Lovebug Starski, Rap Pioneer Who Popularized Term ‘Hip-Hop,’ Dead at 57
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Kevin Smith, the Bronx DJ and rapper known as Lovebug Starski who is often credited with coining the term “hip-hop,” died Thursday at 57 following a heart attack in Las Vegas. His daughter, Tiffany, confirmed Smith’s death to Rolling Stone. Smith was among a core group of DJ pioneers, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore, who shaped hip-hop’s parameters in the days before recorded rap in the 1970s. Known for peppering his sets with...

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‘Overwatch’ Celebrates Lunar New Year With New Map and Capture The Flag Mode
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In celebration of the Year of the Dog, Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event will bring changes to the game’s Capture the Flag mode, as well as a new map, player skins and emotes, developer-publisher Blizzard recently announced. Check out a trailer for the event above. Blizzard announced it’ll be adding a competitive mode to the Capture the Flag, which will add “placement matches, skill ratings tiers, leaderboards, competitive points, and more.”  “This year we’ve made some changes to Capture the...

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10 Things We Learned From ‘Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars’ Doc
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Getty Images/Courtesy of SHOWTIME Lili Fini Zanuck’s documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars follows the guitarist as he pursues a single-minded mission to raise the profile of the blues in popular culture. During the Sixties, he moved through bands at a reckless pace in search for the right combination of blues aficionados – he joined, scored major hits and then left and/or dissolved the Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek the Dominos in less...

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Review: MGMT Rediscover the Electric Feel for ‘Little Dark Age’
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You can never go home again, especially when home is your college dorm room. On their fourth LP, the studio scientists of MGMT do a great job evoking the fizzy, dizzy New Wave psychedelia of mid-00s hits like “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” songs the duo cooked up while still at school at Wesleyan University. With their mix of poker-faced irony, lightly exotic sonics and neo-hippie whimsy, those songs, from MGMT’s debut LP, 2007’s Oracular Spectacular, helped make indie-pop a brighter...

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L7 Announce Tour, Slam ‘Capitalist Motherf–kers’ on ‘Came Back to Bitch’
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L7 are thrashing into spring with new tour dates and a raucous single, “Came Back to Bitch.” Produced by Billy Bush, the menacing track is the second original by the newly reunited head-bangers after “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago” was released in September, marking the band’s first original material in 18 years. The coarse production on “Came Back to Bitch” hearkens back to L7’s similarly raw 1988 debut. But here, Donita Sparks seethes with a pointed rage she just didn’t possess thirty...

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‘Golden Exits’ Review: Brooklynites-Behaving-Badly Indie Boasts Stars, Chops
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“People never make films about ordinary people who never do anything.” “They’re out there…” That first meta-statement comes from Naomi (Emily Browning), an Australian twentysomething with a work visa, a temp gig as an archivist’s assistant and the sort of youthful bloom that attracts both wanted and unwanted attention. The reply is from Nick (ex-Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz), her married fortysomething employer who’s currently doling out the latter; he finishes the sentence with “… and I...

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Watch Dan Auerbach’s Plucky ‘Stand By My Girl’ on ‘Austin City Limits’
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Dan Auerbach delivers a delightfully wicked rendition of “Stand By My Girl” in a preview clip from his upcoming appearance on Austin City Limits. “Stand By My Girl” appears on Auerbach’s latest solo album, Waiting On a Song, and finds the Black Keys frontman flipping some of the conventions of a traditional rock-and-soul devotional. On ACL, Auerbach partners with his guitarist for some soaring riffs and delivers the song’s cheeky hook – “I’m gonna stand by my girl/ Don’t think I...

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Scarlett’s ‘StarCraft II’ Victory Was An Important Moment For Many Reasons
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On Tuesday night, just before I closed my laptop and switched off the lights, a Tweet caught my eye: Scarlett is up 3-0 over sOs in the grand finals of IEM Pyeongchang. Wait, that Scarlett? Scarlett – the nom du guerre of Canadian StarCraft II pro Sasha Hostyn – was always something of an enigma in professional StarCraft II. A woman from rural Ontario didn’t exactly fit the stereotype of a StarCraft II player, but she was, in her prime...

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‘Nashville’ Recap: Scarlett Helps New Character Cope, Daphne and Jessie Talk It Out
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Nashville continues to saunter toward the series-ending finish line with an hour that could have been confused with an episode of the classic nature series, Wild Kingdom. While the whole thing was pretty light on drama, there were some cool musical moments (thanks, new character Alannah!) and yet another chance to start warming up to Jessie as she continues to assert her position – especially with Daphne – that she’s not trying to take Rayna’s place as her mother. To...

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Why Elon Musk’s Ambition Is an Antidote to Climate-Pessimism
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This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of an ongoing collaboration. Millions of geeks watched with unbridled glee this week as Elon Musk’s private rocket company, SpaceX, launched a red Tesla Roadster into space. Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow Inside the inventor’s world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love along the way Within minutes, there were live views of our beautiful planet from a camera mounted...

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See Big K.R.I.T., T.I.’s Stop Motion-Fueled ‘Big Bank’ Video
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Big K.R.I.T. has unveiled the new video for “Big Bank,” which features T.I. The song hails from Big K.R.I.T’s 2017 double-album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. Helmed by Motion Family, their stop-motion video approach to the visuals synchronizes fittingly with the high-energy bounce of the track and its fiery verses. Big K.R.I.T. and T.I. groove through a warehouse and take it out into the streets as the Southern rappers rhyme about earning and spending bank. Next month, Big K.R.I.T....

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Hear 2 Chainz’s Surprise New EP ‘The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It’
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2 Chainz released a surprise new EP called The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It. It’s the rapper’s first release of 2018 and follows his fourth studio album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, which dropped last year. The rapper began teasing the album earlier in the week via social media. He teased a song snippet via Instagram along with the caption, “New shit in a few days.” The four-song set features YG and Offset on the T-Minus-produced “Proud” and other producers...

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