Smokey is Motown. Listening to him sing those timeless love songs in that easy-on-the'-ears voice of his, I almost consider paying the $5 billion dollars to see him play live at Trump Plaza --the Atlantic City venue that caters to the octogenarians of New Jersey.
A Crow Left of the Murder
At any given Incubus show, a concertgoer could run into a vicious teenage headbanger, a 30-year-old, beer-drinking male and an 11-year-old girl enamored with Brandon Boyd's exposed abs.
Backstage at the Electric Factory, the quintet known as O.A.R., all clad in blue jeans and assorted rock 'n' roll t-shirts, could easily be mistaken for a group of college kids -- the same crowd that makes up the majority of the band's fanbase.
Name: Eric T. Miller
Position: Editor & Publisher of MAGNET Magazine
Recent Cover Stories: B.R.M.C., Interpol, Tom Petty, Wilco, Stephen Malkmus
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What Eric Says:
What is MAGNET Magazine?
I always like to describe it to my parents, for instance, as a magazine about a bunch of bands you've never heard of.
2003 was a great year for music. Despite issues within the industry over file-sharing, album sales and the future of the business, the albums released last year put all that aside and really dove into the work.
Few rappers have the experiences of Paul da Aposta. From his days as a McDonald's fry boy to his current nationwide church tour, Paul is bringing a unique blend of hip-hop to people who see a bit of choirboy in him.
No Greatest Hits DVD would be complete without topless female mud-wrestling -- at least that's how English synth-junkies Duran Duran see it.
This collection compiles nearly two decades worth of glitz, from 1981's self-titled debut to 1997's Medazzaland. The glam band's biggest success laid in constant MTV rotation, and these music videos emphasize their expert exploitation of the medium.
1980s music specialized in cheesy special effects, synths, heavy beats and weird hair.
Angie Aparo's got a beef with the record industry. The singer/songwriter -- known for hits "Spaceship" and "Hush" off 2000's The American -- is currently between labels and has been unable to garner radio play.
Punk rock is quite an amusing genre, especially because of its fans. They'll support their groups whether the crowds have five people or 100, but once you start inching towards 200, well, you're a sell out.
Blink-182 is one of many punk bands who slaved away at making mediocre punk rock before hitting it big with a poppier album.