"Andrew is going to tell you a story while I get a drink. By the way, Andrew has extreme stage fright." And so Nate Ruess hangs his bandmate out to dry. Andrew hunches lower at his piano and tells us he'll need a few seconds to come up with a story, then starts talking about his grandpa and a car... ... More >>
As a reader of music blogs, you have by no doubt by now heard that violent idiot Chris Brown has done (another) stupid thing by getting a tattoo on his neck that looks suspiciously like a battered woman. Like, you know, the woman he battered in 2009. He claims it's actually a sugar skull -- an icon ... More >>
Summer is upon us! The pools are open, the temperatures are high, and my stomach is still recovering from the barrage of barbecue it was assaulted with over the three-day weekend. Another sign of the season is the increasing number of great shows coming to town; summer tours and outdoor festivals ab ... More >>
Jon GitchoffSeth Bogart of Hunx And His PunxHunx And His Punx came to the Firebird last night packing delightfully grimy Phil Spector updates and tight, tight pants. Jon Gitchoff went to capture the magic, including touring opener Natural Child and locals Little Big Bangs and Bruiser Queen. C ... More >>
Courtesy of Chris MillsYou can take the kid of out Collinsville, Illinois, but you can't take Collinsville out of the kid. A certain sense of Midwestern, small-town alienation pervades the music of singer, songwriter and orchestral pop obsessive Chris Mills, even as his music has grown more c ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local
1. Shelby Lynne - - Merry Christmas
2. Various Artists - - A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector
3. Mavis Staples - - You Are Not Alone
4. Doors - - Live in Vancouver 1970
5. Norah Jones - - Featuring Norah Jones
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 >>
Wikimedia CommonsBefore we get to the list, I want to make clear that this is not a Christmas-bashing article, but simply a piece listing ten Christmas songs that are so awful they should never be played again for any reason. I love Christmas, I love the season and I love the spirit -- and th ... More >>
Album: Jumpin' Jack Flash
What it sounds like:
Aretha Franklin slurring her words like Mick Jagger over "street" renditions of
the classic Stones song.
MP3: Death Cab for Cutie, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
MP3: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
U2's version of the Darlene Love Christmas classic (which is found on A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector) comes from 1987's A Very Special Christmas. Death Cab for Cutie's version is ... More >>