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20 Music Videos of the '80s That Have Aged Well

In this second installment of the retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that have, remarkably, stood the test of time.

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This Is How You Break Into My House to Find Me: An Interview with Sxip Shirey

Sxip Shirey found recent success with "Woman of Constant Sorrow", and now discusses robotic bells, the pleasure of composing for circuses, and his new album A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees.

Music

Phil Collins: Singles

The main question with Singles is this: does Phil Collins really deserve all the critical revilement he's gotten for decades?

Performing Arts

Is 'Madonna: Tears of a Clown' a Laughing Matter?

In Madonna's bizarre one-off concert in Australia, she proved that she's still willing to push the envelope with a bold artistic statement. But what exactly was she saying?

Books

Madonna Isn’t That Interesting, But Alina Simone Is

Madonnaland is not the end-cap of Simone's existential musings; it's an intense jewel in the already sparkly crown of a consistently perceptive critic.

Television

'Madonna: Innocence Lost' Was Tawdry But Fun

This highly stylized interpretation of Madonna’s hand-to-mouth existence possesses the sort of terribleness you would expect of a TV movie -- but it’s the kind of trash diet that leaves you feeling fulfilled, somehow.

Genna Rivieccio
Music

Kylie Minogue: Kylie / Enjoy Yourself / Rhythm of Love / Let's Get to It

On these reissues of Kylie Minogue's first four records, the singer starts to figure out who she is, no matter how little her producers/hit-making assembly lines seemed to care.

Music

The Curious Art of Wrapping Music

With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts.

Music

Madonna: Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart has a profoundly human element to it, one that paints Madonna more as a person than a product, which is in and of itself a minor miracle.

Music

How We All Survived the Astoundingly Morose 57th Annual Grammy Awards

AC/DC opened the telecast with a song called "Rock or Bust", a prophetic ultimatum that was answered all too quickly by a cavalcade of performers who seemed to be tripping over themselves to see who could be the most uninspiring of them all.

Music

Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Reinforces Her Relevance

Despite the detractors who insist that she gives it up, Madonna is determined to dominate the cultural conversation once again.

Technology

On Madonna's Art for Freedom: Why You Can't Change the World with a Tweet

Madonna's Art for Freedom project proves that social media is not a productive tool for activists who want to impact public policy and alleviate human rights violations.

Music

Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Three decades later, Cyndi Lauper's calling card is showing its age, but it still features enough iconic moments and sweet surprises to keep spinning it time after time.

Music

Fortune Favors the Brave: Madonna and Kylie Minogue Pick Up Donna Summer's Torch and Run With It

Fourteen years after Donna Summer's declaration of independence from disco, Madonna and Minogue took up the torch of redefinition with Bedtime Stories and Kylie Minogue.

Quentin Harrison
Music

Lolawolf: Lolawolf EP

Lolawolf are burnin' up for your love.

Film

What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

Music

Today’s "New" Music Is All Folked Up

One of today’s biggest musical trends owes a debt to one of music’s oldest traditions – buddies gathered on a front porch jamming with guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Some of today’s most popular groups sound like they belong in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920s, not on alternative radio of the 2010s.

Music

In Defense of the Marriage Between Music and Television

One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.

Reviews

Madonna: 10 October 2012 - Los Angeles

The Material Girl solidifies her dominance in the live-music world.

Melissa Bobbitt
Music

Generation X Wants Its MTV, But It’s a VEVO World Now

Gen X’ers may still want their MTV, but the version they loved is as distant a memory as Valley Girl speak, parachute pants, and leg warmers. Wake up and smell the VEVO.

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Media/Whore: 'Madonna - Truth or Dare' (Blu-ray)

Now, some 21 years later, Madonna's Truth or Dare turns practically Shakespearean -- as in Much Ado About Nothing.

Music

The Top 10 Madonna Album Cuts of All Time

With Madonna's 13th full-length studio album about to be released, we take a look at the ten best album-cuts that were never graced with the privilege of being officially released as a single.

Music

Sinéad O'Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.

Music

Rating the Performances at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Starting with the most memorable and ending with the most dull (or clichéd), here’s what happened on “music’s biggest night”.

Music

15 Best Madonna Songs of All Time

Madonna has always been, first and foremost, a dance artist. There is no denying that her music is almost always catchy and meant to get you to step to the beat. These are the Queen of Pop's 15 finest singles.

Sports

Super Bowl XLVI: Did This Year’s Show Live Up to the Hype?

Arguably the biggest sporting event of the year (sorry, Olympics!), the Super Bowl telecast is usually the highest-rated program of the year. Did this year’s show live up to the hype?

Film

The Not-So-Global Globes: International Tensions in the Film Industry

Now that The Artist gave the Golden Globes a distinctly French flavor, and Meryl Streep fueled the controversy in the British camp, a simultaneous rapprochement and tension defines the relationship between the European and American film industry.

Music

The Pop Fan's Most-Anticipated Albums of 2012?

Here’s a look at what might be taking space in your CD collection or filling up your MP3 player this year.

Television

Oprah May Say Goodbye, But I Say Hello

Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Music

Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground

To pair Jamie XX’s interest in this territory with a musical figure like Gil Scott-Heron makes even more sense than perhaps the original conceit of I’m New Here.

Music

The Year in Music: January 2010

Let’s single out the biggest events that happened in the world of music one month at a time, starting with January 2010.

Television

'Glee': Grilled Cheesus -- That's a Sandwich Jesus Christ Wouldn’t Eat

The show’s writers just cannot seem to push their themes far enough to meld Glee’s cultural touchstones into something that doesn’t simply reproduce the social order that it's attempting to reorganize.

Music

Lady Gaga: The Remix

If you love these songs and want to hear them sound different and not as good as the versions you cherish, this record is for you.

Television

The Marriage Ref: NBC's Next 10 p.m. Revolution?

When NBC moved Jay Leno to ten, the network thought it was going to change the very face of TV. The goals in developing Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref were undoubtedly more modest. But Jerry may yet succeed where Jay failed.

Music

Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Ingrid Chavez

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.


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