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MTV’s 30th annual Video Music Awards will air Sunday night, 8/24 in Southern California, and I’ve had to Google at least half the people being featured at the event. Lucy Hale, apparently of the reality show American Juniors and Pretty Little Liars, and Charli XCX (is that a new Charlie’s Angel?), British singer/songwriter, will host the pre-show, no doubt trying to avoid any media attention that will recall last year’s twerk-atastrophe. The Parents Television Council has already demanded that M... [Read more]
I'm the product of a mixed marriage. My father was pure Connecticut Yankee, from the roots of his gingery hair to the tips of his Sperry Topsiders®. Mom was born in Oklahoma. Dad didn't approve of country music, which he referred to as "that gawdawful yodeling," and wouldn't have it on the radio. But when Dad was out of the house, Mom would tune in to the country station. She loved to sing along and I'd harmonize, singing soprano to her deep alto. Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Patti Page (Mo... [Read more]
For those of you who are avid country fans, I'm sure you're aware that the ACMs took place this past Sunday, April 6th. Not to be confused with the CMAs, which I'm sure for most of us, it is still difficult to decipher the difference between the two. So here's a cheat sheet to understand the similarities and differences between the two organizations. CMA: Country Music Association Founded in Nashville 1958, First country music organization to be formed Initially dedicated to Nashville music... [Read more]

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It’s funny how the littlest things can get so blown out of proportion. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve got yourself a murder investigation. Trent Reznor was just starting his band, Nine Inch Nails, in 1989 and producing his first album, Pretty Hate Machine, when he was allegedly “murdered” during the filming of his music video, “Down in It”. In the end of the video, a scene was shot of Reznor lying on the ground, indicating that his character had fallen and died. To sh... [Read more]

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To be fair, in some respects, they are like other boy bands: They're easy on the eyes. They're all still teenagers. They have a huge following of barely-post-adolescent girls who tweet and post pictures, statistics, factoids, gossip, videos, etc. And they got a nod from the current power-house of the OMG set when One Direction took the new wonders from down under along on part of their 2013 tour. [Read more]

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Guest post by Adrienne Erin Spotify rocks and Pandora has had plenty of time in the spotlight. We all know that. And if you've ever been to a party, you know the power of collaborative playlists and that fantastic 90s Pandora station. But if you’re a real new-music-phile then you need to broaden your search a little bit. But fear not, you won’t have to look far. And for that, we have the Internet to thank. In this post I will highlight some of my favorite Internet radio options that aren't... [Read more]
I'm not going to try to do a "worst ten" list because, in a field that includes albums by William Hung (I kid you not -- his album is called Hung for the Holidays), Roseanne Barr (and you didn't think "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" could get any worse) and Twisted Sister (you seriously do not want to hear their version of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful") it would be impossible to stop at ten. [Read more]
Src: Flickr/Pink Sherbet Photography I remember when October 31 used to be this magical time of year after the autumn leaves had fallen, leaving a technicolor, crisp blanket to crunch under our feet as we collected our candy bounty from neighborhood houses. We often slipped on a plastic mask and un-breathable costume to dress up as our favorite cartoon characters, like Spiderman or Tweety bird (yes, I was a repeat offender), Or we’d take it a step further by painting our faces, wearing a black... [Read more]
Images used with permission from Shutterstock Over the last week, I have been obsessed with the synergistic synthesis of classical music and electronic dance music—dubstep in particular—in the form of violinist Lindsey Stirling. Her music paints pictures, which is no surprise, considering Stirling writes, choreographs, directs and dances in the YouTube videos for all of her songs. Having discovered her songs before her videos, what immediately intrigued me was the classic... [Read more]

Misogyny or Mars and Venus?

September 18, 2013
In that context, I asked myself the question: Are artists like Thicke, who write lyrics in which they brag about the size of their penises and call women "the hottest bitch in this place" really misogynistic jerks? Or, are they just so, em, thick that they think that women find this behavior attractive? [Read more]