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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You"

Earworm Weekly: Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You"

The Pandora set-up at my workplace loves Alicia Keys. The musical algorithm gods have anointed her as the utility R&B singer, appropriate for all moods and nearly every station, it seems. And like a good hipster, Pandora's software eschews…
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Music, All Shook Down Check Out Who Will Be Playing (Free) Shows at The Levi's City Stage in Super Bowl City

Check Out Who Will Be Playing (Free) Shows at The Levi's City Stage in Super Bowl City

Today, Levi's has officially announced the full lineup for The City Stage, the main entertainment stage in Super Bowl City. The shows are free and include performances by Grammy Award winning singer and pianist, Alicia Keys; Oakland R&B songstress,…
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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 The Real Inauguration Musical Travesty Wasn't Beyonce's Lip-Syncing

The Real Inauguration Musical Travesty Wasn't Beyonce's Lip-Syncing

Who watched the inauguration a few days ago? That shit was pretty awesome. (We especially liked the part where Obama casually dropped a Stonewall reference into his speech, like he wasn't doing something of enormous significance. Nice one, dude). Of…
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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 2012 MTV Video Music Awards: The 10 Lost Categories

2012 MTV Video Music Awards: The 10 Lost Categories

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual occasion for thrill and intrigue. An arena for a slutty young Madonna to writhe around the ground in a wedding dress, or even for a slutty old Madonna to French kiss a…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Music, All Shook Down President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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Music, The Jay-Z state of mind

The Jay-Z state of mind

You have to get in a space where you can't even all the way listen to your friends, because they love you so much that they have places they want you to be." So says Jay-Z, on the subject of…
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Music, Hear This Adele-icious

Adele-icious

It speaks volumes that blue-eyed soul singer Adele is recording her sophomore album in Malibu to avoid the distractions of overwhelming fame back home in the U.K. Last year her smash debut, 19, entered the British charts at #1; she…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Best CDs of 2007

Best CDs of 2007

I'm really not ready for 2007 to end. Any year that starts out in January with garage-punk great Jay Reatard smashing a clock with his face at the Hemlock is gonna be one for the books. But this year has…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Alicia Keys -- As I Am

CD Review: Alicia Keys -- As I Am

Alicia Keys As I Am (J Records) Unlike most singers cast in the diva role, who are all about pipes and persona, Alicia Keys is a multi-faceted artist adept at songwriting and arranging as well as vocal emoting. For…
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Music, Reviewed Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys can be forgiven if she is no longer content to serve as leader of the neo-soul pack. Not that she's abandoned the plaintive songs of star-crossed romance and the slow-burning, piano-driven ballads that spurred the success of 2003's…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of Oct. 11

11:14 (Warner Bros.) Alicia Keys: Unplugged (J) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony Music) The Best of the Chris Rock Show: Volumes 1 and 2 (Warner Bros.) Bomb the System (UMVD) The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Warner Bros.) The Dresden…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

As a hip hop producer, Kanye West is nearly ubiquitous -- he's produced hits for Twista, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, and Alicia Keys. Like a hip hop high-wire act, his productions effortlessly balance walloping, riddim-fueled momentum and super-size choruses with…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The booties! The braids! The color-coordinated golf/leisure suits! What's not to love about the Ladies First Tour featuring Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Missy Elliott? Well, perhaps the fact that in the huge Oakland Arena you're only gonna see the cartoonish…
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