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Recent Band Reunions, From Most to Least Egregious

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This week, Blur bring their reunion full circle by releasing their first album in 12 years. Recorded on a whim, in the midst of a 40-hour jam session during a stopover Hong Kong at the end of 2013, as the once-fragmented band finished up its international reunion tour, The Magic Whip does something that not every musical comeback achieves: it moves beyond nostalgia. In light of Blur doing it right, we’re taking a look at other bands that have recently managed to pull off a respectable reunion — and those whose thirst and shamelessness is downright palpable. They’re ranked from most to least… Read More

Jon Stewart and Gael Garcia Bernal on the set of "Rosewater"

A Brief History of Jon Stewart’s Side Projects

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This week marks the release of Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s flawed but interesting feature filmmaking debut. As a serious-minded political thriller, it’s a bit of a departure for Stewart, who is primarily known as a talk-show host and stand-up comic — but his CV is more diverse than you might think. We took a look back at a few of his lesser-known (or, in some cases, all but forgotten) side projects.
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The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: The xx, Wu-Tang Clan

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It’s Friday, a fact that would be more exciting if the weather in NYC were less like a particularly unpleasant monsoon day in Bangkok. Anyway, as ever, it’s time for Flavorwire to round up the best songs we heard during the week gone by — this week saw the return of the most excellent Forest Swords, the unexpected emergence of a new Wu-Tang Clan track (and a new Nine Inch Nails track, for that matter), Chromatics plugging a car manufacturer with a song about cars, excellent atmospheric drone-y goodness from Motion Sickness of Time Travel and Rambutan, and a crazy good compilation of weird Olympic music from 1970s East Germany. All this goodness is streaming now, and it all awaits you after the jump. Click through to listen!
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The Internet’s Funniest Band T-Shirt Parodies

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A hilarious T-shirt design has been making the rounds on the Internet over the last couple of days — it’s the iconic radio wave landscape from the cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, emblazoned with the words, “What is this? I’ve seen it on Tumblr.” The shirt is the work of one Adam J. Kurtz, a New York City-based designer, and you can pre-order it here. As you wait for your purchase to arrive, here’s a selection of similarly amusing takes on iconic band logos, album cover art, and T-shirt designs.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. As Gawker gleefully reports, it’s definitely time to take off those yellow rubber bracelets. Lance Armstrong has stepped down as chair of the Livestrong charity and lost his Nike endorsement deal just a week after a US anti-doping agency released their report on his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

2. Obligatory Janis Joplin… Read More

The Most Gloriously Absurd Lyrics in Hip Hop History

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Juggalos rejoice! The new Insane Clown Posse album is finally out this week — it was due earlier this year, but record company wrangling resulted in its release date being pushed until the end of summer. Of course, beyond their selective appeal to Faygo devotees, ICP are largely known to the general public because of the immortal couplets from their 2009 single “Miracles,” which will go down in history as one of the most ridiculous and somehow awesome songs ever made. In celebration of their new record, then, here’s a selection of the most gloriously awesome lyrics that hip hop has given the world. Your suggestions are of course welcome. (And just to pre-empt any of the accusations that have a magical way of appearing in our comments section every time we say anything remotely negative about hip hop: we’ve done this before for ’80s pop songs and we’ll most likely do it for other genres in due course. So there.)
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Rock the Bells 2012 Line-Up Features Missy Elliott, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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After a few months of interchangeable summer festival lineup announcements featuring ’90s alt-rock reunions and trendy indie acts, it’s always refreshing to hear what traveling hip-hop celebration Rock the Bells is planning — and this year’s just-released roster doesn’t disappoint. The biggest news, as far as we’re concerned, is the return of Missy Elliott, who will appear alongside longtime collaborator Timbaland as “very special guests.” Also on the agenda is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s 20th anniversary reunion, for which they’ll play their classic 1995 album E. 1999 Eternal in its entirety. Other noteworthy bookings include Salt-N-Pepa, Kid Cudi, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube, A$AP Rocky, Deltron 3030, Slick Rick, Yelawolf, and just about as many Wu Tang members as you’ve come to expect from Rock the Bells. In 2012, the festival will visit three cities, hitting OS Events Center in San Bernardino, California on August 18th and 19th; Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on August 25th and 26th, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey September 1st and 2nd. See the full lineup after the jump.
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