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Flashback: Matthew Sweet’s Early ’90s Power-Pop Perfection

March 12th, 2010
Green Day’s American Idiot begins previews on Broadway in two weeks and we’re stoked (obviously) but that’s not the only musical we’ve got our eyes on this spring. Next month the Berkeley Repertory Theater will premiere Girlfriend, a new show built around the perfect pop confections of Matthew Sweet’s 1991 album — a.k.a. the best power-pop album of all time. (Seriously. It’s amazing. We wouldn’t joke about power-pop.) The musical is actually a boy-meets-boy love ...

Georgia Man Arrested for Threatening Elton John’s Life

March 12th, 2010
Photo: Spellman/WireImage Elton John has a famous fan in Lady Gaga, but not everyone appreciates the awesome power of “Tiny Dancer.” A Georgia man was arrested Wednesday for making terrorist threats against Sir Elton. Last month Neal Horsley, 65, posted a YouTube video of himself standing in front of the singer’s Atlanta apartment complex holding a large red sign that said “Elton John Must Die.” Horsley was upset about a Parade magazine interview in which ...

Abba Won’t Reunite at Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

March 12th, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty At Monday night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, one half of Abba will dance, jive and have the time of their lives while being honored by a roomful of the biggest names in music. The other two will be at home. Fans hoping the Swedish pop masters would turn out a sparkling rendition of “Dancing Queen” — something they haven’t done since 1982 — will instead be serenaded by ...

Phil Spector Appeals Murder Conviction Citing Error, Misconduct

March 12th, 2010
Photo: Getty Lawyers for producer Phil Spector have appealed his 2009 murder conviction, claiming he didn’t receive a fair trial. Last May, Spector, now 70 years old, was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003. Citing judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct, his legal team requested the conviction be overturned and he be given a new trial, the AP reports. The Rise & Fall of Phil ...

Dave Grohl Says He Never Meant For Foo Fighters “to Be a Career”

December 3rd, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage The Foo Fighters may have just released their Greatest Hits, but that doesn’t mean the band is calling it quits any time soon. “I look at it now like it’s the end of chapter one, this is the first 15 years,” Grohl tells Time.com in a video interview. “I think we’ll be back sooner than people would imagine.” Grohl, though, admits that he never expected the Foo Fighters to last this long. “The first ...

Snoop Dogg: Smooth Talking Navigator for Drivers Everywhere

December 1st, 2009
For Snoop Dogg’s latest collaboration he laid down some tracks for … a GPS? Turns out the rapper is the newest voice for TomTom’s navigation system. Though it might seem like a bizarre match, Snoop had his reasons for the partnership. “Really it was because I’d be riding in my car and I’d be hearing that boring ass lady doing it all the time,” he says in a promotional video on TomTom’s VoiceSkins site. “It ...

Sneak Peek: Lady Gaga Dances in Red Sequins on “Gossip Girl”

November 13th, 2009
A quick clip of Lady Gaga’s performance on Monday’s upcoming episode of Gossip Girl just surfaced, showing the Fame Monster singer belting out her new single “Bad Romance” for a select handful of dapper rich kids at an intimate club. Dressed in a cherry red sequined gown with a 35-foot chiffon train, Gaga floats about the stage with the help of three buff back-up dancers as Gossip Girl’s Blair (Leighton Meester) looks on approvingly. ...

Breaking: Dead Man’s Bones

October 14th, 2009
Who: Dead Man’s Bones finds Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling and his friend Zach Shields spinning fireside ghost stories into mesmerizing “Monster Mash” sing-alongs with the help of L.A.’s Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir. Sounds like: The Arcade Fire, Tom Waits and the cast of Sesame Street performing a Kurt Weill musical. Gosling and Shields wanted to collaborate with kids from the start and cite the Langley Schools Music Project’s Innocence and Despair and Nancy Dupree’s Ghetto ...

Lady Gaga Unleashes “Monster” With Dr. Dre: Headphones First, Song Next? Singer on New Tracks

October 1st, 2009
Photo: Clary/AFP/Getty For their debut collaboration, Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga designed a pair of headphones. Are they going to team up for a song next? “I think we are,” said Dre with a sly smile, after a press conference announcing Heartbeats, the new Gaga-endorsed earbuds for Monster’s Beats By Dr. Dre line. “We’re just talking about it now. I’m gonna send her some tracks and if she hears something she likes, then we’re gonna get ...