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Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

12/30/2010 11:00am EST
Guns N' Roses
Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...

Radiohead's 'OK Computer' Voted Best Record Of Last 25 Years

12/23/2010 3:14pm EST
Radiohead's third album OK Computer has been hailed as the greatest record of the last 25 years.

The 1997 release - which features iconic hits Paranoid Android and Karma Police - saw off competition from Oasis and Nirvana to be named the best album by readers of Q magazine.

Nirvana came second with Nevermind, while the Gallagher brothers' now defunct band took the third and fourth spots with (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and Definitely Maybe respectively.

Arctic Monkeys' hit Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not was voted in at number five, while The Joshua Tree by U2 made ...

Radiohead Scrapping New Album?

9/26/2010 7:45pm EDT
British rockers Radiohead are meeting on Monday to discuss whether they should "throw out" their new album and start again because they aren't completely happy with their new material.

The "Creep" hitmakers have spent the last year working on a follow-up to 2007's "In Rainbows," but drummer Philip Selway admits the group is unsure whether to release the new songs or ditch them all and start recording again from scratch.

And the band will meet up next week to discuss the issue.

Selway says, "We've been working on material on and off for a year now and we've had the summer off so yes, we'r...

And The Best Albums Of The Last 25 Years Are...

4/26/2010 9:13am EDT
Achtung Baby
U2's "Achtung Baby" has been named the best album of the last 25 years in a new magazine poll.

Editors of Spin are celebrating the monthly magazine's 25th year with countdowns of their top moments and concert highlights from the quarter-century, and they've crowned U2's 1991 album the best release.

Prince's "Sign O' The Times" came in second and The Smiths' "The Queen is Dead" is third.

"Nevermind" by Nirvana and Radiohead's "OK Computer" complete the top five.

Thom Yorke Rocks On Despite Explosion

4/7/2010 2:46pm EDT
Thom Yorke rocked on at his New York City show on Tuesday night despite a dangerous explosion near the concert venue that shut down several Broadway shows.

A manhole exploded in Times Square, prompting police to block off an area around Roseland Ballroom, where the Radiohead frontman was booked to play with his side project, Atoms for Peace.

Evening performances of Broadway shows including hit musical Jersey Boys had to be cancelled - but Yorke managed to get clearance for his concert and took to the stage with the supergroup, which features Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, longtime Ra...

The 25 Most Important Albums Of The Decade

12/23/2009 11:43am EST
Most Important Albums of the Decade
Pitchfork and Rolling Stone and Spin and all those other outlets have their lists of the best albums of the decade, and you know what? I'm going to let them. There's no point in me trying to come up with that list because there were so many great records to choose from. Who's to say that The Strokes' Is This It? was better than Muse's Absolution or any album by Arcade Fire? You can't! You can't! Best albums are invariably marked by an editor's (or staff's) preference in music. But what about qualifying the most important? I can tell you that Bob Dylan's Modern Times was probably the best re...

Ten Greatest Albums Of The Decade

12/16/2009 10:06am EST
Ten Greatest Albums of the Decade
So far, we've brought you the Greatest TV Shows and Greatest Songs of the decade. Now it's time to look at what may be a dying breed. With the advent of the ability to download singles off the Internet individually, and the massive popularity of the iPod - it's no longer necessary to buy an entire album in order to hear the one or two songs you'd really like to own. Because of that, it may no longer be necessary for artists to create albums, or even sign record deals. This could be the last decade the album is a dominant artform. With that in mind - here are the Ten Greatest Albums of t...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 26

6/26/2009 3:00am EDT
Derek Jeter
Happy Birthday to "Rushmore" actor Jason Schwartzman (1980), New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (1974), country singer Gretchen Wilson (1973), record producer Irv Gotti (1970), actor Chris O'Donnell (1970), Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood (1969), "The Kids In The Hall" actor Mark McKinney (1959), singer Chris Isaak (1956), The Clash guitarist Mick Jones (1955), Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil (1942), "The Lone Ranger" actor Jay Silverheels (1912; d. 1980), and Hungarian-born actor Peter Lorre (1904; d. 1964).

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Celebrity Birthdays, May 23

5/23/2009 3:00am EDT
Kelly Monaco
Happy Birthday to "General Hospital" star Kelly Monaco (1976), folk singer Jewel (1974), Radiohead drummer Phil Selway (1967), "Dumb and Dumber" actress Karen Duffy (1961), actor/comedian Drew Carey (1958), "Murphy Brown" actor Charles Kimbrough (1936), "Dynasty" star Joan Collins (1933), English actor Nigel Davenport (1928), singer/actress Rosemary Clooney (1928; d. 2002), bandleader Artie Shaw (1910, d. 2004), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" actor Scatman Crothers (1910; d. 1986), and "Zorro" actor Douglas Fairbanks (1883; d. 1939).

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Celebrity Birthdays, April 15

4/15/2009 3:00am EDT
Emma Watson
Happy Birthday To "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson (1990), "Snakes on a Plane" actor Flex Alexander (1970), Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien (1968), The Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain (1967), 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry (1965), "Back To The Future" trilogy's 'Biff Tannen' actor Thomas F. Wilson (1959), "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" actress Emma Thompson (1959), film composer Michael Kamen (1948; d. 2003), Welsh blues rocker Dave Edmunds (1944), film and TV actor Robert Walker Jr. (1940), "Bewitched" star Elizabeth Montgomery (1933; d. 1995), country music/Hee-Haw host R...

'Rockville, CA' Stars Talk About The New Music-Oriented Web Series

3/16/2009 11:23am EDT
Rockville CA
The new web-series "Rockville, CA" is the brainchild of Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Chuck & Gossip Girl). The series centers on a group of 20-somethings who gather regularly at a club to hear their favorite up-and-coming bands, blow off steam, and fall in love with the wrong people. Each 4-6 minute episode also features performances by such indie bands as Lykke Li, The Kooks and Anya Marina.

The scripted, music-oriented series features the roller-coaster relationship between Hunter (Andrew West), the hipster-cute smart guy, and Deb (Alexandra Chando), the consummate go-getter.


Collectors Editions Of Radiohead's First Three Albums Out March 24

3/8/2009 7:30pm EDT
On March 24, Radiohead's first three studio albums, Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997) will be released by Capitol/EMI in expanded "Collectors Edition" and limited edition "Special Collectors Edition" packages. Each "Collectors Edition" includes the original album plus a second CD of rarities, including demos, sessions and live recordings. Each "Special Collectors Edition," in deluxe, lift-top box packaging, includes both audio discs and adds a DVD with a variety of promotional music videos, TV performances and filmed concert performances, as well as a series of pos...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

3/8/2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

Pandora: A Great Way To Discover New Music

2/26/2009 12:36pm EST
Like a good Vegas stand, I'm all in. This past week I was introduced to a nifty little website called Pandora. It is in a nutshell your iTunes player on shuffle but with extra cool songs worth discovering thrown in here and there (or everywhere if you're musically green). Right now it's kicking the butt of my radio and internet radio, and I'm wondering if this new avenue will make purchasing mp3s obsolete.

First, how it works: when you go to the site, it asks you to pick an artist you like. I started with Radiohead. What it then does is configure a playlist based on Radiohead an...

Chris Brown-Rihanna Drama, Kanye West Mullet, And Old People Rule This Year's Grammys

2/9/2009 10:51am EST
Neil Diamond
For the 2009 Grammy Awards, contributing writer Simbarashe keeps a blog as everything happens live! Time for this year's Grammys. Since I'm doing this live I'll have no choice but to post only my initial gut-reactions as things happen, so hopefully this will be to your reading benefit. If someone is hot, I'll let you know. If someone is not, I'll let you know that too. I'm just wondering if anything I blog can or would be used against me.

8:00pm - I'm excited! The Grammys have started!

8:00pm - U2 kick things off with their new single "Get On Your Boots". It's like ZooT...

2009's Music Festival Rundown

2/5/2009 12:04pm EST
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...

What's On? This Week In Television

2/2/2009 8:55am EST
How I Met Your Mother
This week begins a new sweeps month, which means the networks will be trying to get your attention with a lot of new episodes and big events. The month kicked off with Super Bowl XLIII, and here's what to watch for the rest of the week:


Pick of the Night: How I Met Your Mother, CBS 8:30/7:30c

"Barney Stinson: That Guy's Awesome:" Robin faces deportation back to Canada if she doesn't find work, and Barney helps with a video resume.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, House FOX 8/7c, CSI: Miami 10/9c, The Closer TNT 9/8 c, Anthony Bourda...

