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Why I play violent video games

When I was 15, I made a new best friend.
First-Person Shooter
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 01, 2013

Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

What's social climbing Celeste (co-writer Rashida Jones) to do when her affable go-nowhere husband (Andy Samberg) starts to feel like an anchor?
Lee Toland Krieger's divorce rom-com
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 17, 2012

The Big Hurt: Rihanna, Killers, Cee Lo, Ke$ha, and Macca shit the bed

Not the swiftest week in the history of pop — every news story seemed to be about some almighty screw-up or another .
The week's worst ideas
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 13, 2012

The Big Hurt: This week in music merchandising

I love watching a credible artist make a decent living. That's why I take such audibly-giggling delight in keeping readers abreast of the latest honest-buck news, which is coming fast and furious this week.  
Good times!
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 30, 2011

The Big Hurt: Ke$ha, 'That Girl in Pink,' and Mongo Slade make 'news'

This week, another ill-fated jog down the dark alley of music biz press releases. . . .
Hard pressed
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 16, 2011

The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who manage
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2011


Reveling in Spose's Medium for the masses

Spose will soon release a new album on a major label, Universal Republic. Happy Medium is not it. The answer to the question "Why?" is the subject of another story (conveniently found  here ).
C'mon get Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2011

2010: The Year In Pop Music

Music may exist to express emotions, dreams, and nightmares, but beyond its loftier aims, it's a means of escape.
A schizophrenic year of rock and pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 24, 2010

Ke$ha | Cannibal

As club banger "Blow" crescendos, incendiary brat and cultural irritant Ke$ha intones, "We are taking over — get used to it!"
RCA (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 10, 2010
Ke$ha with Francis & the Lights at Lupo's

Ke$ha with Francis & the Lights at Lupo's

My 11-year-old doesn't brush his teeth with Jack. In fact, he doesn't know jack about Jack. But he sings along quite loudly when Ke$ha explains...
By webteam  |  October 19, 2010
Rihanna and Ke$ha at the Comcast Center

Rihanna and Ke$ha at the Comcast Center

Is there an artist more commanding of the pop-radio landscape than Rihanna? Whether she's chumming up with Hov ("Umbrella," "Run This Town") or annihilating a...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 03, 2010


Championship vinyl

You have a better chance of hearing Taylor Swift songs banging out of Kanye’s tinted windows than you do of hearing either of their pop asses on the Good Life speakers during Fever.
Flavorheard, Frank White, and Mister Jason are Fever  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010

Ke$ha | Animal

If balancing adolescent stupidity and abandon with effortless hooks has been a sacred rite of pop music since time immemorial, then crunk-pop diva Ke$ha is on her way to priesthood.
RCA (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2010