Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!" And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>
In the event that you've just returned from an extended stay at an ashram in Bangalore, eschewing all creature comforts in favor of a daily regimen of meditation, hot yoga and colon cleanses, Gut Check has news for you: Quill.com, an offshoot of the Staples chain of office-supply suppliers, has gone ... More >>
This week, the U.S. finally dealt with one of those pesky civil rights issues we've been putting off for a while. Don't Ask Don't Tell is now a sordid thing of the past, and we want to celebrate the only way we know how. We rounded up our favorite music videos that celebrate men loving men, w ... More >>
Jared Leto, frontman of 30 Seconds To Mars. Photo by Jason Stoff30 Seconds To Mars sold out the Pageant last night, and frontman Jared Leto proved himself a dynamic presence capable of putting on a hell of a show. He's also kind of got a George Michael look going on these days, but that is p ... More >>
For many musicians, the lure of the Christmas songbook is hard to resist. Despite the challenge of reworking well-worn (and, in some cases, worn out) songs, each year a few dozen acts try to make something fresh out of these seasonal favorites. This year's crop is heavy on female-fronted pop, ... More >>
Does this song even need an introduction? (Did George Michael frost his tips for most of the '80s?) The soft-glow of heartbreak and despair, crooned by Andrew Ridgely and Michael of Wham!, the dynamic '80s pop duo. "Schmaltzy" doesn't begin to describe this song -- but it doesn't matter! MP ... More >>
Artist: Aretha Franklin Album: Jumpin' Jack Flash From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1986 Label: Arista Records What it sounds like: Aretha Franklin slurring her words like Mick Jagger over "street" renditions of the classic Stones song.
MP3: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas Time? (Original 1984)" I couldn't find the best version of this song, which is an extended mix with a totally earnest spoken-word bridge featuring the tune's participants. But here's the original version of 1984's seminal charity single, "Do T ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
The Evolution of Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope)
Music and Lyrics
Who knew Juliette Lewis had a club called dignity in her bag?
Thursday, November 18; Frederick's Music Lounge
Jay Farrar's band is reborn, Nelly sells, and some guys from the 'burbs get signed
Ben Folds & Rufus Wainwright, "Careless Whisper"
Cowboy crooners are putting some metro-sex into their rural images
Pop and noise meet at the Head of Femur
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Week of June 26, 2002
Two native sons seek ideal mates in the menagerie of Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled