Music Releases Move to Friday— Now What?

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News   The big hullaballoo this past week in the music world was that the world got a little more united. Friday was dubbed the universal day for fresh releases, after a lifetime of varying days for different nations. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a body that represents record labels worldwide, claims that the Friday release date embraces digital trends and tears down figurative borders. Smaller entities such as Beggars Group – who represents artists... READ MORE

10 Dream Double-Header Tours

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Despite my penchant for all things '90s, I'd never seen Nine Inch Nails or Soundgarden in concert. Sure, I'd attended gigs by Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels and Chris Cornell's Audioslave, but neither band could match the unadulterated fury of those artists' star-making endeavors. So imagine my fangirl glee when I scored tickets to the joint NIN-Soundgarden gig at the Hollywood Bowl! Tears will be shed; panties might be thrown. It got me... READ MORE

Beyonce and the New Era of Music Videos

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music "Pretty Hurts" still courtesy Melina Matsoukas Where were you at the stroke of midnight EST on Friday, December 13, 2013? For once, us homebodies were rewarded for our introverted ways, gifted by one of the ultimate extroverts in pop. This generation will remember its exact location and emotion when it first saw Beyoncé's self-titled album. That's right: saw the album. As everyone and their grandma knows by now, Mrs. Carter stealthily released her fifth solo collection... READ MORE

Best of 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Mystical singing space cats. The resurrection of the Thin White Duke. "YOLO" versus "Y.A.L.A." The year in music circa 2013 was a zany one that was forward-thinking (everybody's droppin' the bass these days) and reverent of the past (every new band sounds like it's from the 1980s). Here's what we loved and loathed: BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We the Common BEST EP OF THE YEAR: Andrew McMahon –... READ MORE

5 Fall Albums We're Stoked To Hear

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Cuddle up with a pumpkin spice latte and your cozy earbuds: Here are five albums coming out this autumn that we're super excited about! Yuck Glow & Behold Oct. 1 on Fat Possum Yuck are bound to go down in history as one of the most seamless examples of picking up after their lead singer departs. Daniel Blumberg might be gone, but in his place is more of the same beautiful '90s-influenced, fuzzy dream pop these... READ MORE

The ladies of the '90s

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Melissa Bobbitt This writer is extremely excited for the return of Garbage. Front woman Shirley Manson is the epitome of rock goddess, someone so exotically beautiful but who also deals with human issues (body dysmorphic disorder) bravely. Her lyrics were oh so '90s, like the notion of only being happy when it rains. And now she and her industrial band mates - producer genius Butch Vig, multi-instrumentalist Steve Marker and renaissance musician Duke... READ MORE