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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

The Rivers Cuomo interview

Rivers Cuomo cannot stress this enough: He’s not trying to piss anybody off. Of all the criticism leveled at the Weezer frontman for the band’s new album, Raditude, it’s that suggestion that bothers him the most. “I get particularly frustrated when—and this has happened quite a lot—the press insinuates that I am intentionally trying to piss off our audience, that Weezer is creating music that it knows is bad and is putting it out there to make people angry,” Cuomo vents...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
When asked what music has inspired her the most, Victoriah Banuelos, half of the sister-sister Milwaukee pop outfit Vic and Gab, answers readily: “Rush.” Victoriah isn't over the age of 35, and she isn't clueless about current independent pop...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Pop music has a natural snap to it, thanks to its youthful motivations. Nobody has done it quite as winningly as the punk legends Buzzcocks, but the Milwaukee pop group Coo Woo is game to try their hand at it. Coo Woo takes on the British...
06.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Allow me to join the chorus of bloggers largely calling out Jay-Z for his pandering new single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." It's discouraging that Jay-Z would hone in on a lightning rod as tired as Auto-Tune; does this mean we can expect The Blueprint 3 to contain an Octo-Mom diss track? What about an admonishment of tabloid culture? Or an indictment of reality television? So is Jay-Z...
04.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Of course there are glaring exceptions, most notably The Black Eyed Peas utterly idiotic "Boom Boom Pow," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but the pop singles chart is a pretty vibrant place these days. Here are six charting songs that are making commercial radio a better place: T.I. ft Justin Timberlake — "Dead and Gone" (#6 on Billboard Hot 100) The fourth and aga...
03.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
While most R&B singers coast in the final minute or two of their songs, reciting established hooks until the fadeout, The-Dream saves his finest twists for these closing moments. Three-fourths of the way through "Sweat it Out," the closest the singer's new album, Love Vs Money, comes to a conventional slow jam, the spell breaks when The-Dream begins yelling, realizing that something isn't right. A...
10.28.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Since I gave a nod to Britney Spears earlier this week, equal-time regulations require me to also point out that Christina Aguilera, the less notorious but more reliable and better-voiced of the two pop stars, also has a fun, quick-charting music video out where she dons more than a few wigs. Especially coming on the heels of Aguilera's adventurous Back to Basics, the risk-taking album where th...
07.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Earlier this week the Kenosha News ran an article about the mixed reaction Jessica Simpson's first country concert received at the Country Thunder Festival in Randall, Wis. The story was quickly picked up by national media outlets�particularly a line about audiences booing her. A thoughtful Idolator post by Dan Gibson argues "that one person at a paper in Kenosha can set off an avalanche of ne...
05.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Each old Now That�s What I Call Music compilation is a time capsule, a one-disc summary of the state of popular music for a given month. Since its American debut 10 years ago, the compilation has released over 25 installments, but few tell a more vivid story than the very first one. Released in late 1998, it documents a time when corporate pop had overthrown alternative rock. Music sales were stro...
02.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The latest doll-sized singer being groomed for major-label stardom, Kerli presents herself as an irreverent, sassy Avril Lavigne-style mallpunk in her press photos, complete with pouty lips, a Hot Topic fashion sense and an affinity for black eyeliner. Her press-release backstory, however, treads far darker than that of the typical suburban starlet: Growing up in Elva, Estonia, a ...

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