Posts By Zara Golden

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Green Day “Let Yourself Go” Back To Their Punk Rock Days With New Song At The MTV VMAs

Green Day‘s actually sort of punk performance last night at the MTV Video Music Awards found the guys looking and sounding more like the pop punk band they were when they started out 20-years ago than the Broadway song producing one they are of late. A rock release in the middle of a pop-centric show, they debuted “Let Yourselves Go,” a new song from the soon to be released ¡Uno! that sounds a whole lot more punk than “Oh Love” and “Kill The DJ,” or really anything we’ve heard from them in a long while.

Mostly, “Let Yourselves Go” finds Billie Joe Armstrong revisiting the sass that was instinctual to a younger he. “Shut you’re mouth because you’re talking too much and I don’t give a d*** anyway,” he sings in the first verse. Next time around, “I don’t give a d*** anyway” gives way to “I don’t give a f***k anyway,” and by the time the refrain — “Let yourself go,” sung all-together-now — we had totally forgotten that One Direction were the night’s big winners, and that the award for Best Rock Video wasn’t even handed out during the show. And performing from the floor of the Staples Center, eventually inviting the crowd in for some carefully monitored moshing, and with their alternate guitarist rocking a “FREE PUSSY RIOT” shirt, they almost looked, too, like the band they were 20-years ago.

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“I’m Telling You, I’m Telling You:” Taylor Swift Debuts As A Pop Star At The VMAs

No more is the timid girl from a Christmas tree farm with a big voice, hiding behind a guitar and country guise. Rather, behold Taylor Swift, the pop star, who closed last night’s MTV Video Music Awards with a big and choreographed performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Big live shows like this have never been Taylor’s forte, her songwriting being far stronger than her singing, and so she’s created scenes — the “You Belong with Me” subway crawl, the this-one’s-for-you-Kanye but also Little House on the Prairie inspired “Innocent” — in which she might star for each of her VMA performances past. This year, though, she was the scene. There was stomping and hair flipping, a choreographed routine and dashing male backup dancers, an extra-fitted pair of short shorts; and all was befitting of the high-impact and empowered pop song she chose to perform. And more so, the pop star she is evolving into. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Linkin Park Is The Greatest Artist Of The 00s

In the beginning of Bracket Madness there were eight acts, impossibly chosen from a decade with so many worthy to compete for the Greatest Artist of the 00s title. One by one, they dropped off: *NSYNC beating the Backstreet Boys, only to be beaten themselves by Britney Spears in the next round; and Eminem topped Jay-Z before being knocked by Linkin Park. Left with Britney versus Linkin Park, and with more than 124,000 votes were cast between them, we at last have a winner: Linkin Park is your Greatest Artist of the 00s.

Accepting the crown in their absence, Linkin fan Bryan Bruner joked that the band was “too busy screaming at the world and saving it at the same time” to be there themselves. Only sort of joking, though. Linkin Park may have been the Greatest Artist of the 00s, but they are great artists still in this next decade. Still out and about, on tour and making new music, they continue to expand the boundaries of rock and roll and inspire fans with their hard working lyrics. So here’s to their Greatest Artist of the 00s win, and to a decade more of greatness!

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5 Things To Watch For At Tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards

With only a hours left until showtime, we’ve got our seat chosen and snacks purchased and and watched everyone of the nominated videos, so all that’s left to do now is wait and see who Rihanna pulls from the pile first when Chris Brown and Drake get in a big fight. Though their attendance has been much buzzed about, this hopefully won’t happen. And anyways, the schedule of events has so much more to offer: a slew of high-profile performers, many Moonmen to be won, and, as always, moments to be made. There’s going to be a lot to take in, so we’ve come-up with a plan of action and here are the five things we are most excited to watch for tonight: Read more…

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16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs

Labor Day has passed and the long days are waning, books and brown bag lunches packed, and it must be that time of the year again: back to school. And your parents are right — even if you spent your summer learning  guitar chords and growing out your hair so that you might be a rock star one day, it wouldn’t be un-rock star like to hit the books hard, too. After all, plenty of artists have put in the work to earn their degree (or degrees) just in case. And so it may be unlikely that these 16 musicians will ever have to rely on their degrees to make a living, but there’s nothing like a hard earned diploma to bring out the shine in your platinum record plaque.

