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photo: outside Izod Center at Coldplay's 2012 show (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Izod Center

Despite protests from local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature, NJ did in fact vote to close the Izod Center...

the board that controls the Meadowlands Sports Complex voted Thursday in favor of a Christie administration plan to close the Izod Center, as soon as the end of this month.

Capping a discussion that went on for nearly four hours, both in public and behind closed doors, the members of the Sports and Exposition Authority voted 10-2 to shutter the 34-year-old indoor arena until at least January of 2017, about the time the American Dream project is expected to open. [NorthJersey.com]

The American Dream project that the article mentions is the new shopping and entertainment center that's being built next to the location of the Izod Center. NY1 also points out that if lawmakers approve gambling outside of Atlantic City, a casino could open in the Meadowlands as well.

The Izod Center will still host a few more events before its March 31 closure, including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5. Anything after March 31st is cancelled. RIP Izod Center/Continental Airlines Arena/Brendan Byrne (for now at least).

Izod Center
Izod Center hosted Judas Priest again in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

NJ officials want to close down the Izod Center because no sports happen there, it's losing money, and it can't seem to compete with all the other arenas and stadiums in the area (like Prudential Center in Newark and Barclays Center in Brooklyn). The Jersey Record reported this morning that shut down would likely be approved at a meeting today, but NJ Advance Media reports:

Local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature assailed proposals today to shut down the Izod Center arena in East Rutherford, calling the plan rash and short-sighted.

The criticism during a meeting of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority came as the board was considering a vote on closing the 34-year-old arena for at least two years, and shifting the events on its schedule to the Prudential Center in Newark.

While the state has been talking publicly for more than a year about getting out of the sports and entertainment business, the proposal to simply turn off the lights at the Izod Center came suddenly and without warning yesterday.

So, the Izod Center lives on, for now, but its future doesn't look bright (UPDATE: NEVERMIND. They voted to close it!). Read more at NJ.com

There are currently 16 upcoming ticketed events at the Izod Center including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5.

MetLife Stadium is right next door, also part of the Meadowlands complex, and is in no danger of closing. It has Taylor Swift and the Electric Daisy Carnival coming up, and is the home stadium for both the Giants and the Jets.

Naturally, Bruce Springsteen, who played the final show at Giants Stadium (which was replaced by Metlife Stadium), played the very first concerts at Brendan Byrne (now the Izod Center). Watch the now-amazing video news reports from 1981, below...

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pazz + jp
pazz + jp
pazz + jp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:

1 D'Angelo, Black Messiah
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
On the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"
Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."

The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Queen Bey & Queen of Rap

Look, I don't have the polling data handy, but I'm willing to bet that over the past 12 months, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of young women who call themselves feminists, and that this is almost entirely due to Beyoncé. And no, contrary to popular belief, this was not because of some viral-era voodoo that took place when everybody reblogged that image of Beyoncé standing in front of the word FEMINIST at the VMAs; it was because of her ingenious idea to include in the original version of "***Flawless" a clear, concise, and marvelously demystifying definition of that too-often-misunderstood word. Thanks to Beyoncé, somewhere in America, a seventh-grader is right now being asked what the word feminist means, and instead of saying "an angry woman who hates men," she is answering in a memorized intonation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words: "a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."
The above quote is from Lindsay Zoladz's review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition over at her new-ish pop-music column for Vulture. As it points out, feminism has seen a huge rise in post-Beyoncé American culture, and this has especially happened in pop music. Other articles on this have been published throughout the year, like Lindsay's 2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio for the same Vulture column, or Molly Beauchemin's FKA twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement for Pitchfork, but now that the year is coming to a close it seems like everyone is getting in thinkpiece mode declaring 2014: The Year of Feminist Pop. Here are some good reads:

Ann Powers for NPR: In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Kat George for Noisey: 2014: The Year Feminism Reclaimed Pop

Rachel Brodsky for SPIN: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend

Lindsay Zoladz for Slate: A Salute to the Bad Feminists of Pop

Hillary Crosley for Jezebel: My Anaconda Don't: Nicki Minaj's Ass And Feminism

Chumped singer Anika Pyle for Vulture: 2014: The Year Women Took Over Punk Music

Kelley Dunlap for Buzzfeed: 17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014

And not unrelated: Molly Beauchemin's piece for Pitchfork, 2014: The Year We Reached Peak Ass

Also Madonna releasing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj is kind of a feminist thinkpiece on its own, isn't it?

