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Music, All Shook Down John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Make the Bleakest Christmas Music Video Ever

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Make the Bleakest Christmas Music Video Ever

Welcome, ladies and gents, to the most awkward, thrown-together video we've seen since Phil Collins and Phil Bailey pretended to be best friends in the 1984 clip for "Easy Lover." You may have already heard that John Travolta and Olivia…
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Music, All Shook Down America's Cup Is Here: The Top 7 Things Every San Franciscan Needs to Know About Yacht Rock

America's Cup Is Here: The Top 7 Things Every San Franciscan Needs to Know About Yacht Rock

Yacht Rock is a kind of smooth, soft rock made by men with pretty voices in the late '70s and early '80s. It's called "yacht rock" now (it wasn't then) because it's pretty much the ideal soundtrack for a crisp,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Artistry and Lunacy of Missed Connections on Craigslist

The Artistry and Lunacy of Missed Connections on Craigslist

I have a friend who met a long-term boyfriend via the Missed Connections page on Craigslist. Let that sink in for a second.I would now like to emphasize that I am not making this up. I met him. Many times.…
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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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Dining, Eat Leatherneck Steakhouse: Veterans' Club Serves Classic American Fare

Leatherneck Steakhouse: Veterans' Club Serves Classic American Fare

To get to Leatherneck Steakhouse, which the Marines' Memorial Club barely advertises on its sign, you pass through a lobby decorated with glass cases of military uniforms, pack into one of the tiny elevators, and step out into a world…
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Top 5 Rappers Who Are Obsessed With Phil Collins (And Will Be Sad That He's Retiring!)

Phil Collins, the Genesis drummer turned solo artist, has retired from making music. This is sad news for his army of worldwide fans, most of whom presumably have sizable classic rock collections. But it's also news that will devastate…
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Music, Bouncer Carpenters Nerds Unite

Carpenters Nerds Unite

It's hard to measure the esteem I hold for Karen Carpenter. She played the drums and sang at the same time, which is awesome — but, unfortunately, it's also a talent she shared with Phil Collins. Unlike Collins, however, Carpenter…
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Phil Collins: Indie Hipsters' Non-Guilty Pleasure

Peter Gabriel may be courting indie rock with his reciprocal covers albums Scratch My Back and the forthcoming I'll Scratch Yours - featuring the likes of Bon Iver and the Arcade Fire - but don't discount indiedom's growing love for…
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Music, Bouncer

Everybody poops at Lime

They say that beauty is only skin deep, which is indeed true. Case in point: Joan Crawford, the original "hot mess." I find her a very sympathetic character, despite being an abusive nympho alcoholic with major control issues. In a…
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Music, Remembering Miserable Major-Label Drones: <i>Rock On</i>

Remembering Miserable Major-Label Drones: Rock On

Anyone who has worked in the music industry is probably aware of the massive difference between the people who release records and the consumers who buy them. However, no one has captured this disconnect as irreverently as Dan Kennedy does…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Almost Famous

Almost Famous

At a Guitar Hero tournament a few months back, one kid complained to me that Expert Mode is too easy. Then he demonstrated the game's secret Hyper Speed mode. My pupils nearly ruptured at the sight of him as he…
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Music, Reviewed Explosions in the Sky, et al.

Explosions in the Sky, et al.

The decision to use a popular-music soundtrack instead of traditional orchestral arrangements for your feature film can sometimes be disastrous (we're looking at you, Phil Collins). Occasionally, however, it works wonders: See Simon & Garfunkel's contributions to The Graduate or…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Kid Koala, aka Eric San, 28, may be as cute as a koala bear, but this Canadian's DJing skills are more like a grizzly: awe-inspiring, intimidating, and not to be messed with, as demonstrated on his new record and in…
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