10. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Even though this song came out in a different version in 2010, and again last year, it was featured one more time on M.I.A.’s 2013 album Matangi and is still one of the best songs of the year with maybe one of the best videos ever. That’s high praise for someone currently embroiled in a legal dispute for flipping off the entire world during the Super Bowl, but that’s what bad girls do (and they do it well).
Src: 2013 © M.I.A. via YouTube
9. Vampire Weekend - Step
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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]
The Meat Dress
Lady Gaga attended the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a meat dress fashioned from swatches of raw beef. Using her podium as the first woman to receive two nominations for video of the year, Gaga commented that she was standing up for her beliefs which, apparently, do not include animal rights. The meat dress has since been cured and preserved at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Src: 2010 © MTV Video Music Awards via YouTube
Lady Gaga showed up on the red c... [Read more]
Be a holiday hero this holiday season.
'Tis the season for giving. We all have at least one friend who loves music. What better way to show you care than to feed their obsession? Whether your friend is a musician or simply an avid listener, the guide below will help you pick the perfect gift to suit any budget.
Gifts for Your Concert-going Pals
1. Custom Fit Earplugs
People who like going to concerts will raise an eyebrow at people who wear earplugs, but when you consider tha... [Read more]
One Direction, the UK pop group founded by legendary star-maker Simon Cowell, will be performing at over 30 stadium dates across the United States on the Where We Are concert tour in 2014. Demand for One Direction tickets is expected to equal if not exceed recent ticket sales for stars Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift. When One Direction's third album "Midnight Memories" hit number one in the US, they became the first act ever to have their first three albums hit number one. Make sure to fulfi... [Read more]
In a recent burst of nostalgia, I loaded up my playlist with albums that I originally bought on vinyl during my late high-school, early college era. Although the hit songs cycle through the oldies station I sometimes listen to, I hadn't heard alot of the "b-side" songs for years. This has resulted in a lot of driving-down-the-highway-singing-at-the-top-of-my-lungs action. [Read more]
A “secret” anything for the boy band known as One Direction is probably few and far between these days. Since being selected through one of the most complex vetting processes ever devised, each of the “boys” has probably signed away a good deal of the element of secrecy to Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment family in exchange for future earnings. The members of One Direction had even been previously rejected as individual contestants on the British music competition program The X Factor and wer... [Read more]
1. The Us Kids Know EP
Most of us didn’t come across this EP until after the release of Arcade Fire’s ridiculously well-received debut album Funeral, but the kids in Canada knew about it, and because of them Merge Records found out about it, leading to the record deal that brought a little known band out of obscurity. Even the band’s record release party for the EP was fraught with meaning. During the show at Montreal’s famous Casa del Popolo, lead singer Win Butler and former band member Bren... [Read more]
What do Billy Joel, Cher, The Eagles, Elton John, George Strait, Paul Simon, Sting and Van Morrison have in common? For one, they’re all AARP eligible by 11 years on the low end and 22 years on the high end. You might never think that George Strait, whose last tour date ever is coming up in 2014, would be the youngest of the bunch at age 61, or that Cher, Billy Joel and Elton John have been active the longest, with Cher beginning in ‘63 and edging the other two out by a year. More curiously, ... [Read more]