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Bad Feminist: A Conversation With Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink has just woken up. I can hear it in his voice and incomprehensible greeting. It’s Monday morning, 10.30 a.m. on the West Coast. A few hours earlier, Pitchfork published an op-ed from Joanna Gruesome singer Alanna McArdle titled “Ariel Pink’s ‘Joke’ Isn’t Funny Anymore.” I’m sure Pink hasn’t seen the piece yet yet, but it doesn’t stop him from referencing McArdle’s claim that he’s just trolling us. Oh, yes — he has many thoughts on this topic, which he volunteers without me even having to bring it up. In fact, that’s the theme of our conversation: Ariel repeats the nasty things others say about him before I even say a word. It’s a classic bullied-kid trick. … Read More

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Killer Mike Delivers Emboldening Speech in St. Louis on Darren Wilson Grand Jury Verdict

Last night, Run the Jewels performed in St. Louis. They were already scheduled to perform there, and didn’t change their… Read More

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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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