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Why Tom Brady, U2 are unrivaled

February 18, 2015

Tom Brady earned his fourth Super Bowl ring when the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX -- and his third Super Bowl MVP award. The win cements Brady's place in NFL history as not only the best quarterback to ever play -- but the best player in NFL history, period.

Greatness seems to follow greatness -- so it's fitting that Brady's favorite band is U2, who are also the best-ever at what they do. Yes, that's right: U2 are better than The Beatles, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Police, Nirvana and anyone else you may elect to put on your music Mount Rushmore.

There are going to be plenty of people who say Brady isn't as good as Joe Montana, and there are going to be plenty of people who deny U2's greatness -- but if you simply look at the facts, both truths are undeniable.

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Last night was the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, and it was an immense success full of sweet reunions, Taylor Swift's comedic fails, and the revival of my favorite Jeopardy bit.

If you missed SNL, there are plenty of other event tickets going on sale this week to comedians on tour, hilarious theater shows, and kid's entertainment. Add some laughter to your weekend to help get through this bitterly cold winter.

  • Bill Maher
  • Daniel Tosh
  • Disney on Ice
  • Gabriel Iglesias
  • Jay Leno
  • Kevin Hart
  • Marvel Universe Live!

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    Where have all the Dave Matthews fans gone?

    There was a time not so long ago when Dave Matthews Band was the biggest group on the planet.

    At least in some circles.

    Definitely in my high school.

    During my high school and college years, there wasn't a bigger act than Dave Matthews. Each summer, Dave Matthews Band (AKA DMB or just "Daaaavvveeeeeee!!!!") would invade the state for a three-day concert set that rivaled any other annual event in Connecticut.

    Probably 50 percent of the cars in the high school parking lot were blasting some track from Under the Table and Dreaming. Keep in mind this wasn't too far removed from the grunge era, right in the middle of hip hop's heyday.

    Dave was everywhere! MTV even created a new channel just to play "Crash into Me" on repeat 24/7.

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    This week came with a very sad announcement: Jon Stewart will be leaving The Daily Show.

    Rest assured, I'm sure he will find a more than adequate replacement. If you've never been a part of his live studio audience, then I highly recommend doing so before it's too late. It's free after all, and, if nothing else, is an excuse to take a sick day and romp around NYC. For more live comedy events, check out the following comedians who are touring the country soon:

  • Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen
  • Bill Maher
  • Gabriel Iglesias
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    Taylor Swift: Genius or Power Hungry?

    February 11, 2015

    Has Taylor Swift Gone Mad With Power?

    The “Shake It Off” sensation is getting serious about her lyrics. Taylor Swift’s most recent endeavor is copyrighting phrases from her songs, including “this sick beat,” “party like it’s 1989,” and even “Nice to meet you, where you been?” Has she gone too far? She’s already pulled her entire catalog from Spotify and secured enough profits from just her latest album alone to feed a small country.

    Swift claims these decisions were made as a stance against music piracy and streaming since they devalue an album’s worth. However, as Gawker says, “[It’s] hard to accept Taylor Swift as a martyr for the music industry, because this all comes off as a power play as opposed to a call to arms for her fellow beleaguered artists.” With an estimated worth of $195.8 million, clearly T. Swift does not need a pay raise.

    Has our beloved T. Swift turned into a greedy 1% money hoarder? Her “Blank Space” music video suggests, yes.

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    Valentine's Day Playlist

    For all those independent spirits out there who'd rather read about the St. Valentine's Day Massacre than partake in candy grams and love letters on February 14, here's an anti-relationship playlist to soundtrack your day.

