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According to Billboard, the top-charting rock artists of the past decade consisted mostly of Imagine Dragons, Panic! at the Disco, the Lumineers, and Twenty One Pilots, among others. Are these rock bands? Boy howdy! Maybe it is time to bring CREEM back. (Billboard)

Did you hear? Vinyl’s back, baby! And the United States’ top-selling vinyl LP of the 2010s was… an album called Abbey Road by a little known four-piece from Liverpool. In fact, the Top 10 were mostly classic rock records, including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. The only original album from the 2010s to make the list was Lana Del Rey’s 2011 debut. In the UK, Arctic Monkeys’ AM represented the 2010s. (The Guardian)

The MC5 have, once again, been kicked out of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, motherfuckers — as they have in 2002, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, and T. Rex all made this year’s cut. Sigh. (Rolling Stone)

The Black Lips have gone country, ya’ll. Seriously: On Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart (Jan. 24 on Fire Records), the Atlanta garage-punk band embraces its Southern roots, with lap steel and harmonicas and everything. Come to think of it, after a career of lighting things on fire and urinating onstage, an unexpected veer down the country road might’ve been the most punk move they could make at this point... (YouTube)

As you probably know via the hellish photos coming out of Australia, the land down under is being ravaged by brushfire. Model Kaylen Ward made headlines by raising more than $700,000 by sending nudes to people who donated to wildfire relief efforts before Instagram shut down her account. While the members of Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard wouldn’t exactly be described as “modelesque,” the band is doing its part by releasing three live albums to raise money for the cause. (Billboard)​

Shadow Show, the latest project to rise from the ashes of dissolved Detroit psychedelic rock group the Deadly Vipers, is shaping, er, skating up. The band released the first visual from its forthcoming debut album Silhouettes (due Feb. 14 on Burger Records and Stolen Body Records). Shot by Bobby Harlow of the Go,
“Charades” blends intimate home movie B-roll and The Monkees’ intro with high-rolling roller skating hijinx and groovy tunes a-go-go. (YouTube)

Ozzy Osbourne’s forthcoming record Ordinary Man (out Feb. 21 on Epic Records) features an unlikely duet with Rocketman and
recent Golden Globe winner Elton John. The record’s second single, “Ordinary Man” is an examination of mortality, which is touching considering both men are in their 70s (and even more so considering Osbourne’s revelation last week that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease). Recorded with Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, producer and guitarist Andrew Watt, and drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ordinary Man also features collaborations with Slash, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, and Post Malone, who tapped the prince of darkness on last year’s “Take What You Want.” (Pitchfork)

Rush drummer Neal Peart lost his battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer earlier this month. He was 67 years old. Known as one of the most heavily celebrated rock drummers of all time, Peart was also the subject of one of CREEM’s most notorious interviews, which is still a point of contention among Rush fans. In a profile written by CREEM’s J. Kordosh (“Rush. But Why Are They In Such A Hurry?”), Peart suggested that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones lacked artistic integrity, likening Paul McCartney to a “prostitute.” (Neither he, nor any members of Rush for that matter, would interview with CREEM after that. Sorry, guys.) (Rolling Stone)

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards — aka Music’s Biggest Night, or as we call it, a night — revealed that 18-year-old Billie Eilish might just be the “Bad Guy” she claimed to be, sweeping the top four categories, including best new artist and album of the year. The rock categories were taken by Cage the Elephant (best rock record) and Gary Clark Jr. (best rock performance), and the Godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, 72, was honored with a lifetime achievement award along with Chicago, Roberta Flack, John Prine, and Public Enemy, among others. “I suppose I kind of feel as if the Academy and I met halfway, something like that,” Iggy told People of the honor. “It’s sort of like a problem has been eliminated, put it that way…” Iggy, for the record, has never won a Grammy. Perhaps the most unfortunate moment of the ceremony came from none other than Aerosmith, who performed “Walk This Way” with RUN-D.M.C. in what can only be described as a delusional post-last call karaoke rendition of the 1986 hit. (People)

The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were revealed this month and, shocker, people are pissed. Among the snubbed were Awkwafina (The Farewell), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Lupita Nyong'o (Us), Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), and Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems). Oh, and not a single woman was nominated in the Best Director category. Can we please just burn it down already? (The Daily Beast)

No more Mr. Nice Stormtrooper: Similar to how his character Finn defected from the evil First Order in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, John Boyega has gone rogue. Ever since the series wrapped up to mixed reviews with The Rise of Skywalker, Boyega, now free from his contract, has been gleefully trolling both his former employer (no spoilers, but let’s just say he wasn’t happy with certain plot points) as well as toxic Star Wars nerds on Twitter. In the latest saga in this Star Wars war, Boyega released a hilarious video showing him literally fighting off angry tweets. The Force is strong with this one. (
A.V. Club)

Me-OW, the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical CATS is on track to lose Universal a staggering $100 million. However, thanks to its trippy “digital fur technology” and nonsensical plotline (we’re still not 100% clear what a “Jellicle cat” is), the film has found an unlikely audience among psychedelic drug users — not that we’d know anything about that, though. (Washington Post)

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was less insufferable than usual when the godmother of punk Patti Smith appeared to plug her latest book, Year of the Monkey, and graced the audience with a performance of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” — a song that turns 50 this year. During the all-too-brief interview (honestly, Jimmy, stop laughing at every time someone breathes and just let Patti run the show), Smith, 73, admitted to never seen The Matrix trilogy, referred to smartphones as “picture phones,” and said her reputation for indulging in “bad behavior” is likely why she was never invited to do the show back when Johnny Carson hosted. During the interview, Smith confessed to acting like a jerk toward Bob Dylan during their first encounter when he had come to see her band play in the early ’70s. “I don’t know what came over me,” she told Fallon, after explaining she had aggressively told Dylan she hated poetry. (YouTube

Speaking of Dylan, actor Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Little Women) has been cast as the icon in a biopic loosely being referred to as Going Electric. The film — which has tapped James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari) as director and Dylan’s longtime manager Jeff Rosen as a co-producer — will focus on Dylan’s rise from Woody Guthrie-obsessed folkie hopeful to rebellious folk-rock star. While many Dylanites wet themselves over the possibility of a flick from the guy that directed the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line,
The Gothamist asks the question: do we really need another Dylan movie when in fact we have yet to be gifted, say, a film about Joni Mitchell? And just last year, Dylan got the Scorsese treatment with Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story. This will mark the first traditional biopic dedicated to the 78-year-old, however, following in the distant footsteps of Todd Haynes’ artsy 2007 ensemble indie, I’m Not There, which cast Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Cate Blanchette as different interpretations of Dylan. (Deadline

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