2009 Grammy Award Predictions

1/30/2009 12:05pm EST
My Morning Jacket
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the Grammys and the Oscars, and after a few years of real yawners, the Grammys in particular are back with a vengeance! The performances lineup is Coachella-esque impressive, with U2 and Coldplay joining the likes of Jonas Brothers, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne(!), Paul McCartney(!!) and Radiohead(!!!). But just as important as the performers are the award winners, and if you're in an office pool somewhere or on your way to Vegas and need a little help predicting the winners, you've come to the right place! (Well actually, if you're on your way to Vegas you ...

'Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band' Set For April 14 Release

1/23/2009 11:50am EST
Easy Star All-Stars
Following the widespread critical and commercial success of 2003's Dub Side of the Moon and 2006's Radiodread, Easy Star Records announces the Easy Star All-Stars' complete reggae re-imagining of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album, titled Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, is set for release April 14 on Easy Star Records and features guest vocals from an impressive list of reggae, dancehall and dub greats including Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Luciano, U-Roy, Bunny Rugs (Third World), Ranking Roger (English Beat, The), Sugar Minott, Frankie...

Courtney Love Will Let Fans Choose Price Of Her Next Album

1/10/2009 10:20am EST
Courtney Love
Rocker Courtney Love wants to follow in Radiohead's footsteps and let fans decide how much to pay for her forthcoming album.

The former Hole frontwoman is busy putting the finishing touches to Nobody's Daughter, her first album in five years. Love was due to post tracks online on January 1, but the release has since been pushed back to February.

And the singer now plans to release it via a 'pay-what-you-want' scheme.

In a post on her blog, she writes: "There's millions of people worldwide waiting on this record. Well, maybe, there's 10! But in any case, I assume t...

Music Is Meant To Be Heard Live

7/28/2008 9:03am EDT
Wu-Tang Clang
At last summer's Rock the Bells, less that two minutes after Wu-Tang Clang busted into their first song, which is to say five minutes after the yo-yo-yos concluded, my dad plopped himself down on the grassy knoll. "These guys suck," he muttered into the tattooed shins of the toking Latino in front of him.

It's not that my pop is the typical old guy who views rap as an example of all that is wrong with the world; he had just nodded along to Cypress Hill several sets before, even mouthing a few choice lyrics to "Insane in the Membrane." No, my dad is just not a fan of live music he can'...

Check Out The Airborne Toxic Event's 'Sometime Around Midnight'; Debut Out Aug. 5

7/22/2008 6:00pm EDT
The Airborne Toxic Event
When The Airborne Toxic Event took the stage at Spaceland in Silver Lake on January 31st of this year, the 400-capacity venue was a madhouse. In the entryway, patrons squeezed in and pled their cases to the door girl. Another 400 people queued impatiently along the sidewalk outside, forming a massive line that snaked down Silver Lake Boulevard, surrounding the venue on all sides.

It was the final night of the band's five-week residency at the legendary Eastside venue, and all that month, when they weren't rehearsing or performing, they were busy self-recording their first full-length a...

Turn Up the Music, Tune Out the Business

7/15/2008 9:00am EDT
In Rainbows
Notice: that song bumping out of your stereo is a product, you a client. You are not a fan; you are a customer. You do not enjoy the music so much as you consume it as the business of it all consumes you. Your radio, boombox, iPod, they are nothing but a digital car lot, and Clive Davis, Damon Dash, and Tommy Mottola are nothing but salespersons. Hear that bass? It does not thwump your knees in a two-step rhythm; it pumps them forward, out the door and into your local record store. "Buy! Buy! Buy!" cries the chorus. "Buy! Buy! Buy!" wails the guitar. Buy, buy, bye integrity.

Don't like...

