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Forgive Me, I Do Not Like The Arcade Fire

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Morford

No matter how hard I try, my musical sensibilities simply refuse to enjoy the current gods of cool indie music, the band known as The Arcade Fire.

10 New Music Artists to Watch This Autumn

Joshua Glazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Glazer

I can't even imagine how music fans with jobs that don't involve surfing the web all day can keep up with all the good music out there. With that in mind, URB has assembled a list of our fave new artists.

In the Age of Gaga and Tanking Concert Sales, Lyle Lovett's Showmanship Endures

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Art Levine

Lyle Lovett's tour offered a model of what a great show should be like, sweetened by the sort of sensible prices that were especially appealing on a recent August evening.

Scissor Sisters Offer High-Camp Theatrics, Electro-Driven Pop Grooves At Terminal 5

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Curtis M. Wong

The throng loitering along 11th Avenue on Wednesday night was an eclectic, gender-blurring mix unlike any other. Club kids in Ed Hardy chatted up dra...

Robbie Williams Goes Brokeback

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Only the Brits would ever be cheeky enough to do something like this. Robbie Williams has reunited with boy band supergroup Take That but first he has a new single off his greatest hits compilation.

Rufus Talks Lulu - Plays Denver August 17

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Thomas Gladysz

Also, to be frank, I am a strong believer that art is tied to the ways of the world. We are in a period of cutbacks and downsizing. So, there was also a very practical reason why I had to do it - I had to survive like everyone else in these challenging times.

German Pop Star On Trial For Spreading HIV

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DARMSTADT, Germany — A German singer facing accusations that she infected a man with the virus that causes AIDS acknowledged in court Monday tha...

(Alpha) Rev Your Engines: Austin Band Brings Substance to the Pop World

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In a pop world dominated by weightless lyrics about Popsicle stickin' "California Gurls," it's so refreshing that Austin's Alpha Rev has broken through with their deeply meaningful, heavy yet airy brand of pop rock with indie soul.

Vietnamese Singer Attacked By Anti-Communist 'Freedom Fighter' In Drag

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

What seemed to be a tender moment during Vietnamese pop star Dam Vinh Hung's California performance turned ugly when an anti-communist activist dresse...

A Date With Darling Lilith, Part 1

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

To know Lilith is to love her. Unfortunately, more than a few of her former paramours apparently can live without her.

Artwork Revealed for Mike Posner Debut Album

Daniel Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Roberts

Rising pop star and recent Duke University graduate Mike Posner has released the cover artwork for his first full-length album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

Music Review: Scissor Sister's Night Work, A Queer & Sexy Mindtrip

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Waymon Hudson

I have a confession. I am now, and have always been, hopelessly obsessed with the quirky, queer band Scissor Sisters. But their latest album entitled Night Workis something entirely different.

Idol Season 9: Top 5 -- Aaron Swings On Home

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a week I found underwhelming, who will be the bottom three? I'd say Aaron, Casey and Michael with Aaron and Casey in the bottom two and Casey going home. What did you think of the singers and their song choices?

Idol Season 9: Top 6 -- Siobhan Sent Packing!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Crystal kept talking back when she should have taken her weak reviews humbly. The problem was that her singing wasn't very good.

Indonesian Pop Star Faces Possible Jail Time Over Sex Tape

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Police say they have detained a popular Indonesian singer over a sex-tape scandal. Pop star Nazril Irham, better known as ...

Vinyl Is Forever: In Praise of Indie Record Stores

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Rotondi

This piece was originally posted at the MTV Music Blog For those who only buy their music on iTunes,, or other online digital music servic...

Idol Season 9: Top 7 -- Tim Smiles All The Way Home

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

After weeks of coasting, Crystal used no instrument, sang a cappella to start, looked supremely confident and knocked it out of the park.

A Little Gaga Over Gaga

Bryan Cones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bryan Cones

Gaga's use of a PVC or rubber nun's habit and swallowing rosary beads are evidently bombs one and two in her war on Catholicism. If that's the best Hollywood can do, I don't think there's much to worry about.

How To Become A Pop Star

Andrew Shapter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Shapter

Is today's music just another product of an information-overloaded society where anybody who can tweet, post, text and email at the same time thinks that they are multitasking?

Step Inside the Studio With John Doe and Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jill Sobule

These days there's a lot of talk about "direct to fan" projects, and everyone knows that the old ways of connecting music to people are quickly on the way out.

Idol Season 9: Top 9 -- Big Mike Loses...And Wins!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a dramatic moment on American Idol, Michael Lynche received the fewest votes from the public and was in danger of being cut from the show.

Idol Season 9: Top 10 -- Didi Says Bye-Bye

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I doubt many people will argue Didi should have been saved. That would only make sense if you believed she were destined to make the finale and voters had made a tragic mistake. But what about the contenders?

Idol Season 9: Top 10 -- Lee Dewyze Breaks Out

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Lee Dewyze Sang "Treat Her Like A Lady," the #3 hit from 1971. Usher actually said "wow" about Lee's singing after a rehearsal when Lee was heading out the door and couldn't see him. And no wonder.

Exclusive: Tracey Thorn on Her Brilliant New Album

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Who but Tracey Thorn (of the beloved UK duo Everything But The Girl) would deliver a first single from her new album that could be sad, observant and yet make you laugh?

Idol Season 9 Finale: Idol Jumps Shark

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In what even ardent fans must admit was the least musically exciting, least dramatic finale in Idol history, Crystal Bowersox received nothing but praise.