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What Is “Soft Dick Rock”? Jenny Hval Explains

Less than a minute into the existential and experimental musician and writer Jenny Hval’s brilliant new album, Apocalypse, girl, she asks a question for the ages: “What is soft dick rock?” She answers clinically: “Using the elements of dick to create a softer, toned-down sound.” She even put it on a t-shirt. A classic Hvalian mix of soft and hard if there ever was one. … Read More

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A Completely Subjective List of the Best Vocal Ad-Libs in Music

One of the great joys of music is its sense of immediacy — sure, there are songs that are painstakingly planned and produced, and benefit from being so, but there are also tracks that sound like they really were recorded live, and are all the more thrilling for it. In this respect, there’s something particularly pleasing about the off-the-cuff line, something the singer has apparently hollered into the mic on the spur of the moment. These lines don’t always make sense, and they don’t necessarily have to — either way, they add color and a sense of spontaneity to a song (and they’re damn near impossible not to sing along with). Here is an entirely subjective list of ten of the best; of course, there are gazillions more, so let us know if you have any to add. … Read More

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You Won’t Be Disappointed By Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar’s “PARTYNAUSEOUS”

Perhaps, after all this time, it needs reminding that when she’s not dancing cheek to cheek with Tony Bennett,… Read More

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UPDATED: Jay Z Responds to Marina Abramović’s Claim That He Never Donated to Her Institute — With a Receipt

As we reported earlier, venerated-ish performance artist Marina Abramović has once again broken into mainstream news — for condemning… Read More

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Yoko Ono Is For Everyone

In October 2000, right around what would have been John Lennon’s 60th birthday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened one of its most extensive exhibits ever, in honor of Lennon’s life and (mostly non-Beatles) work. Amidst the expected artifacts — handwritten lyrics, grammar-school report cards, the white baby grand from the “Imagine” video — sat one that was horrifying: a bag from New York’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital containing the clothes Lennon was wearing on the night Mark David Chapman shot him outside the Dakota. Coupled with Lennon’s glasses, caked in 20-year-old blood, this corner of the exhibit was intended as an emotional climax. Even at 13 years old, the weight of these artifacts impressed upon me a jaded anger: How could someone have violently ripped Lennon from this world when all he wanted was to make it a peaceful place? … Read More

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Bob Dylan Seemed “Over” the Whole Letterman Farewell Craze During His ‘Late Show’ Performance

 Up until last night, it had been nearly 22 years since Bob Dylan last performed on a Letterman stage. Dylan’s performance on… Read More

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Watch: Amy Winehouse Spirals into Fame, Love and Self-Destruction in First Full Trailer for ‘Amy’

Asif Kapaida’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, seems an excavation of the ways fame led one of the “smartest” and “most authentic”… Read More

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After BBMAs’ Censorship, Will Kanye West Ever Perform at Another Awards Show?

Kanye West closed the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday with a performance of “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” that got the people going, but for the wrong reasons. Despite self-censoring a few instances of “bitch” and “fuck” in his lyrics, West had long stretches of his performance muted by ABC censors. Unsurprisingly, he responded not with one of his infamous so-called rants, but with a statement via his rep. … Read More

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