The first time Wim Wenders saw Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's work — a haunting black and white portrait of workers toiling in the Amazon's Serra Pelada gold mine — he bought the print on the spot. Soon, he began collecting the artist's pictures, chasing down stills for sale and picking...
The Riviera Maya, Mexico leg of Ozzfest, dubbed the Ozzfiesta, has been cancelled after organizers revealed that Ozzy Osbourne would undergo an unspecified surgery once the Black Sabbath singer's upcoming South American jaunt ends May 2nd. The Ozzfiesta was initially scheduled for May 27th at Riviera Maya's Hard Rock Hotel, but the...
At this point, it seems like we’re running out of adjectives to describe the University of Kentucky men's basketball team. During the Wildcats' 78-39 ass-kicking of West Virginia on Thursday night, we broke into the reserves during the first half. By the second, the game had become so overwhelmingly lopsided that...
A month from today, Blur will release The Magic Whip, the eighth studio album of their career and the first since 2003's Think Tank. Few have listened to any of its tracks, but last Friday, 300 or so fans – as many as could squeeze into West London's Mode nightclub – heard...
Months after the limited theater and digital release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial 2014 comedy, The Interview, the actors are still being asked to reflect on the film's political and ethical implications. During a sit-down Thursday on The Late Show With David Letterman, Franco was adamant that the movie's...
In a little under a month, Bill Withers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I'm grateful to whoever remembered me," he says. "When I die, they'll probably put this on my tombstone." Withers hasn't performed a public concert since the early 1990s, and the 76-year-old soul...
Being called an "asshole" by Miley Cyrus didn't prevent Indiana Governor Mike Pence from signing into law a controversial "Religious Liberty" bill that will allow the state's business owners to deny service to the LGBT community. While Senate Bill 101 claims that it protects Indiana citizens so that the state government "may...
The last time James Taylor released an album of new material, Tower Records was a multi-million-dollar business, Tobey Maguire was the brand-new Spider-Man, and the Iraq War had yet to begin. "I got out of the habit of writing songs for about 10 years," says the singer-songwriter, 67. "I just...
Gene Simmons and WWE Studios are teaming up to form Erebus Pictures, a new studio that will finance and produce "elevated horror movies," according to a press release. The co-production deal calls for three films, starting with Temple, which was originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios. Erebus Pictures — named for the...
Dr. Dre recently sat down with L.A. radio DJ Big Boy for a wide-ranging chat, discussing everything from his beginnings in N.W.A to producing Eminem. He spoke at length his involvement in the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. "We want to show the heart of the guys and everything we...
It's a good thing Will Forte's last man standing Phil Miller doesn't have to share an apocalyptic earth with Sara Evans. The "Slow Me Down" singer recently went on a Facebook rant about Forte's Fox series The Last Man on Earth, which casts the Saturday Night Live alum as the only...
Leftfield are finally ready to release a follow-up to 1999's Rhythm and Stealth. The British electro project, which notched a couple of minor U.S. dance hits with cinematic "Song of Life" and "Afro-Left" in the mid-Nineties, will put out a new, 10-track record – Alternative Light Source – on June...
Brandon Flowers performed a handful of new songs from his upcoming solo LP The Desired Effect at a hometown gig at the Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas earlier this week. But as Stereogum points out, amidst the new material, the Killers frontman snuck in a delightful cover of Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible." Considering he operates...
Years ago, when I was a wispy and naive young sportswriter in Akron, Ohio, I was assigned the arduous task of interviewing Bob Huggins, who had begun his coaching career in the area before migrating to Cincinnati, where he had managed to piss off the majority of the basketball establishment....
The U.S. military announced on Wednesday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion, and the rarer charge of misbehavior before the enemy, for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009. He will now face an Article 32 hearing, roughly the equivalent of a grand jury...
The Mavericks threw a late-night dance party on Conan Wednesday night, giving the winter blues a much-needed sendoff with the impossibly catchy "Summertime (When I'm With You)," from the band's latest LP, Mono. The Latin-fused big band sound of the group, which includes members Raul Malo on vocals and guitar, Eddie...
A white policeman tussles with an unarmed black man in the video for Run the Jewels and Zack de la Rocha's new video, "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)," echoing the recent high-profile police-versus-civilian deaths including Michael Brown and Eric Garner. After brief cameos by the three rappers, the clip's...
UPDATE: "Bitch Better Have My Money" is now available on iTunes. Rihanna has released "Bitch Better Have My Money," the second single off her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled eighth album. After teasing the song's cover art on Instagram, the singer released sneak peeks of the track's intro and outro exclusively on the lip-synching app Dubsmash. Listen to a...
If you walk down the Venice Beach boardwalk in L.A., you'll find Todd Ray in his element: A 21st century P.T. Barnum standing on the pavement, chirping into a bullhorn and offering passerbys a glimpse at his two-headed turtle. It's just one of the pets making up his collection of...
Unlike the winding path that WWE's caravans have taken from the Royal Rumble up until this point, I will not be grading 2015's road to WrestleMania on a curve. That might not be good news for some of the storylines that have been foisted upon us over the past few...