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Amy Winehouse hospitalized, nixes homecoming show

Just when they thought she was in, they pulled her back out. In what is likely a surprise to no one, Amy Winehouse has canceled plans to perform in London next week in what would have been her first U.K. appearance of the year. The concert, scheduled to take place May 31st, was one of many gigs planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her label, Island Records. It was due to be the final show of the weeklong celebration. According to a statement issued by her representative, “Amy Winehouse’s management has regretfully announced that Amy and her band will… Read more »


Amy Winehouse rushed to hospital in St. Lucia

Amy Winehouse has been taken to the hospital in St. Lucia for the second time this month. The singer fell ill at her rented house on the island, forcing friends to call an ambulance. It is under three weeks since Winehouse was last taken to hospital in St. Lucia, on May 2nd. No details were given as to why Winehouse was taken to the hospital on this occasion. She has since been discharged. In other Winehouse news, a warts-and-all documentary about the singer’s time in St. Lucia is set to hit television screens later this year. “Saving Amy” was filmed… Read more »


Amy Winehouse offered $1 million to play George Clooney gig

Amy Winehouse has been offered $1 million to perform live at the forthcoming celebrity party at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute in New York on May 5. According to the Daily Mirror, Giorgio Armani, who is hosting the bash, asked George Clooney and Julia Roberts to help sign up Winehouse, who is said to be “seriously considering” the offer. According to the newspaper, Armani wishes to use the opportunity to build a relationship with Winehouse for possible future work. “Giorgio has made no secret to his friends that he would love to work with Amy,” an anonymous source… Read more »


Winehouse cleared of witness tampering

Police are no longer investigating Amy Winehouse on suspicion of attempting to interfere with a court case involving her husband, her spokesman said Friday. The 24-year-old singer is no longer required to return to a police station for further questioning, her spokesman, Chris Goodman, said in a statement. “Amy is pleased to be discounted from the investigation and thanks the police for their professionalism in their dealings with her,” the statement said. Winehouse was arrested in December after being called to a police station. At the time, she was released on police bail and had been asked to return at… Read more »


Winehouse, McCartney play at Brit Awards

Amy Winehouse and Paul McCartney set their recent troubles aside to steal the show Wednesday at the Brit Awards, the British music industry’s most prestigious prizes. Rockers Foo Fighters and British bands Take That and Arctic Monkeys were all double winners at Britain’s equivalent of the Grammys. Although she wasn’t up for any awards, troubled retro-soul diva Winehouse received a rapturous reception when she appeared to perform “Valerie” with Mark Ronson. She followed that up with the sultry ballad “Love is a Losing Game” from her breakthrough album “Back to Black.” Winehouse, who appeared composed and confident, urged the crowd… Read more »


Kanye, Winehouse likely Grammy shoo-ins

Kanye West and Amy Winehouse each have had a rough year. He weathered the death of his mother last month, and she has been battling health issues that forced her to cancel scores of shows. But West and Winehouse may at least get some good news at Thursday’s Grammy nominations, where industry insiders predicted they were likely to garner multiple nods. Grammy-nominated producer Sean Garrett said West was a sure bet. The rapper’s third album, “Graduation,” had the year’s biggest debut, selling nearly 1 million copies in its first week, an amazing feat during the industry’s current struggles. Winehouse, though… Read more »


Here’s What The Cure Played At Their Riot Fest Headlining Set

At this year’s Riot Fest, a manifold of performers showed up and showed out at the Chicago-based punk festival. From Taylor Acorn and Death Cab For Cutie to Sleep Token and Death Grips, there was a fabulous set for every kind of alternative fan. Of course, the fest closed out with a 2.5-hour, career-spanning headline performance from The Cure on Sunday, September 17.  Playing tracks from Japanese Whispers all the way to Disintegration and Pornography, fans were treated to top hits and B-sides alike, including an eight-song encore.  If you’re feeling a bit of FOMO, this setlist definitely won’t cure… Read more »

Music Reviews

Album Review: grandson – Death of an Optimist

If you bite the hand, get louder and defiant A couple of years ago when reviewing grandson’s first EP, a modern tragedy vol. 1, I referred to the multi-talented musician as being an artist to help you survive today’s uneasy world. With the release of his debut album, Death of an Optimist, I’m even more convinced that if anyone is going to soundtrack a revolution, it will be grandson. For an album that clocks in at less than forty minutes, Death of an Optimist takes us on a whirlwind journey that perfectly encapsulates this chaotic year and what it means… Read more »

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