Where’s The Beef?

$10M Lawsuit Seeks To Uncover Dave Matthews Band Violinist’s “Dark Side”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 13, 2015 - 6:30 pm
Andrew Rothenberg, the former financial advisor to Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, filed a lawsuit against the musician on 3/9 in Richmond, VA, accusing him of interfering with Rothenberg's financial management business and damaging his psychological wellbeing. These accusations surfaced after Rothenberg pled guilty to stealing millions from Tinsley and was sentenced for fraud… More »

Portland Metal Band Is Pissed That Kanye’s Using The Same 800-Year-Old Religious Symbol As Them

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 12, 2015 - 2:01 pm
When Kanye West cryptically dropped the name of his forthcoming album, So Help Me God, on Twitter last week, it was accompanied by equally mystifying artwork. At the time we noted the diamond embellished with lowercase m's at the corners originated as a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary. Some people began commenting… More »

McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag

By James Rettig / March 5, 2015 - 7:57 pm
Yesterday, Ex Cops posted a letter on Facebook calling out McDonald's for insisting that they don't have a budget to pay artists to play their SXSW showcase. Rolling Stone reached out to the multi-billion dollar fast food corporation for a comment and here's what McDonald's global media relations director Becca Hary had to say: We… More »

David Crosby On Kanye West: “He’s An Idiot And A Poser”

By Caitlin White / March 5, 2015 - 5:41 pm
How many more old white dudes are gonna say Kanye West doesn't have any talent? Say what you want about his ego, his spontaneous, unruly public persona or even his wife (although I love you Kim), but pretending like he's not talented is starting to feel like the last refuge of scoundrels. (Especially scoundrels namedMore »

Hall & Oates Sue Haulin’ Oats Granola

By Caitlin White / March 5, 2015 - 1:52 pm
Welcome to the age of the lawsuit. While postmodern digital culture allows for intertextuality to be an omnipresent force in our lives, the primary texts for this interplay aren't always happy with it. We already saw Don Henley take legal action over a shirt pun. In that vein, legendary '80s duo Hall & Oates are… More »

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

By James Rettig / March 4, 2015 - 10:31 pm
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 take steps to… More »

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

By James Rettig / March 4, 2015 - 8:09 pm
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 years. 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 - 4:32 pm
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 be… More »

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

By Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 12:52 pm
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 public… More »

Yolandi From Die Antwoord Picks A Fight With Drake

By Chris DeVille / March 3, 2015 - 1:35 pm
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 - 10:30 am
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 - 2:32 pm
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 controversie… More »

Kanye West Publicly Apologizes To Beck (And Bruno Mars)

By James Rettig / February 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm
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 past… More »

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

By Caitlin White / February 26, 2015 - 1:50 pm
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 comment… More »

Liam Gallagher Has Some Thoughts About Kanye, Too

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015 - 9:13 am
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 gang… More »

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

By Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015 - 2:25 pm
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 sharing… More »

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

By Chris DeVille / February 23, 2015 - 4:28 pm
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 explores Pollard's all-too-common plight… More »

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

By James Rettig / February 19, 2015 - 6:56 pm
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 - 6:50 pm
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. The blog… More »

Azealia Banks Is Twitter Fighting With Erykah Badu Now

By James Rettig / February 15, 2015 - 10:57 am
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 »

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