Bawitablah: Kid Rock Accused of Violating Campaign-Finance Laws

Kid Rock has yet to make a formal bid for the U.S. Senate, but he might have already broken some campaign-finance laws. Democracy watchdog Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and Department Justice accusing Kid Rock violating election law and requesting a federal investigation into …

The Unappealing World of Lil Peep, Explained

Lil Peep is a 20-year-old rapper who also happens to love ’00s emo. That he is not, in the traditional sense, technically pricient in either genre is beside the point. For those who like his music, his appeal is in his ability to concisely, ten bluntly, express the interior thoughts …

The 21 Best Fake ’80s Songs on Television

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is set in the early 1990s, but it still features music from the early ’80s on its soundtrack, perhaps most notably the original arena rocker, “Higher and Higher.” It’s a trademark the series — it also appears in the prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First …

Slayer’s Tom Araya Photoshops Slayer With Trump, Is Confused Why That Would Infuriate Some Fans (and His Band)

Slayer. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty s Long before Donald Trump made the term “American carnage” the catchphrase his presidency, thrash-metal legends Slayer were its foremost purveyors. (They even named a whole headlining tour with Megadeth after the phrase.) Now, all these years later, Slayer and Trump’s two very different worlds have …

Charting the Vast Musical Universe of Twin Peaks

Chromatics at the Roadhouse on Twin Peaks. Photo: Showtime Douglas firs, roaring waterfalls, piping hot cfee, and fbeat characters helped to establish Twin Peaks as a physical place in the American television viewer’s consciousness when the series first aired in 1990. Yet it was the radical musical landscape within the …

The Excesses and Extremes of Guns N’ Roses

Axl Rose. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty s To hear rock fans tell the story, Guns N’ Roses was a club to the head hair metal, the knockout hit that served the whole late-’80s hard rock up on a platter for the gutsy, punk-minded Seattle kids to stage a coup for control …

It’s Probably Not a Good Idea to Underestimate Kid Rock

Kid Rock. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty s for CMT On the surface, Kid Rock running for Senate against Debbie Stabenow in 2018 looks like a fool’s errand, and it doesn’t get much better beneath the surface. Stabenow, the senior senator from Michigan, holds the advantage incumbency: She won her fice during …

Kesha Makes a Giant Leap Toward Freedom With Biblical New Solo Song

There is no hyperbole too great to describe Kesha’s return to solo music after nearly four years virtual imprisonment. The video for her soaring new piano-driven song “Praying” uses multiple Biblical metaphors to mark her journey toward freedom. Kesha is questioning God and considering death from a casket in the …

Jack Antonoff on How to Write a Perfect Pop Song

Bleachers’ Jack Antonf. Photo: Erika Goldring/Wire When I was first presented with the idea for this story — where I would explain how to write a perfect pop song — I told my manager, ‘It’s a cool idea, but it doesn’t make any sense. There’s no one way to do …

Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick on Recording Sgt. Pepper

Photo: The Beatles Fifty years ago this week, a young London kid named Gef Emerick was hearing — from what must have seemed like every passing window — the fruits an odd project he had been an intimate part over the previous five months: the recording the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s …