Beyoncé's VMAs Performance, With Her Vocals Isolated

When we put up the isolated vocal track from Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards performance last night, skeptics protested that "you could do that with any performer and it would sound just as bad." In response, here's Beyoncé's full 16-minute, show-ending mini-set, using just the unaltered audio from her… » 8/25/14 12:38pm 8/25/14 12:38pm

"Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory Fun Is Not The End (We Hope)

Does anyone actually hate "Weird Al" Yankovic? You'll usually find two reactions to him: adoration or indifference, with the indifference mostly confined to wayward millennials. Considering that he's been churning out parodies (and originals!) for nearly 35 years, that in itself is impressive. He's done his thing… » 7/18/14 10:03am 7/18/14 10:03am

Nasty Dread: Beware The Ersatz Island Schmaltz Of Magic!

It's the rare band that makes Smash Mouth seem edgy by comparison. It's the rare band that makes Sublime seem arty, that makes 311 seem novel, that makes Jack Johnson seem… tolerable. But here we are, and here we go: Magic. Oops, make that Magic!—the exclamation point being one of many red flags indicating that these… » 7/03/14 9:34am 7/03/14 9:34am

The Freewheelin' Riff Raff: Embracing The Cagey, Loopy Joys Of Neon Icon

My favorite Bob Dylan interview is the infamously painful sit-down with Time magazine in D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 documentary Dont Look Back, wherein Dylan gets miffed at a prying line of questioning and slams the writer, the publication, and the publication's readership alike for subscribing to a worldview mechanistic… » 7/01/14 2:25pm 7/01/14 2:25pm

The Incestuous World Of Rock-Star Collaborations, On One Huge Chart

Pop Chart Lab has put together a new print titled "The Charted Connections of Rock," which shows how over 700 artists have collaborated on over 500 projects as an enormous web diagram. It's pretty dense, but useful for "six degrees of separation" games for the musically inclined. » 6/11/14 3:42pm 6/11/14 3:42pm

Get Ready To Hate The Caxirola

Brazil's answer to the vuvuzela? Not quite. The "official musical instrument of the 2014 World Cup" is softer—it produces a rattle, not a blare. Another thing in favor of your viewing experience: it's been formally banned from Brazilian stadiums. But that hasn't stopped fans from bringing them in so far, so you might… » 6/05/14 3:40pm 6/05/14 3:40pm

The Worst Songs to Play During a Father-Daughter Wedding Dance

Just as guests patiently endure long church weddings between atheists who are appeasing their religious bill-footing parents in order to get to the real fun at the reception, so too have we endured a terrible-ass spring to arrive where we are now, at fun-ass wedding season. And, as such, to the perennial awkwardness… » 6/04/14 5:16pm 6/04/14 5:16pm

Lethally Blonde: Miranda Lambert's Cheerful Country-Radio Revolution

You approach a Miranda Lambert song called "Automatic" with certain expectations—by not approaching it at all, really, instead crouching behind a desk, or a wall, or a Camaro, or something, braced for a cleansing, delightful hail of epithets and flames and bullets. She's a Texan country superstar whose first big song… » 6/03/14 12:50pm 6/03/14 12:50pm

Which Famous Singers Have The Widest Vocal Ranges?

Concerthotels.com has put together a neat interactive showcasing the (in-studio) vocal ranges of over 7o famous figures. The top of the list is above. Axl Rose is your surprising victor, but the high notes are the crowd-pleasers, and here, Mariah Carey—with her insane G7—stands alone. » 5/20/14 3:38pm 5/20/14 3:38pm

Lil B Lines Make The Best High School Yearbook Quotes

We all know the feeling: It's the end of your high school career, the four most formative years of your young life, and you want to pick that perfect quote to embody the wisdom you've gleaned on your journey. That so many of our young people are choosing Lil B-inspired quotes bodes well for our country's future. » 5/15/14 12:30pm 5/15/14 12:30pm