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The Big Hurt: This week in offensive content

In her long career of pushing boundaries, Madonna has run afoul of some of the world's most powerful institutions.

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 08, 2013

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief(1)

Behold the music reporting of the 21st century!

By DAVID THORPE  |  February 15, 2013

The Big Hurt: Factual errors, PR hubris, and butt stuff

By the time you read this, I may already be throwing back Bud Lights with my pal Pitbull in the sporting goods aisle of the Kodiak, Alaska, Walmart.
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 03, 2012
The Big Hurt - July 20, 2012

The Big Hurt: The month in tragedy, rampages, and weird cheese

It's been a sad and grisly few weeks for live music.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 20, 2012

Pitbull takes The Big Hurt north

Well, Pitbull invited me to go to Alaska with him.
Kodiak or Bust
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 13, 2012

The Big Hurt: Burnt beef, Bono’s billions, blotto Billboard, and Bieber’s balls

 BIEBERWATCH! Last we heard of the lad, Scooter Braun confirmed — after extensive hands-on palpation and scrotal Ben Wa Balling, no doubt — that Bieber's balls had dropped.
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 08, 2012


The Big Hurt: This month in rap ( . . . in 1992)

I'm overdue for a hip-hop news roundup, but it's all so lame.
Twenty years ago, Marky Mark sucked, NOSE EARRINGS(?) ruled, and some blood was found in Dance Floor’s trachea
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 16, 2012

The Big Hurt: Kid and Mitt, Ja Rule’s Leap Day, Limp Bizkit and Cash Money, Bieberwatch, and more

At the July 2011 launch party for Kid Rock's Born Free album, the New York Post was already asking the tough questions: who would Kid Rock endorse for president?
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 09, 2012

The Big Hurt: This week in image problems

Poor Biebs. He just wants to be the wholesome kid next door, but with his 18th birthday creeping up, America's youth-stealing culture just can't wait to liquor him up and lay him.
Bieber's adulthood, Manson and Trent's arson, Snoop's weed, Adele's weight, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2012

The Big Hurt: Unnecessary press release roundup

No matter how lazy music writers get, we can't spin every press release into a freebie news story, or even a scrap of "Web content" (shudder) for whichever shit aggregator pays our parking tickets.  
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 16, 2011


The Big Hurt: Bieber's balls, Weiland and She & Him's Xmas albums, Nicki Minaj's trash, and more

While his upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, may sound like a surefire hit, it was nearly scuppered by a pair of glistening ornaments.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 11, 2011

The rise and fall of the Columbia House record club — and how we learned to steal music

On June 29, 2011, the last remnant of what was once Columbia House — the mightiest mail-order record club company that ever existed — quietly shuttered for good.
Send no money

The Big Hurt: The Stone Roses and other tales of the living dead!

In the spooky spirit of the Phoenix Halloween Goth special, a chilling tale of a band returning from the dead!
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 28, 2011

The Big Hurt: The gnome-stealing legends of Britpop failure are back! Do we care? Maybe!

Here's the biggest news of the year, if you're me or Michael Marotta or one of maybe three other idiots in the world who'd actually care: Marion is reforming.  
Marion return!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 07, 2011

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: The Game outs 50 Cent, Gucci Mane goes to the slam; plus, Julian Lennon's new titles, and more

I have nothing against the music of British rapper TINIE TEMPAH — I don't think I've even heard it, to be honest — but boy am I ever sick as heck of reading that name in print.  
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 23, 2011

Boston rock bands together for Crash Safely

If music can be a refuge for the open-minded, it should also be able to take the lead in changing entrenched attitudes.
Landing spot
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 16, 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: Johnny's mansion, Noel's singles, Keith's fragrance, Big Boi's boner, Alice's maze, Hype's erotic thriller, Nicki's boob

Johnny Rotten's mansion burnt down. A tragedy, but made sadder still by the fact that it happened two weeks before the riots, denying anarchists in the UK the chance to properly thank him for appearing in butter commercials and licensing official Sex Pi
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 19, 2011

The Big Hurt: Ten years of Kidz Bop

I've made fun of Kidz Bop plenty in the past, but it's time to get real: Kidz Bop is a venerable institution now, worthy of serious retrospection.
The kidz are alright
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 12, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Kiedis's new look; plus, Incubus, Moz, Bieber, and Robbie Williams

Beware: the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have a new track called "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie."
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 29, 2011
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Newport Folk Festival expands its scope

Indeed much has changed since the historic and genre-defining Newport Folk Festival resumed in 1986 after a 15-year hiatus.
Plugged into 2011
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 29, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Bieber Silences Youth, Kings of Leon Sell Out

I hadn't originally planned a press-release review for this week, but some PR blasts require immediate attention.
The week's best press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 22, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Smash Mouth egg, Juggalos gather, Oasis grump, Bieber fades

By the time you read this, Steve Harwell of SMASH MOUTH may be caked in sweat and yolk flecks, clutching his distended belly, groaning and wheezing — more so than usual, even.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Winehouse blows it in the Balkans, Morrissey murders cats

Some people think music writing is pretty soft compared to being a war correspondent or whatever, but I listened to a Limp Bizkit song and an Evanescence song tonight. That has to be a million times worse than anything that's ever happened in Libya.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 01, 2011

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Suede reclaimed

It's an emotional time for the few surviving members of the Teenage Anglophiles-of-the-'90s club.  
The best ever!
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 17, 2011
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The Big Hurt: 'That Girl in Pink' cures cancer; Nick Jonas falls for Big Oats

This week, another stroll through the terrifying graveyard of unloved press releases.
Tween releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 10, 2011

Akrobatik: down but not out

It's hard to evaluate life-threatening illnesses if you skipped med school to kick rhymes.
The beat goes on
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011
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Spitting a fierce hip-hop cover, Karmin use YouTube as a launching pad for success

"Literally everything is different now," writes Noonan via e-mail. "No more daytime naps!"
Look at them now
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 03, 2011