    Valentine's Day Playlist
    1.) Die, Die My Darling – Misfits
    2.) Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson
    3.) Head Like a Hole – Nine Inch Nails
    4.) Wave of Mutilation – Pixies
    5.) Gold Guns Girls – Metric
    6.) Hate Love Songs – Gwar
    7.) Corduroy – Pearl Jam
    8.) Pretty Girls Make Graves – The Smiths
    9.) All Apologies – Nirvana
    10.) Dickhead – Kate Nash
    11.) The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be – The Magnetic Fields
    12.) 99 Problems – Hugo
    13.) Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
    14.) Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin




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    2015 Grammys

    Sam Smith swept the Grammys last night with four awards – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Vocal Album – proving that one stolen melody can really go a long way. Although Smith and Tom Petty have decided to reconcile their dispute outside of court, given that Petty receives a cut of the “Stay with Me” profits and a Grammy certificate as co-writer, it doesn't change the fact that the song’s success was largely dependent upon someone else’s material.

    This isn’t the first time this has happened. A few years ago, Coldplay was accused of song-stealing from both Joe Satriani and Yusuf Isalm for their Grammy Award-winning hit “Viva La Vida,” and decades of artists from Led Zeppelin to One Direction have also undergone such investigations, which only supports the postmodern theory that originality is dying, if not already dead.

    Even when a truly talented, enduring, and creative multi-instrumentalist like Beck finally receives recognition for Best Album, he is criticized by Kanye West (naturally), first in a self-deprecating throwback to his Taylor Swift diss, then literally on the E! After Show where he said:

    “All I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. 'Flawless,' Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it.”

    Not that Kanye is an authority on capital-A Art anyway, or politeness for that matter, but he does influence much of our culture, and this is unfortunate. We need more artists like Beck receiving awards because, contrary to Kanye's claim, Beck does encourage real art and musical progress. Not that I don’t love Bey, but Beck deserved that award, especially during a show that supported melodic theft a few too many times.

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    #TBT

    Sooooo, this happened last night. Amazing <3 Do they ever age?

    Speaking of throwbacks, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Pat Benetar, and Snoop Dogg all have concert dates going on sale this week, as well as the following artists:

  • Aerosmith
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Billy Joel
  • Bob Seger
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Chris Botti
  • Country Megaticket
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Def Leppard
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Florida Georgia Line
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    Dressed as a Pokemon, Katy Perry kicked off the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show riding atop a (Trojan?) lion and began singing "Roar," one of her bigger hits. While "Roar" was the obvious choice for Katy Perry to start her performance with, it was a little odd that she didn't either ride a gigantic tiger or horse in. After all, "Roar's" lyrics talk about the eye of the tiger, and if not a tiger, a horse is equally appropriate, as she segued into "Dark Horse," after somehow climbing down from the robotic beast quickly. Burning questions remain -- how did she get off the lion so quickly, and where did it go?

    "Dark Horse" showcased a stage lit up like a chess board, with Katy Perry's backup dancers dressed as chess pieces. As somebody who cares little about backup dancers, this part of the halftime show was surprisingly cool. Maybe it's because Patriots head coach Bill Belichick often plays chess while other coaches play checkers? Regardless, an abbreviated "Dark Horse" sounded good and worked well. And hey, chess pieces are cooler than random Illuminati signs ala the actual "Dark Horse" video.

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    Underrated Foo Fighters Songs

    Note: Although I'm sure many of you have in fact heard the following songs, this list is meant to be representative of the tracks that are rarely played in concert.

    1.) "Home," Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

    By far one of my all-time favorite Foos’ songs, “Home” is unfortunately not one you’ll hear live in concert. Grohl was overwhelmed after writing it, saying, “It made me feel quite vulnerable, so much so that it's hard to listen to. I get really choked up thinking about all the time I spend away from the things that are important to me. It's tough being away on tour; it's even tough just to be talking about how much I wish I was with my family. It's the kind of song I can't imagine singing live because it's going to be too much." In fact, he’s only performed “Home” three times to this date, all during 2007. The song is indeed emotional, and though it is quite literally about Grohl missing his home, the lyrics are relatable to anyone who’s lost something or someone:

    Wish I were with you
    I couldn't stay
    Every direction
    Leads me away
    Pray for tomorrow
    But for today

    All I want is to be home

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