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Sky Ferreira’s “I Blame Myself” Video Subverts the Gender Dynamics of Gang Culture

Look at the image above. One of these things is not like the other. Some may say it’s another example of a pop star “accessorizing with black people,” but hold on a second, there’s something redeeming here. In her new video for “I Blame Myself,” Sky Ferreira plays with gender dynamics in gang culture, a context in which her punky pop has likely never been considered. The juxtaposition, as it turns out, speaks to a larger message about power and vulnerability. … Read More

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Flavorwire Feature: EMA Finds a Future in the Void

It’s the first show of EMA’s new album tour, at Union Pool in Brooklyn, and things are going wrong. Her collaborator Leif Shackelford has been having trouble with his equipment all night, and about halfway through “Milkman,” something seems to fail completely. Shackelford bolts offstage, leaving three bewildered bandmates staring at where he’s supposed to be. They finish the song anyway, and Erika M. Anderson — she of the EMA acronym — gently admonishes Shackelford when he reappears. He explains what’s gone wrong, and then smiles: “C’mon, you had more fun finishing that song than anything else you’ve done tonight.” She chuckles ruefully. Speaking into the mic to make sure the whole place can hear her, she replies: “It’s true. I like it when things are all fucked up.” … Read More

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Solange Covers Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” at Coachella

While we’re waiting for Kate Bush’s recently announced first tour in 35 years, Solange surprised Coachella audiences with an awesome… Read More

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Haim Played a Darth Vader Prank on Each Other on April Fool’s Day

In addition to mentioning that they’re already writing their next record on the road, the sisters of Haim told the … Read More

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Childish Gambino’s NPR Rap Growing Pains

“Buy me out of my contract” is a record industry gripe most often reserved for major label artists who’ve been placed in limbo. Signed but not totally developed, unable to release music despite being paid (often large quantities of money) to do just that. Artists like Azealia Banks, JoJo, and Angel Haze are recent poster children, and acts like The Stone Roses and Prince have suffered through similar ordeals. By contrast, Childish Gambino — otherwise known as comedy actor/writer Donald Glover — is neither signed to a major label nor being barred from releasing music. This did not stop him from going off on a brief Twitter tirade Monday. … Read More

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Huh? Aretha Franklin Issues Statement After Satirical Site Says She’s Beefing With Patti Labelle

A satirical news site, The News Nerd, published a “report” that Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle are… Read More

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Watch Pharrell Cry With Oprah Over “Happy”

“Why am I crying on Oprah?” Pharrell asked just after O passed him a tissue. Overwhelmed by the worldwide… Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Greg Dulli on Afghan Whigs’ First Album in 16 Years

The new Afghan Whigs album, Do to the Beast, their first in 16 years, starts with a backbeat and a sharp guitar riff, before Greg Dulli’s voice comes in, howling. It’s muscular and tortured, further proof that even though the Afghan Whigs started in 1986, broke up in 2001, and occasionally reunited in various permutations since then, there’s a particular magic to an Afghan Whigs song, an alchemy of sex and drama, and Greg Dulli makes up the heart of it. Dulli’s been busy in the past ten years, working on projects like The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins, which have their own appeal but never quite get to that Afghan Whigs feeling of obsession and desperation. … Read More

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10 Must-See Coachella 2014 Moments You Can Watch Online

Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and… Read More

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