Kid Rock

Watch Sean Penn and Kid Rock's Short Film About Political Stereotypes

Apparently Democrat Sean Penn and Republican Kid Rock are friends. Keep that in mind, because it explains why their 11-minute film “Americans” exists. The clip that they co-wrote and Rock produced finds the celebrities meeting in a folksy local bar to squabble over their divergent political views. But after lashing out at each other with taunts typical of the comments section of just about any major political blog, they’re caught off-guard by a report about marines killed in Afghanistan. As each realizes how deeply affected the other is by the news, they come to understand they’ve got something in common after all. From there, they ride off into the sunset to give each other’s values a shot, Kid Rock buying a Prius (and immediately outfitting it with some taxidermy and a gun rack) and Penn giving up his foofy Hollywood cocktail for a good, ol’ working man’s beer.

See, Americans? The differences between the political left and right aren’t that important, after all — especially if you’re a rich celebrity who’s going to be just fine no matter who wins the election! All snark aside, it’s a very sweet video, and its intentions are good. Unfortunately, it’s also kind of painful to watch. Check it out, if you have the patience and/or would like to see Kid Rock pretend that a pair of overalls with no shirt is an OK thing to wear in public, below. … Read More

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Ranking Rappers Turned Rockers from Best to Worst

The latest twist in the, um, unusual career of Lil B is his unlikely metamorphosis into a based rock god. The rapper unveiled his new guitar-toting incarnation earlier this week with the video to a new song called “California Boy,” in which he wanders around Guitar Center in LA and confesses his love for a terrified-looking passing lady. We have to be honest here: the song’s pretty terrible, making it the latest in a long line of ill-advised rap/rock crossover ventures. Not every rapper deciding to make a rock song/album has met with disaster, but plenty of them have — so we thought we’d make a handy primer of which such ventures to investigate, and which to avoid like threatening rabid animals. … Read More

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Lady Gaga, Fred Astaire, LL Kool J Honored for Wearing Hats

We first became aware of The Headwear Association earlier this year when they named Johnny Depp ‘Hat Person of the Year.’ No argument there, we suppose, but we were not aware that in addition to naming a Hat Person for each year, the organization also annually inducts “stylish individuals renowned for wearing hats” into its Headwear Hall of Fame. The conditions, however, are stringent. Nominees are chosen for their “positive impact on the evolution and popularity of headwear fashions.” They must also “wear hats in their personal lives and not only while portraying a character on the stage or screen.” It um, also kind of seems like they pick people who they think look good in hats. This year’s honors go to Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, LL Cool J and Kid Rock, with Marlene Dietrich and Fred Astaire being inducted posthumously. Click through to see some of our favorite hats from this year’s inductees, see why they were chosen, and let us know how utterly ridiculous (or not, we suppose) you find this whole thing in the comments. … Read More

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Trend Watch: Famous Male Musicians Wearing Furs

Earlier this week we read a fascinating account of the auctioning off of Edward Gorey’s fur collection over on the Paris Review. It seems that the author — who over the years acquired a whopping 21 fur coats — had a change of heart in the ’80s, and decided to lock them all up in a storage facility. When he died in 2000, he left his entire estate to the care and welfare of animals, which in turn, led to the aforementioned sale. The story got us thinking about other famous men who’ve incorporated fur into their wardrobes. After doing a little digging, we were surprised to find that the majority of celebrities who we came up with were either old school rock stars or modern-day rappers — and Justin Bieber. Click through to check out the photos, and be sure to let us know in the comments: Do you think it’s ever OK to wear real fur? … Read More

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A Compendium of Pop Culture-Theme Cruises

If you prefer your vacations to be on palatial boats crammed with like-minded tourists and you have an obsession with 1980s boy band heartthrobs, then you’re in luck! The New Kids on the Block just announced that they’re hitting the stage cruise-style with a four-day vacation from Miami to the Bahamas, packed with NKOTB performances. Tickets start at a mere $700 per person, which is like, totally worth it to see Donnie Wahlberg walk past your cabin. But the NKOTB cruise is merely one in a long line of increasingly specialized cruises. There are now cruises for Star Trek enthusiasts, Twihards, and Elvis believers. Click through to see our compendium of pop culture cruises. … Read More

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28 Things You Didn't Know About Lil Wayne

Today, Google turns 12 and Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. — aka Young Money founder Lil Wayne — celebrates his 28th birthday. While he may be spending time in the clink instead of out partying this year, his sentence is up in a little over a month, and he still managed to release an album today. In other words, the age of Weezy is about to begin all over again. As such, we’ve put together a list of 28 things you might not know about the prolific rapper. Check it out, after the jump. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we sharked ourselves. We agreed with Lizzie Skurnick that Lisbeth Salander is the perfect foil to Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. We were happy to see that Lady Gaga made Vanity Fair‘s 2010 International Best Dressed List (as did Alec Baldwin!). We ranked… Read More

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Music and Beer: A Match Made in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven

Music nerds who are also beer nerds, prepare yourselves for a total geekgasm: The Asheville Brewing Company is teaming up with the Bob Moog Foundation to create Moog Filtered Ale. Yes, you read that right. There is going to be a beer named after the dude who invented the Moog synthesizer. Want to taste it? You’ll have to make your way to North Carolina between May 27th and July 31st.

But how about those of us who don’t happen to live in or near North Carolina? What are our musical brew options? After the jump, check out six more past and present beers distributed or inspired by musicians, just in time for barbecue season. … Read More

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10 Mediocre Musicians Partially Redeemed by Appearing on The Simpsons

As longtime Simpsons fans, we’ve seen the show host an unbelievable variety of guest musicians, from Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones to the White Stripes and Sonic Youth. The creators have even produced some unforgettable faux bands of their own. (Remember Sadgasm?) But this post is not about those legends. Instead, last night’s opening musical number, performed to the obnoxious strains of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” reminded us of all the less impressive musicians who have endeared themselves to us by sharing the screen with Homer, Marge and the kids. (Note: We’re not saying we like Ke$ha now. We’re just saying that The Simpsons helped us to make it through her ubiquitous single without feeling nauseous.) … Read More

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