Reviews of Neva, About Chekhov's Widow, and Yes, Prime Minister, a British Satire
See also: *Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums One day I was sitting around thinking I want to write a song about mÃ©nage a trois...and the line 'love in stereo' came into my head. Inspiration can happen anywhere at any time. -Jani Lane, Hit Parader magazine History has not been ... More >>
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Randy Newman's Harps and Angels, and NET's L.A. Micro-Fest
Also, Franz Nicolay, Sweet, Tinted Windows and others
Shannon Cottrell Spinal Tarp, er, Tap, are the Cher of semi-fictional rock bands. Or in the semi-fictional words of bassist Derek Smalls himself: "If you let the worm grow long enough, it's going to turn. That's what's happened to us." Spinal Tap formed the '60s, dwindled in the '80s, reunited in 19 ... More >>
What to do in Los Angeles this week
Fast Food Nation and For Your Consideration pillory American excess
Phil Hendrie conquers the AM dial one deluded caller at a time. So why can't he get his mug on TV?
Harry Shearer’s search for truth
Out of the forest of convention(al) punditry came the British and the snide: Hitchens, Cockburn, Vidal and Hitchens again, and again.
The Credibility Gap's one-night stand