The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Blake Shelton

If you’ve ever seen an episode of the reality singing competition The Voice, then you know that country star and co-judge Blake Shelton isn’t afraid to get goofy. His jokes are corny, but Shelton’s aw-shucks demeanor can be charming. He’s charismatic and good-natured about being the target of Adam Levine’s good ol’ boy jokes. Will that make him an engaging host who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty? See how last night’s episode went down, below. … Read More

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Guessing Game: Edgar Allan Poe or Goth Song Lyrics?

Monday marks the birthday of O.G. Edgar Allan Poe — original goth (one of them, anyway). Poe’s morose poems and gloomy short tales populate the annals of gothic literature. The master of the macabre’s life wasn’t exactly cheery, either. Drugs, booze, depression, and family tragedy plagued Poe during his day — but in death we celebrate him with a guessing game only a real goth could appreciate. Inspired by the dank darkness of Poe’s danky doom, we present you with: Edgar Allan Poe or Goth Song Lyrics? Look deep into the abyss for the answers (or simply highlight or double-click them to view). … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Kevin Hart

The breathless Kevin Hart kicks off a new episode of SNL after a several-week hiatus. The comedian played the role of host just two years ago, and his star has steadily been on the rise since then. Hart’s delivery is manic, but he can frame a joke like few others. Just like his last stint, Hart’s professionalism and dedication shine in the deadliest of sketches. See what kind of one-two punches Hart delivered in last night’s episode, below. … Read More

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Music Critic Sasha Frere-Jones Leaves ‘The New Yorker’ and Heads to Genius

After 11 years of working for The New Yorker, music critic Sasha Frere-Jones is leaving the prestigious magazine to work for… Read More

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Meet the Maker: Brandnewnoise

Presented by Sprout by HP

As Brandnewnoise, Richard Upchurch creates lo-fi musical gadgets for the 21st century. Each sound box has a specific task (and personality) that you can use to record your own beats, sounds, and music. His playful contraptions caught our eye at the Renegade Craft Fair, but we aren’t alone: The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, and Moog are also fans. We hooked Richard up with a Sprout by HP to help his design process, and then stopped by his Red Hook studio to see just what making music makers looks like. Check out the video below! … Read More

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Cheeky, Fictional ’70s-Era Porn Magazines for Synth Lovers

For the music snob who fetishizes their synth is a collection of fictional, naughty magazine covers boasting hilarious titles and article teasers (written by Simon Holland and Dave Williams), spotted on Dangerous Minds. “I was asked to imagine a series of seventies-era magazines aimed at young men seriously into synthesizers and electronic organs which would all betray their sexist origins by their covers!” artist Rachel Laine explains. The covers are part of the Bedroom Cassette Masters project — “eclectic selections of lo-fi electronica produced in bedrooms around the globe between 1980-89.” See more synthtastic porn covers in our gallery. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Martin Freeman

American audiences are familiar with Martin Freeman from his time in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy, FX’s Fargo, Sherlock, and the British version of The Office. But he seemed like a bit of a strange choice for SNL host over someone like Sir Ian McKellen (since it’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies time and everything). This is SNL’s 40th season and the celebrations are supposed to be stupendous. Freeman also lost fans when he made that weird rape joke during press rounds for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He’s a gifted actor and comedian, but let’s see if he can be on his best behavior during tonight’s episode and still keep it funny. … Read More

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