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We've been posting a bunch of New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC throughout the past few months, but there's even more cool stuff we haven't gotten to yet. Here's a roundup of ways to musically ring in the new year:

If you want to dance on New Year's Eve, there's no lack of good places to go to do that. Egyptrixx, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Morgan Louis and Nita Aviance are playing an unannounced Brooklyn location, and tickets for that are on sale now.

The Bunker is throwing a NYE party at Trans Pecos with Scotland's Prosumer headlining and Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Tickets are on sale.

Verboten hosts a show with Lee Burridge, Andhim, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Mike Khoury (tickets).

Aurora Halal hasn't done one of her Mutual Dreaming parties in eight months, but she'll change that on NYE at Palisades with Galcher Lustwork, Huerco S. and DJ Richard. Tickets are available.

Sleepy & Boo headline a party at Cielo with Eskuche & Nu Sky, Mikey G and Dan Fischer. Tickets are on sale.

There's a lot of cool stuff at Cameo with Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean associate Jee Day, former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies. You can grab tickets.

NYC DJ team The Rub are doing their recurring NYE party at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.

Other previously discussed dance options include Skrillex/Diplo/Rudimental/A$AP Ferg, Kiesza, Erasure, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!/Museum of Love, DJ Koze, Machinedrum, Duke Dumont, Washed Out, !!!/Prince Rama/Cakes Da Killa, Peaking Lights and the Ed Banger party.

Murphys Law play their annual NYE show at Trash Bar with No Redeeming Social Value, Close To The Edge, Wombat In Combat, Hopeless Otis and Red Lucy.

Another previously discussed classic punk option is catching The Dictators or one of Patti Smith's year end shows the two days before NYE.

Garage rock covers band Detroit Cobras play NYE in NJ at Asbury Lanes (tickets). As discussed, they have 2 NYC shows surrounding that.

If you didn't get tickets to The Hold Steady or Deer Tick shows, another sweaty bar rock option is Guns N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Also in the punk/garage realm is the Kid Congo Powers show at Home Sweet Home.

Quicksand is sold out, but other '90s post-hardcore/emo options include Rainer Maria/Moss Icon (tix) and ex-Drive Like Jehu band Obits. (tix)

Phish aren't doing their NYE run at MSG this year (they're doing it in Miami), but if jam bands are your thing, you can catch The Disco Biscuits at their 3-night Best Buy Theater run happening Dec. 29, 30 & 31. Tickets for all three nights are available. There's also the Gov't Mule 2-night run at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 30 & 31 (tix).

Williamsburg venue Glasslands will have their last show ever on NYE with four "special, secret" guests who all have history with the venue. That's sold out.

Meanwhile newer Williamsburg venues Baby's All Right and Rough Trade have NYE shows too. The Baby's show features Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Mr. Twin Sister, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches. frontman Aaron Maine performing as Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, Mr. UNO and a number of DJs (tix). Rough Trade's show has Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse and Twain (tix).

For a night of mostly local indie rock, Gimme Tinnitus, Ipsum and Exploding In Sound are bringing a party to Aviv with The Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, Multicult, Palehound, The Big Sleep, Vomitface and Parlor Walls.

Chiptune punks Crying are headlining a NYE party at Silent Barn with Downies, Unstoppable Death Machines, Sunshine Gun Club (mems DeathSet, Team Robespierre), Isn't Ours, Jono Mi Lo and more TBA. There will also be several DJs, including the Shea Stadium crew, Edan Wilber from the now-closed Death by Audio with a "remote beach set" and more. More info here.

Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir throw their recurring party at Union Pool with help from DJ Bluntmaster, DJ Ryan Sawyer and "Tons of Special Guests." No advance tickets for that show.

Chris Keating of Yeasayer, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and others are DJing a swanky party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (tickets).

Party to the sounds of the Caribbean at SOB's with performances from Bossa Casanova, Mambo Kings Orchestra and DJ Kevin Crown. (tix)

Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux hit City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. Everything but the early show on NYE is sold out, so get tickets to that show while you still can. They're performing favorites from The White Album at that one.

Sandra Bernhard is doing her show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque," at Joe's Pub from 12/26 to NYE with two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.

And while Times Square is probably the last place you want to be on New Year's Eve, perhaps you'd like to know this year's lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Bastille, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and more, if you're into that sort of thing.

And Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve is teaming up with Barclays Center to broadcast their Elton John show.

You can browse our "New Year's Eve" Tag for even more. What else?

Pitchfork

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Hannah Diamond

Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.

