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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in June

The sun is out, your bedroom is already stinking hot, and suddenly the memory of snow seems less depressing than it does nostalgically inviting: yes, it’s summer! The advent of the summer generally corresponds with something of a drop-off in the volume and quality of album releases — everyone’s too busy drinking beer on rooftops, maybe — but never fear, because as ever Flavorwire has pored over the release schedules and come up with a list of the ten albums you need to hear in the month to come, along with a roundup of everything else that’s out, whether good, bad, or Barenaked… Read More

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Coachella 2013: The Good, The Bad, The Bros

Our intrepid, heat-resistant reporters spanned both weekends of this year’s Coachella to bring you a look at the (no exaggeration) epic music festival from the comfort of your own laptop. While the bros and the… let’s say “overmedicated” crowds can sometimes be deterrents to enjoying the weekend, ultimately, you’re there for the music. And there is something for everyone. Here are our highlights, with special thanks to Doug Levy, Liat Kriegel, and Dan Busta. … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

Along with temperate weather, a surf-friendly beach, and nearby state parks for days, San Francisco is also home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. What’s an engaged culture hound to do? First step: Check out our newly launched Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, follow our carefully curated editors’ picks, and connect with other people who have similar interests as you. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week. Just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings.  … Read More

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Seriously, What the Hell Is Going on With Shia LaBeouf?

The facts, as we know them, are these: Shia LaBeouf, of the Transformers movies and Indiana Jones and Wall Street sequels that most of us can agree were just terrible, was slated to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, opposite Alec Baldwin. Yesterday, just over a week into rehearsals, the producers announced that LaBeouf was leaving the production. The official reason is that old standby, “creative differences,” but as the shit-storm around his exit has increased in intensity, and as we consider some of his other recent choices, it’s become clear that Mr. LaBeouf is either a) at least a little bit out of his mind or b) carefully cultivating the image of someone who is at least a little bit out of his mind. … Read More

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Photos of Famous Musicians Playing in the Snow

If that was winter, we guess it’s pretty much over, which is depressing news for those of us who actually enjoy the snow (and for anyone worried about, y’know, global warming and the future of the planet.) We’re already looking wistfully back at the photos we published a couple of weeks back of famous authors playing in the snow, and we thought we’d follow up today with similar images of musicians. These were somewhat more difficult to track down — a legacy, perhaps, of the fact that musicians as a whole aren’t exactly noted for being outdoor types — but still, there’s plenty of snow-related musical imagery to be found if you look hard enough. So click through and try to ignore the fact that if these crazy warm summers are anything to go by, these sorts of pictures are probably gonna be the only way to see snow in a few years’ time. Huzzah. … Read More

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10 Albums Recorded in Fascinatingly Exotic Locations

Piramida, the new album by Danish five-piece Efterklang, is out this week. The album continues Efterklang’s march away from the experimental weirdness of their early recordings toward a more conventional sound, and it’s also a pretty somber-sounding piece of work — perhaps because it’s based on field recordings that the band took in a crazy-looking abandoned mining town in the Arctic Circle. Indeed, the backstory to Piramida is pretty fascinating, and it got us thinking about albums that were recorded in similarly exotic locales. We’ve put together a selection, and as ever, we’re open to suggestions. (Just please for the love of god don’t mention Bon Iver and his damn cabin.) … Read More

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Photo Hightlights from the 2012 Outside Lands Festival

Now in its fifth year, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took over Golden Gate Park this past weekend, with a diverse lineup that included everyone from long-established legends like Neil Young and Stevie Wonder to more emerging acts like Tanlines and Zola Jesus. Flavorpill sent photographer Scott Dudelson into the crowded park — which was packed with some 200,000 music fans — to cover the three-day festival for us; click through to see our favorite shots that he captured. … Read More

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Lollapalooza 2012: The Festival in Photos

Last summer, formerly roaming, currently Chicago-based festival Lollapalooza celebrated its 20th anniversary. This past weekend, Perry Farrell’s brainchild barreled into its third decade, once again taking over Grant Park (and most of the surrounding area) with three days of marquee headliners, upstart buzz bands, and plenty of sun, food, and eventually, the requisite mud. Saturday’s installment saw a bit of a hitch, as the entire site was evacuated when a massive thunderstorm descended on the city; fortunately, the event resumed three hours later, with the mass exodus both out of and into the site handled remarkably well.

Nature’s wrath aside, it was another banner year for Lolla. Among the highlights were main stage sets from Florence + The Machine, Metric, Sigur Rós, and the Black Keys — the latter of whom received a personal introduction from Chicago Mayor (and former White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel. Jack White closed out the festival with a headlining performance featuring both his alternating all-male and all-female bands. And then there was our personal highlight, soul man of the hour, Frank Ocean, whose Saturday night set on the Google Play stage was both a revelation and the perfect reason to steer clear of that night’s main stage acts. Click through for our exclusive photo gallery from the entire weekend, both onsite and off, and if you were there too, share your own favorite moments in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Ryan McGinley’s Video for Sigur Rós’ “Varúð”

For the latest installment of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, photographer Ryan McGinley has created a visual accompaniment for “Varúð” that, unlike the original music video for the song, features a golden-haired girl skipping her way around New York City. The most surprising part, given that this is McGinley we’re talking about? She’s actually wearing clothes! “I wanted to bring a childhood innocence to the streets, through a character whose own light and wonder effects the world around her,” he explains. “I’m always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms.” Click through to check out the strange-but-pretty clip, which we spotted over on Stereogum, now. … Read More

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These Are the Bands That Make You Totally Undateable

A couple of weeks back, our esteemed literary editor Emily Temple surveyed the books that might make you beat a hasty retreat if you saw them on a potential date’s bookshelf, or in their handbag. The post got plenty of heated comments, and it also got us thinking about the other place you might look to snoop on a date’s cultural credentials: their record collection (or, failing that, their iPod.) And so, as we did for books, we asked around Flavorpill central to find out which artists might, if discovered on a potential date’s playlist, put an end to that date pretty damn quickly. We received plenty of responses, and the entirely personal, subjective, and often hotly debated results await after the jump. … Read More

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