‘Impeach 45’: A Brief History of Walmart’s Botched Attempts at Being Political
Culture

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is once again taking heat for selling politically-charged clothes. This week, supporters of President Donald Trump unleashed their anger on Twitter, creating a #BoycottWalmart hashtag against the company for marketing “Impeach 45” t-shirts and baby onesies on its website. The apparel was made by a third-party seller, Old Glory. Ryan Fournier, chairman of Students for Trump, has been recognized as one of the leaders of the nationwide backlash after tweeting early Monday morning:...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
‘Sorry to Bother You’ Review: Welcome to the WTF Satire of the Summer
Boots Riley

Oakland-based rapper Boots Riley scores a knockout debut as a director with Sorry to Bother You, a no-mercy satire that gets up in your face, breaks all the rules – and then invents new rules so it can break them too. Did you expect any less from the leader of the politically conscious, never-less-than-incendiary hip-hop collective the Coup? Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta) nails it as Cassius Green, an African-American telemarketer who gets nowhere until he’s told by a colleague...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Fyre Festival Attendees Win $5 Million Lawsuit
Music

Two Fyre Festival attendees were awarded $5 million in damages after suing the failed festival’s co-founder, Billy McFarland, Vice reports. The two plaintiffs, Raleigh, North Carolina residents Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson, filed their lawsuit against McFarland last May. The pair said they spent about $13,000 on VIP packages for the festival, which was billed as a luxury music event in the Bahamas with gourmet food and lavish accommodations. However, when Crossno, Thompson and other Fyre attendees arrived on the...

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As Immigrant Detainees Are Moved to Prisons, What Happens to the Prisoners?
Culture

A Southern California federal prison being used to house approximately 850 immigration detainees has devolved into chaos, according to interviews with inmates, staffers and attorneys, who described the last three weeks inside the facility to Rolling Stone. Inmates are growing increasingly frustrated with unpredictable lockdowns and programming cuts, they say, staffers are overworked, and detainees are confused about their confinement and have no means to contact their families. All three groups have concerns about inadequate medical care,...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Hear Justin Timberlake’s Surprise New Song ‘SoulMate’
Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake unveiled a snappy new single “SoulMate.” The track marks the pop star’s first piece of new music since releasing his latest solo album, Man of the Woods. “SoulMate” opens with Timberlake delivering an appropriate seasonal proclamation – “Summer starts now” – over a nimble groove of skipping percussion, bass and tropical synths. “I wanna be your soul mate for the night,” Timberlake croons during the hook, “Let me put my soul on you, it’s only...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Listen to a Breakdown of 2018’s Best Albums (So Far)
Music

Is the Baltimore band Beach House’s latest album, 7, brilliant – as Sarah Grant and Simon Vozick-Levinson would have it – or “somnambulant,” as Chris Weingarten insists? In the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone writers and editors Vozick-Levinson, Grant and Weingarten sit down to discuss – and sometimes vociferously debate – our list of the year’s best albums so far. To hear the episode’s entire discussion, plus music...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Watch Diplo Party With M.I.A., Madonna in New Doc
Diplo

Diplo traverses the country in the new short documentary called Florida to California. The doc takes its title from the Diplo’s 2004 solo debut Florida and his latest EP California, which arrived in March. Florida to California is packed with clips of Diplo working with various collaborators including Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Post Malone and Tyler, the Creator. There’s even early home-video footage of him in the studio with M.I.A. and a more recent clip of him partying with Madonna....

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Sir Mix-a-Lot on New House-Flipping TV Show and Deeper Message Behind ‘Baby Got Back’
Music

“Some of these rappers is kind of dainty,” Sir Mix-a-Lot says as he pumps gas en route to his Seattle home. “They think it makes them look rich if they got clean fingernails, but every now and then you gotta get ’em dirty.” The rapper born Anthony Ray has turned his longtime side hustle of designing and flipping houses into a new reality show on DIY Network called Sir Mix-a-Lot’s House Remix. Like The Vanilla Ice Project (“I love it,” Ray beams enthusiastically. “I...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Shirley Manson Writes About Cutting, Depression in Powerful Essay
Garbage

Garbage singer Shirley Manson wrote about how her struggle with depression as a young adult led to self-harm for the New York Times. The essay begins with Manson describing her late teens, when she was in an emotionally abusive relationship. Already racked with low self-esteem, Manson began cutting herself with a pen knife she’d attached to her boots initially as a fashion statement. The first time she did it was after a fight with her boyfriend. “I suddenly felt I was part...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Graham Nash: My Life in 14 Videos, From Woodstock to Live Aid
Music

“My songs are pretty simple,” says Graham Nash, who recently released Over the Years …, a new career-spanning archival collection. “I’m not a complicated songwriter. I don’t want to wait until the end of the second chorus before you know what I’m talking about. I want you to know immediately.” That’s been Nash’s philosophy for his entire career, going all the way back to the Sixties with “Marrakesh Express” and “Pre-Road Downs,” and up through his 2016...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Shirley Manson Writes About Cutting, Depression in Powerful Essay
Garbage

