The last time I told you all a story about my teenage years, Billy Corgan got really angry. So I tell you this story in the hope that it will, for no apparent reason, anger Billy Corgan again. I was either 14 or 15, and I was living in a tiny village somewhere in the English Cotswolds called Hook N ... More >>
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. In 2000, a 15-year old Gavin persuaded his dad to buy him a ticket to see the Smashing Pumpkins on their farewell tour. They were to play the cavernous NIA in Birmingham, England. Gavin had not been to see many concerts before. In fact, his previous con ... More >>
We've got some pretty awesome shows happening in your city this week, and you wanna know what else? Of the twelve concerts listed below, some of the musicians in these bands have be involved in some crazy antics, including the following: 1. Got his/her eye pissed into by a bat, and had to be tested ... More >>
A supergroup is a difficult project to make a success of. The work of previous band members overshadows any new material, and although it brings a ready-made fan base, it also brings unreasonably high expectations. Not only that, those that make up the new band might have similarly unreasonably high ... More >>
Usually with this column, we might interview one or two people from a band. With Darstar, all five members were kind enough to share the first shows they saw and played. And, if you wanted a reminder of how effective Smashing Pumpkins were in their heyday, listen to what Lisa Hardaway has to say.
Genre labels are fascinating tools in the overall study of popular music. Even the term "popular music" can be misleading, for heaven's sake. Metal gods Anthrax are popular -- but they're certainly not pop. Kesha is certainly pop -- but not popular with people, y'know, who like music to not be th ... More >>
I've spent the last couple of hours doing as suggested at the beginning of an excessive heat-warning wave: staying hydrated. With Bacardi Añejo, over ice, a great rum at a nice price. Also: listening to music, as the two often go together. Which reminds me: In the past year-plus spent rounding u ... More >>
For almost two years now, the Smashing Pumpkins (in which the still-hairless Billy Corgan remains the lone original member) has been releasing tracks off of their online album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, one song at a time, on various music blogs, beginning with 2009's release of "A Song for a S ... More >>
Oh, Billy!There was a time in our younger days when there simply was no bigger band than Smashing Pumpkins. Depending on who you ask, double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Saddness is either one of the greatest triumphs of the mid-'90s alt-rock boom or one of the most self-indulgent, overra ... More >>
Billy Corgan, you still don't fucking get it do you? It's been almost 20 years since you first picked a fight with Stephen Malkmus and Pavement because you were mentioned in "Range Life." At least rappers, most of the time, they squash their beefs, mostly because the public forgets why it started ... More >>
Hump day once again and what an interesting collection of acts we have descending upon Dallas this evening. Tonight, there's a little bit of something for everyone--so long as that something includes alternative rock, jam bands, post punk or deathcore.
Wednesday, September 22, at the Palladium Showroom
Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, May 11, 2010...Billy Corgan sure does have a thing for female bass players... and being an ego maniac.Carlos D and his sweet over-the-shoulder pistol holster has quit Interpol.The Red Hot Chili Peppers are hard at work on a "different sound" on it' ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009... Kip Malone of TV on The Radio has described his solo record as Beyonce pop fused with biblical analysis. Or something like that. Katy Perry had to refer to deviled eggs as "angelic eggs" as a kid? And I thought my mom was ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, June 26, 2009... Have you ever wished you could ask Billy Corgan why he's such an asshole to his face? Well, now is you chance! (Provided you want take part in an auction to have lunch with him.) Frank Black has revealed that he is prepping a Holly ... More >>
Thursday, October 2, at The Loft
OK, if you were getting all excited about seeing Billy Corgan and Co. stage again this Saturday, we have some bad news. DC-9 just got word the Smashing Pumpkins show scheduled for Saturday, November 3, has been rescheduled. The concert has been moved to Sunday, November 18, at Nokia Theatre. Tickets ... More >>
The Smashing Pumpkins (but not their hair) return
Ben Kweller is no Billy Corgan, thank God. Oh, how Ben Kweller tries valiantly to make something out that squishy Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream anthem "Today." God knows it's cuter than the original -- and more decipherable. And it's more than likely the best thing about the Pumpkins trib Spin's r ... More >>
Live 8 makes some noise. Hopefully, eight world leaders were listening.
Sunday, April 24, at Smirnoff Music Centre
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Mary Star of the Sea (Reprise)
Kissin Time (Virgin Records)
The Top 10 Things I Downloaded in 2001 That Weren't Applications Made to Download Things That Aren't Applications
This pretty much speaks for itself
Get Ready (Reprise)
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Fawning Pumpkins; Audio LUXURY; Door dates; And a ton of Rubber Gloves
More than 30 years later, Smile remains the subject of so much mystery
You can talk to the guitarist when the singer ain't around
You've had the best; now, the year's most overrated records
With Adore, Billy Corgan has finally made a record as good as he thinks it is
The American Fuse gets elemental
Jay Farrar and Dave Grohl don't owe you anything
Pumpkins double the pleasure and pain on Mellon Collie