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The Big Hurt: Playing with fire
Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
| August 05, 2008
The week in boners
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
| July 28, 2008
Festival casualties ’08!
A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
| July 21, 2008
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
| July 15, 2008
The Big Hurt: Winners and losers
A hip-hop scorecard
Jay-Z's headlining slot at the Glastonbury Festival June 28 has been the stuff of much controversy, with various artists weighing in on his suitability to the event.
| July 07, 2008
World War III
The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
| June 30, 2008
Please release me
The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
| June 24, 2008
Popular douches, hetero boyfriends, and softie gangstas
The Big Hurt tackles Tori Amos, Pete Wentz, and Ice Cube
I invite those of you who hate me to take a moment to delight in my pain.
| June 17, 2008
David Thorpe: The early writings
Because of an unforeseen medical emergency and resultant procedure, “Big Hurt” columnist David Thorpe was unable to furnish his regularly scheduled column to the Phoenix this week.
| June 10, 2008
Remembering the glory days of hip-hop misogyny
Hip-hop has always had a bad rap ( duh-hyuk! ) for misogyny, but when I think back on the long history of articles criticizing the lyrical treatment of women, I have to chuckle.
| June 02, 2008
The Big Hurt: Pied-pipers lead innocent teens to emo cult Valhalla!
Music news in brief
As a connoisseur and frequent purveyor of shitty journalism, I have to applaud the Mail for its tremendous gusto.
| June 02, 2008
The Big Hurt: Tragic kingdom
Hard Rock Park about as awesome as it sounds
The whole Hard Rock enterprise — which started as a café and has since branched out into hotels, casinos, and a vast nationwide network of lame T-shirts — has built great success on the idea of “rock.”
| May 20, 2008
Lavigne squeaks; Winehouse freaks; Oasis leaks
The Big Hurt: music news in brief
Courtney Love and Avril Lavigne both have laryngitis this week. Explain that, Richard Dawkins.
| May 22, 2008
The Big Hurt: Here come the summer fests
‘Excellent entertainment-value propositions’ for all!
Look alive, alt-metal fans. Time to polish the wallet chain, spray some Febreze on the ol’ cargo shorts, and dye your goatee purple for maximum extremeness: festival season is nearly upon us!
| May 07, 2008
The Big Hurt: Beef in brief
Guess whose guess-what is as raggedy as a mango seed
Ultra-classy rapper Khia, best known for urging America’s ladies to pop their anatomies and America’s men to lick her “crack,” is fixing to put me out of a job.
| April 30, 2008
The Big Hurt: Chinese Democracy at last!
Why you should consider not caring
Reports have surfaced that Chinese Democracy , the long-awaited album by former rock gods Guns N’ Roses, has been completed and delivered to Geffen.
| April 22, 2008
The big hurt: Music news in brief
Wal-Mart wanes, Satan wins, Weiland whines
Those of us still chuckling over DMX's “your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack” diatribe are in for another dose of ill-informed rapper cuteness.
| April 15, 2008
The Big Hurt: Clubbing baby seals: not okay
This week in social activism
Pop icon RICKY MARTIN paid a humanitarian visit to Cambodia recently in support of victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
| April 08, 2008
The Big Hurt: Jammin’ with Nordstrom
Living guy sells out; dead guy sells out; living guys die
“I am stoked to collaborate with Nordstrom,” said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz in a recent press release.
| April 01, 2008
The Big Hurt: Neglected press-release roundup
Music news that only a publicist could love
Nothing shakes off the doldrums like a short vacation to the bottom of the press-release barrel.
| March 24, 2008
The Big Hurt: This week in free stuff
A sharp decline in the value of music?
In yet another blow to the traditional record industry, the Charlatans UK have released their new album, You Cross My Path , as a free download.
| March 21, 2008
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