Everything You Need to Know About Katy B

On February 10, UK pop darling Katy B releases her long-awaited second album, Little Red. For those of you who have never heard of Katy, she’s an R&B-influenced singer who specializes in smart, evocative dance music. She’s an approachable pop star for the people, the cool girl next door who’d much rather share the floor than rule it. She’s received heavy acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone since she broke out in 2011, but she’s never quite cracked the surface of mainstream pop. Thankfully, this could be the year she finally breaks out — critics are already fawning over Little Red, and Rolling Stone called her single “5 AM” one of 2013’s best songs. Hopefully, you’ll hear a lot more about Katy in 2014; in anticipation of her inevitable rise to fame, here’s everything you should know about her. … Read More

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Artist Hilariously Inserts Himself Into Local Real Estate Ads

Graphic designer Phil Jones is baffled by those goofy real estate ads you see all over the place. “I have a deep respect for anyone who is willing to put their face on a bus stop bench knowing what people do to them,” he said. In a fun tribute to the weird suburban personalities that are realtors, Jones decided to Photoshop his face onto some local bench ads. See them all below, and check out more of Phil Jones’ stuff here. … Read More

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Gorgeous Photographic Experiment Reveals What Drugs Really Look Like

In an especially cool science experiment, Berlin-based artist Sarah Schoenfeld placed samples of several mind-altering substances on pre-exposed negatives. Schoenberg hoped to figure out what drugs actually look like and how they affect the material they come in contact with, and the outcome is gorgeous and revealing. If these substances create such intricate, kaleidoscopic patterns on flimsy paper, imagine what they do to the human brain. Up-and-coming bands, take note of these photos, because there are so many possibilities for shoegaze album covers. See the whole series at Sarah Schoenfeld’s website. … Read More

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Cheeky LEGO Dioramas Poke Fun at the 50 States

After a series of LEGO scenes satirizing the provinces of his home country, Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen used his daughter’s toys to make fun of the 50 states. The resulting images are surprisingly on-point for someone who doesn’t call the US home, using American history, famous stereotypes, and a few clever puns. Some of the pictures also reference pop culture artifacts the states are famous for, like Elvis, Gone with the Wind, and of course, The Wizard of Oz. Even Kurt Cobain makes an appearance in Washington! See all 50 states at Jeff Friesen’s website. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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‘Microaggressions’ Portraits Capture Reactions to Everyday Racism

You don’t have to look closely at modern culture to know that we are very, very far from being post-racial. Our interactions with one another may be a lot less immediately hateful than those of previous generations, but society’s latent racism still has pernicious effects. With Microaggressions, Fordham University student Kiyun Kim “seeks to make visible the ways in which social difference is produced and policed in everyday life.” The project includes this wonderful series of photos of students reacting to and displaying some of the seemingly minor insults they receive every day. A lot of these comments are unfortunately all too common, and these portraits force viewers to reflect on the power of subtle racism, while allowing those on the receiving end to reclaim their agency. Microaggressions is an ongoing project, so check out its Tumblr and Facebook pages for more. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Stained Glass-Style Posters for Your Favorite ’80s Movies

Designer Van Orton made these gorgeous, intricate stained-glass posters for iconic ’80s movies, including Back to the Future, The Goonies, and Blade Runner, which we spotted at This Isn’t Happiness. The resulting prints are a clever, colorful ode to a golden age of popcorn flicks that still inspire semi-religious devotion in so many film fans. There are also some black-and-white versions, which could make for a fun (albeit ambitious) paint-by-numbers project. Check out more of Orton’s work on his Facebook page. … Read More

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Eat Bob’s Burgers IRL: Links You Need to See

If Bob’s Burgers has ever made you hungry, you’re in luck: new Tumblr the Bob’s Burgers Experiment aims to bring all the burgers from the show’s chalkboard to life. Despite what the internet would lead you to believe, “trolling” can actually be a festive activity, as we learned in this Mental… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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