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Was Britney the most influential artist of the decade?

Did Britney Spears define the aughties? (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) OK, so it probably wasn't Brit-Brit. But it might have been! She filled Verizon Center back in 2001 and again in 2009 -- and rarely left the headlines in between. If Britney wasn't our most influential pop star of the...

By David Malitz | December 15, 2009; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bob Dylan's top 5 kiss-offs

Fun fact: Before he became famous for appearing with Will.I.Am in Pepsi commercials and singing traditional Christmas carols, Bob Dylan was actually a noted original songwriter! Some may even say he's the greatest songwriter to ever walk the Earth. (Or wander random New Jersey towns.) I would be among...

By David Malitz | November 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

When Steven Tyler should have left Aerosmith

Did you feel a disturbance in the force yesterday? That was Steven Tyler announcing he was leaving Aerosmith and Joe Perry then stating that the band would soldier on without him while searching for a new lead singer. It's not the first time members have bailed on Aerosmith and...

By David Malitz | November 10, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Five "Fade Into You" Alternatives

Hope Sandoval, former chanteuse of '90s dream-pop faves Mazzy Star visits Sixth and I Historic Synagogue tonight. (Hopefully things will run a bit more smoothly than her recent New York show.) Mazzy's defining song was "Fade Into You," which certainly ranks high in the pantheon of sultry, mid-'90s makeout songs....

By David Malitz | October 14, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pop Stars Gaga for Gaga

Lady Gaga performs at the 13th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner. (Richard A. Lipski/TWP) By Chris Richards In today's Post, Dan Zak reports from Saturday's Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington where Lady Gaga accepted her metaphorical crown as America's newest, hottest, pants-averse Gay Icon. Meantime, Gaga has enjoyed a...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Epic

Yesterday marked the release of "Bay of Pigs," the latest masterpiece from Destroyer. It's 13:39 of ambient disco awesomeness, and I am required by blog-law to use the word "epic" in describing it. I love a 90-second song as much as (OK, more than just about) anyone, but there's also...

By David Malitz | August 19, 2009; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (9)

Summer Entertaining - Party Playlists

So today's Home section is all about summer entertaining. The fine folks at Home asked me to come up with some playlists for a variety of different parties. I'm more likely to camp out for Grizzly Bear tickets than to host a party, but it was a fun task. The...

By David Malitz | July 2, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cheap Top 5: Nirvana Songs

In today's paper I reviewed "Dark Was the Night," the new "intellectual indie" collection from the folks at Red Hot. The AIDS charity has been releasing compilations for the last two decades, and if you went to high school in the '90s -- or even if you didn't -- "No...

By David Malitz | February 17, 2009; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ten Popular Acts From 2008 That People Won't Admit To Liking By 2011*

* If not sooner. 1. Katy Perry 2. MGMT 3. Justice 4. Duffy 5. Kimya Dawson/Moldy Peaches 6. Leona Lewis 7. Girl Talk 8. Sara Bareilles 9. Bon Iver 10. Jonas Brothers...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 16, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Who, By the Trends

As you surely know, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were honored at the Kennedy Center last night. (I wonder if Dubya asked them to sing "Fool Me ... Can't Get Fooled Again"?) When reflecting on the band's 45-year career, it was astounding how many trends the group kick- started. Not...

By David Malitz | December 8, 2008; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 6

Another entry on our list of things artists should never, ever do on a concert stage. 7. Do not bring a family member on tour with you specifically to crack a series of jokes about drinking when said family member has gotten into serious trouble because of the boozing. Let's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 8, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 5

A few words in defense of my concert. (Or not.) The latest additions to our list of things artists should never, ever do in concert were passed along by a Very Special Guest Contributor: Randy Newman. During his terrific concert last night at the Music Center at Strathmore (Klimek review...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 25, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 4

Hold on hold out ... for the new stuff. Another entry on our list of things artists should never, ever do on a concert stage. 6. Do not make a big deal about inserting new songs into a set list heavy on old, familiar fare. (And especially avoid asking permission...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 16, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (8)

Virgin Mobile Festival Preview: Bob Dylan

Two out of three Posties think "Visions of Johanna" is the (soy) bomb. In advance of Bobby Z's Virgin Mobile Festival performance on Sunday, Malitz and I asked various Posties (including each other) to put together annotated lists of their Top 5 Dylan songs. UPDATE (12:43 p.m., 8/8/08): Gene Weingarten...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 7, 2008; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (44)

Don't Go There: Rules of the Road Vol. 2

For those about to rock ... we re-tune our guitars! Continuing Post Rock's laundry list of things artists should never, ever do at a concert, a couple of rules came to mind during last night's Fleet Foxes show at the Black Cat. (NPR has the audio archive here.) 3. Do...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 8, 2008; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pick Six With ... Ayo

The joyful-noise specialist Ayo. The German folk-soul singer Ayo became something of a sensation in Europe when her debut album, "Joyful," was released in 2006. Still gunning for a stateside breakthrough, she recently moved to New York and has embarked on yet another U.S. tour. (She performs tonight at...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 20, 2008; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Road Trip Rock

I suspect that many of you will be on the road this weekend. Since you'll be dealing with the frustrations of high gas prices and traffic, it's very important to have good tunes lined up. Here are five albums I plan on listening to at unsafe volume while driving to...

By David Malitz | May 22, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (15)

Don't Go There: Rules of the Road

Shut up and sing! The first in a series of posts in which we provide bands with a laundry list of things they should never, ever do at a concert. 1. Do not talk to the audience before the first song. The lights go down, a cheer goes up, we...

By David Malitz | May 16, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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