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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: "Firework" by Katy Perry

Earworm Weekly: "Firework" by Katy Perry

It's still a few weeks until the Fourth of July, but that hasn't stopped certain neighborhoods in the Bay Area from thudding and thumping after dark with the sound of illegal fireworks. I've lived here long enough that I'm used…
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Music, All Shook Down Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

There are influential women all over the place this week, with Katy Perry hanging with Hillary Clinton and Madonna, Alanis Morissette inspiring an unlikely song cover, Dave Navarro's mom's story getting told in a documentary, and Lionel Richie making an…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Moments of Last Night's VMAs

The Top 5 Moments of Last Night's VMAs

Last night's VMAs were a glorious, technicolor array of moderately controlled chaos and, well, a lot of noise and shiny things. Some people won stuff, other people didn't win stuff, Kanye West talked for 10 minutes about... possibly the…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

Surprises all round this week! Louis from One Direction has unexpectedly knocked up a "friend," Katy Perry (who's never won a Grammy) is up for an Emmy, Sinead O'Connor probably hasn't looked at Rolling Stone for 15 years, and it turns out…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Lily Fights for Kanye, Iggy A. Fights for Britney, and Hayley W. Fights for Punk Rock Decency

Last Week: Lily Fights for Kanye, Iggy A. Fights for Britney, and Hayley W. Fights for Punk Rock Decency

Last week was all about monsters. Everyone has their own idea of what a…
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Music, All Shook Down Musicians React to Marriage Equality on Social Media

Musicians React to Marriage Equality on Social Media

Let's face it, Friday's landmark ruling on marriage from the Supreme Court was the most-perfectly timed way to kick Pride weekend up ten levels we'd never imagined. It was also, of course, a major cause to celebrate, a long-awaited relief,…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Musician Fragrance Commercials That Make One Direction's Seem Totally Fine

10 Musician Fragrance Commercials That Make One Direction's Seem Totally Fine

It's alright, everybody. You can calm down and lay back inside the scent of manufactured-boy-band masculinity now, because the cheeky tykes of One Direction have a new fragrance out. A fragrance the band is choosing to advertise with this little…
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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: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

It's a war between old-school and new-tech this week. Whether it's Roger Waters complaining that musicians don't get paid anymore, Stephen Hawking engaging in popular culture to a degree that's uncomfortable for all of us, or Miley Cyrus and Zoe…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Zayn Malik Is Gone, Pete Wentz Is Sia, and Scott Weiland Is an Asshole

This Week: Zayn Malik Is Gone, Pete Wentz Is Sia, and Scott Weiland Is an Asshole

"When I got signed by Interscope, he literally smashed my hotel room and broke all the furniture because he was so angry I got picked up by a major label. It's only now when I look back at it…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Left Shark is a Legend, Kanye West is "About to Spazz" and Morrissey Ditches Iceland

This Week: Left Shark is a Legend, Kanye West is "About to Spazz" and Morrissey Ditches Iceland

"It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was nine. You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you…
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Music, All Shook Down Katy Perry's Halftime Show Was Fucking Insane (and Amazing)

Katy Perry's Halftime Show Was Fucking Insane (and Amazing)

Remember last year's Superbowl halftime show? When Bruno Mars did some dancing and Red Hot Chili Peppers did some flexing? Of course you don't! Because it was so fucking BORING. Well, last night — just to really hammer home…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

"It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief... whatever strictures there were have fallen apart.…
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Music, All Shook Down The Music World Vents About the Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

The Music World Vents About the Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

If you, like us, were saddened, sickened and shocked yesterday by the St. Louis grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer that murdered (yes, murdered) 18-year-old Michael Brown last August, then you've probably been looking for…
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Music, All Shook Down Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Yesterday, many many music and entertainment news shows and websites reported a brand new feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The story started with comments that Swift made in this month's Rolling Stone, where she cryptically talked about…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

"In the early Eighties, as a 22-year-old queer man living during the Reagan-Bush administration, I was afraid to get tested for HIV for fear of quarantine, the threat of internment camps, and having my basic civil rights stripped away... I…
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Film, "Under the Electric Sky": The High Cost of Musical Enlightenment

"Under the Electric Sky": The High Cost of Musical Enlightenment

Having so cordially chronicled the Justin Bieber and Katy Perry experiences, concert-doc filmmakers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz now turn their souvenir-factory style of production to America's largest music festival, Las Vegas' Electric Daisy Carnival, to which hundreds of thousands…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Coachella Sucks, Snoop Kills, and Damon Albarn Gets a Spoon Up The Butt

This Week: Coachella Sucks, Snoop Kills, and Damon Albarn Gets a Spoon Up The Butt

"NEON BRA AND FLOWER ON THE HEAD WITH SOME MUSTY ASS SHORTS IS EVERY BITCH HERE ITS SO CRAZY"Tyler the Creator coming to terms with the fact that Coachella crowd stereotypes are 100% true (Twitter)."When I see photos of bros…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week in Music: Tragedy at SXSW, Weezy's Last Album, and Moz Being Ecstatic

This Week in Music: Tragedy at SXSW, Weezy's Last Album, and Moz Being Ecstatic

"Up ahead was a mass group of people on Red River and he was just getting faster and faster. He hit the first wave of people at the back of the group. We just saw a half a dozen of…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Pharrell Was Robbed, Lorde Was Covered, and New Order Squabbled

This Week: Pharrell Was Robbed, Lorde Was Covered, and New Order Squabbled

"Tonight was amazing. Thank you to everyone who participated in my journey to the Oscars. Dream come true."Pharrell, being significantly less annoyed than the rest of us about his not winning the Oscar for Best Original Song (Twitter)"PHARRELL WAS ROBBED…
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