• TLC in 2001 / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    TLC 'News' Arrives on 10th Anniversary of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes' Death

    Ten years ago today, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in Honduras in a grisly car accident that was captured on film by a friend coincidentally videotaping from the passenger seat of her Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Lopes lived a tumultuous 30 years, and the events following her death have been likewise dramatic — photos from her autopsy leaked to the press; a 2005 reality show called R U the Girl searched for a girl who would briefly replace Lopes in the group; the 2007 documentary The Last Days of Left Eye included footage from the moments just preceding her fatal accident.

  • Bahamas

    Watch Bahamas Croon 'Lost in the Light' Acoustic

    While we were gushing about Canadian singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen at SXSW this year, the folks at Liveset had the good sense to get Bahamas on tape, capturing a (typically, for him) beautiful acoustic version of "Lost in the Light," the opening track off his 2012 disc Barchords. The only bummer is you can't really get a sense of Jurvanen's soulful, skillful guitar playing here. But you can understand why he was such an apt musical foil for Feist when he used to play alongside the kindred Canuck spirit in her band. This is classic in the best possible way. You can find the rest of Liveset's SXSW videos here and all of SPIN's SXSW musings here.

  • fun.'s Nate Ruess on Why Weezer Are Great (and Like Fleetwood Mac)

    fun.'s Nate Ruess on Why Weezer Are Great (and Like Fleetwood Mac)

    Fortunately for the purposes of this interview, Nate Ruess seriously loves talking about his influences. "I could go for ages," fun.'s frontman tells SPIN. "It's the coolest part about writing music. I don't know how other people work, but so much is derived from some amalgamation of all these different songs that I love. That's why they jump all over the place." The indie-pop band's dramatic hit "We Are Young" (off Some Nights) has done its own impressive leaping recently, finding its way to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 three months after its first release. The onetime singer for the Format limited himself to non-Beatles albums and geeked out on the greats with us: Van Morrison "Van Morrison is probably, at this point in time, my biggest influence as a vocalist.

  • 'Rock of Ages' / Photo Courtesy Warner Bros.

    This Is Tom Cruise 'Singing' Bon Jovi

    This summer, Broadway hair-metal musical Rock of Ages is making the scissor-kick leap to movie theaters, which will burn the image of Tom Cruise as aging rock god Stacee Jaxx into your poor cerebral cortex. The plot uses beloved lighter-wavers of the '70s, '80s, and that scary part of the early '90s to interweave the stories of a Sunset Strip club that's in danger of extinction and a young wannabe rock'n'roller who winds up competing for fame and love with one of his long-haired heroes. That's where Cruise comes in. Well, he literally comes in at the 2:02 mark of this final trailer, "singing" Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" with the help of the laptop that performed Britney Spears' Blackout.

  • Madonna

    Madonna, 'MDNA' (Interscope)

    One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the pill Madonna wants you to associate with her 12th studio album, MDNA — the imaginary, Ecstasy-like drug that Beverly Hills, 90210 adorably called "Euphoria" — will make you feel just that… until it doesn't. The comedown is a teeth-gnashing, serotonin-sloughing, damn-the-daylight free-fall. It sucks. So does going through an ugly public divorce, seeing your efforts to build schools in Africa go to shit, and watching pop stars half your age strip-mine your career for inspiration.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen Correctly Identifies Guns N' Roses 'Masterpiece'

    The general public's interest in the Charlie Sheen Experience has been on the wane for some time, but TMZ remains dedicated to documenting the actor's comings and goings, and this week he was going from one of Guns N' Roses Los Angeles shows. The site's cameras caught up with the actor and he was effusive (and TMZ implies, wasted). Asked for his favorite song Axl and the Nu Roses had performed that night, Sheen diplomatically responded, "All of them." But then he turned to a more controversial topic, adding, "All I want to say is... where's Slash? This is a billion dollar worldwide concert. Period, the end." A papparazzo managed to squeeze in a final GN'R-related question, asking for Sheen's favorite of the band's songs. Grinning, Mr. Sheen replied, "Mr. Brownstone. Imagine that." But then he said something wise, true, and undeniable: " 'Rocket Queen' is a masterpiece."

  • The Voice

    Singers 'Battle' to Creepy Nirvana Cover on 'The Voice'

    In November, Courtney Love tweeted at Simon Cowell, offering up Nirvana songs for the U.K. version of The X Factor. Love, frequently spied in the audience at American Idol, has never had a problem with singing shows covering her late husband's material (though Muppets are an issue) and last night brought us a sluggish, creepy rendition of "Heart-Shaped Box" on The Voice, sung by two members of Christina Aguilera's squad, Lindsey Pavao and Lee Koch. The Tori Amos-esque performance is below, but the really insane stuff went down during the package that aired before the competition, when baker/singer Koch admitted he hadn't really heard the song in 10 years (Pavao, a big Nirvana fan, was befuddled), and Jewel — Jewel of all people — had to lay down the law.

  • Barack Obama

    Music Biz Savior Barack Obama Mispronounces 'Lollapalooza'

    To be fair, "Lollapalooza" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But still, we were dismayed to hear President Barack Obama — the man we assumed was primed to save the music industry — pronounce it "Loppalooza" this afternoon as though he's never met Perry Farrell at his first press conference in five months. Watch and weep at Vulture, then remember the way we were just a few weeks ago, when the leader of the free world was crooning Al Green at the Apollo, raising Green's record sales an astonishing degree, and letting us know he digs Arcade Fire.

  • Y La Bamba, 'Court The Storm' (Tender Loving Empire)

    Delightfully tweaked Mexifolk brings Luz Elena Mendoza ever closer to being crowned the Latin-rock Feist.

  • Adele's '60 Minutes' Grammy Interview in 250 Words

    Adele's '60 Minutes' Grammy Interview in 250 Words

    Tonight in the hour leading up to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper profiled Adele, whose return to the stage at the Grammys was tonight's big story... until Whitney Houston tragically died yesterday in Los Angeles. The CBS show was kind enough to email out a transcript of the segment, but noted, "You may use up to 250 words of this transcript." So here are the 250 most important words Adele spoke in her 60 Minutes interview: How'd she communicate while speechless after vocal cord surgery? "I also had an application on my phone and that you type the words into it and then it speaks it. But the great thing is I love to swear. Most of 'em you can't swear on, but I found this one app where you can swear. So I'm still really getting my point across." The condition of her throat now is... "It's basically a clean slate in my throat.

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