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We Will All Howl: Antony Hegarty on the State of Transfeminism

“They announced two weeks ago that in the last 40 years, the number of wild animals has dropped by one-half, and we’re expecting a 50 to 70 percent extinction event of all species by the end of the century,” Antony Hegarty says. “I always think about those stories about the last bird, or the last of a species, when they’re calling out and they don’t have the other animal, the partner that can call back to them. The idea of the disappearing voice is very resonant for me. What hears a solitary voice. What responds to a solitary voice.” … Read More

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The Intake Form: Meet “Psychedelic Witch-Wave” Artist Ruby Fray

The Intake Form is Flavorwire’s new questionnaire feature spotlighting emerging musicians worth your time, paired with a premiere from the artist. Here, we premiere the “Barbara” video from  K Records’ Ruby Fray and get a little weird with the self-dubbed “psychedelic witch-wave” singer-songwriter from Austin via Olympia.  … Read More

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Watch Lorde Headbang Her Way Through “Yellow Flicker Beat” at the American Music Awards

If you missed last night’s American Music Awards, worry not: the buzzworthy performances are all you really need to fake… Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Mark Ronson With Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige With Disclosure

This week brings strong dance cuts from Mary J. Blige’s Disclosure collaboration and Giorgio Moroder’s first new studio album in decades, plus rising rookie Tobias Jesso Jr., Tink, 1D, and Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars.

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Why Is California Prosecuting a Rapper for Making an Album?

There’s really no witty or amusing way to start this piece, so I’ll get directly to the point: right now, in 2014, in America, a man is facing life in prison because he made a rap album. As per the LA Times, Brandon Duncan of San Diego, who performs under the name Tiny Doo, is allegedly a member of a gang that has been implicated in nine shootings, for which 14 members are about to stand trial. Duncan isn’t charged with participating in the shootings; instead, he’s being charged under a California state law that prohibits “willfully promot[ing], further[ing], or assist[ing] in any felonious criminal conduct by members of [a] gang.” The evidence against him? His latest album, along with “pictures on a social media page of him and several other defendants.” This is… well, there’s really no other way to say it: this is bullshit. … Read More

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Searching for Clues — and Closure — in Ian Curtis’ and Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Archives

Ian Curtis wrote in all caps, often with a Sharpie. When he wanted to change a word in his lyrics or notes, he’d scratch out his former word choice utterly completely — as if he wanted to erase it from existence. In a lot of ways, the Joy Division leader’s handwriting seems to reflect his personality: “Ian was a very definite person,” says Jon Savage, the co-editor of So This Is Permanence, a collection of Curtis’ notebooks released last month by Chronicle Books. “If he didn’t like something, he would eventually make his displeasure shown. He was a Cancer.” … Read More

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