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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lorde and Drake Get Married, Taylor Swift Gets Corny, and Elton John Gets Pranked

This Week: Lorde and Drake Get Married, Taylor Swift Gets Corny, and Elton John Gets Pranked

Sometimes, dumbassery and prejudice ends up igniting a valuable conversation about what changes are necessary to make us better humans. That happened twice this week thanks to the absurd arrest of a 14-year-old boy who made the mistake of being…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Grimes Kicks Ass, Morrissey Takes Names, and a Sad Farewell to Bobbi Kristina

This Week: Grimes Kicks Ass, Morrissey Takes Names, and a Sad Farewell to Bobbi Kristina

This week, the world's getting turned upside down one quote at a time. We've got Billy Corgan trying to have fun, Azealia Banks not caring about her career (in Australia at least), and Skrillex becoming a life coach. As we…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Left Shark is a Legend, Kanye West is "About to Spazz" and Morrissey Ditches Iceland

This Week: Left Shark is a Legend, Kanye West is "About to Spazz" and Morrissey Ditches Iceland

"It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was nine. You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Celebrities Who've Communicated With Dead Musicians

5 Celebrities Who've Communicated With Dead Musicians

Earlier this week, the lawsuit against AEG Live over Michael Jackson's premature passing rumbled past the point of weird and drove straight into crazy town. The culprit was AEG CEO Randy Phillips, who claimed that his friend Brenda Richie --…
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Film, Feature Whitney Houston: Surveying the Great Diva's Checkered Film Career

Whitney Houston: Surveying the Great Diva's Checkered Film Career

In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle (which didn't screen in time for our deadline) — Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return to movies after a 15-year absence — we look back at the…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Deal With Airport Security When You're a Famous Musician

How to Deal With Airport Security When You're a Famous Musician

The problem with being famous and getting special treatment everywhere you go is that you sometimes forget that rules actually apply to you. Yes, music stars, we know you think you're more important than the rest of us plebeians, but…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Do Artists' Sales Increase So Much After They Die?

Why Do Artists' Sales Increase So Much After They Die?

This week, Whitney Houston became the first female artist to have three albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart at one time. In the two and a half weeks following her death, Whitney sold 2.7 million…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Controversial singer Lana Del Rey played a very crowded show at Amoeba Music — and despite her shaky live reputation, she sounded pretty darn good. Del Rey's presence onstage was unpretentious and easygoing, and she put the versatility…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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News, The Snitch Tony Bennett on Whitney Houston: "Legalize Drugs"

Tony Bennett on Whitney Houston: "Legalize Drugs"

If the marijuana legalization efforts currently underway in California receive some unexpected financial support from Hollywood over the next few months, drug war opponents may be able to thank Whitney Houston. And Tony Bennett.Mere hours after Houston was found dead…
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Music, All Shook Down

Five of Whitney Houston's Greatest Musical Moments

As the music world continues to reel after the shocking, sudden death of Whitney Houston on Saturday afternoon, at just age 48, we wanted to take a moment to remember her true legacy and pay tribute to a gigantic talent,…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Whitney Houston, the era-defining superstar who was the first woman to have an album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, died Saturday afternoon, according to the AP. Houston was 48. Houston's body was found in the fourth…
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Calendar, Night&Day Daddy Dearest

Daddy Dearest

Singer Serge Gainsbourg – rake, libertine, lizard king – died when he was 62, young enough for him still to be making oozy, boozy, lecherous public appearances, like the one where he told Whitney Houston he wanted to fuck her…
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Music, Hear This What the Christ Was That? Skeleton Key Makes a Junk-Rock Racket

What the Christ Was That? Skeleton Key Makes a Junk-Rock Racket

Twenty-one years after his debut, Kenneth Edmonds looks youthful enough to still be called Babyface. Thankfully, his songs have matured quite a bit since the days of his revealing slow jams like "Whip Appeal." It's not that the successful R&B…
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Music, Reviewed Dosh

Dosh

I like to think of instrumental hip hop as background music for alternative-universe waiting rooms. Instead of easy listening, lite rock, and smooth jazz, all the doctors in this other world groove out to tracks by RJD2, Wagon Christ, and…
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Music, Reviewed Talking Heads

Talking Heads

David Byrne long ago traded in commercial viability and his arsenal of big suits for a Panamanian accountant's wardrobe of sensible whites, an enigmatic collection of solo recordings, and a quirky reputation as rock's foremost authority on Yoruban dance. These…
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Film, Meow Mixed

Meow Mixed

Without risking much critical credibility, it can be said that Catwoman succeeds on its own feline terms. Much like a cat, the movie is a superfluous gob of fluff with an attitude ranging from idiotic to nasty. It's a sleek…
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Music, Heavenly

Heavenly

With the allergy season in its denouement, pharmaceutical companies are turning their attentions to the newest in-vogue ailment: stress and anxiety. Instead of supporting commuters venting via their SUVs, the companies are suggesting that the solution to all of life's…
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Cecil Taylor Quartet Qu'a: Live at the Iridium Vol. 1 (Cadence Jazz) Veteran pianist Cecil Taylor has a reputation for playing with the kind of relentless power and energy that can at times be overwhelming. As a result, for more…
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