You Gotta Respect Fall Out Boy’s Commitment To Being A Little Much

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Fall Out Boy have always been a lot. God gave singer-guitarist Patrick Stump indestructible musclebound vocal cords that cannot be contained, and he fully indulges their powers. Musically, his songs tend to be big and bold, often dispensing with conventional notions of good taste in their pursuit of stadium-sized glory. As a lyricist, bassist Pete … More »

Green Day – “Back In The USA” Video

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Today, Green Day release their new best-of compilation Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band. It’s got two new songs: A charged-up pop-punker called “Back In The USA” and a new version of “Ordinary World,” a song from last year’s Revolution Radio that’s been re-recorded as an acoustic duet with country star Miranda Lambert. And now … More »

Go Your Own Way: 25 Notable Divorce Albums

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Pop music is littered with the shattered remains of relationships. As the stereotype goes: Personal strife often makes for good art. And for many artists, nothing is more of a catalyst for a great song than romantic discord or destruction. The list of classic breakup songs and albums feels endless; some artists’ whole catalogs seem … More »

Insufferable YouTubers Are Now Making Terrible Rap Music Too

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There comes a time in every adult human’s life, should they be lucky enough to live that long, when they must conclude that youth culture is trash — or at least it has become entirely indecipherable to anyone old enough to exist outside its bubble. From my vantage point out here, I’m pretty sure what’s … More »

Watch Miranda Lambert Cover U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” At Faster Horses Festival

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Miranda Lambert played hit after hit during her Faster Horses headlining set Saturday night (July 22), but decided to end her show with a chart-topper that isn’t her own. Following a stunning encore performance of “Tin Man,” Lambert closed the night with U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” … More »

Watch Miranda Lambert Sing “Highway Vagabond” On Colbert

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Miranda LambertLast month, pop-country star Miranda Lambert released her double LP The Weight Of These Wings, which, to my ears at least, was the year’s best commercial country album. And she’s been an entirely winning presence on the late-night circuit, doing “Vice” on The Tonight Show and “We Should Be Friends” on SethMore »

Maren Morris Is Your New Favorite Country Singer

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Maren MorrisThe most intriguing Grammys category this year? OK, technically it’s Best Rock Performance, the WTF clearinghouse pitting Beyoncé and Jack White vs. Twenty One Pilots vs. the late David Bowie vs. Disturbed (covering Simon & Garfunkel!) vs. Alabama Shakes. But they probably won’t even hand that one out on TV, so let’s move … More »

Watch Miranda Lambert Sing “We Should Be Friends” On Seth Meyers

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Miranda Lambert on Seth MeyersLast month, superstar country-music ass-kicker Miranda Lambert released her great double album The Weight Of These Wings, and she also performed its massive-on-country-radio single “Vice” on The Tonight Show. Last night, she appeared an hour later on NBC television, singing maybe her album’s best song, the sly and sassy “We Should Be Friends,” … More »

Mr. Loathsome & Mr. Wholesome: The Weeknd & John Legend Are Finding Very Different Ways Over Pop’s R&B Barrier

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The WeekndPoor Usher. Poor Jeremih. Poor Trey Songz. R&B’s workmanlike radio superstars churn out jam after jam, some of them truly transcendent, yet only rarely do they actually transcend. When they do, it’s often by hopping aboard whatever stylistic wave is reigning that year — think of Usher’s electronic dalliances like “OMG” — than by appealing … More »

Watch Miranda Lambert Play “Vice” On The Tonight Show

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Miranda Lambert on The Tonight ShowToday, the arena-country star Miranda Lambert releases her focused, expert double album The Weight Of These Wings; it’s our reigning Album Of The Week. And last night, she was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, where she performed “Vice,” a massive country-radio hit about not knowing anything except how to get in trouble. More »