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The 50 Best “Ripped From the Headlines” ‘Law & Order’ Episodes, Ranked

Law & Order, the Dick Wolf-produced procedural that paved the way for so many other shows — NYPD BlueNCISCSI: So Many, and so many others — has been running, in one form or the other, since 1990. Since that first season, Law & Order, and all its iterations — SVUCriminal Intent, and a few other less successful variants — have followed nearly 1,000 criminal investigations. So, it’s no surprise that a lot of those crimes were based on real-life events — some of them even from just a few months prior. … Read More

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10 of the Worst Key Changes in Music

The key change is like pretty much any other musical trope: if it’s used well, it can be an effective and inventive way to signal a shift in the mood or tone of a song; if it’s used badly, it can be a godawful cliché that makes your ears hurt and your heart fill with existential despair. We may get around to looking at the former in due course, but for now, it’s more fun to look at the latter — so here are ten of the poorest key changes in music, ranked from the worst to the absolute worst. … Read More

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Martin Scorsese’s Weirdest Projects

Over the holiday weekend, Martin Scorsese directed a new film featuring his longtime collaborator Robert De Niro, his current collaborator Leonardo Di Caprio, and Brad Pitt. But don’t mark your calendars just yet to see Jimmy the Gent, the Wolf of Wall Street, and Aldo Raine face off under Scorsese’s direction on the big screen — it was all for a commercial. Well, to be clear, it’s a “casino-themed short film” for next year’s opening of the Studio City resort hotel in Macau, China. In other words, Marty gotta eat — and the whole weird story is a nice reminder that even the most respected of contemporary filmmakers has taken on a lot of very strange jobs between his cinematic… Read More

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The History of the World in 15 Music Videos

Even before the advent of videos, pop music did a decent job of educating the youth. As Bruce Springsteen sang on “No Surrender,” he and his fellow baby boomers “learned more from a three-minute record” than they ever did in school. The Boss is a sharp guy, but had he come of age in the MTV era, he’d be about a hundred times smarter. … Read More

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The 25 Best Songs of 2014 So Far

Last week we brought you the top 25 albums of 2014 so far, but we couldn’t let the midyear pass without taking a look at the best songs up until this point. This being a singles list, it’s heavy on your Iggys and your Charlis and your Sias, but you’ll also find choice album cuts from some of the year’s best rock LPs, like EMA, The War on Drugs, Against Me!, and more. And finally, we tossed in a few you may not have heard yet, hopefully inspiring you to check out the underrated tunes that haven’t been critical faves or Hot 100… Read More

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Read Beyoncé’s Poignant Tribute to Michael Jackson

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing. True to ever-respectful, always-killing-it form, Beyoncé took to her … Read More

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Famous Songs Become Buildings in Federico Babina’s ‘Archimusic’

Music often drives us to change the architecture of our bodies – if it wasn’t for Rod Stewart’s raw, animalistic beats or Barry Manilow’s thrashing guitar, I wonder if I’d ever move at all. But seriously, the idea of music itself being architectural isn’t too hard to fathom, whether in the way that it’s laid out in blueprint form before it’s actualized, in the way that a series of supporting sounds bolster one another and create a song, or in the 4’33” sense that silences create their own music, just as there’s architecture in empty space. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Our 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 recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed 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 Michael Jackson Hologram: Slave to the Spectacle

Because we apparently can’t let things be, a Michael Jackson hologram performed at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. Slouched atop a gilded, leopard-print throne, the MJ hologram lip-synched and gesticulated along with “Slave to the Rhythm,” a club-ready track off the latest posthumous Jackson album, Xscape. Dancers — virtual and otherwise — contorted themselves more seamlessly than the hologram, whose choreography was, yes, MJ-esque but of course could never compete with the smoothness of the real thing. Not that anyone would expect it to. The appeal of the dead musician hologram is rooted in shock, not nuance. But after all the resurrections of Michael throughout the nearly five years since his death, at what point do we give it up? When do we call a truce and let his career in life define him in death? … Read More

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