Stream Harry Fraud The Coast Mixtape

Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud has become a New York institution, and the guest-list on his new mixtape The Coast demonstrates how popular his latter-day boom-bap stylings have become. French Montana, Rick Ross, Playboi Carti, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa, Skepta, Curren$y, and Lil Yachty are just some of the featured performers, and both Prodigy and Chinx … More »
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Watch The Trailer For HBO’s David Bowie Documentary The Last Five Years

As its title suggests, the documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years explores the final years of the musician's life and the creation of his last two albums, plus the musical Lazarus. It aired on the BBC earlier this year, and it'll get its stateside debut next month on HBO. You can watch a … More »
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Could This Controversial Condiment Be The Key To Ending Rosacea?

As a condiment, capers are divisive. Intensely salty and pungent, you know a caper when you bite into one — whether you meant to or not. But when they're not catching unsuspecting sandwich-eaters off guard, the piquant buds have a secondary usage in skin care: Some chronic rosacea sufferers swear that an under-the-radar cream made from caper-bud extract has relieved them of the painful redness and inflammation caused by the common condition.Rosacea affects over 16 million Americans, but despite...
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The Future of Blues Is in Good Hands: Watch 12-Year-Old Toby Lee Trade Riffs with Chicago Blues Guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks

  Earlier this year, we highlighted some footage from 1989, showing then 12-year-old Joe Bonamassa wowing crowds and announcing his arrival on the blues scene. Years from now, we might look back in similar fashion at this footage of 12-year-old blues prodigy Toby Lee. Recorded last month at the Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark, this video features Lee trading riffs with Chicago blues guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks. It runs a good five minutes--enough to convince you that the future of the blues ...
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This Week’s Shows: Dec. 11-17

Upcoming Los Angeles concerts: Kehlani, Joshua Henry, Luke Bryan, the Spill Canvas, HAWAI, Shannon Lay, Alice Merton, the New Trust, Wrabel, Majken, I Hate You Just Kidding, Thom Yorke, METZ, Pussy Riot, Lukas Frank, Ninet Tayeb, Was, Saro, John Early, Reggie Watts & Karen, Rainsford, Parting Lines, Emily Haines, the Barr Brothers, Jhené Aiko, Portugal. The Man, CHVRCHES, Grizzly Bear, Pixies, Whispertown, Ian Sweet, Tori Kelly, the Slackers, Travis Peery, Hundreth, Easy, Brandi Carlile, Living ...
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Yung Lean – “Red Bottom Sky” Video

Last month, Yung Lean released a new album, Stranger, and he's been releasing striking visuals for it ever since. We got a short film and a clip for "Metallic Intuition," and today he's shared a vid for 5 Best Songs Of The Week honoree "Red Bottom Sky." It was directed … More »
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Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme Shares Second Apology To Woman He Kicked In The Face

On Saturday night, while his band Queens Of The Stone Age were performing at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Los Angeles, frontman Josh Homme kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face. She's written about how he looked right at her and smiled just before kicking her. In an initial apology, Homme write that …
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10 Rookie Travel Mistakes — & How To Avoid Them

Even the most seasoned travelers can encounter unexpected snafus, from flight delays and inclement weather to lost passports. But while you can't do much to prevent those mishaps, there are certain things you can do to make sure you're as prepared as possible if and when they happen.Ahead, 10 rookie mistakes travelers make — along with advice on how to avoid them. These tips will save you time, money, and more than a few headaches. After all, you worked hard to plan (and pay for) your vacation....
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Instagram's Newest Hair Trend Is Anything But Minimalist — & We Love It

Long gone are the days when 'roots' was a dirty word in the hair world. For celebs going platinum, pink, and everything in-between, having an inch or two of their natural color is a given. Why? It makes the look more effortless and natural — plus, it makes the grow-out process a whole lot less awkward.Just look at Selena Gomez's latest transformation: The team at Nine Zero One salon maintained her dark roots for an edgier effect against her new platinum hair. Of course, leave it to Instagram ...
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5 Ways The Trench Coat Is Ruling Winter

