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Music, All Shook Down Christina Does Britney, Gaga Does American Horror Story, Madonna Does Superhuman

Christina Does Britney, Gaga Does American Horror Story, Madonna Does Superhuman

“High five. You had to go up. And that’s the upper, upper echelon. I’m not even a hater. I give you a slap on the back, booty, everything. Do your thing! Good game!” Chris Brown is remarkably enthusiastic about…
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Music, All Shook Down Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Yesterday, Kim Gordon's revealing new memoir, Girl In a Band, was released, and to coincide with the event, the ex-Sonic Youth bassist, vocalist, and post-punk feminist icon appeared at The Strand bookstore in New York City — the second appointment…
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Music, All Shook Down Madonna Bashes <i>50 Shades,</i> Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

Madonna Bashes 50 Shades, Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

“It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.’ I also…
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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 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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Music, Hear This Yo La Tengo: Show Preview

Yo La Tengo: Show Preview

With Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon separated, there's no one close to matching Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley's status as the first couple of indie rock. Together with bassist James McNew, Kaplan and Hubley have kept their critically adored, restless…
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Music, All Shook Down Kim Gordon's Body/Head Puts the Noise in Noise Pop's Opening Night

Kim Gordon's Body/Head Puts the Noise in Noise Pop's Opening Night

Body/Head, Horsebladder, Burmese @ Rickshaw Stop Jason Lytle @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 // Noise Pop Festival Opening Night Better than: The ambient soundtrack at your local Guitar Center. Noise Pop 2013 kicked off last…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Is Selling Her Clothes at an Oakland Boutique

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Is Selling Her Clothes at an Oakland Boutique

Ladies: Have you ever wanted to own a piece of clothing formerly worn by Sonic Youth bassist, style queen, and art-punk figurehead Kim Gordon? Here's your chance: For the week or so, Mercy Vintage Now, a boutique on Piedmont Avenue…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 6 Most Self-Conscious TV Show Appearances By Musicians

The Top 6 Most Self-Conscious TV Show Appearances By Musicians

This past weekend, with the release of The Social Network movie, Justin Timberlake proved to the world, yet again, that he is just as good at acting as he is at making really high-pitched noises, moving his body in a…
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Music, Sonic Youth massages the past

Sonic Youth massages the past

The cover of 1995's Washing Machine is a good metaphor for famous people given shout-outs in Sonic Youth songs: The band simultaneously grants Importance to the titular appliance and reduces it to a T-shirt figment. Think of these guys as…
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Music, Kim Gordon continues a New York tradition

Kim Gordon continues a New York tradition

Kim Gordon personifies New York cool so completely that fans often forget she is a Los Angeles transplant. But in 1979, when the future Sonic Youth co-founder was frequenting loft parties, she was the new girl in town. "At the…
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Music, Let's Get Killed <i>Girls Rock!</i> hits nerves of the teen psyche variety

Girls Rock! hits nerves of the teen psyche variety

I'd like to think gender dynamics enter my work sphere as rarely as holiday bonuses do. I'm not a "female" music critic, just a music critic. I'm not keeping any quotas on boy acts vs. girl acts in my record…
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Music, New hipster coffee table tome on the New York music underground

New hipster coffee table tome on the New York music underground

Great books about music inspire readers to become listeners. Successful tomes of photojournalism do more: They transport audiences to other places and times. New York Noise: Art and Music from the New York Underground 1978-88 is a companion to a…
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Music, Reviewed Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

The elephant in the room is a very calm one — Sonic Youth is older, wiser, and not as prone to youthful outbursts of feedback squalor as it once was. Deal with it. But the one thing the band has…
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Music, An Open Letter to the Jaded Sonic Youth (Ex-) Fan

An Open Letter to the Jaded Sonic Youth (Ex-) Fan

Dear fading daydream nation, I know where you're at. You're fed up with Sonic Youth. You think the band has gone soft. You miss the signature guitar rave-ups of yesteryear. You're not feeling this older, quieter band that's been showing…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

The year is 1981. Guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo are immersed in New York's No Wave scene (Lydia Lunch, Talking Heads), the fluid postpunk dance of ESG, the multilayered guitar orchestras of Glenn Branca, minimalist art, and the cleansing…
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Music, Reviewed Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Fifteen years after Sonic Youth's startling alliance with David Geffen paved the way for a new generation of altrockers with major-label muscle, the band's DGC debut, Goo, is back in the form of this two-disc set, remastered and stuffed with…
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Music, Reviewed Young People

Young People

Understanding Young People is hard. It takes a lot of patience. The first step is the hardest, because it means casting aside the conventions that may have been relevant when you grew up. But if you're able to do this,…
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