The Best Cities for Young Artists

Where have all the young artists gone? Well, they’ve been priced out of Melbourne, New York, Barcelona, and all of those other city enclaves that promised low-rent and lots of encouragement. But new art communities are popping up every day on unexpected parts of the globe. Creative hubs, city funded projects, and lots of public works are just some of the perks these locations offer to young artists who seek refuge. Click through for our eight favorite cities for young artists, and leave a comment if we forgot your favorite. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. This teaser clip for season four of Mad Men functions more like a “best of” reel and reveals absolutely nothing. But we know you’re going to want to watch it anyway. [via Vulture]
2. Because America officially finds him creepy, Tom Cruise‘s new action flick Knight and Day got trounced at… Read More

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BREAKING: R.I.P. Jay Reatard

After multiple Twitter rumors prompted a post from Brooklyn Vegan and a confirmation from The Commercial Appeal, we’re sorry to report that the rumor is true. Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard has died at 29.

From the Matador blog:

We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard. Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.

According to Goner Records, Lindsey’s former label, he died at home in his sleep last night; funeral arrangements have yet to be made public. Memphis police spokesperson Jennifer Robinson has said that an investigation is ongoing. If you never experienced Reatard’s garage-punk assault live, then you missed out on a performance that was consistently raw, furious, and inimitable. He will be missed.

Watch “Waiting For Something,” a short doc on his career, after the jump. … Read More

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