Natalie Maines

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    The biggest pop crossovers in country music history

    The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>

  • Movies

    March 6, 2013

    West of Memphis: A documentary that matters

    The film achieves the impossible: freeing three wrongly convicted men

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Country singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

    The troubled life of country singer Mindy McCready has come to a close with the Cleburne County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Office stating that officers were dispatched to her home Sunday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. There they found McCready on the front porch of her home, dead at the scene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    The 2012 presidential election through a country music fan's eyes

    When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    'Equality is the prime rib of America' and other surreal political moments in pop music

    ‚ÄčLady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Top 10 sister acts of all time

    ‚ÄčIf you're like us, you probably had no idea that this past Sunday was Sister Day, a new holiday entirely fabricated by the Hallmark greeting card corporation. Even Hallmark's own website can't keep it straight, with some pages insisiting the "holiday" fell on last Sunday and others saying it will ... More >>

  • Movies

    September 20, 2006

    Toronto '06: Shut Up and Shoot

    'Death of a President' and other film fest trigger-pullers blow away dissent

  • Music

    May 31, 2006

    Bigger Than Badnarik

    The Dixie Chicks ask for a cease-fire and sympathy

  • Music

    February 25, 2004
  • Music

    June 4, 2003

    The Not-So-Quiet Americans

    The Dixie Chicks: Bush-booing stars sing a national anthem of a different stripe

  • Music

    May 14, 2003

    Real Life Rock Top 10

    Neko Case kills you softly with her song; The Be Good Tanyas wait around to die; Patricia Tallman confronts the living dead

  • Music

    April 9, 2003

    Real Life Rock Top 10

    The Raveonettes pull out the big guns, A.R.E. Weapons sing one for America, and the Dixie Chicks start a war

  • Music

    October 13, 1999