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by Cynthia Fuchs

22 Feb 2011


Wherever it begins or ends, Paul Green’s act is a compelling one. “My ego,” he says, “is as big as the whole universe. I invented something so I could be the best at it.” His invention, launched in 1998, is the Paul Green School of Rock Music. He means to teach his students how to rock, to absorb and spit out the rockin’ spirit typically attributed to the devil: Jack-Blackishly, he demands to know, “Do you love Satan?” That is, he wants the kids (ages eight to 18) to feel the awesome power of Music with a big M. Green’s irrepressible theory and practice are on display in Don Argott’s lively, smart, and weirdly enchanting 2005 documentary, Rock School. It screens at the IFC Center on 22 February at 8pm, as part of Stranger Than Fiction‘s Winter Season, followed by a Q&A with Argott.

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by Jessy Krupa

21 Feb 2011


This Friday, many Beatles fans will be celebrating what would have been George Harrison’s 68th birthday. But he was far more than just “the quiet Beatle” who penned memorable hits; he was also a talented actor with a deep love of cinema, a loyal friend to many influential people, and a deeply spiritual man.

He started out life as a regular working-class kid in Liverpool, but things soon changed after meeting an older classmate on the bus who shared his love of American R&B and rockabilly music, Paul McCartney. He was so impressed by George’s guitar playing that he got him into his friends’ skiffle group, the Quarrymen.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Feb 2011


Kanye West continues his big-thinking ways in his video work with another mini-movie from the video meister Hype Williams. Rihanna and Kid Cudi make appearances in the video and the tune itself features vocals from a veritable who’s who of pop music, including Elton John, Alicia Keys and John Legend. This is West’s fourth single from the critically heralded My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which clocked in at #4 on our best album list last year.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Feb 2011


It has just been announced that Radiohead has released their new album, The King of Limbs, one day early. People who already pre-ordered the record are being sent the music this morning. If you wish to place an order, you can head over to radiohead.com and nab the MP3s for $9.00 and the higher quality WAV files for $14.

The special “Newspaper” edition is also still available, shipping 9 May, for those of you who still prefer the full art package. That will come with two clear 10” vinyl records, a CD, and the digital files as well.

Happy early weekend.

 

by Jessy Krupa

18 Feb 2011


New songs hitting radio playlists this month were Mike Posner’s “Please Don’t Go”, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy’s “Angel Dance”, 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Closer to the Edge”, Hey Monday’s “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, Usher feat. Pitbull’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love”, Reba McEntire’s “Turn on the Radio”, Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Country Strong”, Kenny Chesney’s “Hemmingway’s Whiskey”, Third Day’s “Lift Up Your Face”, the Plain White T’s “Rhythm of Love”, Drake feat. Nicki Minaj’s “Up All Night”, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”, KT Tunstall’s “Fade Like a Shadow”, Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”, Kevin Rudolph, Flo Rida, and Pitbull’s “You Make the Rain Fall”, Luke Bryan’s “Someone Else Calling You Baby”, and Alejandro Fernandez’s “Cuando Digo Tu Nombre”.

 
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