Julien Baker on How Faith Informs Her Unflinching New LP ‘Turn Out the Lights’
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Julien Baker is a geek, and she doesn’t care what anyone has to say about it. “I’m a big Tolkien nerd,” she says with a laugh on the phone with Rolling Stone, a month after her three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. “We had to go to Hobbiton,” she says, “the Lord of the Rings set. Because I’m a giant dork.” Baker compares herself to Frodo Baggins’ character in Lord of the Rings, “in a constant state of transit.” The...

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See Shania Twain Celebrate New Album With ‘Ellen’ Performance
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It’s finally upon us: the unveiling of Shania Twain’s first studio album in 15 years, Now. As part of the LP’s release, the country superstar stopped by Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show to perform Now‘s first single “Life’s About to Get Good.” It’s all smiles for Twain when she takes the stage, flanked by her full band and in front of a gleaming animated backdrop. Though this isn’t her first televised rodeo with “Life’s About to Get Good,” it’s one of...

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Hear Shooter Jennings, Producer Dave Cobb’s New Texas Charity Song
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The devastation inflicted on the Gulf Coast of Texas last month by Hurricane Harvey has inspired even more state pride than usual in a region that’s never been shy about boasting. Now Shooter Jennings has joined the cause with “Do You Love Texas?” a new collaboration with producer Dave Cobb that includes Ray Benson, Jason Boland, Kris Kristofferson, Kacey Musgraves, Whiskey Myers and Randy Rogers shouting along to simple chorus. A Texas travelogue that the state’s visitors bureau would be...

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Inside Harry Styles’ Intimate First Solo Tour
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Just a half hour before doors open for Harry Styles‘ first show of his debut solo tour, San Francisco’s Masonic is completely empty. Band and crew members are buzzing backstage, including Styles himself, not yet wearing the snazzy Gucci suit he would be seen sporting onstage just hours later. Outside, more than 3,000 fans wait to see the 23-year-old perform in one of the smallest venues they may ever catch him in. They’re decked out in a variety of homemade...

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Party For Puerto Rico This Sunday With Some Local Hot Spots
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As most of us know, Puerto Rico has been left in complete devastation after the wrath of Hurricane Maria. The beautiful island and its people are facing total power outages, have no clean water, and are running out of food and supplies. It’s easy to feel powerless in these (unfortunately, recurring) situations, but this weekend you can lend a hand. And all you have to do is brunch! East Village eatery Out East has teamed up with local hot spots...

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Hugh Hefner Will Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe’s Crypt
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Hugh Hefner will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood star whose radiant looks helped launch his publishing career. The Playboy founder, who died Wednesday from natural causes at age 91, purchased the crypt next to Monroe’s at L.A. cemetery Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park for $75,000 in 1992. Monroe appeared on the first-ever Playboy cover in 1953 – with her nude, color photo becoming the magazine’s inaugural “Sweetheart of the Month” centerfold (later renamed the “Playmate”)....

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See Dave Grohl’s Over-the-Top Christopher Walken Impression
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During a recent interview, Dave Grohl recalled the time that Foo Fighters played an episode of Saturday Night Live that Christopher Walken hosted – complete with an impression of the cult-icon actor. Before Walken would introduce the group on the episode, which aired in February 2003, he checked in with Grohl to find out just how “Foo Fighters” was pronounced. “He asked us if the accent was on ‘Foo’ or ‘Fighters,” the singer recently told Radio X interviewer Chris Moyles....

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Friday, 29 September 2017
Kimbra Recruits Skrillex, Dirty Projectors, Childish Gambino for New LP
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Kimbra assembled an eclectic crew of guest artists including Skrillex, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth and Childish Gambino, on third LP, Primal Heart.  The art-pop singer told Triple J she actually aimed to “focus less on features and more about my message” on the album, out early 2018.  “It’s definitely been a journey of different people coming through the studio but less from the point of collaborations with other vocalists and more just bringing their sound in on the background,” she...

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Flashback: Hear Jerry Lee Lewis Embrace Country With Raucous ‘Bobby McGee’
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One of rock & roll’s pioneering artists, Jerry Lee Lewis, celebrates his 82nd birthday today, and as evidenced by his energetic appearance at the recent Skyville Live tribute to the legendary entertainer, he continues to define the rebellious spirit of the genre. But with that rebel stance (and the not-so-subtle nickname “the Killer”) came a scandal that pumped the brakes on Lewis’ career and nearly derailed it for good. In 1958, Lewis was in England on a promotional tour when...

