Like The Stay Puft Man Before Him, Marshmello Just Keeps Getting Bigger

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Who knows how many centuries the fortune under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson went untapped before the Grosh brothers happened upon it. The Pennsylvanian preacher’s sons had become seasoned prospectors during the gold rush years of the mid-19th century, and that experience served them well in Nevada’s Virginia Range southeast of Reno, where in … More »

Your Guide To The 2018 Grammys: Will They Leave Kendrick Out In The Cold Again?

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The Grammys are this weekend — Sunday at 7:30PM EST on your local CBS affiliate, to be exact — and as always, we’re (almost certainly naïvely) hoping they won’t suck this time. They probably will; they always do. Yet thanks to a somewhat promising slate of nominees in the major categories, a similarly half-decent … More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2017

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Here’s a sign of the times for you: We’re still a couple weeks away from cleaning up bottles on New Year’s Day, and year-end list season has already been in full swing for what feels like forever. The media’s annual pop-culture recap ritual progresses, how do you say, muy despacito. Lucky for you, that’s what … More »

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Nominated For Best Score Golden Globe

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The nominations for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards have just been announced. Among the music-related categories, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has been nominated for Best Original Score for his work on the forthcoming Paul Thomas Anderson movie Phantom Thread. It’s his first Golden Globe nomination. He’s competing alongside Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Alexandre … More »

Superstar K-Pop Boy Band BTS Launch Their American Invasion

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The best way to judge a boy band’s potency is the intensity of the screaming throng that accompanies its every move. That was true in the 1960s, when the mop-top-era Beatles incited widespread hysteria, and it was true again at the turn of the millennium, when Backstreet Boys and NSYNC became the faces of a … More »

24K Starboys: Thoughts Upon Seeing The Weeknd & Bruno Mars On Consecutive Nights

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The year was 2011. Winter was on the verge of melting away, but the sounds emanating from the north were still plenty frigid. From out of the newly ascendant Toronto scene that gave us Drake came a dark and mysterious figure calling himself the Weeknd. We’d later learn this person was Abel Tesfaye, a child … 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 »

Kesha Shows Her True Colors On Rainbow, And It’s Beautiful To Behold

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“I could fight forever, but life’s too short.” Every lyric on Rainbow — Kesha’s first album in five years and the first since initiating a messy legal battle against former producer and label head Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald — is loaded, but those words in particular stand out. They’re among the first lines on album … More »

Bee Gees TV Tribute Lines Up Celine Dion, John Legend, Nick Jonas, & More

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Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb, and Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)CBS and the Recording Academy will honor the Bee Gees with a concert featuring performances by Celine Dion, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Keith Urban, Pentatonix, and more. “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” will be taped on 2/14 at the Microsoft Theater, and it’ll air on CBS later this … More »

Movie Musical Soundtracks Have The Charts Feeling Like La La Land

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La La LandThis is one of my more controversial views, a position so conservative some might call it retrograde, but in light of this past week’s events I’m feeling emboldened to revel in it: I thought La La Land was great. (What, did you think I was going to go full Tom Araya on you?) The … More »