10 TV Events to Look Out For in March

The good thing about March is that the snow on the ground is finally thawing and the temperatures are rising (slightly). The bad thing about March is that there’s still lousy Smarch weather and the outside is mostly just gross, gray slush. Fortunately, television continues to give us plenty of reasons to stay indoors and under a blanket. From a cyber-centric spinoff of a popular franchise to crime-solving zombies to an insider look at Scientology, here are the ten TV events to watch in March. … Read More

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Confessions of a Reformed Kanye West Hater

It’s true, I used to hate Kanye West. Well, OK, “hate” is probably too strong a word — like many people, I had a sort of knee-jerk dislike for the man, a feeling that started to coalesce circa Graduation and didn’t really dissipate until, out of what I considered to be a professional obligation, I sat down and listened properly to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and found to my surprise that I loved it. Since then, my feelings on West have done a neat 180-degree turn, and I’ve also thought a great deal about why it is that I — like so many others — was so quick to greet him with cries of execration. … Read More

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I Heard the $5 Million Wu-Tang Album That Won’t Be Played Again in Public for 88 Years

The new and possibly final Wu-Tang album is more than two hours long. It features 31 tracks, all eight living MCs, most if not all Wu-Tang affiliates (Sunz of Man, Redman, Cher), sirens, bombs, samples from kung fu cinema, and original skits. And it took more than two years to produce, mostly because eighty percent of its vocals were re-recorded to capture the intensity of early Wu-Tang records. The album’s title: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. … Read More

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‘The Hunting Ground': Why the Campus Rape Epidemic Is All About the Money

“Rape is like a football game, Annie,” a UNC administrator allegedly told a student filing a rape report years ago. “If you look back on the game, and you’re the quarterback and you’re in charge, is there anything that you would have done differently in that situation?” … Read More

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The Funniest and Most Vicious Comedy Central Roast Speeches

We’ve reached the “publicly begging people to show up” phase of planning for Justin Bieber’s March 30th roast on Comedy Central; yesterday, the noted Photoshop template took to social media to ask Seth Rogen, whose low estimation of Bieber is well known, to tear him a new one on national television. As the hype surrounding the Kevin Hart-hosted event (Kate McKinnon, presumably, didn’t have time for the gig given her SNL schedule), we’ve rounded up some of the best appearances from the network’s 17-year tradition of having comedians puncture stars’ egos, and each other’s, on camera. … Read More

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Reif Larsen’s ‘I Am Radar': Art and Race in 2015’s First Big, Messy Novel

Am Radar begins in darkness: the title character, Radar Radmanovic, is born to his mother Charlene during a hospital blackout. Charlene’s husband, Kermin Radmanovic, is tinkering with a transceiver radio in the delivery room, waiting to “announce his child’s arrival to the world.” But when the lights come on the doctor is holding on to her newborn child, a baby “so dark it shimmered purple in the beam of light, like an eggplant.” … Read More

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Jon Stewart Injects Some Much-Needed Humor Into WWE’s ‘Raw’

You don’t even have to be a wrestling fan to be aware that something’s been brewing between WWE star Seth Rollins and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. A few weeks ago, Rollins publicly remarked that he would be a better host of TDS than Stewart. In response, Stewart cut a (pretty spot-on) promo. Then, Rollins showed up in the Daily Show studio to interrupt the Moment of Zen, and last night, Stewart appeared on WWE’s Raw (which took place in Newark) to defend himself. This certainly isn’t the first time that Raw has had a special guest show up (recent months have featured everyone from Kathie Lee and Hoda to Grumpy Cat to Larry the Cable Guy) but none of those appearances were memorable. Stewart, however, was a funny, affable, and all-in guest in a well-written segment, proving that WWE’s problem with guest hosts has less to do with their product and than with the enthusiasm of the celebrity in question. … Read More

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in March

I’m overwhelmed just staring down March. As a music listener, you should be too. There’s no shortage of records out this month, from indie rockers you may have loved a decade ago (Sufjan Stevens, of Montreal, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie) to future favorites (Courtney Barnett, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Tobias Jesso Jr.) to Madonna, who always sits in a category of her… Read More

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David Williams’ ‘Ponycon Portraits’ Capture My Little Pony Fandom, From Kids to Bronies

David Williams is a Brooklyn-based photographer who has an eye for portraiture. In his recent Ponycon Portraits series, taken at February’s 2015 Ponycon in Brooklyn, he captures the range of My Little Pony fandom, from little girls to the infamous “bronies” (adult male fans of My Little Pony). Williams, a 2011 Art Institute of Colorado graduate, says that “it was important for me to show how diverse the convention is and how passionate these fans are about My Little Pony, whether they be a male, female, or child.” The results are honest and striking. Click through for a selection of Williams’ Ponycon Portraits, and visit his official website and Instagram to see more. … Read More

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: “Jello”

Although Better Call Saul has kept the promise that it would be “lighter” than Breaking Bad, laugh-out-loud funny scenes have been few and far between. Or, at least, they were until the moment last week when we saw Howard Hamlin gazing up at a Jimmy McGill billboard that looked exactly like him. “Jello” upped the humor quotient with some of the show’s funniest dialogue to date — though, thanks to a parallel storyline, it was also Better Call Saul‘s most emotional episode. … Read More

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