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15 Music Videos Filmed In One Shot

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25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.… Read More

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Photo Gallery: The Mud, Rain, and Music of Governors Ball 2013

After one day of torrential rain, two days of ankle-deep mud, and countless ruined shoes, the third and largest incarnation of New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival wrapped up last night with a headline set from Kanye West. Although West did treat the audience to some brand new Yeezus tracks — and also let everyone know know the album is coming out sooner rather than later because he “doesn’t give a fuck” about album sales — his set was mostly a compilation of crowd-pleasing hits and surprisingly cheesy visuals. Compared to Friday’s shortened sets and canceled headliners, however, the majority of the Governors Ball went smoothly, with the exception of a retooled main stage schedule that pushed up acts like Japandroids and Cut Copy, and some sound issues that led Animal Collective to flat-out leave the stage on Saturday night. Standout performances included a show from embattled Harlem MC Azealia Banks and a visually stunning set from The xx, along with the much-hyped return of Guns ‘n’ Roses. Flavorwire’s ace photographer Andrew Boyle was there to capture all the action, so click through for a look at some of the dozens of acts that took to the festival’s four stages this weekend — minus the mud. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In case you missed it, Animal Collective went on Conan last night to promote their new album Centipede Hz, playing “Today’s Supernatural” behind set pieces that looked like weird glowing teeth. Watch a clip of the performance

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Yesterday we learned that Steven Tyler is leaving American Idol “before she boils my rabbit,” and Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson may also be on the way out. Today’s update is that Mariah Carey is in talks to step into the judge’s seat. Welcome to the asylum, Mimi! [via Jezebel]… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The rather excellent looking new Wes Anderson movie, Moonrise Kingdom, will kick off this year’s Cannes Film Festival on May 16th before opening in the US on May 25th. Can you believe that this will be the auteur’s first time screening one of his films there? [via Vulture]

2. Apparently Britney Spears… Read More

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10 Great Female Musicians Feist Fans Might Enjoy

Feist’s new album Metals is out this week, and although it’s already getting a slew of good reviews, as we confessed earlier this week, we’ve never been massive fans of the Canadian singer/songwriter. We don’t think she’s terrible, but we do think there are plenty of other great female singer/songwriters out there who are deserving of your attention. In view of this, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to bring together a selection of our favorites — if you like Feist, we reckon you’ll enjoy the work of the artists after the jump. On a related note: what do they put in the water in Sweden?! … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week — Radiohead, Feist

If it’s Monday, it must be time for our weekly wrap-up of five notable records streaming for free over the interwebs over the next seven days. The big news this week is undoubtedly the fact that Radiohead’s remix LP is streaming in full — if like everyone else you missed out on tickets to the band’s NYC shows, then you can console yourself with the surfeit of new(ish) material after the jump. There’s also Feist’s new album (if you can convince the stream to work), along with excellent records from Walls, Prince Rama, and Modeselektor. What are you waiting for? … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we celebrated yesterday’s historic weddings by collectively swooning over 60 awesome portraits of newly-married gay couples in New York. We got our first glimpse at the plans for the Apple Store in Grand Central. We appreciated Laura Goode’s thoughtful piece of writing on Amy Winehouse’s life… Read More

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Gallery: Laurie Masters's Oil Paintings of Rock 'n' Roll Stars

We recently stumbled across an impressive trove of rock ‘n’ roll portraits by Ontario artist Laurie Masters over at Behance Network. Masters is apparently entirely self-taught and creates her portraits of celebrities from photographs – she was originally a musician, and as such it’s perhaps no surprise that her work focuses largely on musicians (PJ Harvey, M.I.A., the Arcade Fire), although her subject matter also encompasses a variety of other artists and actors. Endearingly, she also creates dolls of her subjects, some of which can be seen at her website (apparently Flight of the Conchords were particularly impressed by their stuffed likenesses). We’re not necessarily always fans of the whole painting-directly-from-photos idea, but Masters’ rock ‘n’ roll portraits are an interesting and ongoing project. We’ve collected some of our favorites after the jump. … Read More

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