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The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service’s laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music’s most disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

The Week In Pop: American Idol Changed TV, But Music? Not So Much

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Stream The Art Of McCartney Tribute Album Featuring New Covers By Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, The Cure, & More

When the Paul McCartney tribute album The Art Of McCartney was announced two months ago, we marveled at the staggering array of rock stars who were lined up to participate, including forebears B.B. King and Allen Toussaint, ’60s peers Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Roger Daltrey, and later stars from Billy Joel to Chrissie Hynde… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014 - 9:55 am

Owl City Revealed As Creator Of iOS7 Sounds

Famous Postal Service plagiarist Adam Young, bka Owl City, has some new original material under his belt and it comes in the form of the iOS7 update ringtone refresh. The information was revealed by the Apple news blog 9to5 Mac, who picked it up from the discography section of Young’s website, but has since beenMore »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 22, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Owl City Rips Off Album Art, Too

Anyone with a set of ears knows Owl City sounds a lot like the Postal Service. Just in case you weren’t sure, though, Adam Young and his laptop basically admitted to ripping off Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello. He didn’t stop there: Young also nabbed a photo of Chicago called “Ice On The Lake” by… More »

By: brandon / January 5, 2010 - 9:18 am

Ridiculous Gift Guide For Music Fans 2009

Gift Guides help narrow things down a bit, but they’re still just providing you with someone else’s guess work. Try as you might, the holiday season brings plenty of pointless gifts along with its good cheer. It’s not anyone’s fault: Relatives don’t have the time to pay close attention (your aunt will never realize your… More »

By: brandon / December 18, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Owl City Pretty Much Admit Ripping Off Postal Service

In an interview with EW, Adam Young (aka laptop sensation Owl City) admits his no. 1 single “Fireflies” and the Postal Service in general “are pretty similar,” but at the same time claims he’s “a lot more of a Death Cab fan.” For example, he’d only heard Give Up “a little bit” before people started… More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2009 - 1:32 pm