Garbage singer Shirley Manson wrote about how her struggle with depression as a young adult led to self-harm for the New York Times. The essay begins with Manson describing her late teens, when she was in an emotionally abusive relationship. Already racked with low self-esteem, Manson began cutting herself with a pen knife she’d attached to her boots initially as a fashion statement. The first time she did it was after a fight with her boyfriend. “I suddenly felt I was part...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Shirley Manson Writes About Cutting, Depression in Powerful Op-Ed
Garbage

Garbage singer Shirley Manson wrote about how her struggle with depression as a young adult led to self-harm in a new New York Times op-ed. In the article, she reflects on her late teens, when she was in an emotionally abusive relationship. Already racked with low self-esteem, Manson began cutting herself with a pen knife she’d attached to her boots initially as a fashion statement. The first time she did it was after a fight with her boyfriend. “I suddenly...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Review: Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Is Indulgent, Obsessive and Brilliant – Just What We’ve Come to Expect
Album Reviews

Drake began the rollout for Scorpion six months ago. In a landscape of surprise releases and disposable moments, he’s one of the last stars standing still aiming at ’90s-style ubiquity: singles released months apart, glossy music videos (thanks to young director Karena Evans) and (perhaps not as intentionally), tabloid-teased storylines. Scorpion, his fifth official album – though ninth full-length, when counting the mixtapes and playlists in his catalog – stays within that tradition. It’s an...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Fourth of July Concerts: Who’s Playing, How to Watch
Blake Shelton

The Fourth of July is a crucial part of country music’s DNA, providing the setting for hundreds of all-American songs — from Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” — that bleed red, white and blue. It’s no surprise, then, that many of the genre’s icons are playing patriotic shows this week, serving as opening acts for the nation’s string of fireworks shows. We’ve sorted through the dozens of July 4th celebrations to find those that...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Flashback: See Willie Nelson Sing ‘On the Road Again’ at US Festival
Country Music

Willie Nelson gave fans in Austin, Texas, a double dose of entertainment during Independence Day week in 1980. On July 3rd, the entertainer, who made his big screen debut a year earlier in the Robert Redford-Jane Fonda film, The Electric Horseman, attended the world premiere of Honeysuckle Rose, which would mark his first appearance in a lead role. The following day, Nelson hosted his eighth annual Fourth of July Picnic on the 20-acre golf course of his Pedernales Country Club...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic: How to Listen
Country Music

Willie Nelson’s eclectic 4th of July Picnic – first launched in 1973 – is one of the longest-running traditions in Texas country music, but the Red Headed Stranger knows that not all of his fans can make it to the Lone Star State every Independence Day. So this year, for the 44th installment of the communal country jam, he’s broadcasting select performances live on SiriusXM radio. Where it’s happening: For those able to physically attend the Picnic, it takes place...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Pot Sales Are Now Legal In Massachusetts – So Why Can’t Anyone Buy It?
Culture

On Sunday, Massachusetts became the seventh state in the nation – and the first east of the Rocky Mountains – where adults can legally purchase recreational marijuana. But for those hoping to toke up in the Bay State, there’s just one catch: There’s nowhere to buy it. Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana on November 8th, 2016. But in the 600 or so days since, a cautious bureaucracy and hesitant local communities have slowed the advent of recreational marijuana dispensaries. July...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Paul McCartney’s Producer Greg Kurstin Breaks Down ‘Egypt Station’
Music

Paul McCartney cut most of his new album, Egypt Station, in Los Angeles and Sussex, England, but for the finishing touches, there was only one place to go: Abbey Road in London. For producer Greg Kurstin, stepping into the studio where the Beatles recorded the vast majority of their music was an overwhelming experience. “I was pinching myself constantly,” he says. “The Mrs Mills piano that they used on so many Beatles cuts was in the...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Julia Michaels Gets Real: Inside the Hitmaker’s Debut LP
Justin Bieber

Julia Michaels has co-written some of this decade’s most indelible hits, exploring every angle of intimacy, from first flush of lust (Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself”) to loss and regret (Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) to erotic solo sessions (Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself”). Now the 24-year-old songwriter wants to bring something new to the Top 40: radical honesty. Last year, when Michaels swallowed her stage fright and stepped out as a solo artist, the title of her first single,...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Hear Zedd, Maren Morris’ ‘Middle’ Remix EP
Country Music

In its original form, the Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey collaboration “The Middle” was prepped for dance glory – a summit of electronic music producers and a country-pop star embracing her inner disco diva. Since its release in January, the song has become an international hit and reached Number One on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs charts. Over the weekend, Zedd issued a remix EP with five new versions of the song as interpreted by a diverse group...

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