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Governors Ball 2015 Lineup Announced: Björk, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Black Keys

Festival season has kicked off early this year, with two major lineup announcements in as many days. First there… Read More

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is Her Very Own ‘808s & Heartbreak’

The final song on the deluxe — but not the deluxe iTunes or Target — version of The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj’s third album, tells you everything you need to know about the Queens-bred rapper’s mental state at this point in time. Onika steps up to the plate and swings like she has nothing to prove but everything on the line: “You bitches can’t get my spot ’til I’m raising some children.” “Not that I don’t have good vision, but I don’t see competition/ They want me to come and help them, but I am not a magician.” “Don’t make me expose you, bitch, I’m busy.” With a title like “Win Again,” it would be easy to mistake this for your standard Nicki brag track, not unlike “I Am Your Leader” or “Grindin.” But by the end of the song, she’s out for blood with far less of it running through her flow. “I won,” Minaj coos in her most defeated-by-love pop-singer voice, “Kill-kill everything in my way.” Her brain is well trained, but her heart sounds tired. Yours would be too after writing an album like The Pinkprint. … Read More

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124 Songs You Need to Hear Before 2014 Ends

Music is personal. It’s something that I’m never more aware of than I am at the end of every year, when best-of lists dominate the coverage at cultural publications, but the idea of “best” is one that I’ve never quite been comfortable with. It seems too objective to take into account personal taste, not to mention the reality that there’s too much music out there for even the most ambitious listener to have heard everything, or even close to everything. So let’s not use the word “best.” Instead, here are 124 songs released in 2014 that I would recommend to any music lover. Its goal is to highlight not only the year’s biggest hits, both commercially and critically, but also songs that commented on what happened in our world this year, and songs you may not have heard but that you’ll hopefully love as much as we… Read More

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12 Ways to Say “Thank You” in Song

You know those people on Facebook who celebrate even minor holidays by posting corresponding songs? “Here’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ happy Earth Day!” Maybe you’re one of those people. I won’t tell, though your entire Facebook feed already knows. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I’m just saying: at least make sure you pick… Read More

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Carrie Bradshaw Brings Chaos, Confusion and “Zsa Zsa Zsu” to Tinder: Links You Need To See

It’s winter, which means more excuses to stay inside and cuddle up with a book. Refinery29 has a great list of the books from your childhood you need to revisit, including Zlata’s Diary, which I read while in junior high and which captivated me; From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, which inspired nightly dreams of running away and moving into a museum; and Running Out of Time, which, as the article’s author Laura le Vine notes, “was The Village before M. Night Shyamalan ruined the concept.” If you were a book nerd as a kid, this piece will make you want to read all your old favorites again. … Read More

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Watch: Lykke Li Covers Drake in London

Guys: Lykke Li Lykkified Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Lykkifying usually entails intense reverb, sultrily reptilian vocals, and the slowing down and… Read More

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Watch Nicki Minaj’s Animated Lyric Video for ‘Only,’ Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown

Nicki Minaj has released an animated lyric video for her new single, “Only,” which appears on her upcoming album… Read More

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