‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Review: Welcome to the Most Painful ‘Shades’ of All
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What timing! In the era of #MeToo and #Time’s Up, it hardly seems like the moment for a movie about a woman who does the sexual bidding of a powerful rich dude. (Though it might be just the ticket on whatever island Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., James Toback, Jeremy Piven and other accused male predators are hiding out on.) Audiences are in for two hours of cruel and unusual punishment, even This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’...

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Watch John Oliver, Colbert Encourage Trump to Talk to Robert Mueller
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John Oliver and Stephen Colbert offered Donald Trump a bit of advice on This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch John Oliver, Colbert Encourage Trump to Talk to Robert...

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Mike Pence Responds After Gay Olympian Adam Rippon Declines Meeting
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Adam Rippon is focusing on his upcoming stint at the Pyeongchang  Winter Olympics, and Mike Pence is hoping that the rest of the country will do the same following reports that Rippon recently turned down a meeting with the vice president. On Wednesday, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Mike Pence Responds After Gay Olympian Adam Rippon Declines...

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Why Is it So Hard to Study Pot?
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Earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it is “streamlining” a research application process for studying Schedule I drugs, including ecstasy and LSD. The news release failed to mention cannabis, which has also been lumped into the classification the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Why Is it So Hard to Study...

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Daily Glixel: Twitch Cracks Down on Harassment, Sexual Content
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Welcome to Daily Glixel, the B side of video game news, where we roundup some of the day’s other top stories. Today, Swery is making a comeback, Blizzard bans a prolific griefer, and someone created a Pokémon game controller that will haunt your...

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Review: Franz Ferdinand Return and the Dapper Crew Wants to Dance
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Scotland’s belovedly louche dance-rock heroes invoke Bowie’s “Fashion” and Talking Heads’ “Houses in Motion” on the title-track single here, which scans as both old-school MDMA clubbing ode and a meta-narrative about making music for tweakers. Ah, youth! It’s a return to form the band never really lost, and if the quiet bits drag, the wit’s sharper than ever. “Lois Lane” waxes tragicomic re: journalistic idealism – “it’s bleak!” makes a fabulous party...

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James Bay Previews Tour, Releases Silky New Ballad ‘Wild Love’
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British singer-songwriter James Bay unveiled a new single, “Wild Love,” his first new song since the release of his 2015 breakout album, Chaos and the Calm. “Wild Love” finds Bay embracing a luscious and textured electronic sound that’s a far cry from the stripped-down folk rock of his debut. The track opens with airy synths and layered vocals washed in effects that build into a sultry, R&B-tinged ballad.  Bay finds room for several spindly guitar lines and imbues his vocals...

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Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Rape Victim: ‘I Was Ignorant’
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Quentin Tarantino walked back controversial comments he made on The Howard Stern Show in 2003 regarding Samantha Geimer, a teenager whom Roman Polanski raped.  “I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her,” the director said in the statement. “Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Watch Calvin Harris’ Glitchy ‘Nuh Ready Nuh Ready’ Video
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Calvin Harris teamed with Canadian musician PartyNextDoor on “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready.” The dancehall-tinged cut is embellished by skipping percussion, light synth plunks and stray horn riffs. The music video is a distorted, surreal creation showing PartyNextDoor super-imposed over shots of London. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Harris praised the PartyNextDoor’s talents as a singer and songwriter, and spoke about being unable to crack his enigmatic exterior. “I didn’t really figure...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
‘Fortnite’ Breaks Its Concurrent Player Record, But At The Cost Of Performance
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Fortnite recently broke its concurrent player record, topping out at 3.4 million players. But with that influx came a host of technical issues. Addressing these problems, Epic Games recently published a postmortem covering how these issues occurred and what its doing to prevent similar instances. According to Epic, the “extreme load” between February 3rd and 4th resulted in six different problems: MCP database latency, MCP thread configuration, account service outage, XMPP outage, cloud capacity throttling and available IP...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Being Derek Yu: A Chat With The Creator of ‘Spelunky’, ‘UFO 50’
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In an industry still learning how to celebrate celebrity, Derek Yu is an icon. That isn’t to say that video games don’t have their share of personalities. Dating as far back as Nolan Bushnell’s troubled legacy, prominent figures have emerged from the hundreds of anonymous coders responsible for the biggest games and claimed the lion’s share of the spotlight. But when Derek Yu was making his first, tentative steps into game design, those figures were largely attached to huge companies,...

