans with their first new recording in nine years: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It might be crazy to call a band with 16 U.K. Top 40 hits “underrated,” but Tears for Fears – to this writer – have only seemed to earn the respect they truly deserve in recent times. In the last decade, Gary Jules and Michael Andrews had a U.K. chart-topper with a mournful cover of the band’s “ Mad World ,” […]

You Will Believe: How "Superman: The Movie" Made "Man of Steel" Possible

You Will Believe: How “Superman: The Movie” Made “Man of Steel” Possible

The release of Man of Steel – the latest attempt to tell the story of comic book legend Superman – fills me with an excitement I can’t quite articulate. The chance to see my favorite mythological figure in American history grace the silver screen again is a cause for celebration – which is astounding, considering how little I wanted to do with this particular tale mere months ago. Since the last son of Krypton flew into my life, I’ve had one very specific picture of him in […]

"The Last Ship" Has Sailed: Sting Announces First New Album in a Decade

“The Last Ship” Has Sailed: Sting Announces First New Album in a Decade

Prepare to be Stung…again.

Start Spreading the News: Julian Velard Plans New York-Based Concept LP

Start Spreading the News: Julian Velard Plans New York-Based Concept LP

When last we heard from Julian Velard, one of the best and most underrated singer-songwriters in the pop game, he’d dashed off a quick but captivating EP, Person of Interest , last fall. Since then, he’s kept a low profile, popping up as musical entertainment on a few NPR shows here and there and performing with fellow singer-songwriter Ari Hest as part of the soft-rock cover act The Jewbadours . The silence finally ends this month, with a forthcoming album out this year and a […]

Mini-bLISTerd: A Tribute to the Style of Nile

Mini-bLISTerd: A Tribute to the Style of Nile

If you like music and you’ve been on the Internet in the past few weeks, you can’t go far without seeing Daft Punk’s name in print. The French dance duo came back in a big way this month with the release of  Random Access Memories , a stirringly retro dance album and their first proper studio album in eight years (a live album and the soundtrack to TRON: Legacy have all appeared in the interim). Deftly zigging where an EDM-fueled crowd expected them to […]

Huey Lewis & The News, Sports: 30th Anniversary Edition: Album Review

Huey Lewis & The News, Sports: 30th Anniversary Edition: Album Review

Who wants a new drug?

Who Said They're "Wack"? The Lonely Island Plan New Album

Who Said They’re “Wack”? The Lonely Island Plan New Album

Blame the incredibly long shadow of “Weird Al” Yankovic or the crop of so many dime-a-dozen parodists dropping quickly-crafted goofs on YouTube, but it always feels that The Lonely Island are criminally underrated. Sure, the trio of writer/actors Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccome and Akiva Schaeffer have earned plenty of acclaim for their daffy song satire, thanks to their beloved Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live , where Samberg acted and Taccome wrote for several years. Some of these clips, including the ’90s R&B pastiche “ Dick in a Box ” […]

Hashtag, You're It: Eight Examples of Outdated Tech in Pop Music

Hashtag, You’re It: Eight Examples of Outdated Tech in Pop Music

15 years from now, someone will pull this article up and ask “What’s a blog?”

Declan's Well, Campaign Capsized: Album Review

Declan’s Well, Campaign Capsized: Album Review

An electronic musician from New Jersey makes catchy pop about heartbreak and suburbia. What’s not to like?

Blerd Appreciation: Deke Richards - Thank You, Thank You, Baby

Blerd Appreciation: Deke Richards – Thank You, Thank You, Baby

The name Deke Richards may not strike you immediately if you’re not a Motown fanatic. But if you’ve got any love for the works of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 (and, of course, if you read this site, surely you must), the news of Richards’ passing is indeed a bittersweet note. Richards, born Dennis Lussier, was one-quarter of two of Motown’s most famous songwriting collectives in the post-Holland-Dozier-Holland era. First there was The Clan with Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson and R. Dean Taylor; together, […]

Pass the Popcorn: "Roger Rabbit" on Blu-Ray? Yes, P-P-P-Please!

Pass the Popcorn: “Roger Rabbit” on Blu-Ray? Yes, P-P-P-Please!

Ahhh, the 25th anniversary edition. There’s no quicker way to crush us under the wheels of time. The quarter century mark is usually the first really legitimate proof that a film or album is going to stand the test of time for someone – and this week, someone’s certainly going to be happy over the release of a 25th anniversary edition of the modern classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit, making its debut on Blu-Ray. Based on a wacky pulp novel by Gary […]