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Riffs: The rock star's guide to quitting the business

Abba walked away and never looked back. If Phil Collins' recent, will-he-or-won't-he retirement contremps has taught us anything, it's that walking away from rock and roll stardom is more difficult, and more unusual, than it seems. Almost no one ever...

By Allison Stewart  | March 9, 2011; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Abba, Duffy, Kid Cudi, Pulp  
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Kids can be so cruel: The Esperanza Spalding vs. Justin Bieber worldwide freakout, Day Three

Esperanza Spalding: Best Non-Bieber. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) It's been three days since little-known jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding upset Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist trophy at Sunday night's Grammy awards, commencing a YouTube/Twitter/blogosphere freakout the likes of which we have...

By Allison Stewart  | February 16, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Five things we learned from the Black Eyed Peas' halftime show

It's Fergie, Will.I.Am. and, um, the other ones! (Getty Images) Well, it wasn't the worst Super Bowl halftime show in history. (This was. Let us never speak of it again). It wasn't even the worst halftime show recently (how could...

By Allison Stewart  | February 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Black Eyed Peas, Slash, Usher  
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Riffs: Five genre-smashing, superstar-on-superstar interviews we'd like to see

These two could definitely find some things to talk about. It wasn't as momentous as the time Edgar Allen Poe met Charles Dickens. And it certainly wasn't as mind-boggling as this. But the recent pairing of alt-country's professional strange person...

By Allison Stewart  | February 3, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Bonnie Prince Billy, Brandon Flowers, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Flaming Lips, Justin Bieber, Killers, Lady Gaga, Michael Stipe, Morrissey, R. Kelly, REM, Smiths, Stevie Nicks, Will Oldham, Win Butler  
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Riffs: Kanye vs. Coachella, and four other highly entertaining festival feuds.

Jay-Z played Glastonbury and the world didn't end. Like seemingly everything Kanye West does, the announcement that the controversial rapper was going to headline April's Coachella festival caused a pop cultural kerfuffle. Many online commenters went so far as to...

By Allison Stewart  | January 24, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific, Riffs  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Guns N Roses, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Morrissey  
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Riffs: Coachella 2011, decoded

The just-announced lineup for this year's Coachella festival serves up few OMG-Pavement-is-getting-back-together-type surprises, relying instead on a predictably solid mix of indie, dance and hipster-approved soul acts Passes for the fest, which go on sale Friday morning, will set...

By Allison Stewart  | January 19, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Big Audio Dynamite, Bright Eyes, Caifanes, Coachella, Death From Above 1979, Duran Duran, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, London Suede, Mumford & Sons, Suede, The Arcade Fire  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Riffs: Britney vs. Kanye/Jay-Z: The final showdown, Allison Stewart , January 12, 2011
Riffs: Courtney Love's tweets, decoded, Allison Stewart , January 6, 2011
Riffs: Grammys 2011 -- 5 artists who were robbed , Allison Stewart , December 3, 2010
Riffs: Bob Dylan's venues, they are a-changin', David Malitz , November 12, 2010
Riffs: Touring by color, Click Track , November 5, 2010
Five songs we'd request from DJ Solange Knowles, Chris Richards , October 29, 2010
Riffs: How "zef" is Washington D.C.?, Chris Richards , October 28, 2010
The Click Track 2010 Howard Homecoming Draft!, Click Track , October 27, 2010
The Click Track 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Draft!, Chris Richards and David Malitz , September 24, 2010
Your guide to the FreeFest Dance Forest, Allison Stewart , September 22, 2010
Riffs: My "Ultimate Running Mix", Chris Richards , August 30, 2010
Riffs: Best show flyer of the year?, David Malitz , August 13, 2010
Riffs: Pop stars get "Lost" , David Malitz , August 10, 2010
The Roots are coming to town! (again), David Malitz , August 6, 2010
Riffs: Does all music sound better slowed down? , Chris Richards , August 6, 2010
How did our McCartney predictions pan out? , Chris Richards , June 3, 2010
Welcome to Your Backlash, Christina Aguilera!, Allison Stewart , May 5, 2010
Riffs: Know your Roots!, Chris Richards , April 27, 2010
Miley Cyrus: Tool of the Left Wing Establishment? , Allison Stewart , April 23, 2010
Did President Obama find the Mothership? , Chris Richards , April 15, 2010
Riffs: "American Idol" vs. "X Factor", Allison Stewart , February 22, 2010
Definitive Jux "on hiatus"; label's top releases, Sarah Godfrey , February 3, 2010
Groundhog Day: Our favorite "on repeat" songs, David Malitz , February 2, 2010
Riffs: How Mystikal Can Start Bouncin' Back, Sarah Godfrey , January 25, 2010
Riffs: Robin Givhan on India.Arie's butterfly wings, Chris Richards , January 19, 2010
Riffs: Jonas, in the future, David Malitz , January 6, 2010
 
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