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Melodramatic Fools: Green Day Should Call It a Day
2 weeks ago

Melodramatic Fools: Green Day Should Call It a Day

By  •  Opinion, Music News

Green Day is making noise again with “Revolution Radio,” but it’s the kind of punk that comes in bubble wrap.

The Bay Area rockers just hit No. 1 on the …
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Here’s Lady Gaga’s Most Subversive Super Bowl Moment
3 weeks ago

Here’s Lady Gaga’s Most Subversive Super Bowl Moment

By  •  Industry News, Opinion, Music News

Roughly half the nation watched Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance through half-closed eyes.

They wanted to see what the pop superstar might do during the always glitzy halftime show. She’s known …
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Watch: Eco-Hypocrite Sting Lecture on Climate Change
1 month ago

Watch: Eco-Hypocrite Sting Lecture on Climate Change

By  •  Music News, Hypocrisy

Sting isn’t afraid of tackling big issues in his music.

Child slavery (“Children’s Crusade”). Nuclear war (“Russians”). Englishmen in New York (“Englishman in New York”).

Now, he’s training his pipes …
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Why Rocker Chris Holly Gets Those Choice GOP Gigs
1 month ago

Why Rocker Chris Holly Gets Those Choice GOP Gigs

By  •  Interviews, Music News

Chris Holly was too busy living the rock star life in the ‘80s to get political.

Long hair metal beckoned, and the young Holly eagerly obliged. That was then, before …
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HiT Podcast No. 1: Singer/Songwriter Seth Swirsky
3 months ago

HiT Podcast No. 1: Singer/Songwriter Seth Swirsky

By  •  Interviews, Music News, Podcasting

When I decided to create the Hollywood In Toto podcast I knew right away who I wanted for my first guest.

Seth Swirsky is more than a chart-topping songwriter. He’s …
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Why Kenny Loggins Wants Your Kids to Get ‘Footloose’
4 months ago

Why Kenny Loggins Wants Your Kids to Get ‘Footloose’

By  •  Interviews, Music News

The singer-songwriter, now 68, first developed his songwriting chops while growing up in Alhambra from age 7 through college. He later moved to Hollywood where he quickly teamed up with …
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‘Gangstas’ Author Reveals Rap’s Unlikely Capitalists
5 months ago

‘Gangstas’ Author Reveals Rap’s Unlikely Capitalists

By  •  Interviews, Music News

Ben Westhoff’s “Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap” is an exhaustive, and engaging, look at hardcore …
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4 Traditional Country Singers You Must Hear
5 months ago

4 Traditional Country Singers You Must Hear

By  •  Lists, Music News

My father asked me that while we watched a great PBS documentary on The Highwaymen. The supergroup featured Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

It’s a common …
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Michael Nesmith: The Essential Monkee
6 months ago

Michael Nesmith: The Essential Monkee

By  •  Industry News, Opinion, Music News

Now, at 73, Nesmith reminds us again how vital he is to the band’s enduring appeal.

Nesmith isn’t an official part of the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour. He appeared at one …
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Sorry, Alice: 4 Ways Rockers Can Still Shock Us
6 months ago

Sorry, Alice: 4 Ways Rockers Can Still Shock Us

By  •  Industry News, Lists, Opinion

Alice Cooper was giving parents nightmares long before the current crop of rockers tried doing the same. He trotted out electric chairs, gothic torture chambers and other gleefully twisted stage …
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