Why Daryle Singletary Was Traditional Country’s Greatest Defender
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Daryle Singletary won country fans’ hearts by keeping tradition in his soul. Singletary, who died February 12th at the much-too-young age of 46, defied every country trend that came down the musical path during his more than 20-year career, including the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Why Daryle Singletary Was Traditional Country’s Greatest...

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How ‘Black Panther’ MVP Danai Gurira Went From Zombie-Slayer to Marvel Superstar
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When Black Panther star Danai Gurira was five-years-old, her parents moved her from Grinnell, Iowa, population 9,218, to their homeland of Harare, Zimbabwe – a bustling, urban city over two-and-a-half-thousand times bigger than the rural former factory town This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: How ‘Black Panther’ MVP Danai Gurira Went From Zombie-Slayer to Marvel...

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Watch Donald Glover Thrive, Flounder in New ‘Atlanta’ Trailer
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Donald Glover continues to navigate life’s surreal highs and lows in the captivating yet cryptic new trailer for Season Two of Atlanta. The clip opens with a This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Donald Glover Thrive, Flounder in New ‘Atlanta’...

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Daily Glixel: A New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Mobile Game is Coming
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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, we’ve got gamified wall climbing, a punchline 14 years in the making, the return of two classic geek franchises, and...

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Hear Julian Casablancas’ Brooding New Voidz Song ‘Pointlessness’
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The Voidz, the outfit of Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, unveiled a brooding new song, “Pointlessness,” set to appear on their upcoming album, Virtue, out March 30th via Cult and RCA Records. “Pointlessness” finds Casablancas singing in a warbled croon over a morass of synths that builds and morphs in captivating ways. Nearly halfway through, heavy drums help anchor “Pointlessness” into a steady groove, allowing the song to grow to a bombastic peak packed with ragged guitars before it recedes into...

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Why ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ Feels Like Vintage David Letterman
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David Letterman blew up the talk-show format as soon as he arrived on Late Night in the 1980s. So it makes a weird kind of sense for him to come out of retirement and blow up it all over again, with his beard bristling and his grumpy streak untamed. His eccentric monthly Netflix chatfest My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is a whole new Dave – he interviews only fellow megastars from Howard Stern to Jay-Z to Barack Obama, giving...

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New Twitch Features Recognize Supportive Viewers
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Social video streaming service Twitch is rolling out some new features aimed at recognizing supportive viewers in the community. Starting today, people who consistently create and share a channel’s video clips will get a special chat badge. To achieve this new “Clip Champ” status, viewers need to publish at least one clip a week for four weeks from a channel and generate a total of at least 50 views across those clips from other viewers. The Clip Champ badge is...

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Peter Gabriel Strips Down ‘Here Comes the Flood’ in 1979
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It’s not easy being a Peter Gabriel fan in 2018. He hasn’t released an album of original tunes since 2002’s Up, even if he’s supposedly been picking away at a follow-up called I/O since 2005. He refuses to put his music on Spotify and surely plays no small roll in keeping the 1974 Genesis double LP masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway off there, too. He pops his head to the surface every couple of years for a brief...

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‘Drunk History’: Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem, Undercover Playboy Bunny
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Abbi Jacobson is the latest celebrity tapped to act out the wildly unpredictable narration of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. In Tuesday’s episode, the Broad City star and co-creator dons a pair of rabbit ears and a tail to portray a young Gloria Steinem, who famously went undercover as a cocktail waitress at a Playboy Club in Manhattan for “Bunny’s Tale,” a 1963 Show magazine article. The story is narrated by ESPN host and comedian Katie Nolan, who calls the Playboy...

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Smashing Pumpkins: 7 Questions We Still Have About ‘Reunion’ Tour
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The Smashing Pumpkins are reportedly days away from announcing a reunion tour – minus the band’s reclusive founding bassist, D’arcy Wretzky. The band said in a recent statement that Wretzky declined numerous invitations to join the tour. “James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years,” the band said. “But it’s not for a lack of trying … Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Code Orange: Metal’s Rising Stars on Their Grammy Nod, Breakthrough Year
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Two weeks before the Grammys, Code Orange drummer-vocalist Jami Morgan is admiring the outfit he’ll be wearing on the red carpet: a bespoke black fur coat. He never thought he’d possess something like this, let alone sport it during such a high-stakes occasion. “After we announced the nomination, I got a message on Twitter,” recounts Morgan in his band’s three-bedroom home in Pittsburgh, less than a mile away from where the members grew up together. He pulls up a photo...

