Uptown Vs. Downtown: Which New Yorker Are You?
NYC

There are two types of people in New York City: Uptown or Downtown. It honestly doesn’t matter what your address is, because who actually spends time in their apartment? It’s all about your aesthetic and lifestyle! So where do you fit in?...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Darius Rucker Taps John Oates, Kiss’ Tommy Thayer for Benefit Show
News

Darius Rucker has assembled a particularly eclectic lineup for his eighth annual Darius & Friends benefit concert. While country music is well represented – contemporary stars Dan + Shay and Michael Ray are on the bill, along with Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Milsap – it’s far from just a Nashville show. Rucker, the singer of Nineties favorites Hootie & the Blowfish, has also enlisted his colleagues from the rock world, including John Oates, who recently headlined Nashville’s...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Hear Jim Lauderdale Channel Ray Charles on New Song ‘I Love You More’
News

Throughout the nearly 30 albums he has released, Americana stalwart Jim Lauderdale has increasingly become a musical Picasso, cultivating an unrivaled reputation for eclecticism and at the same time redefining the standard for each of the genres he has effortlessly explored. Lauderdale’s latest, London Southern, is his 29th LP and takes much of its inspiration from the musician’s travels throughout England and Scotland, where a half-century ago, young fans were falling in love with America’s R&B and country roots, forming...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Hear HoneyHoney Singer Suzanne Santo’s Driving ‘Ghost in My Bed’
News

After logging a decade as the fiddle-playing frontwoman of HoneyHoney, Suzanne Santo is branching out, adding a solo album — this summer’s Ruby Red — to an already celebrated career. The new record marks an expansion of her Americana roots, with Southern-gothic soul and dusky, driving pop-fueled songs like “Ghost in my Bed.” Produced by Butch Walker in his SoCal studio, “Ghost in my Bed” barrels forward at highway speed, folding mandolin, fiddle and keyboards into a nocturnal track about...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Review: Halsey Showcases Wild Ambitions on ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’
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It makes sense that Halsey proclaims herself a “Marvel nerd,” because she definitely nailed the origin story. Born in 1994, just a couple of weeks after Biggie dropped his debut Ready to Die, she blew up into an out-of-nowhere pop icon with her breakout hymn “New Americana,” speaking for a new generation of electro-angst youth: “High on legal marijuana/Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” Halsey keeps leveling up her pop-rebel game, being her own loud and messy self in public, with...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
In Defense of Mr. Met: How Mascot Became Hero of Baseball Season
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After another humiliating loss to wrap up May dropped the scuffling New York Mets back to five games below .500, thoughts immediately turned to the club’s notorious twin collapses of 2007 and again in 2008, which hastened the demise of a promising mid-aughts run. Over the ensuing decade, Mr. Met has grown more antiquated, an emblem of optimism incongruous with the team’s foibles, which were typified by the sight of ace Jacob deGrom sulking off the mound after giving up...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Why The New NBA Arms Race Is Good For Basketball
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Basketball, like all other facets of life on earth, is cyclical. History repeats itself, florals are forever the hot new look for spring and five NBA franchises have, between them, won 48 championships. Super teams have always existed within the NBA. The Lakers, Celtics, Bad Boy era Pistons, Jordan’s Bulls, the Spurs, teams of this calibre dominating the league is the rule. The anomalies have come in the shake-ups, in the one-off wins of underdogs or teams with the unique...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’: The Story Behind Every Song
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The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which Rolling Stone named the best album of all time, turns 50 today. In honor of the anniversary, and coinciding with a new deluxe reissue, we have presented a series of in-depth pieces – one for each of the album’s tracks, excluding the brief “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” reprise on Side Two – that explore the background of this revolutionary and beloved record. Revisit all 11 stories below. Side One1....

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Look At Me!: The Noisy, Blown-Out SoundCloud Revolution Redefining Rap
News

One of the more unlikely songs to enter the Billboard Top 40 this year is “Look At Me!” from Broward County, Florida’s XXXTentacion. The unnerved track has a blown-out sound like it’s emerging from a busted cell-phone speaker, lyrics that are violently sexual, and features a 10-year-old sample from London dubstep artist Mala. The track has been streamed over 76 million times on SoundCloud alone. The 19-year-old rapper is leading a swell of purposefully decayed-sounding music coming from South Florida,...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
‘Churchill’ Review: Brian Cox Shines in Biopic of British Leader on the Brink
News

