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The Big Hurt: Marky + Biebs, Sinéad's divorce; plus, Nelly, Jay-Z & Kanye, Slim Dunkin, and R. Kelly

BIEBERWATCH! Last year, Paramount hinted at plans for a major JUSTIN BIEBER vehicle: some kind of basketball movie teaming our twink swag hunk with former teen throb "MARKY MARK" WAHLBERG.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III

James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-s
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 02, 2011
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The good Doctor is in (and out, and in ...)

Let's just allow that Doctor Astronaut is a digital maestro, an enjoyable and entertaining wordsmith, a progressive barrier crasher.
Space invader
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 10, 2011
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Brooklyn’s Matt and Kim just want to have fun

Brooklyn's Matt and Kim just want to have fun
Indie-pop frenzy
By REYAN ALI  |  October 29, 2010
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Matthew Dear | Black City

This week, Matthew Dear is Matthew Dear.
Ghostly International (2010)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 20, 2010

R. Kelly is re-Trapped in the Closet


At a time when some celebrities are leaping out of the closet, jazz fingers poised, one lone artist is boldly retreating back inside. That individual,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  February 11, 2010


R. Kelly tells you everything you always wanted to know about yodeling (but were afraid to ask)


He's been trapped in a closet, he's been trapped in some pretty embarrassing legal troubles, and now he's teaching us all the proper code of...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  February 04, 2010
Click Tracks: Jersey Shore pulls punches, Wayne Coyne makes babies, and R. Kelly sweats his tell-all

Click Tracks: Jersey Shore pulls punches, Wayne Coyne makes babies, and R. Kelly sweats his tell-all


Only two episodes deep (balls deep!) into their new "reality" show Jersey Shore, MTV is already seeing some major fallout. According to a recent article...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 19, 2009
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New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009
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Treat of Versailles

It's been a good year: their relentlessly catchy Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (V2) — whisked into the public ear this year atop Cadillacs via ad-ready singles like "1901" and "Lisztomania" — is about to cause some year-end listomania of its own. Since its
Phoenix please themselves — and you
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2009
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Totally clips of the heart

Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 06, 2009


Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You

It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she
Arista (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 11, 2009
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
Who's #1?
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  July 03, 2009
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Suite relief

For Longstreth, the pressure's been ratcheted up following the online leak a couple of months ago of Dirty Projectors' fifth LP, Bitte Orca (Domino) which is finally, officially out this week.
Dirty Projectors' breakthrough has but one concept: Rule
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 12, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Cohen back on stage, Dee back in Heaven, Kelly back on the market

Rascal Flatts are coming out with a sixth album, and I still haven't caught up with the previous five!
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2009
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Mirror ball

The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008


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The Big Hurt: More bad news in brief

Police pulled over Snoop Dogg’s tour bus and — gasp! — smelled marijuana!
DMX spits, Lou spills, Kelly leaks, Keane sucks
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 12, 2008
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Vicious squircles

Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008
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Please release me

If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2008
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Lavigne squeaks; Winehouse freaks; Oasis leaks

Courtney Love and Avril Lavigne both have laryngitis this week. Explain that, Richard Dawkins.
The Big Hurt: music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 12, 2008
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Rick Ross

It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 25, 2008


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The low end

The British rave revolution of the late ’80s/early ’90s is accurately viewed as the source of the ever increasing number of dance genres in the UK.
The bassline house invasion
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 26, 2008
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Unauthorized!

I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008
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Try, try again

When, not too long ago, I was belatedly introduced to the Whitest Kids U’ Know, I felt the same way I did when I first saw The Simpsons in 1991.
The jackhammer comedy of The Whitest Kids U’ Know
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 05, 2008
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Can Britney rise again?

The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 18, 2007
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Explicitly yours

The easiest way out with R. Kelly — as with Bill Clinton or Paris Hilton — is sex jokes.
R. Kelly after the sex jokes
By RICHARD BECK  |  August 07, 2007


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Shivaree

The singer’s devotion to devotion defines the material.
Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fight Songs | Zoe
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 30, 2007
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Spanish Dancer fever

After debuting two years ago, Honeyhander made an immediate impact on the Providence rock scene with its dizzy brew of psychedelia and indie shoegazer.
Anthony Ferreira gets in touch with his inner disco
By BOB GULLA  |  March 21, 2007
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On the racks: September 26, 2006

...plus Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006
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Heatseekers

When in 2002 Francisco "Luny" Saldana and Victor “Tunes” Cabrera left their jobs at a Harvard University cafeteria to make music full-time as Luny Tunes, the word “reggaetón” meant nothing to most English speakers. Listen to five Luny Tunes classics
The rise and triumph of Luny Tunes
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  July 25, 2006