The Grateful Dead are saying “Goodbye” with a three-night farewell

Deadheads – it’s time to break out the tie-dye and the beer bong – The Grateful Dead are getting back together for a one-off, three night celebration of their 50 year musical legacy. Actually, that’s not 100% true. The last living members of the seminal jam band – Bob Weir, 67; Phil Lesh, 74; Mickey more »

Liberace is the latest worthless celebrity hologram

Holograms are stupid, and if you pay money to see one in concert, you need to have your head examined. You may as well just stay home and watch old footage of performer on YouTube, because it’s pretty much the same thing. Whether it’s Michael Jackson or Tupac or Left Eye, in-concert holograms seem meant more »

Fin: Valleywag destroys itself, Coast Guard vs. Workaholics and every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

Don’t think I can read Valleywag anymore. Under previous editor Sam Biddle, the Gawker Silicon Valley vertical was one of the best reads on the entire Internet- the rare media outlet that covered the business world, especially the tech sector, with anything resembling skepticism and non-sycophancy- and with a welcome willingness to take on misogyny more »

Genesis Then and Now: 2 New Blu-rays Tell the Band’s Story

The past year has been good to Genesis—and its fans. The English prog-rock pioneers had pretty much been off the radar since the 2007 reunion tour of the Phil Collins-led lineup, but little has been heard from the band since. In 2010, Genesis became one of the few progressive bands to be inducted into the more »


Notorious Mötley Crüe biography “The Dirt” is getting a movie adaptation

Exciting news for rock biography fans: “The Dirt” will become a major motion picture, bringing to the big screen the high highs and low lows of the members of the glam rock band Mötley Crüe. The project is in the very capable hands of director Jeff Tremaine, who lovingly crafted the Jackass series and later more »

Fin: Critics behaving badly, at least see the movie and Fox is back on Dish

On Vince Mancini’s essay about the poor behavior of his fellow film critics at press screenings. I guess, as in many other ways, I’m lucky to work as a film critic in the city that I do. Bad behavior at screenings tends to come from non-critics, and unlike in other cities I’ve lived in, the more »

The Black Crowes Are Breaking Up

Sorry, blues fans, one of your latter-day renaissance bands is calling it quits: Chris and Rich Robinson have decided to call it quits because of a disagreement within the band over the classic breaker-upper – money. In a statement from guitarist Rich Robinson, the younger brother celebrates his time with the band that has given more »

Fin: ‘Broad City’ on Colin Farrell’s breakfast, lunch and dinner,  don’t rebrand CES and Klosterman on Cruise

I saw a lot of season premieres of TV comedy shows in the last 48 hours. Workaholics was good, Always Sunny was even better, but the best? Broad City. And yes, everything they said about the Colin Farrell sex tape checks out. The Harry Potter Alliance, founded ten years ago by my college classmate Andrew more »

Fin: Leslie Knope and Marty McFly’s futures, Huckabee vs. Beyonce and down with the Razzies

Kind of a bad start to Parks and Recreation last night- not sure how feel about the future gimmick, as it could lead to the joke getting really old really quickly, and runs the risk of turning into a different, less-funny show. But I was reliably laughing again by the end of the hour- you more »


Fin: Don’t steal from Charlie Hebdo, Mankind comes to Wing Bowl and even Hitler went to Paris

Very necessary point that it took a cartoonist (Rob Tornoe) to make, beyond censorship or blasphemy considerations: Virtually every website that republished the Charlie Hebdo cartoons was actually stealing them without permission or compensation (Newsworks) On that note, if you’re going to review a movie, write your own review. Don’t plagiarize the press kit (Daniel more »

Lenny Kravitz has been added to the Super Bowl halftime show

In this two-minute video made by a soda, pop star Katy Perry takes us inside her halftime show testing lab and shows us some of her OTT* ideas. They include: a unicorn (she’s bummed it wasn’t a Pegasus); covering the stadium in glitter, but the glitter is edible; and riding a shark that shoots flames more »

Blake Shelton will host and perform on Saturday Night Live

Blake Shelton isn’t just one of country music’s biggest stars. As we’ve seen from his stint as a mentor on The Voice, he’s a pretty funny guy. Now he will follow in the footsteps of his co-star Adam Levine, hosting Saturday Night Live while being its musical guest. Levine pulled double duty in 2013. Shelton more »