Phish celebrates Giants World Series win

Who knew Vermonters cared about a World Series between Kansas City and San Francisco? And who knew Phish fans liked sports? When the San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series Wednesday night, defeating the Kansas City Royals in a thrilling seven games, Phish happened to playing a concert at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in more »

Biographer J. Randy Taraborelli turns his sights to Beyonce

The man who has penned unauthorized bios of Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Madonna will tackle Queen Bey in his latest work. It’s coming to bookstores in the fall of 2015. Beyonce’s team goes to great lengths to protect her image, even trying to get rid of her unflattering Super Bowl photos. They can’t be more »

Fin: The best of Satan, a Nat X suggestion and more sanctioning of buffoonery

Just in time for Halloween: An overview of pop culture’s best Satans. Unforgivably omitted: Pacino in “The Devil’s Advocate” and Jon Lovitz’s “Mr. Mephistopheles,” although the nice-guy gay Satan from South Park is in fact included (iO9) When Chris Rock hosts ‘Saturday Night Live‘ this weekend, all I ask is that two things: That there more »

Pitbull to star in two reality TV shows about his “lyfe”

Right off the bat: Pitbull shall not, will not, go the way of Cee-Lo Green now that he has entered the reality TV show realm. Meaning, his shows will not get cancelled because of an awful thing he might do in the future. This is my sincere hope for anyone who lives their life in more »

After four years, a Conan comeback for Max Weinberg

For 17 years, Max Weinberg was one of the few constants on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show. He led the show’s house band, the Max Weinberg 7, appeared in sketches and comedy bits- often in a comedic persona as an oft-naked arch-pervert- and served as one of the world’s few drummer/bandleaders. Even when Andy Richter more »

Fin: Farewell Boardwalk, wrestling skews older and secrets of the sexy Halloween industry

Loved the ending of Boardwalk Empire. Loved it. And ‘Boardwalk’ stuck the landing so well that it’s going to improve the show’s legacy. Even if the guy playing the Young Nucky Thompson- perfect voice notwithstanding- looked a lot more like Adam Carolla than Steve Buscemi Mindblowing wrestling fact: This past Sunday’s bout between Dean Ambrose more »


No, Eminem is not converting to Judaism: Hoax news goes international

This whole fake news clickbait industry- you know, in which fake “news sites” publish false stories not for satire, but in order to gain fraudulent social media shares- was already unethical and tiresome. WIth stories about ebola causing full-fledged panics, it’s now officially become dangerous. And now, it’s gone international. There’s a story that popped more »

TIDAL wave crests in U.S.: New service launches Tuesday

The latest contender in the streaming wars is here. TIDAL, described as “the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial,” officially launched Tuesday in the U.S. and U.K. Launching with the support of a long list of audio and electronics partners, TIDAL is a high-quality, high-end, more expensive more »

Fin: Bye bye Biddle, the politics of clowns and the world’s worst Ray Rice costume 

Best wishes to Sam Biddle, who is stepping down as editor of Valleywag, Gawker’s Silicon Valley vertical. Not only was Biddle hilariously vicious, snarky and totally fearless, day in and day out, but he’s the rare writer who actually made me rethink the topic about which he was writing- namely, that Silicon Valley is a more »


Deadheads Rejoice! Martin Scorsese is producing a Grateful Dead documentary

If there is one American auteur who understands, implicitly, how to successfully blend music with the movies, and visa versa, it’s Martin Scorsese. From the solid marriage of sonics and cinema in films such as ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ and ‘Casino,’ to documentaries such as ‘The Last Waltz,’ ‘Bob Dylan: No Direction Home,’ and more »


CVS Bangers: The next chapter is here

I’m kind of disappointed that no one told me about “CVS Bangers” until last week. It’s a periodic mix tape, from someone known as D.J. Hennessy Youngman which, it appears, is meant to approximate a late-night trip to CVS, with the background music overlaid with weird sound effects like gunshot and airhorn sound effects, and more »

Jennifer Lopez will earn $1 million a month during her Vegas residency

Prepare the all-white dressing rooms and stock the tub with Evian (reportedly, according to this tour rider via The Smoking Gun) Jennifer Lopez will put pen to paper and ink a deal that will net her $26 million over two years, just for performing inside Planet Hollywood at The Axis three times a week. That’s more »