Beck

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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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Mazzy Star, J Mascis

It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week saw the long-overdue return of Mazzy Star — hurrah! — along with a cracking cover of the same band by J Mascis, welcome returns for Manic Street Preachers, Forest Swords, Crystal Stilts, and various others, as well as a couple of ace new discoveries in the form of Eleanor Murray and Vattnet Viskar. All these tracks are streaming for free after the jump, so get listening! … Read More

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20 of the Flat-Out Funniest Songs in Rock ‘n’ Roll

In an attempt to save you (not to mention ourselves) from the general Monday-morning awfulness that tends to follow a lovely spring weekend, Flavorwire has compiled a playlist of indie/rock/generally guitar-based songs that are genuinely funny. These are 20 of the flat-out wittiest and most amusing songs we know — and we guarantee that at least one of them will make you chuckle. (Note: we’re discounting actual comedy songs here, so no Lonely Island/Flight of the Conchords/etc.) Keep the hilarity going by adding to our list in the comments. … Read More

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10 Amazing, Shocking Unscripted Moments From ’90s MTV

Though the channel debuted in the early ’80s, MTV really found its groove in the ’90s when it still balanced music coverage with its burgeoning original reality, comedy, and animated programming. Because we can’t resist looking back fondly on the wild and wacky on-air incidents that shaped our adolescence, here are ten mind-blowing moments from MTV’s second decade that make us pine for those halcyon off-the-wall… Read More

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