Spotlight

  1. Spotlight: Freaky, Dark & Totally Disturbing Music Videos

    Sometimes it’s fun to get a little visually freaked out. Here is a collection of recent clips that are strange or spooky or totally disturbing, all in wonderful ways.

    February 23, 2012
  2. Spotlight: Why Were The Grammys So Terrible?

    Award ceremonies are intended to celebrate the best and brightest talent, yet the shows themselves are often dull, lengthy and awkward. Although this year’s Grammy Awards clocked t…

    February 16, 2012
  3. Spotlight: Small Bands Making Big Commercials

    We get it; our most loved songs will one day become commercials that sell us cars and video games and Jamaican vacations. Sometimes it’s shocking; sometimes it just works. These ar…

    February 9, 2012
  4. Spotlight: Amazing Musical Moments on Late Night TV

    Ed Sullivan breaking The Beatles was a game changer, but that era is long gone as bands skyrocket to popularity with the help of a well placed video or sound byte. Still, folks kno…

    February 2, 2012
  5. Spotlight: T-Shirt Wars?

    Friendly nods for graphic inspiration or straight-out ripoffs? While Congress has been over-worrying themselves with Internet pirates, there has been other plundering going on in t…

    January 26, 2012
  6. Spotlight: Bookmark These Music Sites

    WIth endless Internet holes to fall into and streams to sail down, there are a few sources we keep returning to time and time again. Here’s a look at some of our favorite bookmarks…

    January 19, 2012
  7. Spotlight: Moon Duo

    San Francisco’s Moon Duo started out as a side project for Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips. Joined by Sanae Yamada, the two have three solid releases and are due for another this y…

    January 12, 2012
  8. Spotlight: 2012 Album Release Picks

    You have probably just gotten over reading the endless 2011 best of lists, so now that you’ve recovered, let’s look at 2012 and the albums we are most excited about hearing. Assumi…

    January 5, 2012
  9. Spotlight: Lana Del Rey in NYC

    One of 2011′s biggest indie controversies, Lana Del Rey gave her first official NY performance Monday night. The “gangster Nancy Sinatra” has been an internet sensation, but skepti…

    December 8, 2011
  10. Spotlight: Handsome Furs

    Now three albums deep, including this year’s fiery Sound Kapital, Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry are a post-punk Bonnie and Clyde. Let’s peruse their videos.

    December 1, 2011
  11. Spotlight: Cover Love – Kate Bush Edition

    Kate Bush has been out of the spotlight for some time, releasing her first album in 10 years just this week. With that in mind, here are a few tributes, classic wins, and the occas…

    November 24, 2011
  12. Spotlight: UK Youth

    Let’s talk blokes. Three emerging artists, young and from the UK: WU LYF, King Krule and MONEY.

    November 17, 2011
  13. Spotlight: Music Video Suburbia

    There’s something about those familiar asphalt driveways and picket fences that put us in a certain mindset—video directors know this well and push the button often. And it still…

    November 10, 2011
  14. Spotlight: The Year of The Saxophone

    It’s getting to be that time of year where we look back at 2011′s trends and decide which ones we liked and which we didn’t. One musical trend that can’t be ignored is the saxophon…

    November 3, 2011
  15. Spotlight: The Best Of CMJ

    CMJ is done for another year, its 31st to be exact, and like most 31 year-olds this music marathon has grown and matured significantly from its early College Music Journal days. Wi…

    October 27, 2011