Tuesday, May 5 2015
Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.
Tuesday, March 10 2015
The CW's excellent Jane the Virgin reminds us there is no such thing as a true guilty pleasure.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
Monday, November 24 2014
When a band performs its best album at shows, over and over, it's like they're admitting that they'll never achieve that particular level of greatness again.
Thursday, October 2 2014
Regarding the Ray Rice saga, TMZ not only forced the NFL's hand, it put domestic violence back in the spotlight, where it should be.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
A couple years after its demise, it's time to look back at how brilliant and confusing Mike White and Laura Dern's series really was.
Tuesday, June 17 2014
The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.
Tuesday, June 3 2014
With Mad Men now wrapped up until spring 2015, it's time we stop resisting the trend of this new television practice. It ain't over, but it's still a finalé.
Friday, May 16 2014
Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?
Monday, April 28 2014
Turning 30 means you still might be able to achieve some sort of greatness, but your definition of greatness changes more often than your pant-size.
Tuesday, April 15 2014
With the news that the singer-songwriter has passed, it's time to look back on someone Bob Dylan once dubbed 'The Greatest Living Songwriter'.
Wednesday, April 2 2014
Hey, did anybody else have the Good Wife plot twist spoiled for them last week? Thanks to Google, Time and the Associated Press, I did.
Tuesday, March 25 2014
When the actors of ABC's most successful series in years were forced to file a lawsuit, the minds behind the dialogue took an entire episode to make their points known.
Monday, March 17 2014
Even if an e-reader might be more practical than a heavy book, there isn't an electronic screen on the planet that rivals the prestige attached to such a time-tested medium.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Thanks to Seth Meyers, the community of after-hours talk-show hosts just got a whole lot friendlier. Call it fresh. Call it new. I call it interesting.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
Seeing Kanye West perform, I learned not only what it's like to see a master at the top of his game, but also what it is that makes the polarizing artist so fascinating.
Monday, February 17 2014
An institution once associated with athletic superiority and, of course, proud patriotism, has been deduced to yet another pawn in the ongoing game of international passive-aggression.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
All it took was a trip to the Royal Rumble to see how similar the warped reality of the WWE is to The Kardashians. Or The Real World. Or Duck Dynasty. Or Honey Boo Boo.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
Lost far too soon, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the single most affecting reason I ever decided to watch movies in the first place.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Roku streaming is ready to offer Roku TVs. The longer its competitors wait (cough, Apple, cough), the harder it will be to dethrone the current champs.
Wednesday, January 22 2014
The Food Network is a love letter to culinary experimentation. It's a lab we can visit whenever we get bored with our own spaghetti.
Friday, January 10 2014
With Collins' recent rumblings about returning to music, it's time to lay the "which era is better" question to rest.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Will a Kickstarter campaign make Betty Suarez the next Veronica Mars?
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a singular and essential voice in modern cinema by being a master of the miniature, a maestro of The Moment.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
In light of his recent feud with WFAN radio personalities, it's time to realize why Keith Olbermann works so well in the sports-broadcasting world.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Sure, it's uncool to like the New Found Glorys or Brand News, but that wave of screaming, poppy, punky acts was a fun ride.
Wednesday, November 6 2013
Do you think NBC's flagship, iconic series is racist for not having any African-American women in its cast this season? Think again.
Wednesday, September 25 2013
A month removed from this year's debacle, it's time to understand that the Video Music Awards are worth reviving, worth enjoying like we did decades ago.
Wednesday, September 18 2013
Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.
Tuesday, August 27 2013
After months of hype and expectation, Fox Sports' latest go at giving ESPN legitimate competition got off to a respectful start. The network's timing was perfect.
Tuesday, August 20 2013
New Radicals sort of invented the term "frenemies", yet the group's lone record, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, still stands as one of the lost treasures of the '90s.
Wednesday, August 7 2013
The child actress-turned-director is a mastermind at both presenting and analyzing the fine details of a life.
Wednesday, July 31 2013
The Little Red Envelope That Could has established itself as a go-to place for quality original programming. The next step? World domination.
