Melissa Locker

Melissa Locker appears in the following:

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Who Will Make the Cut?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Takeaway Culture Reporter Melissa Locker fills us in on the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Need a Break From the Election? Watch These Comedy Specials

Friday, October 14, 2016

This week, culture reporter Melissa Locker gives us a break from the election cycle with round-up of new comedy specials from veterans and up-and-comers.


Characters of all Shapes, Sizes, and Colors Flock to New York Comic Con

Friday, October 07, 2016

Pop culture geeks from near and far are gathering at New York Comic Con this weekend. 

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South by South Lawn: Obama's Answer to SXSW

Friday, September 30, 2016

On Monday, President Obama will throw a mini arts festival called South by South Lawn at the White House.  


Binge-Worthy Breakup Movies to Help You Mend a Broken Heart

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sure, you may not be directly affected by the recent announcement of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce, but sometimes you just need a great, binge-worthy breakup movie.

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Our Picks for the Best Emmy Nominees

Friday, September 16, 2016

This week, Takeaway Culture Reporter Melissa Locker gives us her picks for the television shows that have the best shots at getting an Emmy.

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The New Music You Should Be Listening to This Fall

Friday, September 09, 2016

We've got your fall music preview with tunes from Angel Olsen, M.I.A. Wilco, Against Me!, Dwight Yoakam, Jack White, and more.

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Watch These Essential Movies about Making Contact With Aliens

Friday, September 02, 2016

Takeaway Culture reporter Melissa Locker gives a round-up of alien movies and making contact with extra terrestrial life.

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The Best Web Series on The Internet Right Now

Friday, August 26, 2016

Go beyond Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. 

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You Need to Stream These Shows Before the Fall TV Season Starts

Friday, August 19, 2016

Culture reporter Melissa Locker fills us in on the best shows currently on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and beyond.

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From Bjork to Whitney: A Brief History of Olympic Theme Songs

Friday, August 05, 2016

Explore some of the well known, as well as more obscure, theme songs that were commissioned for the Olympics of the past.


Keep Calm and Watch Hacker Movies

Friday, July 29, 2016

As questions about spying, hacking, and secret emails enter the 2016 election, Culture Reporter Melissa Locker gives us her picks for the best Russian spy and hacker movies.


The Best of Comic-Con 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Comic-Con International will open a window into the Harry Potter spin-off "Fantastic Beasts," the new "Justice League" film, and a glimpse at Season 7 of "The Walking Dead."

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Five Podcasts For Summer Getaways

Friday, July 15, 2016

Whether you're traveling or taking a day off at home, you may want to kick back and relax this summer with a podcast. With so many options, where do you even start? We're here to help.


When Television Cancellations Get You Down

Friday, July 01, 2016

Often a spring ritual, television cancellations come fast and furious whether or not the fans love the show or the critics hate it.

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We've reached a new, more progressive era of country.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Country artists like William Tyler, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, and Jason Isbell are taking a toned down, less glitzy approach to the top of the charts.

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If the Presidential Candidates Were 'Game of Thrones' Characters

Friday, April 22, 2016

You win or you...get a spot in the cabinet? "Game of Thrones" comes back Sunday, and it's hard not to draw comparisons between the fictional chaos in Westeros and the 2016 election.


A Musical Time Machine

Friday, April 08, 2016

A musical time machine can be found at, bringing you anywhere in the world to different music of different times and places.

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Bands to Watch in 2014: Diane Birch, Chance the Rapper, Lizzo

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's never too early to start looking for the next big thing, and Time's Melissa Locker joins Soundcheck to talk about her picks for up-and-coming artists and bands for 2014. Her list includes groups that haven't even yet released an EP -- to artists who are already signed to major labels.

Among others, Locker predicts 2014 will be a breakout year for Diane Birch, who was plucked out of a hotel lobby by Prince and has already released two albums. Locker also picks two rappers -- Chance the Rapper and Lizzo -- who each have a unique sound that she thinks will change the direction of R&B. Plus, hear the band that Locker crowns "the next pop overlords."

Read Melissa Locker's full list of artists to watch in Time.

One of Locker's picks for 2014: Lizzo


A Scariest Musician Smackdown

Thursday, October 31, 2013

All this week in Soundcheck's House of Horrors, we’ve been posing this question: Who is the scariest musician of all time? Today, it’s time to pit some of your nominees for scariest musician against each other in a quickfire Soundcheck Smackdown

Chris Weingarten, senior editor for Spin magazine, and Melissa Locker, freelance music writer for outlets like Time and Rolling Stone, help decide who's the scariest in each round of our smackdown, from Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, to Insane Clown Posse and Slipknot, to Kenny G and Michael McDonald. 

Who do you think wins each matchup? Who did we leave out? Tell us below. 


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