Read This: MTV’s 120 Minutes turns 30, remains source of YouTube gold

Back in the early days of MTV, the channel didn’t just air videos from well-known AOR, classic rock, and new wave acts. An annual contest called MTV’s The Basement Tapes pitted videos from unsigned bands against one another, and let viewers choose one winner, who would earn a record deal. (Sound familiar?) More…

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: “Don’t Wanna Die Anonymous”

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There’s the old adage that “rock ’n’ roll never dies,” a cliché that’s arguably hard to dismiss considering that six-string veterans from The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney to Foo Fighters and Metallica continue to headline the world’s biggest music festivals year after year. Yet given today’s staggering poptimist…

The Afghan Whigs are back from the dead, not that Do To The Beast shows it

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During The Afghan Whigs’ initial run of great albums—its second, 1990’s Up In It, through its sixth, 1998’s 1965—the band moved through styles like a con man through a room full of marks. Two elements, though, were constant: Greg Dulli’s sensually raspy voice, and the inhumanly beautiful guitar interplay between Dulli…