The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: QT, Stevie Nicks, Ariana Grande

With a long weekend staring us down, there’s no time to waste inside on the Internet. Let’s get into this week’s picks.

QT — “Hey QT”

Frequent readers of this column may already be aware of my… Read More

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The Darkness in the Mirror: Manic Street Preachers’ “The Holy Bible,” 20 Years On

It’s a cliché to wax lyrical about pieces of art “changing your life,” and as often as not it’s hyperbole — but I can honestly say that 20 years ago today, an album was released that would have a genuine effect on my life’s direction. The album is by a band who remain underappreciated Stateside, namely Manic Street Preachers, and it’s called The Holy Bible. If you know anything at all about the band, you’ll know there’s quite a mythology around this record — it was the final album released before lyricist, guitarist and spiritual leader Richey Edwards disappeared into thin air, leaving his car near a notorious suicide spot in South Wales and never being seen again. As one might expect from a record with such a backstory, it’s dark, bleak and often harrowing — but it’s also characterized by a deep compassion and humanism, as well as a sort of bitter defiance. … Read More

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Fall 2014 Music Preview: 20 Albums to Get Excited About

With the Song of the Summer debate finally fading in the rearview (it was a tie between Iggy and Ariana, right?), it’s time to look ahead to fall’s musical promise. Autumn always feels like a time to get weird, to invest in albums after a sunny singles-filled season.

This fall, we’re… Read More

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Rivers Cuomo’s Harvard Life Seems Ripe For TV

Yesterday evening, Fox announced that it had given a put-pilot order to a sitcom called DeTour, from Psych creator Steve Franks. You may be wondering: what’s a put-pilot, and why should I care until this show actually gets a series order? Well, first off, a put-pilot is the kind most likely to reach your TV: a network must pay a hefty fee if they do not air the pilot. And secondly, you should care if you’re a music fan: Franks’ inspiration is the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, specifically the singer’s 11 years of on-and-off study at Harvard, and Cuomo himself is directly involved with the show. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Watch: Grimes’ Video for “Go” Reimagines Dante’s Inferno

If you have enough time in your day, you can carefully search the club/desert/GOT-ish imagery of Grimes’s new video for “Go” for… Read More

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Ariana Grande, The Diva In Training Wheels

Earlier this year, after some minor shade, pop starlet Ariana Grande felt the need to publicly address the real issues: the reason she always wears her hair in a high ponytail or half-pony. “I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first four years of playing Cat,” Grande wrote on her Facebook, referring to her character on two different (now-canceled Nickelodeon series), Victorious and Sam & Cat. “As one would assume, that completely destroyed my hair… my real hair is back to brown and I wear extensions, but I wear it in a ponytail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down… So PLEASE gimme a break about the hair (or just don’t look at me lol). IT’S JUST HAIR AFTER ALL.” … Read More

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EMA Performs “Neuromancer” on Letterman

“Cyberpunk” and “Letterman” don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but while EMA (Erika M. Anderson) may have looked somewhat out of place last… Read More

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The New Pornographers’ Carl Newman: “Whether People Love You or Hate You, It’s All Phantoms”

Carl Newman (aka A.C.) should be on the tourism board for Woodstock, N.Y. “I feel like small-town America has become synonymous with Walmart, strip malls, and McDonald’s,” he says one August morning, calling from his house in the renowned hippie town. “But Woodstock’s still got a lot of what drew people here in the first place. Next to Bethlehem, I think it might be the [world's] most famous small town. I’ve got a two-and-a-half year old, and I think it’s going to be a great place to raise him.”

His burgeoning career as a Cool Dad aside, Newman is known more for his “supergroup,” The New Pornographers. Along with (his mostly Canadian) compatriots Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey, and Blaine Thurier, Newman has crafted six albums filled with some of the most over-the-top fun in modern indie rock. The band’s latest, Brill Bruisers, is no different. It’s out this week on Matador, so we caught up with Newman to discuss it, as well as his management style, the amusement he finds in toying with trolls, and which member of The New Pornographers is actually the funniest. … Read More

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