Of all the bands that managed to go Diamond (that's 10 million albums sold) back in the mid '90s, when conditions were right for it, Matchbox Twenty looked the most like one-superhit wonders. It wasn't their fault; it just seemed like there were 10 million themselves-or-someones-like-them doing simi ... More >>
Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. The post-punk and new wave bands that emerged from the late '70s began their emotional cutting long before it was actually cool to be a self-loathing sycophant; sprucing up t ... More >>
A new queen of pop has been crowned by Rolling Stone, according to Idolator.Rolling Stone put 16 female pop stars head to head in the ultimate statistical showdown to see who would reign as queen. Competitors included Adele, Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Katy ... More >>
Today, The Cars release their first record since 1987's Door to Door. The new album, Move Like This, also marks the band's first album without bassist and co-lead vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, twelve years after The Cars broke up.Orr's harmonies and bass lines are ... More >>
Robert McKnightCakeThis year sure has been a fickle beast thus far -- treacherous weather, Jared Lee Loughner and now a slumping music industry.Showroom Of Compassion, the latest album from venerable rock band Cake, took the top spot on the Billboard charts for the week ending on January 1 ... More >>
Wiz KhalifaDang, it's sad when a song climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 charts refers to women as hos and bitches. Such is the case with Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," which had to be cleaned up extensively for radio play. The original "dirty" version is riddled with n-bombs, as well, but it's ... More >>
You could argue that the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon is as big an annual event as the East Valley has.Especially for the formerly important town of Tempe, which saw Glendale steal away the city's BCS bowl game in 2007. Since then, the East Valley really hasn't had any other high-profile sporti ... More >>
Check out boxing and Bret Michaels this weekend
worldfamousdesignjunkies.comYou can try and deny it all you want, but we all know we've done it at some point.I'm talking about creating a rap name for our fictional careers as rappers. Some people let this evolve into something far too dorky/nerdy for society's tastes, while others let it die wi ... More >>
Big news from last night/this morning -- The Suburbs, the third album from Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire, landed on the top of the Billboard 200 this week.The Suburbs sold 156,000 copies in its initial week, edging out Eminem's Recovery by 4,000 units. Thanks to a lofty $3.99 pricetag at Ama ... More >>
This song is not worth writing about because it's catchy, and it's not necessarily sung well, either. But the story behind Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" is an interesting one, and it's become such a strong force on the Billboard Hot 100 scene, that it's not really going anywhere any time soon.Po ... More >>
It's really sad that Ke$ha's single "TiK ToK" has reached number one on the Billboard charts and is refusing to go away. I actually liked the girl the first time I heard her in Flo Rida's song "Right Round," but now I'm getting drained listening to her on the radio singing about brushing her teeth w ... More >>
What's the top selling digital download of the decade -- and, thus unsurprisingly, also the top selling digital download of all time? If you guessed Flo Rida's "Low" you're smarter than I am. After bursting onto the scene in late 2007, Poe Boy/Atlantic recording artist Flo Rida has claimed ... More >>
Wanna hear something even crazier? This is actually Enya's second Greatest Hits record -- she also put one out in 1997.
Don't judge us, but we're sort of digging Chris Brown's latest single, "Transform You."
Ruination, the new record from Glendale metal act Job For A Cowboy, is officially a hit. The record, which we told you about last week when it came out, is number 42 on this week's Billboard chart. Their 11,000 units are also good enough to get them the number 4 spot on Billboard's Independent Albu ... More >>
Tempe hardcore act Eyes Set to Kill are back with a new disc. The band, who is signed with California-based BreakSilence recordings, will release their sophomore effort "The World Outside" on June 2. The group have spent a lot of time on the road since releasing their debut album last year and mad ... More >>
The "Louis Vuitton Don" is moving units down at Zia Record Exchange. Although Kanye West's emotionally-wrought 808s & Heartbreak didn't prove as big a smash with most fans and critics as his previous discs, it's still a quality album (our music editor Martin Cizmar considers it one his faves of ... More >>
By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>
Kick it like the rich(ie) and famous
Rising star stays true blue
He's not just a friend, he's a buddy
A clever reggae remake of Dark Side of the Moon lovingly lampoons the album's hazy cult
Country boys stick to twangy tradition
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him.
A new four-disc compilation attempts to give the West Coast East Side sound its proper place in rock 'n' roll history
It was 20 years ago this week that Sgt. Pepper dropped a bomb on movie theaters, so where's all the rerelease hoopla?