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Pop Music Quiz: Singer-Songwriters

9 July 2009 6:28 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

I caught up with Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller at the record release party for his new self-titled album. And while everyone else was kissing his butt and fawning over his good looks, I had a more serious agenda -- although, I gotta say the album is good. Is that ass-kissing? I met with Rhett to test this guy's Pop Culture I.Q. Here's the test I gave him -- five questions about singer-songwriters. I'll give you 10. If you pass them all, you can go through the rest of your day confident in the knowledge that you're smarter than Rhett Miller. Honor System Instructions:1. Click on question for correct answer2. Keep your own score3. No checking Wikipedia or other reference sources4. Answers are also at the bottom1. Who wrote the Monkees' 1966 hit, "I'm a Believer"? a. Neil Youngb. Neil Sedakac. Neil »

- Shawn Amos

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Catching Up With... Rhett Miller

7 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Rhett Miller’s new self-titled solo album is his third since 2002, which would be enough to keep most average musicians busy. And yet, as the frontman of the Old 97’s, Miller has also recorded two studio albums with the band, as well as the double live release, Alive and Wired. While Rhett Miller is perhaps the songwriter’s most personal and intimate album to date, he’s also just finished making a record in the opposite direction, as the Old 97’s ready the release of a covers Ep. Last month, Paste caught up with Miller during a long drive to Boson. We discussed the Old 97’s renewed passion for recording, David Foster Wallace, and the possibility of reviving his feud with Ryan Adams via Twitter. »

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Music: Review: Rhett Miller

15 June 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The gap between the material Rhett Miller contributes to Old 97’s and what he saves for his solo albums isn’t really all that wide. Miller tends to favor quick tempos, jangly guitars, and melodies that float wistfully through the verses before landing hard on the chorus. But without his regular bandmates, Miller does step more decisively outside the roots-rock circle, veering closer to power-pop or heavily orchestrated cabaret. Miller’s self-titled fourth album sometimes uses production frippery to compensate for songs that feel like retreads, as on “Another Girlfriend,” a drippy shuffle that follows a familiar Miller cadence »

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Rhett Miller: Rhett Miller

10 June 2009 5:59 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Miller explores the fragility and impermanence of love and life

On Rhett Miller’s fourth solo album, the former Old 97’s frontman once again remembers bitter valentines, exposing his battered heart in a collection of ambiguous love songs that replays the age-old war of the sexes with new language and a new outcome. The difference: The female always comes out the victor. »

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New album releases for the week of June 9, 2009

9 June 2009 11:09 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The biggest new release this week comes from Black Eyed Peas, whose "Boom Boom Pow" coninues to dominated charts and the radio. Mos Def is one of the few new hip-hop titles to come out this week, amongst a slew of veteran indie artists like Sonic Youth, Graham Coxon and Rhett Miller. A couple British acts -- Freeland and Kasabian -- have new efforts, as does rising newcomer Dirty Projectors. Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey have their first collaboration in 20 years. We kick off with Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." Despite the somewhat foreboding CD title, the band insists the »

- Hitfix Staff

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‘30 Rock’ ‘Kidney Now!’ Song Inspires ‘We Are The World’ Nostalgia

15 May 2009 11:01 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Sabrina Rojas Weiss

No, the “Kidney Now!” benefit on last night’s “30 Rock” finale wasn’t the first time celebrities have come together to raise awareness or money for a cause. Nor was it the first time “We Are the World” has been parodied. But I’d rank it among my favorite charity-song spoofs, right up there with Jimmy Kimmel’s “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck.”

In case you missed it, the episode featured Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) pulling in as many favors and blackmail victims as he could to create a benefit show aimed at getting someone to give a kidney to the man who may or may not be his father (Alan Alda). This led to the revelations that Clay Aiken is Kenneth’s cousin, Liz Lemon went to school with Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello is really an international art thief, Adam Levine can do a really hilarious Russian accent, »

- MTV News

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"30 Rock" Season Finale To Feature Mary J. Blige And Sheryl Among Others

7 May 2009 10:06 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

NBC's sitcom, "30 Rock" will feature cameos from a slew of musicians in the season finale. Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow have confirmed their presence.

The hit television show will also see Elvis Costello, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Rhett Miller.

In a press release announcing the dates of the finales, NBC mentioned a "special episode featuring Alan Alda and surprise musical guests" for "30 Rock" finale on May 14.

The NBC comedy series, which stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, is set to air on May 14 at 9:30pm Est/Pst and 8:30pm Cst.

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First look at the musicians stopping by '30 Rock'

22 April 2009 6:59 PM, PDT | The Watcher | See recent The Watcher news »

The May 14 season finale of "30 Rock" will feature several musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Clay Aiken, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Rhett Miller of Old 97s. At left are Levine, "30 Rock" actress Jane Krakowski, Crow and "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin. At right are Crow and Levine. Also appearing in the episode is Alan Alda, who plays a character named Milton. The episode is called "Kidney Now!" but there's no episode summary for it yet on NBC's Web site. I'll try to get that and post it on Thursday. Other guest »

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