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Review: Party Hard

“I get wet when I know that you're dying,” sang Andrew W.K. on his debut album closer, I Get Wet. It’s actually a fine anthem for the terrible things you get away with in Party Hard, far more than the phenomenal single it takes its name from. Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Let Diplo, Skrillex, and Justin Bieber explain how to make a hit

In a new and surprisingly interesting video interview for the New York Times, the unlikely trio of Skrillex, Justin Bieber, and Diplo come together to explain how they made a hit song together. “Skrillex would have probably never done a song with Bieber a year before, two years before,” Diplo says. Show More Summary

Writing Saved My Life

Being a professional writer is usually about more than being paid to write books. For most authors, it is our deeply personal connection to life, to others, and to ourselves. Sitting down every day and asking yourself what you care about...Show More Summary

Newswire: Taylor Swift and Alanis Morissette think “You Oughta Know”

Over the course of her career, Taylor Swift has been the artist a lot of broken hearts go to for their breakup playlists. But while Red might contain several post-breakup jams, Alanis Morissette remains Queen Of The Breakup Anthem with...Show More Summary

The Tide Is High: 10 Records from the Balearic Revival

Photo by Luis MedinaReporting from Ibiza last summer, Andy Beta wisely skipped the superclubs and focused instead on the legacy of the so-called "Balearic" style, a hippie-dippie, candy-flipping fusion of synth pop, yacht rock, acid house, faux reggae, and ambient music. Show More Summary

Chris Morris Writes the Book on A Great American Band

On May 4, 1980, Los Angeles Reader music critic Chris Morris went to see punk heroes PiL (John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols lineup) at the suitably seedy Olympic Auditorium near downtown LA. Morris and his "plus-one," a saxophone whiz named Steve Berlin, could never have dreamed that... Show More Summary

My So-Called Life Party Girl Is Now Nobility

Allison Joy Langer—or, as she's known professionally, A.J. Langer —has played a bikini-wearing Baywatch babe, a "bad girl" in The Wonder Years, and various other roles on shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Blossom ; she's probably best known for playing wild party girl Rayanne Graff on My So-Called...

Watch Jon Stewart Get Bodyslammed by WWE Wrestler (and Trainwreck Scene-Stealer) John Cena

After serving as host of WWE’s annual SummerSlam event on Sunday night, and turning on pro-wrestling star (and Trainwreck secret weapon) John Cena, Jon Stewart got what he had coming to him Monday night. On Monday Night Raw, Cena reasserted his dominance over the ex-Daily Show host, serving him with a proper bodyslam. Show More Summary

Making Money Off Miracles: The Gospel of Televangelists

A few weeks ago on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver exposed televangelists—evangelical preachers whose sole purpose is to get on TV and ask for funds for their ministries—who prey on the sick, poor, and desperate in order to line their own pockets, funding lavish lifestyles that include mansions, airplanes, cars, vacations, and more. Read more...

Video: "I Made a Mess" - They Might Be Giants

The unstoppable march towards They Might Be Giants' new kids album Why? continues. ("Time... is marching on...") Today's TMBG Dial-A-Song treat is "I Made a Mess" and while as with many TMBG songs, its thematically ambiguous lyrics could...Show More Summary

The story behind… The Fox and the Star

Best known for designing the iconic covers for the Penguin Clothbound Classics, illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith has now created her first tale. Here she tells us the story behind becoming an author as well as a designer ahead of the release of her original fable, The Fox and the Star.

For SoCal Girls Like Me, Romeo Santos and Bachata (Almost) Sound Like Home

When Romeo Santos walked offstage toward the pump fake ending of the first of his three Barclays Center performances last month, the crowd of Romeístas was unified in our ravenous desire for more. “PROPUESTA INDECENTE!” we all screamed,...Show More Summary

Surprise! Alison Brie and Dave Franco Are Engaged

Alison Brie and Dave Franco are engaged, E! Online reports. The Community and Mad Men star sported an engagement ring at a screening of her upcoming movie Sleeping with Other People in West Hollywood on Monday night. Brie, 32, and Franco, 30, have been an item since 2012 and co-starred in a Funny or... Read More > Other Links From Alison Brie Dave Franco

John Oliver exposed an intriguing link between televangelism and Scientology

Last week, John Oliver mocked the lax rules that make it incredibly easy to form your own tax-exempt church. He even made his own church — Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption — to prove his point. Oliver says that televangelists have been...Show More Summary

Luigi Tries To Beat Mario In A Live-Action Mario Kart Short

Luigi on an electric longboard and a city turned into a Mario Kart course full of dangerous elements. The folks at CorridorDigital made a pretty neat live-action short film about Luigi trying to beat Mario’s time trial score. Read more...

5 Things You Still Don't Know About 'The Wizard Of Oz'

"The Wizard of Oz" celebrates the anniversary of its national release on Tuesday. It has now been 76 years since Judy Garland taught American filmgoers that "there's no place like home." It may have been simpler times back in 1939 --...Show More Summary

Jon Stewart Gets Body-Slammed By John Cena On 'Monday Night Raw'

Alas, Jon, that was an inevitability. Wrestler John Cena is known to exact revenge on those who've wronged him, and he did just that on “Monday Night Raw,” schooling comedian Jon Stewart with his signature “Attitude Adjustment.” “I’m...Show More Summary

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