Guitarist Has Brain Surgery, and Strums All the Way Through

Musa Manzini, a jazz bassist, was awake and playing slowly as surgeons performed an “awake craniotomy,” which allowed them to remove a brain tumor without causing damage.
Tags: Music, News, Brain, South Africa, Basil, Musa, Manzini, Rohen, Surgery and Surgeons, Tumors, Musa Manzini, Enicker, Harrichandparsad

Beyoncé Hoax Hits Streaming Services

The unauthorized appearance of albums on Spotify and Apple Music raised questions about services that have long been seen as bulwarks against online piracy.
Tags: Spotify, Music, Beyonce, News, Apple Music, Knowles, Audio Recordings, Downloads and Streaming, SZA (Singer, Beyoncé Hoax

Turn your Google Home Mini into a Mickey!

Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini mu...
Tags: Google, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Disney, Mouse, Speaker, Product Design, Mickey, Otterbox, Smart Speaker, Google Home Mini, Home Mini

These Are The Most (& Least) Painful Places To Get A Piercing

Before getting a piercing, one question inevitably runs through your mind: How much is this going to hurt? A Google search will tell you that you're far from alone; that same question, or along the lines of it, has been asked nearly 18 million times before. The age-old inquiry probably hasn't stopped anyone from adding another gold stud to their constellation piercing — but still, we wonder.Los Angeles-based celebrity piercer Brian Keith Thompson tells us that he gets asked, "Is this going to h...
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JS Bach, Master Recycler

When Bach’s heavy reliance on parody technique came to light in the nineteenth century, scholars found it embarrassing. It ran counter to the Beethovenian principle that composers must write new, highly original pieces, and the realization that several of the St. Thomas Cantor’s most-revered sacred works—the Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in B-Minor, in particular—were derived largely from secular tributes to earthly kings and queens was difficult to accept. In more recent times, scholars have...
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New Video: Saweetie “Pissed”

Saweetie is planning to release her Icy Girl album in early 2019. After releasing “Pissed” late last month, the Oakland rapper returns with the official music video for her latest single. Directed by Christian Sutton, the rising Bay Area star draws inspiration from Game of Thrones channeling her inner Khaleesi. “The theme of the video is Game of Thrones. I love Game of Thrones, and I feel like “Pissed” captures that — our teams are constantly fighting to be No. 1. I dressed up as Khaleesi to ...
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Oakland, Bay Area, Pissed, Khaleesi, Saweetie, Saweetie London On Da Track Feat G Eazy Rich, Christian Sutton

10 Beauty Products Everyone Bought At Whole Foods In 2018

We can't tell you the number of hours (or the amount of money) we've spent at Whole Foods Market this year and — honestly — we think it's best if we didn't know the exact numbers. But of all our time spent perusing the aisles of the grocery store/wellness chain, we've experienced very little buyer's remorse, especially when it comes to our finds from the beauty aisle.The retailer is home to a world of skin, hair, and makeup products for the ingredient-conscious. It's a dangerous place for thos...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Whole Foods, Burt, Bronner, Weleda Skin Food, Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner

We Tried $255 Worth Of Highlighters — & Found A Winner

The future of beauty is here — and you’re invited. Check out the rest of our 2018 Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Awards winners for a full look at the products, brands, and people that are breaking the rules and redefining beauty standards, one lipstick at a time.If there is one beauty product most likely to be infused with actual magic, it's highlighter. The game-changing, glow-inducing formulas have the power to brighten up our faces, make for the best selfies, or singlehandedly transform us int...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fenty, Rihanna Killawatt, New Mattemoiselle Lipstick Shades

West African's Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band Get Funky on 'Siri Ba Kele'

None Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band exploded onto the international stage with 2015 debut Juguya, a fiery Afrobeat release that introduced the non-Burkinabé world to the distinctive growl of Baba Commandant – né Mamadou Sanou – and the tight grooves of his ensemble. On sophomore release Siri Ba Kele, that growl is back, and so is the musicianship, but the sounds here are very different. The band has stripped away much of the brass and heavy fuzz in favor of cooler aesthetics with just as...
Tags: Music, Review, World Music, West Africa, Burkina Faso, Music Review, Funk, Diabate, Moussa Doumbia, Baba commandant and the mandingo band, Siri Ba Kele, Baba Commandant, Juguya, Mamadou Sanou, Sanou, Issouf Diabate

Chicago Lyric Opera’s Subscription Problem

The decline in subscribers is upending the already fragile economics of opera, changing how companies operate and what they program. Lyric now gives a quarter fewer main stage opera performances than it did two decades ago — it gave 60 last season — and has started presenting a musical each spring. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Chicago Lyric Opera, 12.21.18

Turn your Google Home Mini into Mickey!

Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini mu...
Tags: Google, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Disney, Mouse, Speaker, Product Design, Mickey, Otterbox, Smart Speaker, Google Home Mini, Home Mini

All The Beauty Looks We're Pinning From J.Lo’s Second Act Press Tour

Sure, your have a to-do list a mile long this holiday season — flying back home, buying presents, wrapping them, driving to grandma's house, making party plans for New Year's Eve – but Jennifer Lopez has an outrageous schedule. The multi-hyphenate star is promoting her latest film Second Act, releasing new music, building her makeup line with Inglot, making time for family, and possibly working on an upcoming skin-care line (?). And as crazed as her calendar might be, she somehow still has room...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Lopez, Appleton, J Lo, Lopez, Cindy Ord Getty, Scott Barnes, Mike Reed, James Devaney, Lou Rocco, Theo Wargo Getty, Chris Appleton, Erik Pendzich, Jon Kopaloff FilmMagic Serving

Everything You Need To Properly Take Care Of That New Tattoo

Ask any tattoo artist and they'll tell you this: Getting a tattoo is the easy part, but taking care of it is where the real work begins. Once the needle lifts off your skin, the ink settles, and that numbing tingle fades, it's time to take your new baby home and, well, baby it.A lot like piercings, your tattoo requires its own aftercare routine. But if you're a total amateur at tattoos — or you've just been winging it — you need to know exactly what products to buy to help it heal. Normally, if...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Walmart, Mariah, Bronner, Woland, Megan Massacre, Fleur Noire Tattoo, Mira Mariah, Sasha Woland, Cetaphil Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, Redemption Tattoo Care, Hustle Butter Luckily, Jack Poohvis, Glossier Massacre

We Tried Fenty's New Mattemoiselle Lipstick Shades — & Here's What We Thought

Welcome to Unfiltered, where we give our honest, no-B.S. reviews of the most buzzed-about beauty products, brands, and services on the market right now.It's been roughly a year since Rihanna's Fenty Beauty first blessed our lips and our makeup bags with the Mattemoiselle lipsticks, a lineup of 14 insanely pigmented colors — from lilac to wasabi green — with long-lasting, plush-feeling formulas and equally enticing names. We've been waiting patiently for more colors to drop in those sleek silver...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Rihanna, Sephora, Fenty, Fenty Beauty, Fentybeauty, Mattemoiselle, Rachel Lubitz, New Mattemoiselle Lipstick Shades, Thatiana Diaz Beauty WriterI, Ashley Edwards Senior News Politics EditorI, Tigertini Rihanna, Tigertini, Aimee Simeon Beauty WriterI, Michelle Li Associate StylistI

Daddy’s Hangout 2018 NFL Week 16 Prediction

Welcome to Week 16 of the NFL season as we have these last two weeks of the regular season. With these last two weeks, we still have a lot of teams playing to get into the playoffs. There’s also teams that’s battling for home field advantage in both conferences. We have a few games with playoff implications this week. After their loss to the Eagles, can the Rams end their 2-game losing streak? Will the New England Patriots recover after their tough loss to the Steelers? How will things pla...
Tags: Cowboys, Football, Denver Broncos, NFL, Raiders, Los Angeles, Tennessee, Steelers, New Orleans, Jazz, Chargers, New England Patriots, Melvin Gordon, Philadelphia, Houston, Kansas City Chiefs

Hopsin – “Lowkey” (Video)

Hopsin is back with a new video, “Lowkey”, ending the year of 2018 expressing his thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop.
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Hopsin

Naomi Banks’ Farewell to 2018 Playlist For COOL HUNTING

The London-based singer selects songs by SAFIA, Kehlani, Blossom and more Fusing genres, London-based Naomi Banks released her debut EP Deja Vu last month and it’s a lush, immersive soundscape blending jazz, electronic, neo-soul and more. Emotive and tender, powerful and soaring, Banks’ songs strike a heartstring. “I think people listen to music and lyrics so differently, which makes it difficult to create something that will be …
Tags: Spotify, Music, Design, London, Culture, Playlists, Kehlani, Singers, New Music, Safia, Naomi Banks, SAFIA Kehlani Blossom

Wigs & More Wigs: All The Hair & Makeup Secrets Behind Mary Poppins Returns

We all know the 1934 story by P.L. Travers: An English nanny named Mary Poppins magically descends on a London family and uses kindness, discipline, and an odd sense of adventure to change the lives of the Banks family forever. Thirty years after Mary Poppins was first published, the fictional icon came to life on the big screen, and in Technicolor, with the help of Walt Disney, Julie Andrews, and Dick Van Dyke. Now, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Van Dyke (!) are back to reprise the belo...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, London, Disney, Meryl Streep, Rob Marshall, Jonah Hill, King, Dick Van Dyke, Michael, Topsy, Marshall, Dawes, Powell, Andrews

New Video: The-Dream “Sextape Volume 1”