As the weather has yet to reach peak faux fur temperatures, the trench coat has taken its place as the choice outerwear of the season. And while the classic belted, camel-colored style is still as relevant now as it was in the mid-1800s when British clothing labels Burberry and Aquascutum first introduced the utilitarian design, today's version comes in many more iterations.From high-shine finishes in patent and vinyl and extra-bright colors to deconstructed shapes and ones covered in check, th...
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Academic Journal Devotes an Entire Issue to Prince’s Life & Music: Read and Download It for Free

Image by Ann Althouse, via Flickr Commons For decades now, academics have made popular culture a worthy area of study, from hip hop, comic books, and Hollywood film and television to video games and internet culture. And for just as long, there have been those who sneered at the disciplines emerging around pop culture studies. But really, what are we to do with someone like Prince, someone so clearly, profoundly, a musical genius, with such an outsized impact on popular culture, that he cannot ...
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Moby – “Like A Motherless Child” Video

Moby released two albums within a year of each other with his Void Pacific Choir -- 2016's These Systems Are Failing and this year's More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse -- and he's already following those up with another new full-length called Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt that's due out next year. Today, he's … More »
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2017's Magazine Covers Were Less Diverse Than Last Year

2016 was a radical year for diversity in fashion, with more inclusive casting (in terms of race, body size, age, and gender) on the runways and on magazine covers than ever before. A year later, the industry has no doubt continued to make progress; the spring 2018 season saw the most diverse Fashion Month yet thanks to designers like Kenzo, Sophia Webster, Ashish, Chromat, and Tome, who all made a cognizant effort to use a wide array of models in their shows. And though designers seem to be lea...
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Some Taylor Swift Fans Experience Sticker Shock Over Tour Tickets

When tickets for Taylor Swift’s tour went on sale via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan pre-sale program, the complexity of the system and the high ticket prices have pushed some would-be concertgoers out. Swift employed Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program in an effort to stave off ticket scalpers, but the program requires fans to jump through digital hoops, such as liking Swift’s social media posts, watching her videos, or buying digital copies of her music in order to boost their place in ...
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The Best Country Music of 2017

Year to year, country music as a genre sometimes seems to roll on without paying that much attention to what's going on in the world (with the exception of bro-country singers trying to adopt the latest hip-hop slang). That can feel like a problem in a year when 58 people are killed and 546 are injured by gun violence at a country-music concert – a public-relations issue for a genre that sees many of its stars outright celebrating the NRA. Then again, these days mainstream country stars ...
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How To Pack When You're Heading Home For The Holidays

Heading back home for the holidays is no new activity. Since a good portion of us have been doing it since we left our tearful parents at the front steps of our college dorms, by now, we've got some semblance of a routine in place. Come fall, we're booking the cheapest ticket we can find (even if that means a red-eye to and from), finagling ways to take the least amount of vacation days possible, and making sure our homecoming will be complete with an already-decorated tree. But packing for hom...
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"Best Books of 2017" Lists Update - December 11th

For the tenth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating regularly. Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed. See also: Largehearted Boy's List of Essential and Interesting 2017 Year-End Music Lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support the website and posts like these. Today's Up...
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10 Protest Songs That Defined 2017

Whichever side you’re on in the "art is inherently political" debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the '60s through the present day, there has been music made to protest things like war, civil rights violations, the criminalization of drugs, police brutality, mass shootings, and pretty much every president who … More »
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The Best Metal Albums Of 2017

Before we begin our discussion of the fantastic year for underground metal that was 2017, a few orders of business: … More »
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18 Ways To Wear Ultra Violet, The Color of 2018

Following a froggy-green 2017, last week Pantone revealed the color of 2018, a decidedly more wearable, uplifting hue of Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, the "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.""We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute explained. "It is this kind of creative inspiration...
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Why The Rock Hall Of Fame Needs Fixing

