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LCD Soundsystem Rock the “Drunk Girls” at Surprise Brooklyn Gig

April 9th, 2010
Photograph by Jon Wilde“I have good news and bad news,” James Murphy said as LCD Soundsystem took the stage for the first time in over two years last night in Brooklyn. “The good news is, we’re here. The bad news is, I’m wasted.” No no, dude — that’s the great news. The New York punk-funk heavyweights have an early single-of-the-year contender with the irresistible rock anthem “Drunk Girls,” but it’s a totally different song when ...

Rob Sheffield on Who Rocked Baseball’s Opening Day Hardest

April 7th, 2010
Photo: Elsa/Getty Images Sport Play ball! Baseball’s Opening Day is full of time-honored traditions: the President throws out the first ball, the Cubs’ starting pitcher walks away with a 54.00 ERA, the Royals get mathematically eliminated from the pennant race. But the best tradition of all? Music. The 2010 season officially kicked off Sunday night at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox battled the Yankees. It was definitely a memorable game, yet it was the surprise musical ...

Rob Sheffield Remembers Ultimate Indie Cult Hero Alex Chilton

March 18th, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Classic Alex Chilton live moment: 1987, long after midnight, a sleazy rock bar in Roanoke, Virginia. When the man strikes up his best-loved song, the Big Star classic “September Gurls,” some drunk idiot celebrates by throwing a bottle that hits the guitar. Chilton cuts the song dead right at the syllable “Sep—” and snarls, “If I catch the motherfucker who threw that bottle, I’m gonna kill him.” Then, to the ...

“Full-Frontal Glambgasm”: Rob Sheffield on Adam Lambert’s AMAs

November 23rd, 2009
Photo: Mazur/AMA 2009/WireImageOh, Adam — that was nutballs. If there was any worry Adam Lambert was going to tone down his wild glam-rock side, the American Idol star shattered it in his debut performance of “For Your Entertainment” at the American Music Awards. Glambert didn’t show any skin last night. He did, however, grab a leather dude’s head and grind it into his crotch, shortly after leading his gimp across the stage on a leash. ...

Echo and the Bunnymen Bring Rants and Covers to Tiny New York Show

October 19th, 2009
For Echo & The Bunnymen, arrogance is the elixir of inspiration — it’s almost like egomania is the drug that makes them dream, leading them into states of dementia, delirium, and — if they’re lucky — musical splendor. When the post-punk sex mystics played a rare intimate small-club date at New York’s Mercury Lounge on Saturday night, Ian McCulloch was definitely his awesomely arrogant self, never removing his shades, rambling in his thick Liverpool brogue. ...

Pavement Reunion Confirmed for 2010: “It Happened Naturally” Says Kannberg in Exclusive Interview

September 17th, 2009
Photo: Corio/Michael Ochs Archive/GettyEvery year, that “Pavement reunion” rumor comes around, and every year it’s a load of hooey, right? Right. Until now. Because this time it’s true. Via an exclusive Rolling Stone interview, in a late-night call from Australia, Pavement guitarist Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg confirms that the Nineties’ finest indie rockers are finally going back to those gold soundz. “It’s been a long time coming,” Kannberg says. “I think in the back of ...

Nick Cave Says Dark Novel “Bunny Munro” Inspired by Avril Lavigne and Kylie Minogue’s Hot Pants

September 17th, 2009
Photo: James/WireImage Nick Cave has always been one literary rock star. Even when he was howling “Release The Bats” with the Birthday Party, the goth-punk visionary was scribbling poems and one-act plays for fanzines. (Sample title: “The Stoning Of Ruby Von Monster.”) He’s taken inspiration from pulp novels, Faulkner, the Bible and Greek mythology. But for his new novel The Death of Bunny Munro, inspiration came in an unlikely form: Kylie Minogue. “There’s a particular video ...

All Hail Britney, Queen of the VMAs! Rob Sheffield on Seven Super Spears Moments

August 5th, 2009
Photo: Gries/GettyCongratulations, Britney! You’re up for seven VMAs this year! It’s a moment of sweet redemption for Britz, because it means she will return once again to the stage where she’s tasted her sugariest highs and her most Xanax-tical lows. Let’s face it, Britney is the VMAs. She’s the reason we watch every year — it’s how we take the temperature of the Britney universe. She was made for this show, and it was made ...

Depeche Mode Reward Fans With Deep Cuts, Gahan’s Antics in NYC

August 4th, 2009
Photo:Taylor/GettyDepeche Mode’s Dave Gahan does not move like a man who spent much of the spring in the hospital. The Britpop electro monsters had to cancel the early dates of their ‘Tour of the Universe” when Gahan had surgery to remove a malignant tumor in his bladder. But at New York’s Madison Square Garden yesterday, Gahan spent the night doing what he does best: wiggling, prancing, twirling his mikestand, blowing kisses to the crowd, and ...