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20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam 'Yield' to Maturity

In the years after Pearl Jam became a blockbuster band, the group became embroiled in high-minded and self-protective battles. They stopped playing venues associated with Ticketmaster, whom they sued. They stopped making music videos. They stopped giving interviews. And they nearly stopped being a band. But with maturity often comes some measure of wisdom and

Mad Cool Festival adds Arctic Monkeys, cementing its status as the year’s best rock festival

Photo by Philip Cosores We’re running out of hyperboles to describe Mad Cool Festival’s 2018 lineup, and for good reason. The likes of Pearl Jam, Jack White, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Massive Attack, and Tame Impala are all set to appear at the Madrid-based festival between July 12th and

10 Years Later, MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular Sounds Remarkably Prescient

In the music video for their 2008 single “Electric Feel”, MGMT hunt down the moon. Stranded in the jungle with a few friends, a few dogs, and a band of animatronic animal puppets, the neo-psychedelic rock duo shoot harpoons into the night sky, puncture the moon, and drag it down to their camp. It’s only

15 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Caught up in an international child-porn scandal, Pete Townshend didn’t do himself any favors. Not when he admitted to paying for access to an illegal site, not when his explanation as to why seemed to beg credulity, and certainly not when he refused to appear in court. In the end, the Who legend was cleared

25 Years Later, Denis Leary’s No Cure For Cancer Remains a Valentine to the All-American Asshole

During a taping of James Corden’s Late Late Show back in August, Denis Leary dove way back into his own personal comic archives. Despite dressing the part of Donald Trump in a drab suit and shabby wig, Leary, now 60, didn’t look a day older than he did when he shot No Cure For Cancer,

Brian Setzer’s Stray Cats to reunite for first show in 10 years

Time to style up your pompadour: Brian Setzer’s influential rockabilly group the Stray Cats are reuniting for their first live performance in a decade. The Long Island-bred trio is set return to the stage to headline the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend on April 21st.  The event promises burlesque shows, bowling, and “jiving lessons,” as

10 Years Ago: 'Rock Band' Changes the Music Video Game Industry

By 2007, Activision’s Guitar Hero franchise was a known quantity and a wild success in the video game industry. But with Rock Band, which arrived that December, MTV Games changed the game. At first blush, the titles seemed quite similar. Guitar Hero’s controller was modeled after a Gibson Les Paul. Rock Band used the Fender Stratocaster