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The NFL is Crumbling: Links You Should See

So, a lot of terrible things are happening in the NFL right now. As this helpful piece from CNN breaks down, there are currently six players who have been punished for very recently doing awful things to their loved ones. … Read More

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The 25 Greatest Songs About City Life

Most big cities with any sort of history have a song. If that city’s New York, it has about 1000 of ‘em. But to be a classic of the genre, the song has to speak to bigger themes about city life, be it the hustle, the danger, or the beauty below the filth. Here are the 25 best, from Lou Reed to Nas to The… Read More

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Spoon: The Most Consistent, Least Gimmicky Band in Indie Rock

Dressed like one of Gatsby’s socialites, an actress paid to flirt with me asked what I was cleansing this particular evening. “My soul” seemed an obvious answer. She looked surprised. I admit, it was a little ambitious for a Spoon… Read More

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What American Music Festivals Could Learn From Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound — held annually in Barcelona since 2001 — doesn’t have much use for filler. In this respect, it’s the opposite of your average American music festival. The abundance of mediocre acts to bulk out lineups has become a problem on the US festival circuit as the industry has ballooned and bookings have begun to shift in order to attract the widest possible group of popular music consumers. Once a destination-oriented industry, the American music festival has become a regional concern. In towns you’ve never heard of across America, there are festivals with a few years under their belts, proudly boasting artisanal food stands and The Killers headlining every… Read More

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Arcade Fire Have Nothing to Say About the Transgender Experience

The Arcade Fire, bless them, just released the video for their single “We Exist.” I’m writing about it because it will, no doubt, be Controversial: the video features Andrew Garfield as a character who’s meant to be either a trans woman or a man with a penchant for cross-dressing (it’s unclear exactly which — the video description on YouTube just speaks of “a young person’s struggle with gender identity”). Our protagonist dresses up in short shorts and a wig, ventures to a paint-by-numbers hick dive bar, gets harassed by the clientele, escapes into a sort of fantasy world where the menacing rednecks are transformed into latter-day versions of the Village People, and then ends up stepping into the light as a bona fide rock star. Um. … Read More

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10 Must-See Coachella 2014 Moments You Can Watch Online

Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and… Read More

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Arcade Fire Covers Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”

Cover any Blondie hit, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser — unless you royally eff up. Thankfully, Arcade Fire… Read More

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