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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: St. Vincent’s Punk Banger, Toro y Moi’s Tame Impala Moment

New directions for indie standbys St. Vincent and Toro y Moi, plus songs from some of 2015’s most hopeful new artists, all in this week’s roundup. … Read More

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Action Bronson Is a Taco Truck Owner in Clip from the Animated “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.”

Action Bronson, that big ol’ food-loving rapper, is a man of many talents and interests, though food is top… Read More

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Bob Dylan Gives New Album to 50,000 ‘AARP Magazine’ Subscribers

Think AARP Magazine is just full of articles about arthritis and menopause? Well, you don’t know AARPAARP Magazine, which… Read More

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Everything We Know About Kanye West’s Next Album

It’s Yeezy season, everybody. This week, Kanye West made a surprise (isn’t everything he does a “surprise” these days?) appearance at the iHeartRadio Media Summit in Burbank, California. He didn’t crash the stage or anything; his appearance was announced, and planned in secret. Which is probably why he gave a fairly tame speech about innovation that concluded with his playing a Rihanna-featuring track from his as-of-yet-untitled seventh album. And then he walked off the stage to a sanding ovation. … Read More

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How Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’ Uses Maudlin ’90s Music to Illuminate Male Adolescent Rage

[Note: There are some spoilers below. But also know that Mommy isn’t the kind of movie that can be “spoiled” with plot details.]

Xavier Dolan seems to love maudlin ’90s music; Heartbeats featured Sting’s “Every Breath You Take,” Laurence Anyways included Celine Dion’s “Pour que tu m’aimes encore” and Craig Armstrong’s “Let’s Go Out Tonight.” But the filmmaker, in interviews, has revealed himself to be entirely self-aware of his unbridled usage of equally unbridled tunes: “Music was the only voice of cinema for a very long time before we had sound; it’s organically linked to cinema itself. So I see no reason to restrain myself, thinking how much music to put in the film.” Yet his musical methodology — or lack thereof — never fully worked until now. None of Dolan’s previous films have relied on the rapture of ’90s sentimentalism more than, or as conceptually aptly as, his newest film, Mommy, which sees US release on January 23. … Read More

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