Check out his full lists below...

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Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
Sleafords

The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.

Check out the full list below...

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drowned in sound

UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...

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SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad
AJJ

Folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad returned this year with their fifth album, Christmas Island, and they've now announced they'll continue supporting it with a 2015 tour. It's a pretty stacked tour, with support from their Australian SideOneDummy labelmates The Smith Street Band, their American labelmate Jeff Rosenstock, and Brooklyn DIY pop punks Chumped. The A.V. Club-presented tour hits NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show (and all other dates) go on sale Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.

As usual, you've got other chances to catch Chumped in their hometown before that. They celebrate their great debut record, Teenage Retirement, on Saturday (12/13) at Suburbia, also with Jeff Rosenstock, as well as Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude (tix at door). Then, they open for Plow United on 12/30 at Acheron (tickets). If you haven't checked out Teenage Retirement, you can change that by listening below.

Both Chumped and Andrew Jackson Jihad made Jeff Rosenstock's 2014 year-end list. Speaking of year-end lists, SideOneDummy, and Chumped, Chumped's SideOneDummy-signed recent tourmates PUP also gave us a list of their favorite albums of 2014. And (wait for it), it includes Cayetana, who play Chumped's release show (and whose release show Chumped played) and who toured with PUP when both bands opened for The Menzingers (who have dates coming up) who it also includes!

Check out their whole list/entertaining commentary, with the AJJ dates, below...

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AV ClubAV ClubAV Club

Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.

For a little more flavor you can check out the individual ballots and AV Club's annual "Least Essential Albums" list which is always entertaining.

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NPR

NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.

Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...

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Grammy

This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

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by Andrew Sacher

Rolling Stone

The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.

Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...

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Tofurkey

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade @ Thanksgiving Day Parade Grounds
It's your annual chance to brave the crowds at this Thanksgiving tradition, or maybe just watch your couch as you're nursing your Thanksgiving Eve hangover (or maybe not at all). This year's musical performers include KISS, Sting, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and more.

Jonathan Toubin @ Daddy's
There's really not much in the way of live music on Thanksgiving night, but masterful DJ Jonathan Toubin will be partying it up this holiday evening "with a supreme cast of secret guest djs from around the world" at Daddy's in Brooklyn (435 Graham Ave). The fun goes from 10 PM to 4 AM.

Le Rug, Caddywhompus, The Due Diligence, Jack Donovan @ Baby's All Right
If you gotta go see live music tonight -- and some of us are like that -- Baby's actually has a pretty good lineup tonight featuring headliners Le Rug who make whacked-out hyperspazzy indie pop. You can stream their Dead in a Hole EP below. $5 for this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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NME

It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...

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Bey & Tay
Bey & Tay

Beyonce was seen just kind of chillin with Jay-Z at Monday night's Nets game at Barclays Center (where Taylor Swift is not playing) (that was a heads up for Stereogum). Maybe she was thinking about how she is the highest paid woman in music this year according to a new Forbes list which also includes Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift, who just made headlines for pulling all her music off Spotify (to make more money?), and who Kendrick Lamar covered, sort of:

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Lionel Richie upon seeing this list (more by Tim Griffin)
Lionel

According to some dumb survey making the Internet rounds ("carried out by online streaming service Blinkbox Music, which questioned 2,000 adults"), below is the list of the 10 weirdest song lyrics....

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Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney

We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.

SPIN reports that the closest thing we can get to a Beatles reunion will happen when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together at the ceremony. This could be even better than Sirvana.

Another exciting announcement that came a few days ago is that the Antarctic metal band Metallica (who have been promising new stuff) will perform too. Maybe they'll play some Beatllica?

Kendrick Lamar, who plays a Super Bowl weekend show, is performing too and other confirmed performers include John Legend, Macklemore, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Lorde, and more.

And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.

by Andrew Sacher

Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Grimes

Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.

Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.

Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...

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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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by Bill Pearis

Paz

The Village Voice's annual "Pazz n' Jop" critics poll is up and, as with anything like this with averaged votes, the winners are probably not that surprising. Frank Ocean's Channel Orange takes the top album slot (Kendrick Lamar is #2), and Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable "Call Me Maybe" comes in at the top of the singles list. (Miguel, who is on the cover of the Voice this week, comes in at #2 with "Adorn.")You can also view individual ballots and read pithy quips about the year as a whole.

The top 10s for Pazz & Jop albums and singles are below and full lists are over at the Voice.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)

photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Ex Cops

Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.

Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.

Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.

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