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Elegant Retro Redesigns of Contemporary Album Covers

We do like a good redesigned cover or two here at Flavorwire, and we also like a bit of retro design action, so we were delighted when we spotted these redesigned covers for classic albums at The Design Blog. They’re the work of Brazilian designer Rodrigo Maia — the idea behind them is to marry contemporary album covers to a jazz-era cover art aesthetic, and they work a treat. … Read More

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Photo Highlights From the 2012 Global Citizen Festival

Yesterday, over 60,000 people gathered at Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival, a massive outdoor concert thrown by the Global Poverty Project, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty across the world. Festival-goers were treated to performances from K’naan, Band of Horses, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, with a surprise appearance by John Legend, who sang just one song: John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in addition to presentations from speakers like Olivia Wilde, Katie Couric and Jeffrey Sachs and short films about the issue of the day. It was a fantastic festival for a very worthy cause. Our intrepid photographer, Gabriela Arp, documented the day — click through to check out her photographs, and if you were there, share your experience in the comments! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Ron Howard has confirmed that he and Brian Grazer will be filming Jay-Z’s Made in America music festival for a feature that will be released next year. “This will not be a concert film,” he explains. “It’s a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America – what the… Read More

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Neil Young, Foo Fighters to Headline Free Central Park Concert

What’s better than Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K’naan playing a free concert in New York City’s Central Park on September 29th? How about all that, plus the news that these acts are coming together for Global Festival, a collaboration between the Global Poverty Project and Goldenvoice that aims… 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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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s official: After 15 years with the Today show, co-host Ann Curry is being kicked off with a reported $10 million severance package. Her replacement is expected to be announced later this week. [via NYP]

2. Rufus Wainwright says that he’s planning to write a musical film that is “very, very” loosely… Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Lady Chatterley

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: D.H. Lawrence’s most controversial heroine, the lovely Lady Chatterley. … Read More

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