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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: U2's "The Unforgettable Fire"

Earworm Weekly: U2's "The Unforgettable Fire"

Once upon a time, before it was a stadium band 10 times over and, concurrently, a running joke about musical pomposity and self-importance, it was possible to listen to U2 and not be an utter dork. Before Joshua Tree and…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Madonna Strips Down, Jared Leto Overcompensates and CeeLo Blows

This Week: Madonna Strips Down, Jared Leto Overcompensates and CeeLo Blows

It's all about big returns this week! From Eagles of Death Metal's triumphant return to a stage in Paris, through Nicki Minaj's return to mixtapes, to Cee-Lo Green's return to TV, and Jared Leto's return to douche-baggery (though we…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This time last week, coordinated terror attacks across the city devastated Paris. Of the 129 people senselessly murdered, 89 were at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Theatre. As survivors and first responders share full details of…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: U2 Thrills at SAP Center

Last Night: U2 Thrills at SAP Center

U2 May 18, 2015 SAP Center, San Jose After the massive success of U2's 360 Tour, which shattered the record previously held by The Rolling Stones for the highest-grossing tour of all time, many wondered what direction the band would…
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Music, All Shook Down U2's The Edge Falls Off ... An Edge

U2's The Edge Falls Off ... An Edge

David Howell Evans, a grown man who makes people refer to him as "The Edge," fell off the literal edge of a stage while meandering through a guitar solo last night in Vancouver. Evans plays guitar in U2 (that band whose…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

While the annual round of always-quotable, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are coming up first today, elsewhere this week, things have erred on the dark side. From Cyndi Lauper shaming senators for their homophobia and Lauren Mayberry standing…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bono's Hands, Marilyn Manson's Dick, and Jared Leto's Fanny-Pack

This Week: Bono's Hands, Marilyn Manson's Dick, and Jared Leto's Fanny-Pack

"I wash my hands before I piss because I know where my dick's been, but I don't know where my hands have been." Marilyn Manson practices good hygiene. Kind of. (Rolling Stone) “I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bono's Disguise, Fat Mike's Musical, and Ariana Grande's Black Eye

This Week: Bono's Disguise, Fat Mike's Musical, and Ariana Grande's Black Eye

“You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew." The Edge, on how no one got photos of Bono's horrific recent bicycle crash in Central Park, New York. (Radio.com) "a Victoria's Secret angel…
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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 Breaking: "Do They Know It's Christmas" Is Still a Misguided, Patronizing, Terrible Song

Breaking: "Do They Know It's Christmas" Is Still a Misguided, Patronizing, Terrible Song

Hey guys! Have you heard about Ebola? Did you know that Ebola is really, really bad? Did you know that the part of the world in which Ebola is a major crisis right now is one that doesn't have nearly…
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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: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke, Iggy vs. Snoop, Azealia Banks vs. Ebola

This Week: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke, Iggy vs. Snoop, Azealia Banks vs. Ebola

"So many of them that are about me. Most of Siamese Dream is about me. I think they put it on... There's a song called "Bodies" that's on Melon Collie. And then there's "Today"... and there's "Tonight Tonight"... Then…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: The Defiance of Bono, The Underwear of Ariana Grande and The Lip-Synching Majesty of Blake Shelton

This Week: The Defiance of Bono, The Underwear of Ariana Grande and The Lip-Synching Majesty of Blake Shelton

"That was kind of why you got into a band, to stir things up and annoy people. That's the whole punk rock thing... the only thing that could have gone wrong would have been being ignored." Bono thinks forcing…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Alternatives to U2's Tired "New Year's Day"

Five Alternatives to U2's Tired "New Year's Day"

Happy New Year, motherlovers! May your 2014 be prosperous and awash with wonderful music. Unfortunately, on this fine day, you will all probably be subjected to at least one rendition of U2's "New Year's Day. This all-too predictable event occurs…
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Music, All Shook Down Dude Looks Like a Lady: A Look Back at Rockers in Drag

Dude Looks Like a Lady: A Look Back at Rockers in Drag

Here in San Francisco, seeing a man dressed as a woman is about as shocking someone wearing orange and black inside AT&T Park. There are few cities on earth with the quantity and quality of drag queens as S.F., and…
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Music, All Shook Down How Obama and Romney Are Presiding Over the Death of the Campaign Song

How Obama and Romney Are Presiding Over the Death of the Campaign Song

Last week in Charlotte, Bill Clinton stepped to a podium in front of his party's delegation and delivered a speech. Maybe you saw it? What I remember are words -- lots of words. Some of them wrapped around statistics, others…
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Music, All Shook Down Worst New Song of the Week: Muse's "Madness"

Worst New Song of the Week: Muse's "Madness"

You may recall that we weren't terribly kind about Muse's song for the London Olympics. Mostly because it resorted to obvious sports cliches and sounded like the theme tune to Flash Gordon. And the theme tune to Flash Gordon…
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Music, All Shook Down The 8 Most Infuriating Quotes From the Worst Music Listicle of All Time

The 8 Most Infuriating Quotes From the Worst Music Listicle of All Time

The worst music listicle of all time was published Sunday, April 8, 2012, on the conservative website Breitbart.com and penned by one Ben Shaprio. Headlined "Top 10 Overrated Songs of All Time," the piece attempts to savage the work…
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Top Six Christmas Songs That Don't Actually Suck

That's right, folks. It's the rarest of things -- a Christmas song that doesn't make you want to vomit, or jam sharp pencils into your ear-holes. Finding one of these gems is like stumbling across a white tiger in your…
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Music, All Shook Down Assessing the Influence of U2 and Those Silhouette Ads on the iPod's Success

Assessing the Influence of U2 and Those Silhouette Ads on the iPod's Success

Steve Jobs' announcement on Wednesday that he was resigning as CEO of Apple has set off a wave of reflections on the many contributions he's made to tech and popular culture. Among music fans, the invention that has (deservedly)…
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