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How ‘Pitch Perfect’ Helped A Cappella Hit a High Note in the Mainstream

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If there is one thing you learn at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), it’s that there are a lot of ways to wear a vest. The vest, you see, is part of the changing uniform of the a cappella group. While perfectly matching (and perfectly dorky) bow ties, khaki pants, and suit jackets were once the preferred aesthetic of a cappella and its innumerable male groups from across the Ivy League, the sound’s “cool” new look involves coordinating trends across a singular color palette and a renewed sense of individuality. There were more pleather skirts on stage at this past April’s ICCA Finals than there are at a Forever 21. And don’t even get me started on the University of Michigan G-Men, who wear numbered soccer jerseys while covering Alt-J and employing mouth percussionists so frighteningly guttural, you’ll swear there’s some sort of woodland mammal among their ranks.
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The Parents Television Council’s Most Hilariously Absurd Complaints

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Prior to the premiere of WE tv’s Sex Box, the admittedly pretty tame and boring reality show wherein couples have sex in a box as a form of therapy, the Parents Television Council launched a national petition against the series. The petition demanded that Sex Box be removed from the American TV lineup and that the signees “do not support such outrageous, disgraceful content on television.” Obviously, it didn’t work — though it did result in a pretty great response from WE tv.

This wasn’t the first time the PTC tried to “inform” the masses about the depraved, offensive, sex-filled, expletive-laden horrors of pop culture. It’s literally all they do. Seriously, you can lose a whole afternoon clicking around the site to read their detailed warnings. Here are ten of the PTC’s most absurd complaints, from Gossip Girl to Glee to Scandal.
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6 Actors Who Actually Should Play Rivers Cuomo in His Fox Sitcom ‘Detour’

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Yesterday it was announced that Detour, the Fox sitcom based on Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo‘s Harvard studies during the height of the band’s fame, had found its leading man in an exceedingly hot British actor with abs. He has a name, obviously: Ben Aldridge. He sounds like a great guy and all, and he’s done some solid work for the BBC (Our Girl), but he’s no Cuomo. I mean…
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10 TV Events to Look Out For in March

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The good thing about March is that the snow on the ground is finally thawing and the temperatures are rising (slightly). The bad thing about March is that there’s still lousy Smarch weather and the outside is mostly just gross, gray slush. Fortunately, television continues to give us plenty of reasons to stay indoors and under a blanket. From a cyber-centric spinoff of a popular franchise to crime-solving zombies to an insider look at Scientology, here are the ten TV events to watch in March.
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What To Watch on TV: January 4-January 10

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We’re about to enter one of the busiest television times of the year, with shows returning from their holiday hiatuses and new shows premiering on every network you can think of. There is enough TV happening that you’re sure to find something to watch — musical sitcoms, musical dramas, dating reality competitions, furniture reality competitions, and so on — but it can definitely get a bit overwhelming. Flavorwire will soon take an in-depth look at the highs and lows of midseason but until then, here’s a quick rundown of your best TV bets for next week.
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Quiz: Who Said It, Dave Grohl or Your Rockist Baby Boomer Dad?

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Throughout his nearly 30-year career, Dave Grohl has evolved from teenage DC punk opting out of mainstream culture to Gen X hero to Baby Boomer rock’s most outspoken son. Somewhere along the way — particularly in the last few years as he’s worked with Paul McCartney and filmed his ’70s rock-centric doc Sound City the things that 45-year-old Grohl says have started to sound an awful lot like your rockist dad’s offhanded comments during music awards shows. Grohl’s dissed reality singing competitions and pop radio as many times as he’s breathlessly saluted The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the spirit of that old time rock and roll. He’s slighted EDM at the Grammys, only to place a small Band-Aid over the whole thing after the fact (peak dad). He’s remained skeptical of technology. My own father thinks he makes some salient points about modern music. 
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Beatles Tributes, Ranked

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For 50 years, popular culture has been paying tribute to The
Beatles. Innumerable covers of all qualities litter YouTube. Entire television specials are dreamt up, even now, to honor their contributions to music history. Every album anniversary is an opportunity for nostalgia of some sort, be it a tribute record, a Cirque du Soleil production, a video game, or a big-budget movie musical. And that’s not even counting the cover bands, with their cheap Liverpudlian accents and their even cheaper suits.
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8 Memorable ‘Say Anything’ Parodies on Television

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The latest episode of New Girl, “Landline,” ended with a throwaway gag involving Winston’s girlfriend Judy trying to get him back after Nick’s meddling accidentally broke the couple up. Judy shows up at the loft, hoists a boombox over her head, and plays “Levon.” It’s an obvious riff on a scene from 1989’s Say Anything… in which Lloyd Dobler tries to win over his longtime crush Diane Court by holding up a boombox that’s blasting “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. The scene is pure cheese and earnestness, but it has become iconic. New Girl isn’t the first television show to reference Lloyd’s bumbling display of love, and it definitely won’t be the last. Here are eight other homages (and parodies) of the infamous scene.
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