Tuning In

Tuning In: Zooey Deschanel with the Band

I close the “Tuning In” series with my thoughts about Zooey Deschanel’s attempt to adapt Pamela Des Barres’s I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie for HBO.

Tuning In: Postfeminist Miley, post-Montana

A look ahead at Miley Cyrus's transition out of Hannah Montana, which airs its final season on the Disney Channel this summer. Read more »

Tuning In: The healing power of rock on Degrassi: The Next Generation

A look back at Degrassi: The Next Generation's season two episode "Shout," and how Paige Michalchuk uses rock music to work through the trauma of date rape. Read more »

Tuning In: American Idol's Crystal Bowersox

It may be a bit late in the “Tuning In” series to reveal this, but, like some music critics, I watch Fox’s American Idol. I still follow it even though the past few seasons have been lackluster. I caught the end... Read more »

Tuning In: Treme's musical gender gap

As Treme completes the first half of its inaugural season, I’m still waiting for women and girls to make a real impact on the show’s musical environment. Read more »

Tuning In: The L Word's Planet and its musical orbiters

Today, I thought I'd turn our attention to Showtime's The L Word. I'll admit that the Los Angeles-based ensemble dramedy created by Ilene Chaiken was marred by over-the-top situations, uneven character development, hackneyed writing, a bevy of skinny femmes, and racially problematic casting... Read more »

Tuning In: M.I.A.'s "Born Free"

Monday marked the release of the music video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free," the lead single off the British rapper/singer/visual artist's forthcoming third album, and yet another clip from a female pop star this year that caused... Read more »

Tuning In: Glee's "The Power of Madonna"

My thoughts on Glee's much-anticipated Madonna episode. Read more »

Tuning In: Liz Lemon's ringtone

Last month, NBC aired 30 Rock’s “Future Husband” episode, wherein TGS creator/head writer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) tracks down the man she labeled her spouse-to-be on her iPhone. It was a follow-up to the Valentine’s Day-themed “... Read more »

Tuning In: Neko Case as Cheyenne Cinnamon

Neko Case stars in an Adult Swim pilot about a female pop star who doesn't save the day. Read more »

Tuning In: Janelle Mon

A look at Janelle Monáe’s music video for “Tightrope.” Read more »