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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

It's time to take cover San Francisco because we're pretty sure hell just froze over. Almost everything this week has been incredibly unlikely — from the length of Henry Rollins' kill list, through Guns N' Roses getting the old…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

This week, the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton made bank at the box office and garnered rave reviews from critics. The unexpected knock-on effect of this has been a shocking combination of real-life reports of how NWA conducted themselves at…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This week has played out a bit like an action-drama movie. On the action side, we've got Justin Bieber doing parkour, Dave Grohl receiving medical treatment onstage, and a boyband dude setting his own face on fire. Bringing the drama…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Pharrell Extinguishes Kim K, Taylor Swift Walks Backwards, and Florence Welch Gets Witchy

This Week: Pharrell Extinguishes Kim K, Taylor Swift Walks Backwards, and Florence Welch Gets Witchy

This week has been a particularly hazardous one for women's health. Between Annie Clark falling off a speaker stack, Florence Welch dabbling in witchcraft, Taylor Swift climbing down a mountain backwards, and Kim Kardashian setting herself on fire, it's been…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Nicki Minaj's Magic Boobs, Kurt Cobain's Ghost, and Marilyn Manson's Black Eye

This Week: Nicki Minaj's Magic Boobs, Kurt Cobain's Ghost, and Marilyn Manson's Black Eye

The overriding theme of this week's music happenings is quite clearly the supernatural — what with the ghost of Kurt Cobain living on in his daughter's face, murdered legend Selena being resurrected via hologram, Nicki Minaj curing the sick with…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Albini's Music Industry Talk Was Great ... But It Forgot About (Some of) the Little Guys

Steve Albini's Music Industry Talk Was Great ... But It Forgot About (Some of) the Little Guys

If you're a music enthusiast who has access to social media, chances are you've probably, by now, seen a thing or two about Steve Albini's excellent keynote speech at last weekend's Face the Music Conference in Melbourne, Australia.…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Eminem vs. Lana, Lorde vs. Diplo, and Mick Fleetwood vs. The Whitehouse Lawn

This Week: Eminem vs. Lana, Lorde vs. Diplo, and Mick Fleetwood vs. The Whitehouse Lawn

"But I may fight for gay rights, especially if the dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice/ Play nice? Bitch I'll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: J-Lo Writes a Book, Dave Grohl Goes on "60 Minutes" and The Giants Win!

This Week: J-Lo Writes a Book, Dave Grohl Goes on "60 Minutes" and The Giants Win!

"*Lorde Voice*♪♪♪ But we will never win, Royals ♪♪♪ #sports #topical" Mark Hoppus has suggested a new version of "Royals" in light of the Giants defeating Kansas in the World Series (Twitter) "Congrats San Fran. #Giants Celebrate Safe. Great Job…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

"Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try... It's really been a liberating and freeing time... I made the decision to spend time on…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Ferguson Goes to Hell, Gucci Mane Goes to Prison and Dave Grohl Goes to Prom

This Week: Ferguson Goes to Hell, Gucci Mane Goes to Prison and Dave Grohl Goes to Prom

"Seems to me, we don't hear of many incidents of young unarmed white males being gunned down for running away from police, or even for resisting arrest... How many tragic losses of this nature must we endure before we're…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

"I saw Courtney walking past, and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it -- we're just family. We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past,…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

As we all know, in the 1980s, the coolest member of any band was always the sax player. It's why Rob Lowe played one (while wearing a beautiful headband) in St. Elmo's Fire, and it's why Tina Turner's sexy sax…
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Music, All Shook Down Grading Last Night's Nirvana Reunion

Grading Last Night's Nirvana Reunion

By RYAN RITCHIE Sans Kurt Cobain, the surviving members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and guitarist Pat Smear) swore they'd never reunite to play songs from their former group. Except they did. Last night. Twice. The…
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Music, All Shook Down Dave Grohl's SXSW Keynote: "The Musician Comes First"

Dave Grohl's SXSW Keynote: "The Musician Comes First"

In a funny, personal, F-bomb-laden keynote address at Austin's South By Southwest music conference this morning, Dave Grohl proselytized for the power of the musician's voice -- and the importance of letting artists develop on their own. Dressed in a…
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Film, "Sound City": A Warm, Winning Tribute

"Sound City": A Warm, Winning Tribute

Thank god this documentary on the venerated SoCal recording studio wasn't made by some douchey rock snob with a boring retro-gear fetish, but instead by lovable Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who with Nirvana recorded Nevermind there and has been grateful…
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Music, All Shook Down Almost Famous: Five Musicians Who Left Before Their Bands Blew Up

Almost Famous: Five Musicians Who Left Before Their Bands Blew Up

This week, the world found out that, had he played his cards differently, Ryan Gosling could've been a Backstreet Boy. By all accounts, he thought joining the band would've been a waste of time, since New Kids On The Block…
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Music, All Shook Down 6 Best Moments From the 12.12.12 Concert: Sir Paul and Nirvana, Bruce's Bulge, and More

6 Best Moments From the 12.12.12 Concert: Sir Paul and Nirvana, Bruce's Bulge, and More

Last night a gigantic fundraiser took place in New York's Madison Square Garden to raise money for Hurricane Sandy cleanup and relief efforts. This thing was almost six hours long. Six! We could've flown there in that time! In case…
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Music, All Shook Down Springsteen Says Rockers Are Thieves: Five Songs You May Not Know Were Stolen

Springsteen Says Rockers Are Thieves: Five Songs You May Not Know Were Stolen

Last Thursday, Bruce Springsteen made the keynote speech at South By Southwest. He was funny, he was heartfelt, he was informative and -- dang, Boss! -- he was ridiculously honest. So honest in fact, that he picked up a guitar,…
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Music, Hear This Owen: Show Preview

Owen: Show Preview

Mike Kinsella is like the underground version of Dave Grohl or Phil Collins, having started his music career behind the drums before moving his creative energies to the front of the stage. Kinsella's résumé includes such indie-rock favorites as Cap'n…
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Music, All Shook Down Is Courtney Love Mentally Ill?

Is Courtney Love Mentally Ill?

In case you missed it, last Saturday, while performing at Brazil's SWU festival, Courtney Love had a minor meltdown after an audience member repeatedly held up a photo of Kurt Cobain. "I don't need to see a picture of Kurt,…
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