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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Prince, Betty Who

Look, I’m all for a big-booty anthem, but trust me when I say: Iggy-Iggs and J.Lo aren’t the droids you’re looking for. So here are some that are.

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Perfume Genius Wants To Be Your Gay Icon

When Mike Hadreas was seven, he drew a pentacle in the sand while vacationing with his family. He was emulating something out of a movie, but when the babysitter caught him chanting and reacted with horror, he became convinced that the devil was in him or soon would be. “I kind of displaced all my shame straight up to the source,” he says. “A lot of who I was felt forbidden.” … Read More

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Watch Lady Gaga Roll Around in New Perfume Ad

Lady Gaga has it all: A downward trending recording career, a friendship with music legend Tony Bennett, and now,… Read More

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The NFL is Crumbling: Links You Should See

So, a lot of terrible things are happening in the NFL right now. As this helpful piece from CNN breaks down, there are currently six players who have been punished for very recently doing awful things to their loved ones. … Read More

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Leonard Cohen and the Art of the Love Song

Fifteen years ago this week, Nick Cave gave a lecture to the Vienna Poetry Festival called “The Secret Life of the Love Song.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, because it’s a fascinating insight into the process of songwriting, but I’m bringing it up today because over the course of the lecture, Cave mentions Leonard Cohen precisely once. He does so in the context of discussing the concept of duende: “All love songs must contain duende,” he says, “because the love song is never simply happy… Contemporary rock music seems less inclined to have at its soul, restless and quivering, the sadness that [Federico García] Lorca talks about. Excitement, often, anger, sometimes — but true sadness, rarely. Bob Dylan has always had it. Leonard Cohen deals specifically with it.” … Read More

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Here’s the First Poster for ‘St. Vincent,’ the Bill Murray Movie that Has Nothing to Do with Annie Clark

St. Vincent – neither the “Great Apostle of Charity” nor the great

Here’s the trailer:

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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Depositions Highlight Blurred Lines of Pop Songwriting

Just when it looked as though Chris Brown would win “pop star wang of the week,” Robin Thicke re-emerged via formerly sealed deposition from his ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit with Marvin Gaye’s estate over “Blurred Lines.” Back in April, Thicke and co-writer/producer Pharrell Williams gave “incredibly hostile” depositions regarding the No. 1 hit’s similarities to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic “Got to Give It Up.” Transcripts of their legal questioning have now surfaced, thanks to a new ruling from a judge just as the Gaye family filed a summary motion paper. In addition to revealing a Vicodin addiction at the height of Thicke’s fame, the depositions shed light on a common trend in pop music: Frankenstein songwriting. … Read More

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