10 20th- and 21st-Century Salons You’d Kill to Get in On

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Picasso and Hemingway may never have come to all-out fistfights, but thanks to Gertrude Stein’s salons, the two giants did spar over the most profound ideas of the age. Intimate gatherings, her weekly events hosted speakers, performers, and art that even cultural luminaries couldn’t see anywhere else. A physical meeting of the minds. It’s a quaint notion, but we’d argue that the Internet has empowered the salon’s underlying ethos. We’d invite you to mull the idea over on Reddit, create a petition on Change.org, or maybe just mention it at your weekly Meetup. … Read More

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The Top 10 Pitchfork Festival Moments of All Time (Ranked to Decimal-Point Perfection)

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With its yearly parade of skinny-jean aficionados and bin-diving beardos, Chicago’s annual Pitchfork Festival is nothing if not an indie-rock institution. Since 2005, the site’s editors have gathered the greatest acts of the moment alongside legends and unknowns alike. Resist as they may, even haters have to admit that the festival offers a pretty impressive cross-section of what’s going on. … Read More

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Meet White Lung, This Year’s Predicted Pitchfork Darlings

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From first wail, the scene that Canadian nu-punk act White Lung evokes is unmistakable: Fists hammer recklessly into the body of a sweaty stranger. There is blood soaking the beer and steam rising from the writhing of an over-packed audience. Screams pierce it, devil screams cutting over raised fingers and battle cries of the rabble below. Imperceptible as they are, these people know the words, and under the glare of hot lights that skim duct tape on instruments, the tattered jacket of punk rock is stitched anew. … Read More

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The Top 10 Pitchfork Fest Picks From the Bottom Half of the Bill

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While R. Kelly is sure to steam up any event, the Pitchfork Festival has always been about shining light on the underdogs. This year’s bill is as forward-thinking as ever, tapping a slew of fiery up-and-comers to fill out the bottom half of the bill. Whether you’re checking out these bands destined for greater things at the fest itself (lucky you!) or on your home turf, stay stylin’ in some RayBan Clubmaster shades. In fact, you can still WIN tix to the Pitchfork Festival thanks to RayBan and their all-new Aluminum Clubmaster sunglasses. And now, without further ado, these are the ten can’t-miss, absolute essentials from this year’s epic Pitchfork Festival. … Read More

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Breaking News: Neil Patrick Harris May Lift the Emmys Out of the Abyss

According to an MSNBC report, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris (aka the dude who will always be Doogie) is about to be confirmed as the host of this year’s Emmys. He’s successfully helmed the Tonys, but with the awards show under pressure to make up for last’s year’s abysmal ratings, will it be enough? After the jump, a reminder of what he brings to the table. … Read More

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Video of the Day: The RTS Sticks it to Indie Cinema

Hey, we enjoyed Juno as much as anyone [ed note: that's the editorial we; I sort of agreed with bloggers who thought it sucked] but, like many of its indie compatriots, its conformity to indie stereotypes made it ripe for satire. In this ode to “every indie movie,” the Rotten Tomatoes Show hosts… Read More

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First Listen: The Rural Alberta Advantage

Toronto-bred spazz-rockers the Rural Alberta Advantage mine the erratic tropes of skewed Canadian pop acts, while simultaneously mimicking the lo-fi buzz of American indie institution Neutral Milk Hotel.

The band’s self-released debut, Hometown, is already a subterranean success, but, with a Saddle Creek reissue out this week, this is the perfect time to call yourself a convert. Lucky for you, we’ve got a stream of the entire album.… Read More

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SRSLY?! California is Issuing IOUs?

The State announced this morning that it’s making a genuine, depression-style approach to paying back its debts. According to the LA Times:

With budget negotiators at a loggerheads and California government facing a cash crisis, the state controller’s office will start printing IOUs this afternoon for the first time in 17… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Cultural Stories

1. Tony-award winning Broadway mainstay Ragtime is set to return next November. [via Variety]
2. To the dismay of 15-year-old girls everywhere, Kevin Jonas is officially engaged.  [via MTV]
3. The former head of the Dutch the Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, is being hunted by police after siphoning… Read More

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A 7 Point Field Test to See if You’re Too Gay for Gates

CNN reported today that, rather than repeal the woefully out-of-touch policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is considering the “selective” enforcement of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. We can’t really imagine how it’d be “more humane” to lead someone to believe their sexuality is OK only to single them out afterward, but sure, we’ll give it a go. After the jump, we help folks in the field apply this dubious idea with a Seven Point Field Test to See if You’re Too Gay for Gates. … Read More

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