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‘Bruk Out!': Inside the Hypersexual and Totally Empowered World of Dancehall Queens

“Bruk out” may be a phrase known only to Jamaican dancehall novices via the early Major Lazer song of the same name. Essentially it means to get wild, and by Major Lazer’s interpretation, the “Bruk Out” world centers around a gold-digging stripper named Jill. If documentary director Cori McKenna has her way, however, some may come to associate the phrase with a portrait of female strength via dancehall’s hypersexualized moves. … Read More

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Craig Ferguson’s Heavy Metal Buddies Metallica to Do Residency on ‘Late Late Show’

Craig Ferguson is, perhaps, the unsung hero of the late night landscape. The Scottish comedian is maybe best known… Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Preview Miranda July’s Riot Grrrl-Inspired Artworks From ‘Alien She’

Riot grrrl was responsible for many good things: some awesome music, some similarly excellent writing, and a huge influence on the course of third-wave feminism. One aspect that doesn’t get quite the attention it warrants, however, is the movement’s aesthetic, which manifested in everything from zines and album art to video work and beyond, and made a lasting impression on artists who have been inspired and informed by riot grrrl’s ideas. Happily, an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is focusing on this very topic — the show is called Alien She (after the Bikini Kill song of the same name) and encompasses artwork from Miranda July, Allyson Mitchell, LJ Roberts, Stephanie Syjuco, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Tammy Rae Carland. We’re delighted to premiere a selection of July’s artwork from the show. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Orenda Fink Salutes Hitchcock, Lynch, and Kubrick in “This Is a Part of Something Greater” Video

The latest clip from Orenda Fink’s third album, this summer’s Blue Dream, may be the scariest music video you see this year. Not because it’s unthinkably disturbing like a Die Antwoord video or anything, but because you may find yourself recalling the first time you hid under a blanket while watching the most iconic horror thrillers ever made. Fink, who rose to fame as one half of Azure Ray, plays both the victims and their tormentors in the clip, paying shot-for-shot homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, and Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist along the way. Flavorwire is pleased to premiere the “This Is a Part of Something Greater” video below, just in time for Halloween. … Read More

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Justin Vernon to Launch His Own Music Festival

Justin Vernon, founder of Bon Iver, has announced he’ll be hosting his own music festival in his hometown, Eau Claire,… Read More

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Watch FKA Twigs’ Video “Video Girl”

It’s come to be obvious to expect any work FKA twigs releases to be unusual and potentially troubling, and with… Read More

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Nicki Minaj and Drake Are Trolling You on “Only”

Perhaps your outrage entry point into “Only,” the Pinkprint track Nicki Minaj dropped yesterday, was Chris Brown. Before you heard Brown relegated to hook-boy status within Nicki’s hip-hop power shift, maybe you questioned why she would bring in such a divisive character (who doesn’t even get to be in the single artwork). But once you’ve actually heard the song, Brown’s tame vocal contributions are far from the takeaway. I lost my goddamn mind the first four times I listened to “Only,” for four different reasons. And that’s exactly the point. The song is catnip for the kinds of listeners who read rap verses and trust them as accurate representations of the stars who recite them, instead of what they sometimes are: juicy stories. … Read More

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