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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 Jo Calderone 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 Price: $$$ People who like going to concerts will raise an eyebrow at people who wear earplugs, but when you consider tha... [Read more]

One Direction Concert Tickets

December 6, 2013
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]

I Hate Disco. Or, not, apparently.

December 4, 2013
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]

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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]

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Rock and Roll Immortals Never Die

November 14, 2013
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]
Just as you open the obligatory photo card of your friends and their kids in matching reindeer sweaters, you remember you need gifts for the whole gaggle. Skip the rainbow loom and consider the gift of quality time with tickets to a family-friendly event. [Read more]
In a period of two or three months, I must have heard the song, “Use Somebody” rehearsed at least fifty times during my relationship with a budding rocker. Though he preferred covering the “classic rock” of bands like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, he also recognized that he needed to throw more contemporary numbers into his yet-to-launch solo act. The plaintive yearning of “Use Somebody,” by Kings of Leon definitely fit the bill; a certifiable mega hit played everywhere and anywhere at the tim... [Read more]

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Maybe it’s fitting that Kanye West has taken the opportunity on his Yeezus tour to stump against his various oppressors, given his recent assertions, not that he is God, but that he is a God. Like Jesus cleansing Herod’s temple, Yeezy has railed against the paparazzi, the press and the music industry with equal fervor, preaching not for an embargo on merchandise so much as for his righteous cut of the pie. But even as a minor deity Mr. West exhibits Old Testament humorlessness and spite, most ... [Read more]