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Watch Albert Hammond Jr.’s Heartbreaking ‘Muted Beatings’ Video
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Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. explores the joy and heartbreak of love in the new video for “Muted Beatings.” The track will appear on the musician’s next solo album, Francis Trouble, out March 9th via Red Bull Records.  Fraser Rigg directed the video, which stars Hammond Jr. and actress Portia Doubleday. The pair play a couple deeply in love, though the video’s romantic, sun-soaked sequences are juxtaposed with scenes that are much darker and veer towards the surreal. Early on,...

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‘Metal Gear Survive’ Will Have A Second Beta This Month
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‘Metal Gear Survive’ Will Have A Second Beta This Month ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ Passes 90 Million Copies Sold Anti-Video Game Activist Offers Aid in Marshall School Shooting Case Redeem My Nintendo Gold Points for Free Switch Games Starting in March Daily Glixel: Failbetter Games Lays Off Four, Delays ‘Sunless...

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Hear Steve Moakler’s Hard-Charging New Song ‘Born Ready’
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Country newcomer Steve Moakler tips his hat to the nation’s long-haul truckers in his new single “Born Ready,” which serves as the title track of his upcoming album. Dedicated to those who roll up their sleeves and grind the gears, the Springsteen-esque anthem is propelled by chugging guitars, pounding drums and some self-assured vocals from Moakler. Co-written by Moakler with Luke Laird and Barry Dean, the track was inspired in part by his partnership with Mack Trucks. “Red white blue...

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Hear Bluegrass Hip-Hop Band Gangstagrass’ Banjo-Heavy ‘Nowhere to Run’
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When Gangstagrass hits the road this spring, the bluegrass-inspired hip-hop band will lean heavily on new material. “We know our fans are ready for new ideas,” says Rench, the group’s producer and de facto leader, “and we are ready to push boundaries even farther.” Throughout the tour, Rench and company will record each show, capturing the live energy and spontaneous moments that aren’t always reflected within the band’s studio albums. The goal? To assemble material for Gangstagrass’ first live...

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Watch Amy Schumer’s Uproarious ‘I Feel Pretty’ Trailer
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Amy Schumer uncovers her true beauty with the help of a minor head injury in the hilarious new trailer for I Feel Pretty. The actress premiered the clip on Ellen, and the trailer begins at the 1:23 mark. In I Feel Pretty, Schumer plays Renee, a woman who’s always wanted to be “undeniably pretty” but struggles with body image issues. Even a baby shakes her confidence when he starts crying during a game of peek-a-boo. However, after falling off a stationary...

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Hear Sarah Shook and the Disarmers’ Biting New Song ‘Good as Gold’
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North Carolina alt-country band Sarah Shook and the Disarmers have announced plans for their second LP Years to be released on April 6th and given an early preview by sharing the song “Good as Gold,” which you hear above. “Good as Gold” builds on the downtrodden country rock of the band’s debut LP Sidelong, with a lean, unfussy arrangement that emphasizes tautness and Shook’s caustic, quavering vocal attack. Addressing a lover who dangles the threat of leaving over her, Shook...

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See Tom Hardy as New Marvel Antihero in ‘Venom’ Trailer
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Marvel’s new superhero spinoff series is Venom. Tom Hardy plays a reporter named Eddie Brock as well as Venom,  an “alien symbiote” stuck in a human body. The first trailer offers little information and only vague hints about the hero’s origin story. Hardy spends most of the clip lying on his back in a hospital; quick flashbacks suggest he was in some kind of accident following a high-speed motorcycle chase.  “Everyone’s got their thing,” a voiceover says. “Maybe it’s a...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
John Prine Announces New Album ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’
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John Prine has set April 13th as the release date for his first album of all-new material in more than 13 years. The Tree of Forgiveness, on the iconic singer-songwriter’s own Oh Boy label, was produced by Dave Cobb, the Grammy winner who has helmed projects for Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others. Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A, the album features several...

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See the Wombats’ Cutting, Acoustic Rendition of ‘Lemon to a Knife Fight’
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English rock trio the Wombats performed spare, taut versions of “Lemon to a Knife Fight” and “Turn” in the run-up to the release of their new album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. The recorded version of lead single “Lemon to a Knife Fight” is full of buzzing electric guitars and firm percussion, but during their visit to Rolling Stone, the band stripped the song down to its core elements. Without drums and distortion, different elements come to the fore, including...

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