Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:
Glorification of violence, misogyny and lots of angry white kids all figure prominently in this Necro review.
The pop culture hegemony of American Idol gets a hard look, with some frightening conclusions.
The Glaswegian cabaret of Michael Dracula is revealed in a look back at the act by Everett True.
Insomnia + short attention span + access to limitless information = this post. Do you suppose this was what the Defense Department had in mind when they created the Internet?
Learn the devastating truth about the link between Lawrence Welk and the Velvet Underground here. You will never look at your grandparents' record collection the same way again.
What's that? Now you need more Welk-related awesomeness? Okay, if you insist, you can have this blog, complete with YouTube embed, about how a pot-smoking anthem made it to America's lite muzik showcase.
The Blue Man Group gets raves for its live demonstration of how to be a megastar.
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So, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean and 50 Cent have allegedly been implicated in steroid use. It's enough to shake your faith in music to the core. Luckily, one of the LA Weekly bloggers took the initiative and compiled this list of musicians who aren't relying on 'roids.
A visit to Europe via MySpace yields such gems as Norwegian alt-country, electronic Eurotrash sleaze, femme garage rockers and more.
Bow down before the awesome, manly majesty of the ten best beards in modern music. -- Cory Casciato