Dave Grohl

Watch the Trailer for Dave Grohl’s American Music Documentary Series, ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’

The Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album is coming out in November, and what better way to celebrate that than with… Read More

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Rockism Isn’t Dead, It’s Hiding Behind a Need for Anti-Pop Stars

Late last week, Dave Grohl quietly took aim at music’s easiest target: pop stars. In the same breath that he lauded Lorde as the future of music, he juxtaposed his sentiments with a diss against “stripper pop.” The comment did not seem all that premeditated, but rather, a routine sentiment from someone who’s been a capital-R, capital G Rock Guy for a quarter of a century. But this pop “othering” is the new M.O. of rockism, and what’s behind the need to deem certain singers — from Lorde to Adele to Lily Allen to M.I.A. — the “anti-pop star.” … Read More

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Spending Record Store Day With Jack White, the Holiday’s Living Embodiment

The black and yellow paint, the tin ceilings, the interior archway with a phonograph for a keystone, the taxidermied elephant head in the blue room and full-sized bongo stalking the kitchen, the offices lined up as seedy motel rooms above a factory floor bathed in barely-not-nauseating yellow light, the lab coats the engineers wear while they’re cutting, probably even the bidet that hangs bat-like from the ceiling of one bathroom stall… everything in Third Man Records’ Nashville headquarters was born in Jack White’s head. Established in 2001, Third Man has put out a seemingly endless stream of vinyl releases, from Americana and country acts to scuzz punks to comedians to Neil freaking Young since opening this high-profile Nashville hub in ’09. If you’re a music lover, it’s nothing short of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in here. … Read More

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Watch Nirvana’s Rock Hall Induction Feat. Lorde, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett

With all due respect to the other honorees at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, all… Read More

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In Defense of a Woman Fronting Nirvana

Tonight Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Given his unabashed nerdiness over music history, I’ve decided that Kurt Cobain would think this is at least a little cool. Moreover, I think he would be flattered to hear that his praises will be sung by likes of Michael Stipe and, if the latest entry in the Rock Hall rumor mill is to be trusted, Joan Jett. … Read More

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Who Will Front Nirvana If the Band Reunites to Play the Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony?

Amid a week so steeped in Nirvana nostalgia that it’s begun to inspire incisive meta-commentary, something close to honest-to-goodness Nirvana news has emerged: Krist Novoselic sent a tweet that implies he’ll be performing his former band’s songs at next Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. … Read More

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Why Kurt Cobain Was the Last Rock Star: An Interview With Charles R. Cross

When Kurt Cobain killed himself on April 8, 1994, music journalist Charles R. Cross was in his office at the Seattle magazine The Rocket, “trying to figure out why Courtney Love kept putting off the interview she had promised us that week.” Later, he found out that Courtney was searching for Kurt, who had disappeared from rehab. … Read More

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CBS’s Unwatchable Anniversary Special Illustrates How Not to Celebrate 50 Years of the Beatles

Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America and their initial, ratings-shattering performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. You may have heard about this anniversary. It’s been mentioned a few times! The half-centennial came to a head last night on CBS, which aired The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, a two-and-a-half-hour mixture of documentary tribute and performance footage. The performances were reportedly culled from a four-hour concert the night after this year’s Grammys; one can only imagine what was left on the cutting room floor, considering the depressingly disastrous stuff that aired. … Read More

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