’70s rock icons Elvis Costello and Steely Dan are touring together

The year was 1978. Elvis Costello, heralded as one of the few traditional singer/songwriters of the punk movement, was riding the crest of his initial success, going so far as to earn a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist. Up against competition such as Toto, The Cars, and Chris Rea, he would eventually lose to more »

Drake releases surprise mixtape

Unless you live under a rock or don’t have a Twitter account (is that even possible?), you probably heard about Drake’s surprise album release late last Thursday night. Since I’ve been trying to keep to a strict 11 pm bedtime, I missed the midnight release, but like a kid on Christmas morning, I was surprised with the gift when I awoke on Friday. It was a great TGIF for me.

The inevitable “Frozen” Broadway show is on the way

Once “Frozen” became a major cultural phenomenon in late 2013, three things were pretty much inevitable: that it would become basis for the next Disney on Ice show, that little girls dressing like Anna and Elsa would become ubiquitous everywhere from Halloween to Disneyland, and the show would become a Broadway musical. That last one more »

Four new Spice Girls songs have been sneakily released

If you’ve seen the recent headlines announcing a round of newly leaked Spice Girls songs that have been in the can since 1998 and only had a mild case of 90s nostalgia to handle, get ready to be outraged, then overjoyed. Those Spice Girls tracks were leaked by an “internet fraudster,” according to the Mirror more »

Fin: The worst week in journalism, the Hulk Hogan sex tape subpoena and 50 shades of “50 Shades”

I’ve heard a lot of people describe this week as “the worst week ever in journalism.” And it is, but that’s because Bob Simon and David Carr both suddenly died within 48 hours of each other. Brian Williams’ suspension and Jon Stewart’s retirement don’t exactly compare. Not only are they not dead, but the nightly more »

Fin: Sling vs. Sling, SVU vs. gamers and Obama vs. Dowd

I’ve tested Sling TV and given it a positive review, and I think the product has huge potential. But Variety makes a good point that even came up in a meeting I was in the other day: Why call it Sling TV, when the same company offers Slingbox, which is a completely different and almost more »

Fin: The Swimsuit Issue vs. the truth, Clint vs. TMZ and P&R vs. MRAs

It appears that whole “plus size model in the SI Swimsuit Issue” story was mis-reported just about every step of the way. First it was reported that the plus size model was in the issue. Then she wasn’t in the issue itself, but an ad, for Swimsuits For All. Then it was a different plus-sized model, more »

Kevin Hart takes center stage for the Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber roast

Kevin Hart has become the human representation of the old adage “strike while the iron is hot.” After years of struggling as a stand-up, slowing building his audience and his brand, he’s now a much in demand actor and performer. Over the last few years he’s jumpstarted two franchises (‘Think Like a Man,’ ‘Ride Along’), more »

The Replacements returning to the road this spring

The Replacements reunion went from a one-shot deal for a charity album to a festival gig to multiple festival gigs to some full-on headlong concerts. Now, for the first time since their 1991 breakup. the ‘Mats are going on tour. Dubbed the “Back By Unpopular Demand tour,” the Replacements’ run will consist of 13 dates more »

Fin: “The Blacker the Berry,” Football over the top and Uber but for Jewish divorces

I’m incredibly excited for Bill O’Reilly to hear Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry” for the first time. It may actually kill him. (Genius)  The NFL is thinking about auctioning off the rights to over-the-top streaming of one game next season. I’m all for it- and the games will be shown over-the-air in the teams’ more »

On the Grammys, Chris Brown and domestic violence hypocrisy

One of the more memorable moments Grammy Awards Sunday night was when domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell delivered an eloquent speech prior to Katy Perry’s performance. President Obama also contributed a two-minute taped statement on the topic of domestic violence. It was all well done, and unlike when the NFL did it, it wasn’t a more »

Onkyo eyes hi-res audio with Onkyo Music

The latest entry into the North American hi-res music race is a familiar name: Onkyo. According to a report by Pocket-lint, Onkyo is expanding its Japanese music service, known as “e-onkyo,” to other markets, including the U.S. U.K. and Germany. The site has already launched in beta form, at Featured albums on the site more »