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Janessa Slater is a media coach who bears an uncanny resemblance to SNL’s Vanessa Bayer and has been dispensing so-called Sound Advice — and many merciless insults — to the likes of Drake, TV On The Radio, Tegan And Sara, HAIM, and most of the lineup of Governor’s Ball. We thought it was time somebody… More »

When M.I.A. held up her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last weekend, she dominated blog chatter for a few days and incited a few minor cable-TV debates. She could have to pay a fine, and she’s definitely changed the narrative around her next album. But she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pantheo… More »

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We regularly… More »

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Arcade Fire Return To SNL

It's late Saturday night, so can we group liveblog this? The ScarJo/Arcade Fire combo bodes well. I'm told we should expect "We Used To…
Scott Lapatine | November 13, 2010 - 11:46 pm
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Kanye Updates “Power” For SNL, Drops “Denim Flow”

Having promised to cancel G.O.O.D. Friday after a hacker (?) leaked the apparently unfinished Bon Iver-sampling "Lost In The World," this morning Yeezy forgave the…
Scott Lapatine | October 2, 2010 - 5:24 pm
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Stereogum’s MacGruber Remix Contest

UPDATE: And the winner is... Ron Artest. Tyler Coffin. Congrats Tyler! Thanks everyone who participated. // We've already established that Kriste…
Scott Lapatine | May 21, 2010 - 2:33 pm
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MGMT Play SNL

MGMT played a pretty rough episode of Saturday Night Live this weekend. Host Gabourey Sidibe stumbled over a lot of her lines, though she at…
jessica | April 26, 2010 - 9:50 am
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Pearl Jam Did Saturday Night Live

The band delivered a pair of songs during SNL’s worst show of the season, which at least makes karmic sense since last week’s Galifianakis night…
Amrit Singh | March 15, 2010 - 10:49 am
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The Lonely Island & Julian Casablancas – “Boombox” Video

My favorite song from Incredibad gets a video/SNL digital short. Come along to awesometown, b.y.o.boiledgoose.
Scott Lapatine | March 14, 2010 - 9:53 am
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Vampire Weekend Return To SNL

Verily, SNL's talent bookers nailed the zeitgeist this weekend. Where last time through just the very sight of Ezra, Rostam, and the Chrisses proved a…
Amrit Singh | March 8, 2010 - 9:47 am
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Watch SNL’s Smash Mouth Sketch, “We Are The World 25″ Parody

Jennifer Lopez hosted and performed even though she doesn’t have an album or movie out anytime soon. She was the best part of a…
stereogum | March 1, 2010 - 11:35 am
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Them Crooked Vultures, Crisis Of Conformity Play SNL

The supergroup’s performance was overshadowed by Crisis Of Conformity, Fred Armisen and Dave Grohl’s pitch-perfect hardcore punk spoof. Plus John Paul Jones had the line…
Amrit Singh | February 8, 2010 - 1:46 pm

SNL Delivers Juggalos Parody, Rihanna With Shy Ronnie And Nuno Bettencourt

Blake Lively hosted the best SNL of the season? Believe it. And yes, that’s Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt on guitar with Rihanna.
Amrit Singh | December 7, 2009 - 11:49 am
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Julian Casablancas Covers “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

A big part of what made Saturday Night Live's recurring yuletide classic "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" so perfect were the sight gags: Tracy…
Amrit Singh | November 4, 2009 - 4:47 pm
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Julian Casablancas Plans Awesome Christmas Single

The solo Stroke (who surprised Spaceland last night) has covered SNL’s yuletide earworm “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” original performed by Horatio Sanz, Jimmy…
Scott Lapatine | November 3, 2009 - 11:48 am
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U2 Hit Giants Stadium This Week, 30 Rock This Weekend

Phoenix is waging an impressive campaign to invade the greater NYC area this week. For a bunch of non-megalomaniacs. If you wanna see how a…
Amrit Singh | September 25, 2009 - 4:48 pm
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Q&A With SNL Digital Shorts Composer

The man behind the music of 2:30AM is Lonely Islander Jorma Taccone’s bro Asa. Creativity Online talked to him about his process and plans for…
Scott Lapatine | May 20, 2009 - 3:52 pm

SNL Sings “Goodnight Saigon”

In a strange and inspired season finale, host Will Ferrell led the entire cast plus Tom Hanks, Norm MacDonald, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd,…
Scott Lapatine | May 18, 2009 - 11:31 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Take “Zero,” “Maps” To SNL

Some surprises on SNL last night. The first being that the show was sorta funny (Videogum will post the best bits tomorrow), and the second…
Scott Lapatine | April 12, 2009 - 1:18 pm
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Uninspired SNL At Least Yields Extra Phoenix

McCartney, U2, Coldplay, and now Phoenix are among the acts who've been asked to play three songs on an episode of Saturday Night Live. I…
Scott Lapatine | April 6, 2009 - 12:12 am
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Phoenix Booked For SNL Next Week

Speaking of French Pop, indie-ish rock group Phoenix will perform “1901” and “Lisztomania” on the 4/4 episode of Saturday Night Live. It’ll be hosted by…
Scott Lapatine | March 25, 2009 - 6:02 pm
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Ray LaMontagne Brings “Trouble” To A Rocky SNL

SNL continued to surprise me with its music picks by inviting backwoods troubadour Ray LaMontagne to join Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at Studio 8H over…
Scott Lapatine | March 9, 2009 - 5:27 pm
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