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Musicians Drinking the Spotify Haterade: The Collected Complaints

Since Spotify’s stateside introduction three years ago, musicians  have expressed their disdain for the streaming service and its laughably low royalty rates (between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream). A number of artists, mostly those in the privileged positions of having already established a fanbase, have pulled their music from the service, or in the case of legacy artists, blocked it from ever being streamed there. Spotify, in addition to other streaming music services like Pandora, led David Byrne to suggest that, “The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left.” The Talking Heads leader is far from the only open opponent of streaming. Let’s take a look at a few others with harsh words for Spotify, a service that claims to have paid out a billion dollars in royalties but still draws constant ire. … Read More

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Everything Is Embarrassing: The Confessions of Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis is the quintessential indie rock heroine. For the last 15 years, her emotionally honest anthems — both with Rilo Kiley and on her own — have soundtracked love and heartbreak, detailed familial drama, and aired dirty laundry with bandmates, all the while showing that it’s possible for a woman to be down but not out of the game. After a four-year hiatus, Lewis returns with her third solo LP, The Voyager (Warner Bros.), on July 29. It’s a confident album made in the face of personal struggle, including the death of Lewis’ father, the public dissolution of her band, and a mean bout of insomnia to boot.

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Austin City Limits Fest Announces Lineup: Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, Eminem

A late-season but solid festival, Austin City Limits announced its 2014 lineup this morning. The main headliners are very… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Jim Parsons

SNL had a month-long vacation and returns with The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck (in full creepy preacher regalia). Parsons seems like an odd choice for hosting duties, but his quirky delivery is a welcome addition. Will the writers do him justice, or leave the newcomer floundering? How did Colin Jost perform his first time sitting at the “Weekend Update” anchor desk? Its all here, after the jump. … Read More

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‘Morning Phase': Why Sad Beck Is the Best Beck

I’ll be honest: I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Beck, for the simple reason that for all his undeniable talent, it’s been hard to find any sort of heart in his music. He’s always come across as a sort of arch postmodernist trickster — someone who flits between genres and modes, someone who’s adept in all of them but frustratingly difficult to actually get a handle on. It’s for this reason, perhaps, that the one album of his that did connect with me was Sea Change, his famously downbeat 2002 breakup album: it’s the one record on which the veneer dropped, revealing something about the man beneath. … Read More

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Coachella Lineup Announced

Coachella has posted its 2014 lineup! The concert will take place Fri-Sun April 11-13, then again with the same… Read More

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Flavorwire’s 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

With year-end listomania pretty much over and done with, it’s time to turn our attention to the year to come — and, specifically, which albums we’re most looking forward to hearing in 2014. So far, it’s shaping up very nicely indeed, thanks — there’s the return of a whole lot of artists who we’ve been waiting to hear from for up to four-and-a-half decades, along with debuts from exciting new talents. Here’s what’s gonna be on our shopping list once we pay off the debts of the “festive” season. … Read More

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Vampire Weekend, Beck, Fiona Apple, and More Will Cover Their Favorite Love Songs for Starbucks

This Valentine’s Day, Starbucks will release a compilation of covers by artists like Beck, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones, Jim James,… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Beck, U.S. Girls

It’s Friday, which means that it’s nearly the weekend, and also that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week there’s Beck doing his best Dirty Projectors impression, along with an awesome new Spector-esque track from U.S. Girls, Oneohtrix Point Never and Purity Ring remixing Nine Inch Nails and Lady Gaga, respectively, a bunch of Motion Sickness of Time Travel, the return of Robert Pollard (with six new records in tow), and lots more. Click through and get listening! … 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 each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the 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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