The-Dream provided the perfect bedroom soundtrack for the holidays with his triple album, Ménage à Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3. The huge 40-song project is loaded with sensual R&B cuts to set the mood right. Hours after making the new album available everywhere, the Radio Killa debuts the music video for Sextape Vol. 1. The nine-minute visual features includes various songs off volume one. Watch all the scenes play out below and get The-Dream’s triple album on iTunes. Continue after the jump...
Tags: Videos, Jazz, The Dream

Stream The-Dream Ménage à Trois

The-Dream is back. Today, the R&B artist dropped a triple album called Ménage à Trois. It's being billed as a "sextape" and it is The-Dream's first release since 2016's Love You To Death EP. Over the past two years we've heard The-Dream featured on a bunch of tracks by artists like DJDS, More »
Tags: Music, Album Stream, The-dream

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

It was the Shut Up, Dude before Christmas and all through the blog a last minute Spidey gift messed up everyone's Best Of '18 lists. Before that, this week we looked ahead to next year's most anticipated albums; Tom doled out two 10s, a 9, and two 8s as More »
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DoLL-e GirL – “Hold It Down” (Video)

“Hold It Down”, the latest video by So-Cal based latina rapper DoLL-e GirL.
Tags: Videos, Jazz, DoLL-e GirL

What Ever Happened To The Stars Of Love Actually?

It's that time of year: The holidays are here. Along with good tidings and cheer comes a list of must-haves. On that list — for most people — is a required viewing of Love Actually. Whether you love it or hate it, you know it's true.Love Actually came out in 2003 — that's 13 years ago — and in the time since, the movie has come to be associated with everything warm, fuzzy, and British. Who doesn't love watching Hugh Grant dance to "Jump For My Love"? Doesn't everyone love it when that little gi...
Tags: Facebook, Old school, Fashion, Music, Hbo, England, New York, Hollywood, Keira Knightley, France, Matt Damon, Brit, Norah Jones, America, Bbc, Nicole Kidman

Heem Stogied x Sauce Heist – “Eazy” Prod. By Wazasnics (Video)

There is nothing like ending the year with a hard hitting international collab real Hip Hop heads!  Atlanta based rapper Heem Stogied connects with Sauce Heist out of New York for the new video premiere, “Eazy”, produced by Japan’s own Wazasnics.
Tags: Videos, Japan, New York, Atlanta, Jazz, Heem Stogied, Wazasnics, Sauce Heist

New Video: Kodak Black “Close To The Grave”

Kodak Black heads to the funeral grounds in the music video, “Close To The Grave.” Off his new album Dying to Live, the Florida rapper debuts a dark, sinister visual where he roams around at night. With a shovel in hand, Kodak prepares to dig a grave as he takes on the role of an undertaker. Dying to Live features appearances by Travis Scott, Lil’ Pump, Offset and Juice WRLD. Watch “Close To The Grave” below. Continue after the jump…. Previously: Kodak Black Performs “Testimony” on Ji...
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Ditch the iPod and put an electronic synth in your pocket

Nobody carries an iPod around with them nowadays. The iPod in the title is symbolic for the ability to have thousands and thousands of songs stored in your pocket… so when I tell you to ditch the iPod for a synth, I actually mean, leave the thousands of tracks on a hard drive for a synthesizer you can play millions of songs on. The Stylophone is a tiny, pocketable electronic synth you can play anywhere you go. Originally invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis and manufactured by Dubreq, the Stylopho...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Popular, Product Design, Electronic, Synthesizer, Jarvis, Stylophone, Brian Jarvis, Dubreq Ltd, Dubreq, Ben Jarvis

Lo Profile – “A Lawnmower And A Gas Can” EP

Rising Buffalo, NY based underground Hip Hop artist Lo Profile drops his new EP titled “A Lawnmower And A Gas Can“. 
Tags: Jazz, Albums/Mixtapes, Lo Profile, Rising Buffalo NY

Deuce Eclipse & J.Lately – “Sun Turns Grey” Ft. Zion I (Video)

New music video from J.Lately and Deuce Eclipse, off our album “The Setup”. The video is for a track called “Sun Turns Grey”, which features legendary Bay Area emcee Zion I. Directed by Javier Sanchez for Aiwey.TV, and produced by Mind & Matta.
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The 2019 Makeup Launches We're Using Our Holiday Money To Buy

It's time to toast, because there's a lot to look forward to in 2019. Game of Thrones finally returns for its final season, Cardi B and Janelle Monáe might be winning Grammy Awards, and we have several badass women taking seats in Congress. But before we crack open the champagne and count down to the new year, there's actually one more thing we have to highlight: all the greatness the beauty industry has planned for 2019.Even though we just finished spending all our coins on holiday collections...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Congress, Janelle Monae, Sephora, Cardi, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Stila, Fenty Beauty, Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, Hallelujah Bobbi Brown, Chanel BAUME, Radiance Perfecting Foundation, Laura Mercier Many