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Willie Nelson, Nikki Lane Top 2018 Luck Reunion Lineup
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Willie Nelson knows a thing or two about throwing a good party. He’s been hosting his annual Fourth of July picnics in Texas on and off since 1973, and for the past several years he’s taken to holding another in his literal backyard: the Luck Reunion. This year’s event, taking place March 15th, includes Devon Gilfillian, Nikki Lane, Josh Ritter, and dozens more – led, of course, by Nelson and his Family Band. Taking place each year during the second...

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Pearls Before Swine Band Mastermind Tom Rapp Dead at 70
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Tom Rapp, the leader of the beloved psych rock outfit Pearls Before Swine and a longtime civil rights lawyer, died in hospice at his home in Melbourne, Florida. He was 70. A representative for the record label Drag City, reissued Pearls Before Swine’s debut One Nation Underground last year, confirmed the musician’s death. Rapp was born in North Dakota and grew up in the upper midwest. He received his first guitar at age six. He took to the instrument immediately and in...

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Adam Rippon: ‘I Don’t Want My Olympic Experience to Be About Mike Pence’
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Adam Rippon is not backing down from a controversial comment he made about Vice President Mike Pence in the weeks leading up to the Olympics. Still, Rippon, who won a bronze medal during Sunday’s team competition, with two more chances to medal later on, doesn’t want that to be the focal point of his time at the Winter Games, he said in a news conference Tuesday. The celebrated Pennsylvania-born figure skater – the first openly gay Olympian to compete for...

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‘Sea of Thieves’ PC Specs Detailed, From ‘Cursed’ to ‘Mythical’
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Sea of Thieves, Rare’s seafaring piracy game, is the developer’s first Xbox Play Anywhere title and the team has worked to ensure that the game will play in a lot of places, from an Xbox One to a low-spec laptop. This week, the developer detailed the specs for six different sorts of computers to give gamers a sense of what they’d get out of their rigs once they launch the game. The low end specs for a “cursed” build include...

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Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack
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It’s not every day that the marketing machinations of a multibillion-dollar Walt Disney subsidiary align with the utopian imagination of the black artistic and intellectual vanguard. But we live in strange times. Thus Black Panther, the latest entry in the Marvel superhero movie universe, which arrives amid Star Wars-level hype. The Black Panther soundtrack album has been This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on ‘Black Panther’...

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Superchunk on Finding Hope in Trump Resistance
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Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan can vividly recall what he felt the moment he learned that Donald Trump had been elected president: “horror, depression, sadness.” Rather than bottle up those feelings, which escalated in the weeks to come as he saw the alt-right gain newfound confidence, he began work on what would become the indie-rock group’s 11th studio album, What a Time to Be Alive, written entirely between November 2016 and February 2017. The title is sardonic. “It seemed it would...

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See Kane Brown Sing Valentine’s Day Ready ‘Heaven’ on ‘Kimmel’
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Kane Brown delivered a double dose of his romantic hits on Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing “Heaven” and “What Ifs” as he showed off two very different sides of his heart. Greeting an outdoor, West Coast crowd with swagger in gleaming white sneakers and an oversized jacket, Brown’s rumbling baritone kicked things off on the laid-back “Heaven,” his current single and second consecutive Top 10 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay radio chart. Written by Shy Carter, Matthew McGinn and...

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QuakeCon 2018 Delivers Panels, Presentations Over Three Days in August
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QuakeCon returns to Grapevine, Texas this summer, reintroducing panels and presentations to North America’s largest bring-your-own-computer LAN party. The id Software-centric event runs August 9th through August 12th, organizers announced today. The event will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center just outside of Dallas, Texas. Room reservations for the event opened today. The show itself is free for general attendees and open to the public. “This year’s event will offer diverse activities for all,...

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Chris Rock Announces Imminent New Stand-Up Special
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Netflix continues its aggressive push into comedy by teaming up with Chris Rock for his first stand-up special in a decade. Chris Rock: Tamborine premieres on the streaming platform on Valentine’s Day.  Netflix posted a brief, vague teaser – no shots of the comedian, but lots of tambourines – for the special earlier this month. The comedian announced the details for Chris Rock: Tamborine on Tuesday. The special was filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City...

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