See Also: - Remembering Randy Rhodes thirty years after his tragic death -The Beatles' Sgt Pepper turns 45 -The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street turns 40 -Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced turns 45 In the early 1980s, a red-haired, Midwestern boy named William Bailey stepped off a bus in New Y ... More >>
Justin Bieber and his $40,000 hair are making girls swoon all over the world, but this overnight sensation is not alone. Despite the fact that kids everywhere are obsessing and worshipping this pseudo-talented tween, there are more idols in the pipeline. Since kids have the attention spans of ... More >>
After two decades on Geffen Records, Eternal, Sonic Youth's Matador Records debut released last week, was the top seller at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 14. Mos Def's The Ecstatic, Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, both released last week, came in at the second and fourth slots while ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials ... More >>
If the Flobots are bummed with the recent bad show review they got, maybe the news from Music Choice will excite them. The band's video, "Handlebars," was nominated in two categories in the channel's Most Demanded: Music Choice Video On-Demand Awards '08. The first was "Alternative Video of the Year ... More >>
Obi Best Capades Social Science 02:00-02:45 of “Nothing Can Come Between Us”: When I first saw this cover and name, I was really, really hoping that it was going to be a sort of Star Wars meets Feist sort of thing. Unfortunately, it’s just a Feist meets Feist kind of deal. I mean, she didn’ ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY For the last year and a half, Infinite Mindz has been on a tear locally. Since the release of its debut album, Monkey Rebellion Musik, last year, the group has been in demand for shows, as well as being nominated in the Best Hip-Hop Group category at this year’s Westword Music Showcas ... More >>
The Q&A below starring Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, whose band opens for Westword profile and Q&A subject Erykah Badu, represented a first for yours truly. Never before had I conducted an interview with an artist who spent the first portion of the conversation on a treadmill. But Thompson ... More >>
Bill Stevenson, who's readying for a December 7 gig with the Lemonheads at the Gothic Theatre (see this Now Hear This item for more details), isn't a man who likes to sit around doing nothing. He's the anchor of the Descendents, All and a third band, Only Crime, in addition to being a de facto Lemon ... More >>
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