Brian Cox is a marvel of an actor, and to watch him tear into the role of Winston Churchill is not to be missed. This is a version of the venerable British Prime Minister we haven’t seen before – no longer the lion of British fortitude (“We will fight them on the beaches!”), but a man on the ropes. He’s hobbled not just by his alcoholism and “the black dog” of depression, but by his conviction that the D-Day landing,...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Parmalee Announce New Album ‘27861’
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Following up your big breakthrough isn’t the work of a moment. For the members of Parmalee, who had played together and released albums for more than a decade before their 2013 LP Feels Like Carolina rose to the Top 10 on the country charts, it’s taken the better part of four years. But with their new album, 27861 – due July 21st – the four-piece is making sure to keep things close to home. 27861, the North Carolina band’s sixth album...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
See Dan Auerbach Jam With Duane Eddy at Surprise Nashville Club Show
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Nashville’s Station Inn is used to being filled to the brim with bluegrass and old time players, but last night Dan Auerbach packed so many legends into the historic venue that the existing confines of the stage ware barely big enough to hold them all. “We had to make an addition,” the Black Keys singer-guitarist said in a black suit and turquoise bolo tie, flanked by John Prine band member Pat McLaughlin, Nick Bockrath from Cage the Elephant on guitar,...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Behold, The World’s Most Expensive Handbag
Fashion

Spoiler alert: it’s an Hermés Birkin. As if that most covetable of purses needed to climb higher on the ultimate status totem pole. Breaking its own record, which was set in 2016, a white “Himalaya” crocodile Birkin just sold at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong for $379,261 – making it the most expensive handbag ever. The statement piece (to say the least) features 18-karat white gold hardware and no less than 205 literal diamonds. The “Himalaya” name comes from the...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
This Iconic Beach Car Is Back & Better Than Ever
Things We Love

While some may say your summer look isn’t complete without a basket bag, à la Jane Birkin, we’re going to say your summer look isn’t complete without this classic car, à la Brigitte Bardot. Back in the day, iconic heritage brand Moke reached an international cult status when bombshell Brigitte Bardot was photographed driving it ever so fabulously around the money playground that is St.Tropez. Later, Marc Jacobs took it for a spin in St. Barths. So why should they have all...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Eagles Enlist Glenn Frey’s Son for New York, L.A. Concerts
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Deacon Frey – the son of the Eagles‘ singer Glenn Frey, who died in 2016 – and country stalwart Vince Gill will join the Eagles for their upcoming shows at Classic West and Classic East, Los Angeles Times reports. The two new additions to the band will split vocal duty on the many classic songs that featured lead vocals from Glenn Frey, including “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone” and “Lyin’ Eyes.” “The primary thing is I think Glenn would be good...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘American Gods’: Welcome to the Golden Age of Weird TV
News

An FBI agent communicates with an eyeless woman on some cosmic, supernatural plain while a brain on a stalk issues cryptic orders. A living Goddess swallows a grown man into her vagina while in the middle of sexual intercourse. An international-waters orgy climaxes with a priest nearly forced to fornicate with a fake lioness, not long after tying up a man who claims to be God. A lounge-lizard who lives in a luxury igloo (technically, he resides in some sort...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Jerry Garcia’s Legendary Wolf Guitar Sells for $1.9 Million at Auction
News

Jerry Garcia‘s famous Wolf guitar sold at auction for over $1.9 million Wednesday, AP reports. “Wolf” was Garcia’s go-to instrument for over two decades. The Grateful Dead singer-guitarist first wielded the instrument during a 1973 show for the Hell’s Angels in New York City. 20 Iconic Guitars From ‘Lucille’ to ‘Trigger,’ great guitars and the musicians who love them Brian Halligan, Chief Executive of software company HubSpot and an avid Deadhead (he co-authored the book Marketing...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Melvins Drummer Dale Crover on His Warped, Melodic Solo Debut
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After more than 30 years providing the cavernous push-pull drums for art-sludge icons the Melvins (not to mention three songs on Nirvana’s Bleach), Dale Crover, one of Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time, is finally releasing his first solo full-length. Titled The Fickle Finger of Fate, the LP, due on Joyful Noise on August 4th, is no traps-bashing chops-feast, instead showcasing a melodic sensibility weaned on Sixties pop and Seventies arena rock, with no shortage of wild effects....

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Watch Miranda Lambert’s Stark, Unplugged ‘Tin Man’ Video
News

Most public performances to date of Miranda Lambert’s current single “Tin Man,” like at April’s ACM Awards, have been solo affairs – just artist, guitar and song delivered in the most direct manner possible. This approach underscores the fact that the tune, from Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings double album, is a vulnerable person’s plea for emotional invulnerability resembling that of the heartless Wizard of Oz character. The tradition continues in Lambert’s new “Tin Man...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
Watch Foo Fighters Rage With Retirees in Surprise ‘Run’ Video
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The Foo Fighters rock a retirement home in the wild new video for “Run,” the band’s surprise new song. The track marks the group’s first since they went on hiatus after touring in support of their 2014 album, Sonic Highways. The new clip opens with a gloomy old man receiving his nightly meal and meds from a menacing nurse before joining the rest of the downtrodden retirees in the common room for a bit of entertainment. There, the Foo Fighters...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017
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