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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.”
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 21, 2008


Vicious squircles

The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 17, 2008


Sick leave

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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 10, 2008


Ho down

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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.”
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 21, 2008

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