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In this week's Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Regis Philbin for "House Call" on growing up in the Bronx, how he came to be accepted at Notre Dame University, who pushed him to pursue a career on TV, and life...        

Radiohead Istanbul Event Attacked

Today, Radiohead is holding a streaming event to celebrate the release of A Moon Shaped Pool at record stores across the globe. According to Turkish news media, Velvet IndieGround Records in Istanbul was attacked while the RadioheadShow More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Weezer sounds like it could use a nap in this slowed-down remix

One of the great advantages of vinyl records is that they lent themselves to experimentation on the part of the listener. A 45 RPM record could, for instance, be played at a lower speed, making the song sound not only lethargic but also...Show More Summary

Blonde Redhead time travel in their own way, announce box set of early material

Is it officially a summer of contrasts when a band named Blonde Redhead announces a retrospective box set called Masculin Féminin ? I haven’t been this intrigued by advertised differences since Michael Jackson paraded naked people of various ethnicities in front of the camera for too much of an entire music video. Show More Summary

How the Dust Brothers Saved Beck from Becoming a One-Hit Wonder with Odelay

In 1997, a little over a year after the release of his second proper album Odelay, 26-year-old Beck Hansen appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” for a live performance and brief interview. “Your last name is Hansen. You related...Show More Summary

Mitski Doesn't Want to Become Indie Rock's Anne Hathaway

Our interview series Icebreaker features artists talking about things—some strange, some amusing, some meaningful—that just might reveal their true selves. This edition features big-voiced Brooklyn indie rocker Mitski, whose new album...Show More Summary

Usher – “Crash” Video

Every few years now, Usher comes through with a forward-leaning, surefire chart-topper. In 2012, we had “Climax,” and two years ago we got “I Don’t Mind” — 2016’s entry into the Usher canon is the pulsing “Crash,” and today it gets the video treatment. It’s a pretty low-key affair, featuring Usher dancing around in a […]

Video: "Time to Make the Donuts" - Recess Monkey

Novelties album cover For adults of a certain age, the phrase "time to make the donuts" will probably ring a certain set of bells. Our kids, though? That phrase will be linked with Recess Monkey. That's because for their brand new album...Show More Summary

Music Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers add new flavors to the old recipe on The Getaway

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sound has always added different touches and flavors as their lineup changed—Hillel Slovak provided more pure funk; John Frusciante gave the band a melodic edge; Dave Navarro a heavier, almost psychedelic side—but...Show More Summary

Slim Gaillard: Traveler's Tale

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Let's end the week with Slim Gaillard. I found this wonderfully odd yet informative performance-documentary on the enormously talented and humorous jazz pianist-guitarist...        

PREMIERE: Completely Hooked on Alexandra Savior and Her Song "Shades"

The Portland singer's forthcoming debut LP is produced by Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and this song is a gorgeous like sex-rumpled hair.

"There Is a Human Need to Get Fucked Up": Wild Beasts Unravel the British Night Out

In light of their new album 'Boy King,' I took the band to a pub to explore about how every one of us changes when the sun goes down.

Kim Kardashian Slams Taylor Swift: ‘You Dissed My Husband Just to Play the Victim Again’

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the internet, the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian/Kanye West feud is back on. Kardashian recently came to West’s defense during an interview with GQ, claiming Taylor Swift expressly approved the lyrics referencing her in “Famous.” For reference, the Swift related lyrics talking about that infamous MTV Music […]

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