I should begin here: During the actual '90s, I was much too busy listening to Japanese videogame soundtracks (educate yourself) to actually enjoy '90s pop music. My first-hand memories of most of it are hearing it in a car, at a skating rink, on somebody else's Discman, and shaking my head in lonely ... More >>
Steely Dan and Backstreet Boys are both in town this week, two bands your friends can't tell if you like sincerely or ironically. Looks like they're about to find out. If you answered neither, fret not! You've got plenty of options. Looking for something a little hard, fast, and intimate? Well, you ... More >>
Twenty years ago, The Backstreet Boys were unleashed on an unsuspecting American public and the "boy band" phenomenon was officially under way. Inspired partly by the great doo-wop groups of the '50s and partly by the R&B of the '90s, Nick Carter and the rest of the boys were quickly scooped into in ... More >>
We're seeing a couple repeat performances/announcements this week. Guess they just can't get enough of Dallas, y'all. Speaking of which, what's the shortest amount of time you've seen a national band play a city and then turned around to come back through and do it again? See you in the comments!
More '90s bands are coming to town! The Dream is alive! Out of the bands below that I'm announcing are coming to town, a handful of them peaked a couple of decades ago. Now go watch that music video for the song "Good" by Better than Ezra to take you on a little trip down memory lane.
You know, this seldom happens, but I can say without a doubt that I have every single one of these artists in my iPod. Maybe I'll make it into a playlist. This'd be a good playlist, right? Either way, here are your top show announcements this week, and if you're like me, you're flabbergasted by th ... More >>
While we might have done some wonderful things for y'all with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Radiohead, we have also sent you some terrible crimes against music. And while none of this really compares to Canada foisting Avril Lavigne and Nickleback on you, it's still not great. I'm ... More >>
Welcome to Dear Audra/Dear Hunter, where Audra Schroeder and Hunter Hauk correspond through a series of dramatic letters about pop culture that flummoxes us, like we're Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward. Dear Audra, I don't know if I can handle it again. I've been seeing headlines to the effect o ... More >>
New Kids on The Block, Backstreet Boys and Jordin SparksAmerican Airlines CenterJune 26, 2011Better than: leg warmers, boom boxes, and slow dancing in the gym. Jenny BlockOMG! JOEY MAC IS THE CUTEST!Last night at the American Airlines Center, NKOTBSB proved that boy bands are still hanging tough ... More >>
Danny FulgencioAt right is Chris Trew, the man behind Air Sex. The woman at left is just an amateur.I lost my Air Sex virginity a long time ago in New York City, and the experience was so pleasurable I just can't stop coming back for more. I had a fab time judging the Air Sex Championships at Tre ... More >>
CocoRosie, Sleep WhaleGranada TheaterSeptember 29, 2010Better than: listening to recorded CocoRosie. Far better, actually.CocoRosieThe sisters Bianca and Sierra (CoCo and Rosie, respectively) Casady and their sidemen brought their unique brand of freaky fairy music to the Granada last night.
We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take four or five at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.Backstreet Boys (Orlando) This Is Us What's left to say about these guys? ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, July 29, 2009... Marilyn Manson has threatened music journalists who say things about his band he doesn't like. Way to be a crybaby, Brian. Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill feels a bit overworked from all the touring he's done lately. Do y ... More >>
Thursday, July 23, at The Door
Per our Monday tradition, a few clips of some shows you may have missed this weekend...Peaches on Friday, June 12, at the Granada TheaterRaunchy dance icon Peaches rolled through town on Friday night--and it was quit the show, says reviewer Catherine Downes. Need more proof? Check this nice, clean v ... More >>
Give it ten more years and you'll forget why you hated the Backstreet Boys. Don't believe it? The New Kids On the Block kick off its second North American tour in as many years tonight in Green Bay--with a Dallas show booked for July.Other notable upcoming shows include a 4/20 party at Lola's Stoc ... More >>
Folk legends play the Bass
Sunday, May 28, at Smirnoff Music Centre
Never Gone (Jive)
You wanted the worst--you got it!
Radio Disney feeds the new pop underground with music for tweens
Josie doesn't pussyfoot around: You're being brainwashed by pop
Black and Blue (Jive)
The worst of the worst
Selected Notes on Music, 2000
MTV and Rolling Stone pick the 100 greatest pop songs ever, "from The Beatles to the Backstreet Boys." We demand a recount.
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears live and love at the top of the pops. Or do they?
Now on the same label as Britney and the Backstreets, is Bowling For Soup the next teen-pop sensation? Uh, no.
The world might not be coming to an end, but maybe it should be
Why are most Christmas albums so bad?
KISS-FM attempts to create the next boy band sensation. Why does that sound so scary?
Rock and roll is still a man's, man's, man's, man's world
Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations
Going steady with the singles of the summer
A "rock star" writes an open letter to Britney Spears
Or: What do cake walks, the Backstreet Boys, and Jon Cunningham have in common?
It's Hard to Swallow, but Vanilla Ice goes...metal?