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The Greatest Multi-Taskers in Pop Culture

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We live in the age of the multi-hyphenate, when kids dream of becoming musician-magicians, moonlighting as librarians. Steve Jobs himself advised us to keep our goals fluid, even if it meant doing something completely different. And he wasn’t the only one. These nine musicians, actors, and artists don’t just roll with the punches, they punch back with even fresher ideas. While we’d like to ask in person about the secrets to their extreme productivity, none of them have slowed down enough to reply — yet. For now, we’ll satisfy our multi-tasking urge with a Naked Juice. If you can’t eat ’em, drink ’em! Read on for the greatest multi-taskers in pop culture.
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Offbeat Adventures in Washington DC

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If TV anti-heroes like House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood are to to believed, DC is a carnage-packed coliseum defined by a single insatiable desire: the pursuit of power. Perhaps for folks up on the Hill, but they mostly came from afar, and for that one reason. They aren’t the real Washington residents. In pockets of the city where the Washington Monument is a simple speck in the sky, DC is a bastion of odd, offbeat adventure. Join us as we explore six contemporary cultural institutions and events that make DC as culturally intriguing as it is politically potent. Bonus offbeat adventure: New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, an annual celebration of “bikes, beer & bemusement,” lands Saturday, May 31st at Yards Park with headliner Reggie Watts and thousands of local cycling enthusiasts. Don’t miss it!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Breaking News: Neil Patrick Harris May Lift the Emmys Out of the Abyss

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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.
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First Listen: The Rural Alberta Advantage

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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

SRSLY?! California is Issuing IOUs?

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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