Fictional Bands & Musicians NOT Named Spinal Tap

Ever since Spinal Tap skewered classic rock bands with their excess, egos and miniature Stonehenge stage props back in 1984, many other fictional musicians and bands have popped up in movies and television programs. While Rob Reiner’s fake-rock legends, made up of the amazingly-named David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, may have set […]

Thoughts on Glastonbury 2011 from Someone Who Wasn’t There

Thoughts on Glastonbury 2011 from Someone Who Wasn’t There

This past weekend, thousands of mud-soaked concertgoers flocked to the town of Somerset, England for this year’s Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. The fest featured a slew of international bands of varying genres, including headliners U2, Beyonce, Coldplay and Morrissey, with surprise sets delivered by Radiohead and Pulp causing attendees (and the Internet) much […]

Fallen Royal Marine Had A “Hart” Of Gold

Fallen Royal Marine Had A “Hart” Of Gold

David Hart loved his friends. The 23-year old Royal Marine from York, England was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan last year, but he was determined to make sure his friends continued partying in his memory. Prior to being deployed, Hart took out a 250,000 pound (roughly $400,000) life insurance policy on himself, with some […]

Centro-Matic – “Candidate Waltz” (Album Review)

Centro-Matic – “Candidate Waltz” (Album Review)

When a band releases somewhere north of ten full-length records, multiple EPs, and participates in numerous side projects and still toils away in relative anonymity, you might come to expect that there will come a day when that band will attempt to depart from what makes them unique. That they will venture down a path […]

Tracy Morgan: The Hate Debate

Tracy Morgan: The Hate Debate

Pro Comedians: say what you want. Just be prepared to deal with backlash Just how far should comedians go? 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has been the subject of much debate over the past week, after an attendee of his stand-up gig in Nashville last week reported on the comedian’s colorful remarks about homosexuality. In […]

Guitar Relationships

Guitar Relationships

Guitars share a special bond with their players, and those partnerships often outlast those between humans. These 11 are not necessarily the most recognizable guitars, or necessarily ones that defined a sound, but these are the guitars that have stood the test of time. These guitars were given names. Sometimes, we know them by that name […]

Buck Van Deer: Eco-Terrorist

Buck Van Deer: Eco-Terrorist

Animal welfare advocates in upstate New York received unexpected aid last year from an anonymous, bizarre “Deer-Man,” who waged a multi-pronged and ultimately successful attack campaign against a controversial and brutal plan to eradicate the local deer population. Employing the power of popular social-networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube along with more traditional tools […]

Does Music Really Have The Power to Heal?

Does Music Really Have The Power to Heal?

Southern California-based organization Music to Heal thinks it can. MTH strives to harness the healing powers of music to give hospital patients a little musical cheer every day through its various programs, including musical therapy and free instrument rental. Staying in a hospital for an extended period of time can be a drag, but the […]

Genderless Baby

Genderless Baby

Pro A “genderless” baby??!! Only for a little while. Move along, nothing to see here. A Canadian couple thrust themselves into the media spotlight last week by announcing that they’re raising their child “genderless”. Their four-month old, whom they named Storm, has a sex known only to the couple, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, and […]

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