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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 »

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 »

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 »

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Former Owl City Touring Musician Charged With Trying To Lure 14-Year-Old To Tour Bus For Sex

We're all familiar with Owl City's crimes against music, but were you aware there might be actual legal infractions perpetuated in the band's vicinity? The
Chris DeVille | August 5, 2015 - 2:05 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…
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…
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…
brandon | January 5, 2010 - 9:18 am

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
brandon | November 5, 2009 - 1:32 pm