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The REAL Winners and Losers of the 2012 VMAs

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 7, 2012
While viewers across the nation waited for president Barack Obama to throw down and accept the Democratic nomination for president, another sort of national convention was going on in Los Angeles. America's youth culture delegates gathered in a united front of laser cobras and crotch ... More  →
The REAL Winners and Losers of the 2012 VMAs

The Secret Awesomeness Beneath The Beatles, Queen, and Other Classic Rock Hits

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 7, 2012
This video posted to BoingBoing on Tuesday reminded me how easy it is to miss out on the awesomeness all around us when our brains become distracted by the glitter and crud competing for attention from our eye and earholes all day, erryday. It's a ... More  →
The Secret Awesomeness Beneath The Beatles, Queen, and Other Classic Rock Hits

The New Music Haiku Review: September Edition

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 4, 2012
For your pleasure, somehaikus about new music!Refrigerator. More  →
 The New Music Haiku Review: September Edition

Miley Cyrus' Older Sister Brandi Is Making Some Super-Catchy Pop, You Guys

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 4, 2012
If you've ever listened to Hannah Montana or seen footage of a Miley Cyrus concert, then chances are you're already accidentally familiar with her older sister Brandi. Big B, son of Billy Rae, sister of Trace, Miley, Noah, and Braison, is the oldest of the Cyrus ... More  →
Miley Cyrus' Older Sister Brandi Is Making Some Super-Catchy Pop, You Guys

A Few Simple Rules for Picking the Best Extracurriculars for You

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 3, 2012
Everyone takes up extracurricular activities for two simple reasons: To meet people (sexy people!), and to hone their crafts (sexy crafts!). The secret third reason might be "because mom made me," but if that's the case then shame on you for not wanting to share ... More  →
A Few Simple Rules for Picking the Best Extracurriculars for You

What Will Happen in Season 3 of Sherlock? We've Got Clues.

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 31, 2012
As you might suspect, "Dr. Who"/"Coupling"/"Sherlock" writer-and-mastermind Steven Moffat is a fan of mind games. Last weekend at the Edinburgh TV festival he appeared in a panel with fellow "Sherlock" co-creator Mark Gattis, producer Sue Vertue, and Professor Moriarty himself (actually some dude named Andrew ... More  →
What Will Happen in Season 3 of Sherlock? We've Got Clues.

Is a Ryan Lochte Reality Show Worth Watching?

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 31, 2012
There's an elastic waistband-thin balance between "attractive" and "interesting" content to which mainstream TV routinely delivers a jihad of violent wedgies. (Note: this analogy probably wont fly in class.) Take, for example: "The Jersey Shore," "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "The Simple Life," that Playboy show, ... More  →
Is a Ryan Lochte Reality Show Worth Watching?

7.5 Back-to-School Lessons from The Bourne Legacy

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 10, 2012
The Bourne Legacy parkour'd into theaters today, and we weren't surprised to find that Aaron Cross, our Super Spy du jour played by the unassailably awesome Jeremy Renner, has plenty to teach the world about the life undercover: Don't fight a pack of wolves without ... More  →
7.5 Back-to-School Lessons from The Bourne Legacy

New Music: Matthew Koma's Voice Is No LMFAO-ing Matter

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 10, 2012
Matthew Koma is kruisin'. Literally, when we called up the young singer/songwriter/soon-to-be-ubiquitous producer, he's driving through the San Fernando Valley toward L.A., where work awaits him on a new track he's co-producing for a certain viral popstar's hotly anticipated More  →
New Music: Matthew Koma's Voice Is No LMFAO-ing Matter

This Beatles/Ke$ha Remix Reminds Us That Mashups Can Be Awesome

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 9, 2012
We're generally pretty skeptical of corny attempts to modernize the Beatles—but, great glitterbomb, Batman! This new "TiK ToK"/"Come Together" remix by soundcloud DJ doctordude is inexplicably awesome. ... More  →
This Beatles/Ke$ha Remix Reminds Us That Mashups Can Be Awesome
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

Brandon is a writer and humor editor at Reader's Digest magazine. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, and wants to write a paranormal Western that begins, "First the cows turned up dead." What should the rest be about? Tell him on twitter @beardspeck.

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