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Nintendo’s Creators Program No Longer Allows Livestreaming
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Nintendo’s Creators Program now restricts partners from monetizing livestreams of its games, the developer-publisher announced today. The Creators Program is a way for content creators to partner with Nintendo to make a part of advertising profits from Nintendo-branded videos uploaded to a user’s YouTube account.  User are allowed to either register one video or an entire channel – and everything in between – to be part of the Creators Program. Prior to the program, all ad revenue from a monetized...

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Op top stop – “removable aliens”
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For your consideration, a plunderphonic-vaporwavesque-granular-chaos-sort-of-musical-collage made from samples of the american media landscape between november 2016 and january 2017.http://optopstop.bandcamp.com/ Statistics: Posted by jouled — Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:22...

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LL Cool J: Trump Would Have Been ‘Distraction’ at Kennedy Center Honors
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LL Cool J, who was recently named the first hip-hop honoree at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, told Ellen This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: LL Cool J: Trump Would Have Been ‘Distraction’ at Kennedy Center...

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Friday, 29 September 2017
‘Mark Felt’ Review: Liam Neeson Blows Watergate’s Whistle in Deep Throat Biopic
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The name Mark Felt might not strike a chord – replace it with the moniker “Deep Throat,” however and watch the imaginary bulb above your head light up. As played by Liam Neeson in a quietly devastating performance, Felt is the 30-year FBI veteran who worked covertly with the press to bring down malfeasance (read: Watergate) in the Nixon White House. That tale was told in the 1976 procedural This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Mark Felt’ Review: Liam Neeson...

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Watch Billy Corgan’s Cinematic Video for New Song ‘The Spaniards’
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Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan (currently going by William Patrick Corgan) released a psychedelic video for “The Spaniards,” a cosmic, acoustic ballad from his upcoming solo LP, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Billy Corgan’s Cinematic Video for New Song ‘The...

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Shania Twain’s 20 Best Songs, Ranked
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The Shania Twain catalog is rich with radio hits, songs that have come to define an era in country music and paved the way for other genre-bending artists that followed. But there are also some deeper cuts that stand among Twain’s best. While they may not have the pop-culture appeal of monsters like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” or “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” they are integral to the Canadian This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Shania Twain’s 20...

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Saving ‘Super Smash’: Why Nintendo’s Fighting Game Scene Struggles
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You wouldn’t think that the competitive Super Smash Bros. scene has a money problem while sitting in the mezzanine at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, watching top players grace the stage in front of strobe lights and a giant display for the Red Bull God’s and Gatekeepers Tournament. But, according to the tournament organizers, players, and commentators I spoke to, the scene This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Saving ‘Super Smash’: Why Nintendo’s Fighting Game Scene...

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Watch Vic Mensa’s Reckless ‘Rollin’ Like a Stoner’ Video
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Vic Mensa goes on a trip into his own psyche in the new video for “Rollin’ Like a Stoner.” The single is from his debut LP, The Autobiography. As the title suggests, Mensa’s self-directed video sees him dangerously driving around hazy streets on a This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Vic Mensa’s Reckless ‘Rollin’ Like a Stoner’...

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Friday, 29 September 2017
Hear L7 Skewer Trump in First New Song in 18 Years
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Three years after re-forming, the venomous punk quartet L7 have released a new song, “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago.” The track, which is their first new offering in 18 years, finds the group singing about “stormin’ the gates” of the resort Trump calls the “Winter White House,” leading him to send an S.O.S. because “the whole friggin’ country club is under attack.” “We knew we wanted to make This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear L7 Skewer Trump in First New...

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Friday, 29 September 2017
RuneScape Tournament Left Without a Winner After Massive Cheat Concerns
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Rampant cheating allegations is leaving a recent RuneScape tournament in limbo as the developer and organizer of the event can’t decide on who won by fair measures.  The recent Deadman final, put on by a division of the developer Jagex called “The Old School Team,” put 200 top players against each other in a 2007 build of the MMO, all vying for a $20,000 cash pot and a $10,000 charity donation. In the final, 50 players were put on one...

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Watch the xx Perform New Songs ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Say Something Loving’ on ‘Kimmel’
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The xx performed “Dangerous” and “Say Something Loving,” two melodic tracks from their third LP, I See You, on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Bassist Oliver Sim opened “Dangerous” with a thumping low-end, while resident beat-maker Jamie xx bounced around the stage to trigger brass samples and electronics. Sim and singer Romy Madley Croft split their usual vocal duties, alternating some lines and occasionally crooning in unison. Without her usual electric guitar, Croft was free to jump...

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