Greg Laswell's 'Three Flights From Alto Nido' To Be Released July 8

6/27/2008 6:30am EDT
Greg Laswell
Renaissance Man Greg Laswell finds himself released from heartache with Three Flights From Alto Nido, his sophomore full-length album on Vanguard Records, to be released July 8th. Three Flights From Alto Nido is the enigmatically, yet aptly titled third volume of his trilogy of heartbreak and redemption.

In 2006, Laswell's Through Toledo was an intimate account of a devastating experience in his life. How The Day Sounds, a six song EP released earlier this year, served as a bridge toward self-realization while vividly capturing the sense of healing and moving on. Three Flights From...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 26

6/26/2008 3:00am EDT
Derek Jeter
Happy Birthday to Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick (1980), "Rushmore" actor Jason Schwartzman (1980), New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter (1974), country singer Gretchen Wilson (1973), record producer Irv Gotti (1970), actor Chris O'Donnell (1970), Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood (1969), "The Kids In The Hall" actor Mark McKinney (1959), singer Chris Isaak (1956), The Clash guitarist Mick Jones (1955), Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil (1942), "The Lone Ranger" actor Jay Silverheels (1912; d. 1980), and Hungarian-born actor Peter Lorre (1904; d. 1964).

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Trent Reznor's Twisted Bender Of Creativity

6/16/2008 8:41am EDT
Trent Reznor
Considering most musicians in their 40s tend to slow things down, Trent Reznor has been a busy boy. Coming from the man who once spent five years to release a follow-up album (the highly ambitious/anticipated double-disc mammoth The Fragile), and another six for its successor (2005's With Teeth), the last two years for his band Nine Inch Nails have been some of the most creative and innovative in its career.

Reznor's recent creative spur all started on the tour for NIN's fifth studio album, the rather uninspired "With Teeth." Desiring to record a bleak futuristic concept album to shed ...

Fuse TV Invites You To The Coolest Place At Bonnaroo

6/13/2008 4:38pm EDT
Heading to Bonnaroo? Check out the Fuse TV barn in the middle of "Centeroo." The eco-friendly barn was built to provide festival-goers with hours of enjoyment including text contesting, mechanical bull riding, calf roping (not real calves!) and barnyard olympics (pie eating contests, horseshoe toss and hay tossing).The Fuse TV Barn will host green screen photography, where festival-goers can select a background, take a picture and send it to friends. All these fun activities, plus a place to hang, use the computer stations, and watch live TV feeds of all performances so you dont miss anythi...

'Radiohead: The Best Of' DVD To Be Released June 3

6/1/2008 9:00am EDT
-Companion To Radiohead: Best Of CD, Special Edition 2-CD, Quadruple Vinyl LP & Digital Releases Features 21 Videos, Including 9 Making DVD Release Debuts

Parlophone Records and Capitol Records have announced that the much anticipated CD, 2-CD, quadruple vinyl LP and digital release, Radiohead: The Best Of will also be available June 3 as a DVD video collection. The collection's details are announced today. 21 videos are featured on the new Radiohead: The Best Of DVD, including "Just," "Street Spirit," "Karma Police," "Paranoid Android," "No Surprises," "Knives Out," "Pyramid Song" and...

Top 10 Radiohead Songs

5/29/2008 8:39am EDT
Radiohead has proved to be one of the driving forces behind the last decade of alternative rock music. They are one of the only bands that truly keep their audience guessing; each album has a completely different sound.

Below is a list of the top ten Radiohead songs. The list is based not only on popularity but also on quality and originality.

10. "Creep": Anyone and everyone that is aware of Radiohead's existence knows that "Creep" was the hit single that put these guys on the fast track to stardom. Released in the early 90s off their debut album, Pablo Honey, "Creep" fit righ...

Radiohead To Release 'The Best Of' June 3

5/27/2008 7:30pm EDT
Radiohead: The Best Of
Capitol/EMI announces the June 3 U.S. release of Radiohead: The Best Of. The band's first ever career retrospective, to be made available both physically and digitally, Radiohead: The Best Of brings together the singles, key album tracks and live favorites spanning the band's entire Parlophone Records and Capitol Records career.

Radiohead has sold in excess of 25 million records worldwide, has achieved platinum status in 17 countries and multi-platinum in nine, and has won two Grammy Awards. The band has also become one of the most iconic and critically acclaimed groups ever, with thei...