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A Darwinian Evolution: Introducing Darwin Deez

Taryn Haight | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Taryn Haight

It's a treasure to see musicians earn their rank by living, changing and ripening into their talent organically, even sometimes painfully. To see someone like Darwin Deez is a truly refreshing phenomenon.

(Re)introducing Támar Davis

John Gascot | Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment
John Gascot

In 2006, Támar Davis' much-anticipated debut album was suddenly canceled. But the charismatic songstress has taken the wheel and is re-introducing herself with a solid (new) debut album.

Remembering Michael Jackson: The Story Behind His Magnum Opus

Joe Vogel | Posted 08.24.2011 | Books
Joe Vogel

Before Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, before Avatar and Wall-E, before "going green" became a catchphrase, there was Michael Jackson's "Earth Song," one of the most unusual, audacious protest songs in popular music history.

Sweating To The Oldies

Kevin Smith | Posted 08.17.2011 | Comedy
Kevin Smith

Back east in Jersey as a kid in the '70s, any time you went for a ride in a car with a non-predatory adult, chances are they were rockin' A.M. radio, blasting "the golden oldies."

A Teen Pop Star Grows Up (and Gets Mad Along the Way)

Sam Lansky | Posted 08.13.2011 | Entertainment
Sam Lansky

Anger looks good on a pop tart and JoJo wears hers well. Her resentments toward the industry are apparent on last year's leak, "Hollywood," in which she sings: "Mother always told me, 'Jo, be careful, everything that glitters ain't gold."

Peter, Bjorn & John's Eternal Battle With Peanut Butter & Jelly for Acronym Rights

Mark R. Collins | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment
Mark R. Collins

Shortly before going live in Studio 1A the trio of Peter, Bjorn and John send their tour manager out to a local coffee shop. Much can be discerned from what the band orders.

Pop Goes Sweden

Philippa Young | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Philippa Young

Why should we listen to Tricky Stewart shout about Ulrika Lindstrom? That is, apart from the fact that he's bagged hits with Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Mya's "Case of the Ex," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine" and Justin Bieber's "Baby"...

Britney Spears Helps Raise $200,000 For Katrina Victims

AOL Music | Posted 07.14.2011 | Impact

While some celebs are content with simply lending their name to a charity, Britney Spears doesn't mind getting down and dirty. The pop princess hosted...

James Durbin Fever Spikes in Santa Cruz (VIDEO)

Greg Archer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

It's enough that Durbin had the chops to make the cut on über hit American Idol, quite another that he's actually proven he has creativity and -- this is good -- longevity.

Jazz Takes a Back Seat at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Brian Ross | Posted 07.07.2011 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

Jazz needs a spark. It needs a new direction. Respect the history, but for it to thrive, it needs to be cool again. It needs to be counter-culture. It needs to piss off more parents.

Pop Music Lyrics Don't Prove Kids' Narcissism

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.04.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Do "late adolescents and college students love themselves more today than ever before," as Dr. Nathan DeWall concludes? I don't know. Neither does DeWall or his computer.

Mariah Carey's Easter Belly Art

people.com | Sarah Durham Wilson | Posted 06.26.2011 | Arts

Mariah Carey's imminently forthcoming twins may not have arrived in time for Easter, but she celebrated with them all the same. On Sunday, the sin...

So Out, They're In: Hanson

Lindsay Mannering | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lindsay Mannering

There's been a lot of anxiety these days about the future of our nation: McCain vs. Obama, Jamie Lynn Spears vs. Bristol Palin, 90210 vs. 90210. They...

The Soulful Pop Songstress: Interview With Jen Hirsh

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Cococcia

As I listened to Jen Hirsh's newly released album, I heard the influences of Natalie Merchant and a sprinkle of Sarah McLachlan, with some Sufjan Stevens and a splash of Bob Dylan.

CD Of The Week: Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Very few bands walk away at the peak of their creative and commercial game. Simon and Garfunkel did it with Bridge Over Troubled Water, which has recently been rereleased.

OMD at Terminal 5, First U.S. Show in 23 Years

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I think Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was almost as surprised as I was by the mob of people who showed up for their first U.S. concert in 23 years. But there the audience was, faithful fans who weren't just there to hear "If You Leave."

WATCH: Music Student Turns Vacant High School Into Instrument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

When it comes to creation, there is never really a right time or place; what it takes is initiative. Music student Ben Meyers proves this with his im...

Retiring

AP | By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LONDON -- British singer and drummer Phil Collins has used his personal website to announce his retirement in a bid to clarify recent speculation over...

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

If you ever wondered how you'd handle a week where Avril Lavigne, the cast of Glee, Lupe Fiasco, and three-fourths of Oasis all simultaneously released albums, here's your survival guide.

Giddy About Gaga

John Gascot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Gascot

I fear that if I read yet another story or comment about how much Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" lacks merit and is a blatant rip-off of Madonna's "Express Yourself" my head might implode, not from anger, but boredom.

Nelly Furtado To Donate $1 Million From Gaddafi To Charity

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nelly Furtado is just one of many stars who were paid handsomely to perform for Libya leader Moammar Gaddafi in recent years, but the singer is now re...

Serendipity: Yes, It Is Pretty Sweet!

Lorraine Roe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

No doubt about it, things in life can go terribly wrong, but what about when it all goes ridiculously right? Well, it's pretty sweet!

CDs Of The Week: Ladysmith Black Mambazo and David Wax Museum

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Album sales may be slower than ever, but there's more great music out there than ever before -- and you can check it out more easily than ever. So eve...

The Top 10 Most Dysfunctional Love Songs (VIDEOS)

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Greg Archer

I was driving along the coast when I dipped into that sort of "observing" space. Instead of humming along to the songs on the stations, I actually started listening to them -- and what they were trying to tell me.

Peripatetic Paroxysms: Linkin Park Live, Madison Square Garden

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

From the first moment that Linkin Park's "Requiem" began to play, ripples of peripatetic paroxysms began to spread across the sold out Madison Square Garden arena.