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Music, All Shook Down Madonna Bashes <i>50 Shades,</i> Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

Madonna Bashes 50 Shades, Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

“It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.’ I also…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

"I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn't ask a straight person these questions. I've tried to be clever with this album, because it's also important to me that my music reaches everybody."Sam…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Outside Lands Edition

Sizzle & Fizzle: Outside Lands Edition

Sizzle Sunday's biggest surprise was Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler guesting on a version of the Band standard "The Weight" with soul legend Mavis Staples. The crowd went nuts, and for good reason: It was one of the coolest torch-passing…
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Music, Reviewed Tapes 'n Tapes

Tapes 'n Tapes

After so much blog and print buzz for Tapes 'n Tapes' excellent 2005 debut, The Loon, expectations were high for the Minnesota indie rockers' follow-up. Walk It Off successfully avoids the clichéd "sophomore slump" curse, due in large part to…
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Music, Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire

It's noon on Saturday, the earliest I've managed to wake myself up the whole week I've been at the CMJ music festival in New York. Under the circumstances, it isn't early enough. Frustrated with myself, I throw on some clothes…
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CD Gift Box

Our Endless Numbered Days Iron and Wine With his tangled beard and hushed songs, Sam Beam appears to be a troubadour from the bayou. The truth is just as interesting: he's a cinematography teacher from Miami and a star…
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Music, Reviewed The Arcade Fire

The Arcade Fire

Whether it inspires you or just leaves you pummeled, Funeral is a staggering debut. Over the course of just one album, the Arcade Fire bursts out of the rigid beats and chopping chords of its post-punk influences and straight into…
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