Wednesday, July 24 2013
$400 for a VIP package to see Matchbox Twenty? Nearly $300 smackers for a regular ticket into the Legends of Summer tour?
Sunday, July 7 2013
There will forever be only one Sublime, and Bradley Nowell is the only lead singer that should have ever been part of it.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release.
Monday, June 10 2013
Though the medium hasn't enjoyed the success some hoped it would, podcasting has become news radio for a new generation.
Tuesday, June 4 2013
It's time to question how relevant these large gatherings are as the multi-band concert industry continues to expand to obnoxious heights.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.
Wednesday, May 22 2013
Despite its rich tradition, the future of gospel music in various parts of the world has been an issue of contention and heartbreak in recent years.
Monday, May 13 2013
In theory, it shouldn't be hard for those who care about Arrested Development's comeback to actually root for it to succeed.
Thursday, May 9 2013
The popcorn. The posters. The previews. The audience camaraderie. What's not to love?
Tuesday, April 30 2013
With the rise of streaming services and viral videos, many argue that the art of collecting may be dead. For true believers, however, the digital age may be ideal.
Monday, April 22 2013
Bobby Gillespie said it best: You can't have a good band if you don't have a good drummer.
Thursday, April 11 2013
The recent death of a Buckwild cast member serves as a reminder that we have become far too accepting of manufactured truths and sensationalized reality.
Thursday, April 4 2013
In Ice-T's 2012 documentary, Something from Nothing, he asks why rap music doesn't garner the same amount of respect afforded to jazz and blues music.
Monday, March 25 2013
The NCAA men's basketball tournament is without question the greatest time of year for any sports fan.
Monday, March 18 2013
Four days, six stories, one column, dozens of tweets and nearly 10,000 words later, I'm still wondering how we define success at SXSW.
Wednesday, March 13 2013
With the vernal equinox right around the corner, let's revel in that feeling that the sap is finally rising, again.
Tuesday, March 5 2013
The barrage of Oscars-related hate on Twitter and other social media can sure kill the fun of the Internet.
Wednesday, February 27 2013
Netflix's House of Cards has proven that the practice of spending 48 to 72 hours with a specific set of characters and stories isn't just the future of television -- it's also the here and now.
Monday, February 18 2013
With the Oscars set to be handed out this Sunday, it's time to take a look at what made the one film that got pushed to the back of the awards season bus so transcendent, so polarizing, and so great.
Wednesday, February 13 2013
You know how you want to time your concert arrival to miss the opening act? You could be missing out on your next musical obsession.
Wednesday, February 6 2013
It seems that with each passing fiscal quarter, media-watchers love to pound another nail into print journalism's coffin.
Wednesday, January 30 2013
This week, we say goodbye to one of the best comedies TV has seen in decades. How influential has it been? How perfectly does it portray modern day popular culture?
Thursday, January 24 2013
One has to wonder why CBS' late late guy isn't being considered among the best after-hours television America can offer.
Monday, January 14 2013
The cautionary tales of too much success coming too soon are endless. In the Canadian heartthrob's case, we should be a little more forgiving.
Tuesday, January 8 2013
At what point did it become so important for us to be ironic and sarcastic? When can we finally move past our judgments and witticisms and just begin to play things straight?
Monday, December 10 2012
With 2012 all but over, the usual treasure trove of year-end countdowns have begun. Oh, happy day!
Tuesday, December 4 2012
The recent news of the reconciliation between pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna highlights how upsetting it is that no lessons were learned from that fateful night in 2009.
Tuesday, November 27 2012
They help kids score higher on tests. They feed the OCD impulse. They're a big bucks industry. What's not to love about Fantasy Sports?
Sunday, November 18 2012
An overrated meal. Awkwardly catching up with family members. Black Friday. A boring and ugly color scheme. Thanksgiving is just the worst.
Tuesday, November 6 2012
How long does it take until YouTube clips and streaming festivals overtake the incredible experience of a live concert?
Tuesday, October 30 2012
One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.
Tuesday, October 23 2012
With the recent DVD collection Live at Montreux, we are reminded of how mesmerizing the "At Last" singer could be when taking to the stage.