Some 32 years after that first batch of inductees, with most, if not all, of the genre’s most influential practitioners voted in, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is facing its own midlife crisis. Just as rock originally was a hybrid of pop, blues, jazz, swing, country, R&B, gospel and folk, the music spawned a vast […]
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Jay-Z Defends ‘Big Pimpin’ Against Copyright Claims In Court

It’s a music copyright case that set rapper Jay-Z against the relative of an Egyptian composer virtually unheard of in the United States and entangled him, or least his lawyers, in an obscure foreign law that protects artists who object to alterations of their work. ______________________________ On Friday, the Ninth Circuit considered arguments in the copyright infringement case against the rapper’s hit “Big Pimpin'” after a federal judge threw out the case in 2015. Plaintiff Osa...
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Watch Haim Sing About Hanukkah

Today is the first night of Hanukkah, which I totally didn't realize until this very second because I am a bad Jew. The Haim sisters, on the other hand, are apparently much better Jews. Not only are they celebrating Hanukkah -- or, as they're calling it, "Haimukkah" -- but they also wrote an original Hanukkah … More »
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What to do if you catch a cold and a concert is looming

At this time of year many of you will be singing in Christmas concerts. photo by Courtney Carmody It’s also the time of year when there are plenty of bugs around. Here’s a timely reminder of what you can do if you catch a cold and a concert is coming up.Almost every day on Facebook singers and choir leaders are asking for advice on how to treat a cold because they’ve got an important concert coming up.The usual folk remedies are trotted out: honey and lemon, ginger and garlic, hot toddy, turmeri...
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Did You Know Queen Elizabeth II's Tiara Broke The Morning Of Her Wedding?

For the royal family, the pressure of one's wedding day is at an all time high, because just about all of Great Britain is watching (and America, too. See: Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry for proof). But as it turns out, Diana, Princess of Wales, wasn’t the only person at Buckingham Palace to run into a bit of trouble before walking down the aisle. In fact, Harper’s Bazaar reports that Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara actually had to be repaired the morning of her wedding. Now that’s somet...
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New Vampire Weekend Album Is Inspired By Kacey Musgraves, Features Ariel Rechtshaid And Rostam

When Rostam announced that he was leaving Vampire Weekend to focus on his solo career, fans couldn't help but wonder what that might mean for VW LP4. Rostam and Ezra Koenig have both repeatedly reassured everyone that Rostam would still be involved, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about … More »
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Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!

 Sure Alexa can sing you a song but can you clap back at her? A new product by the makers of the Freewrite lets you do just that. Called Clapboss, this smiling dongle lets you clap up to four times to activate various things around your house. Clap twice to turn off your lights! Three times to turn off the TV! Four times to be reminded that you are now a slave to emotionless technologies!… Read More
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InStyle's Laura Brown On Working Her Way Up

Taking over the reins of one of America's biggest magazines is no easy feat, but in little over a year Laura Brown has made an indelible mark as the editor-in-chief of InStyle magazine. With subjects ranging from Selena Gomez to Joe Biden, the Australian native seems to have found what makes print readers tick (and buy). And on this week's episode of UnStyled, she sits down with Refinery29's co-founder and global editor-in-chief Christene Barberich to discuss just how she does it.If you're anyt...
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The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America's youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »
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All Growed Up: 'The Kentuckian' and the Myth of Freedom

Burt Lancaster not only stars in The Kentuckian (1955) but directed and produced it for the company he co-founded with Ben Hecht. The result is an exciting piece of Americana accoutred in all sorts of he-man folderol, as shot right handsomely in Technicolor by Ernest Laszlo and scored by Bernard Herrmann with lusty horns to echo the source novel, Felix Holt's The Gabriel Horn . Lancaster plays the title Kentuckian, Big Eli Wakefield. His young son, Little ...
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