Where’s The Beef?

Ex Cops Blast McDonald’s For Offering Its SXSW Talent Exposure Instead Of Money

By James Rettig / March 4, 2015
SXSW is no stranger to corporate overlords, and no stranger to bands calling them out for that kind of behavior. This year, McDonald's is getting in on the action. Back in December, the fast food empire announced that it would be an official sponsor of the Austin festival, and that it would… More »


Method Man Learns About Wu-Tang’s 2103 Release Date: “Fuck That Album”

By James Rettig / March 4, 2015
Earlier this week, the auction for the Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin went up, and among the terms and conditions was an interesting caveat: While the eventual owner can play the album wherever they want for whoever they want, they won't be able to publicly release it for 88… More »


Blink-182’s Travis Barker Says Tom DeLonge Is Not A True Punk And Should Just “Man Up And Quit” Already

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 4, 2015
The Blink-182 beef has been going on for much longer than anyone has patience for. I thought that it was time to move past it once Tom DeLonge claimed to have been abducted by aliens or whatever. Regardless of whether or not this is true, it's pretty much universally accepted now that DeLonge must… More »


Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest Draws Protests For Booking R. Kelly

By Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015
Two years ago, R. Kelly headlined Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, over the objections of Chicago music journalist and vocal Kelly foe Jim DeRogatis. The show went off without much protest. But since then -- largely because a Village Voice conversation between Jessica Hopper and DeRogatis went viral -- there's been a new wave of… More »


Yolandi From Die Antwoord Picks A Fight With Drake

By Chris DeVille / March 3, 2015
Die Antwoord seemed to be on the verge of climbing to a new tier of celebrity this year with Ninja and Yolandi Visser playing prominent roles in the dystopian sci-fi twee oddity Chappie. Now they'll definitely be more famous, but not for the right reasons; notorious might be a better word for it. Drake and… More »


Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years

By James Rettig / February 28, 2015
For anyone familiar with the early '00s emo scene, the bad blood between Taking Back Sunday and Brand New was (and still is) the beef to end all beefs. It started, most appropriately, over a girl, and has taken on a mythic quality since the inciting incident over a decade ago. More »


Controversy Over Future Brown Criticism More Interesting Than Future Brown’s Album

By Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015
Future Brown's self-titled debut LP was one of our most anticipated releases of 2015, and the album's utopian mix of American street rap and high-minded European electronica didn't quite live up to its promise. Future Brown is good, but it's not so good as to be critically bulletproof, which has led to some fascinating… More »


Kanye West Publicly Apologizes To Beck (And Bruno Mars)

By James Rettig / February 26, 2015
Kanye West has officially told Beck that's he's sorry: "I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I'm sorry Beck," he tweeted earlier today. Does this mean it's over? Please? After Kanye called Beck out on his so-called "artistry" following his win over Beyonce for the Album Of The Year Grammy, he's spent the… More »


Kim Gordon Expands Upon Lana Del Rey Diss: “She’s A Female Chris Isaak”

By Caitlin White / February 26, 2015
Kim Gordon has been doing quite a bit of press for the release of her memoir, Girl In A Band, which came out Tuesday, and her comments about Lana Del Rey have become something of a focal point. In the book, Gordon decries the pop star's blasé attitude toward feminism, including the especially harsh… More »


Liam Gallagher Has Some Thoughts About Kanye, Too

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
Noel and Liam Gallagher, brothers and former Oasis bandmates, are completely estranged, and they don't see eye-to-eye on very much. They are, however, in complete accordance on at least one crucial issue: They both think Kanye West is a clown. In a ridiculously entertaining Stereogum interview earlier this week, Noel managed to talk a… More »


L.A. Band The Singles Take Legal Action Against Scarlett Johansson’s New Supergroup

By Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015
After my initial surprise about the Scarlett Johansson/Este Haim/Holly Miranda supergroup the Singles wore off, one of my first thoughts was: There has to be some other band called the Singles out there somewhere. Turns out just such a band exists in ScarJo & Co's backyard of Los Angeles, and they aren't happy about… More »


Bobby Shmurda Says His Lyrics Are Fake And Epic Records Should Pay His Bail

By Chris DeVille / February 23, 2015
After hitting it big with his breakout single "Hot Nigga" and its Vine-viral Shmoney Dance, Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda (aka Ackquille Pollard) saw his fortunes turn late last year when he was arrested on drug and weapons charges and accused of running a street gang. A fascinating New York Times feature explore… More »


Kim Gordon Trashes Lana Del Rey: “[She] Doesn’t Even Know What Feminism Is”

By James Rettig / February 19, 2015
In Kim Gordon's new memoir, Girl In A Band, she has some harsh words for Lana Del Rey in response to her comments about feminism, which Del Rey rejected in an interview with The FADER last year. Gordon writes:… More »


Jack White Posts Open Letter To Journalists In Response To Guacgate

By James Rettig / February 15, 2015
In a move that will surely get even more articles written about him, Jack White has posted an open letter on his website addressing "journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva" in response to all of the press that stemmed from this month's guacamole incident at the University Of Oklahoma. More »


Azealia Banks Is Twitter Fighting With Erykah Badu Now

By James Rettig / February 15, 2015
Surprise, surprise: Azealia Banks got into a spat with Erykah Badu on Twitter yesterday. After Badu replied to someone who asked if she listened to the rapper and said that she "tried," Banks ascended from whatever hell dimension she constantly checks her @-replies in to call her out. "When artists grow old and begin to… More »


Diplo Under Fire For GIF Theft, Rude Tweets

By Caitlin White / February 12, 2015
It's starting to seem like there's a story about Diplo being rude to a female artist every time I open Twitter. There was that whole fiasco with Lorde and Taylor Swift, and now it looks like he's ventured into the realm of content theft. More »


Garbage’s Shirley Manson Calls Kanye West A “Twat” In Open Letter

By Tom Breihan / February 10, 2015
At the Grammys on Sunday night, Kanye made a joke out of threatening to snatch Beck's mic when he won the Album Of The Year trophy for Morning Phase. After the show, Kanye went on the E! Network and said that he really wasn't joking: "Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should’ve… More »


Papa John’s Tries To Make Amends With Iggy Azalea

By Caitlin White / February 9, 2015
The most embarrassing part of 2015 so far is definitely brands. Brands and memes. Oh, and Iggy Azalea. So the latest news story to draw together that unholy trifecta has quickly picked up way too much steam. Try to follow along. More »


Kanye Wasn’t Kidding, Says Beck “Should’ve Given His Award To Beyoncé”

By Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015
The best moment at last night's Grammys was an easy thing to miss; it was over in about a split-second. Beck had won the Album Of The Year trophy for Morning Phase, shockingly beating Beyoncé, among others. At least within my Twitter feed, the prevailing sentiment was something like whaaaaat? We were… More »


Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider

By Tom Breihan / February 6, 2015
Jack White is about as private as big rock stars get, and he does not like his private info getting leaked. The University Of Oklahoma found this out after a school paper printed White's tour rider before he played at the school's McCasland Field House on Monday. White was paid $80,000 for the show,… More »


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