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Two Los Angeles Times music critics taking to the Internet to bash the Canadian trio highlights how low some may go.
Wednesday, October 10 2012
The recent surge in popularity of women as comedy contenders doesn't just highlight the fact that girls are typically funnier than boys.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
With its 15th season now in full swing, we're reminded of the many reasons why it's so hard for VH1's most fascinating show, Behind the Music, to still matter.
Wednesday, September 26 2012
Yeah, these officials haven't done the best job stepping in for the locked out referees, but since when has anyone ever thought officials have done a good job, anyway?
Monday, September 17 2012
What's the good in looking back if you refuse to look forward?
Wednesday, September 12 2012
Losing someone is never easy. But losing a bandmate puts a particular riff on the pain.
Wednesday, August 29 2012
Best Buy announced more bad news with its latest quarterly report. It's a stark reminder of how fun it once was to seek out and purchase music -- even at the 'big box' stores.
Wednesday, August 22 2012
Seven days. Two letters. And one angry animals rights group. Lady Gaga's rein at the top is possibly nearing its end.
Wednesday, August 15 2012
Twitter and other social media websites trick us into thinking our thoughts matter to people we don't know and we'll never meet.
Monday, August 6 2012
In light of Jay-Z being named executive producer of the NBA2K video game franchise, we look at just how far Mr. Carter has taken the boundaries of hip-hop and success.
Tuesday, July 31 2012
Maybe today's US men's basketball team couldn't take down the original Dream Team. But who's to say there couldn't ever be a better team?
Monday, July 23 2012
Love it or hate it, The Dark Knight Rises isn't worth the type of outlandish responses received in light of the movie's initial reviews.
Thursday, July 19 2012
Before you jump to conclusions about To Rome with Love, consider what it is you are criticizing. Is it the man? Or is it the man's reputation?
Thursday, July 12 2012
With the latest season of Episodes about to air on Showtime, we're reminded of how affecting the always-entertaining act of self-deprecation can be.
Wednesday, June 27 2012
With Carly Rae Jepsen's recent smash, we are reminded of how great pop music can be whenever it decides to return to fun and innocence.
Monday, June 18 2012
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's crowning achievement has aged with grace, in part because of its short run, but mostly because of its originality.
Tuesday, June 12 2012
The Smashing Pumpkins leader is developing a reality television series around his Resistance Pro imprint.
Monday, June 4 2012
With Mad Men's season finalé set for Sunday, we look back at how polarizing the show's return to television has been.
Wednesday, May 23 2012
With Clear Channel recently purchasing Boston's WFNX, we look at how important it is for alternative radio to exist -- and evolve.
Wednesday, May 16 2012
Sure, you may believe that it's not cool to like Train, but with the release of the unabashedly infectious California 37, the San Francisco trio brings fun back to pop music.
Wednesday, May 9 2012
As the singer just turned 24, we look back on how gigantic her star has grown while looking forward with an open mind at whatever her next move may be.
Thursday, May 3 2012
In light of David Simon's recent comments on its intent to 'stir actual shit', we revisit how important The Wire should be.
Thursday, April 26 2012
With websites developing original programming and cable companies raising prices each year, there has never been a better time to turn away from your television and toward your computer.
Monday, April 16 2012
Fans chanted obscenities and writers murdered him in print, but the contentious lead singer's actions may have been the most responsible thing he's ever done.
Wednesday, April 11 2012
The more films fail to perform at the theater, the easier it becomes to instinctively write off the entire 12 months as a whole. But 2011 wasn't all that bad, right? Right?
Monday, April 2 2012
With acts such as Big Time Rush and One Direction beginning to achieve pop star success, it's clear that we need bubble gum pop.
Monday, March 26 2012
As The Hunger Games phenomenon fills movie theaters, we are reminded of the age-old idea that the book will forever be better than the movie. Or will it?
Wednesday, March 21 2012
In light of a third animal death on set, HBO swiftly canceled its promising new racetrack drama. Was that move the least bit hypocritical?