To celebrate their academic efforts, and to inspire yours, we present: 16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs… Read more…

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The Wanted, PSY, John Mayer And Walk The Moon Rock MTV’s Pre-VMA Party

Excitement turned way up in anticipation of tonight’s big show, things got a little wild at MTV’s pre-VMA bash last night. The evening was headlined by notoriously hard-partying Justin Bieber pals The Wanted, who surprised the crowd by inviting fellow Scoot Braun signee PSY onstage for a little “Gangnam Style” action. Afterwards, the boys took the occasion of band member Max George‘s birthday as an opportunity to shove a cake in his face at the end of their set. Glad you came? Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Polls Close Soon, So Cast Your Vote NOW For The Greatest Artist Of The 00s!

We are deep into the final round of Bracket Madness and but hours away from crowning the Greatest Artist of the 00s, and things are close. Only Britney Spears and Linkin Park remain, and with more than 95,000 votes already cast, Linkin Park leads — but by only 100 votes. So now is the chance to have your say: There is no denying that Brit and Linkin Park were both great artists of the 00s, but if there can only be one Greatest, who should it be? Vote now because polls close TODAY at 4 PM EST. Read more…

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Nicki Minaj Is Probably Not Registered To Vote, Is Getting Death Threats Anyways

When Nicki Minaj spit “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy b*****es are f***ing up the economy” on Lil Wayne‘s “Mercy” flip, the Internets’ ears perked up and and blogs — from rap savvy to usually otherwise — got to wondering if she might mean it. Probably she didn’t, because that’s not generally Nicki’s style. Most of what Nicki says isn’t literal, and there’s no reason this line should be any more straightly than the one about chilling with zombies on the beach that follows. Rather, she probably meant it hypothetically; to imply that she’s rich, and probably richer than you, sort of like very wealthy Mitt Romney. Or, as Spin‘s Brandon Soderberg suggests, “what’s missing in that line is the word ‘like,’” and Nicki means that she is “like a Republican voting for Mitt Romney.”

All this, though, has done little to quiet any newly earned detractors, who, if this AllHipHop.com round-up is to be believed, are flaring on Twitter. One went ahead and called her a “stupid…. a**…..no talent having a** …..b****,” while another straight up asked that “somebody please kill nicki minaj.” Yikes! Read more…

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TobyMac Notches First No. 1 Christian Album On Billboard In 15 Years

The Billboard Top 200 this week is topped by Christian rap-rock act TobyMac, formerly of DC Talk. Though some have pulled close — Christian acts Casting Crowns and David Crowder Band notching No. 2 spots with Come to the Well and Give Us Rest, respectively — TobyMac’s sixth studio set Eye On It is the first Christian album to make the summit since LeAnn Rimes‘ 1997 You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, and only the third Christian ever to hit No. 1 (Bob Carlisle‘s dadtastic Butterfly Kisses making three). Eye On It moved 69,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than 10,000 units more than unsuspecting runner-ups Slaughterhouse sold. 27 percent of those sales came from Christian retailers and bookstores, though TobyMac pulled the same chart-topping trick on iTunes, suggesting that he also holds a broader audience. Read more…

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Muse Go Blue For “Madness” Video

Love conquers all in the shadowy blue future world of Muse‘s new “Madness” video. The charged clip finds a pretty girl courting a trenchcoated Ed Westwick look alike on the subway platform, where throw-down between turn-style jumping, gas-masked rioters and baton wielding swat police seems to be escalating. Matthew Bellamy, looking a little vampiric in the subway underworld, meanwhile sings over the quivering and almost paranoid bass line, “I need to know if this is real love, or is it just madness keeping us afloat.” And somehow, the couple’s lurid love protects them from the chaos that has otherwise infected the world around them. Aww.

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