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Illegal Downloading: The Musician's Perspective

By Chris_DikenMarch 27, 2009
Record label execs liken music downloading to piracy on the high seas. Non-wealthy listeners love it because they can keep their iPods stocked with fresh material without going iBroke. But with a few exceptions, we generally have no idea how artists themselves feel... More  →

Your Parents vs. Your Music

By Chris_DikenMarch 20, 2009
Music has been a divisive wedge between old and young for generations. Many parents today are deeply concerned that, without their guidance and excellent taste in morally sound stalwarts like Hall & Oates, their kids may be accidentally influenced by hip-hop’s glorification of Louis Vuitton, the sweaty dance-floor encounters of R&B, and... More  →

Rock Band: A Few New Suggestions

By Jeff_AlexanderMarch 19, 2009
We at SparkNotes already love Rock Band, so you can imagine our excitement at the news that there would be an all-Beatles version of the game. We've already seen Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, soon to be followed by Metallica and... More  →

Joaquin and Rollin'

By Jeff_AlexanderMarch 17, 2009
Last week, Joachin Phoenix jumped into the crowd at one of his hip-hop shows to confront a group of hecklers. This is just the latest incident that makes us scratch our heads and wonder "just what the hell is Joaquin Phoenix up to these days?"... More  →

Rihanna: Please Don't Take Back Chris Brown

By Chris_DikenMarch 10, 2009
Dear Rihanna, Please excuse this unsolicited correspondence. We have never formally met, but one time we saw you get out of an SUV in New York City near where we used to work. You were smiling and seemed nice. Until Thursday, we had no real details regarding what went... More  →

Rap Makes You Slutty. It's SCIENCE!

By kat_rosenfieldMarch 6, 2009
If you listen to rap, chances are you're also a big ol' perv...well, at least that's what researchers at Pittsburgh University say. In the latest news from the front lines of Science, a study based on a survey of more than 700 high school... More  →

On Repeat: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By Chris_DikenFebruary 16, 2009
This Valentine’s Day, the handsome androids known as the Jonas Brothers tried to win our affection with a spirited performance on Saturday Night Live. Good try, young dudes, but our official V Day soundtrack was determined weeks in advance. Few bands out there... More  →

Funk Legend + Three Dorky Teen Idols = ???

By Chris_DikenFebruary 9, 2009
When 2 Many DJs threw Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” over the Strokes’ “Hard to Explain” in 2001, the resulting mashup was pretty dang exciting. And it remained exciting for, oh, about three minutes and 48 seconds. By the 49th second, the... More  →

Your Couple's Soundtrack Is Here

By guestFebruary 6, 2009
From troubadours in the Middle Ages to singing telegrams in the '90s, it's a fact of history that when people fall in love, they get an irrepressible urge to turn to song. They also find the intense need to share their feelings with everyone else... More  →

The Ultimate L-O-V-E Playlist

By guestFebruary 5, 2009
You spent the holiday season showering your family and friends with love and gifts. Now it’s time to get yourself in the Valentine's groove for your honey. And nothin' says luvin' like a playlist of the best love songs around. Burn a copy of these tunes and present them as your V-Day present. “Happy... More  →