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- 03/15/15--09:50: _The Sunday Funnies
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- 03/16/15--09:35: _Grimes Goes Pop Wit...
- 03/16/15--10:00: _Listen to Alex Newe...
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- 03/12/15--14:31: Listen to Ellie Goulding's Glittering "Take Me to Church" Cover
- 03/12/15--15:30: Someone Made Drake's Face out of Cereal
- 03/13/15--07:02: Watch Obama Read Mean Tweets About Himself
- 03/13/15--08:59: Listen to Prince's Surprise Single, "What If"
- 03/13/15--09:30: The 10 Music Acts You Shouldn't Miss at SXSW
- 03/13/15--09:44: Here's A Teaser For Lena Dunham's "Scandal" Episode
- 03/13/15--10:01: These '70s Porn Soundtrack Mixes Are a Fun, Sexy Time
- 03/13/15--11:00: Rihanna Confirmed as the First Black Dior Girl
- 03/13/15--12:30: Listen to a New Song by Savages, "Adore"
- 03/13/15--14:45: There's a Broad City Keyboard for Your Phone Now
- 03/13/15--15:10: Lupe Fiasco Has a Song Called "Madonna," Too
- 03/13/15--16:30: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Of The Week
- 03/15/15--09:50: The Sunday Funnies
- 03/16/15--07:34: Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly Comes Out a Week Early
- 03/16/15--09:15: Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News Returns With a Special Obama Edition
- 03/16/15--09:35: Grimes Goes Pop With "Entropy" Feat. Bleachers
- 03/16/15--11:00: "It's On an Acid Trip": Donna Karan On Fashion's Grueling Schedule
Former Paper cover girl Ellie Goulding took on Hozier's hit "Take Me to Church." And damn, did she turn the track into a synth-y, sultry jam. Listen to it, above.
Read More: Our 2012 Cover Story With Ellie Goulding
President Obama was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and, joining the esteemed ranks of Katy Perry and 5 Seconds of Summer, read some mean tweets about himself. The tweets are pretty tame, but there are likely few "mean" Obama comments on Twitter that are both readable and funny. Special dad jeans shout-out at the end!
The perma-cool Prince starts his surprise Hit and Run tour this weekend. In celebration of the tour, which kicks off in Louisville, Kentucky, Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl have shared a new single, "What If." As Consequence of Sound points out, it's a reworking of a Christian song by Nichole Nordeman. Listen to it, below.
In 2015, everyone's favorite thing about Austin's SXSW Music and Arts Festival is complaining about it. Lines, corporations, brand building, "synergy," fucking brisket -- all of these topics have crossed my Twitter timeline with a sigh and an eye-roll. And it just started today, for chrissakes! With that in mind, I have two pieces of advice: 1.) Don't go, or 2.) Head to Austin and see some cool bands and meet some cool people and get some free shit and eat some good food. And while that sounds simple enough, there will be lines and there will be brand building. Like all things in life, you're going to be disappointed to some degree. If you think you're going to get into every showcase and every party, well, you're bound to have a lousy time. But you also could be stuck in the snow, or at the dentist, or stranded on the Syrian-Turkish border. So lighten up, eat a taco and have some fun. And, if you can, check out a few of these up-and-coming acts that will be playing music they made just so you could hear it.
There's a good chance that more SXSW goers know Chastity Belt for their brilliant promo photos than for their music, but that's almost sure to change. On March 24, the Seattle band are releasing their second great album, Time to Go Home, so their time in Austin should feel like something of a celebration. And given the (deserved) excitement surrounding Time to Go Home and the fact that this year marks the band's first time playing SXSW, expect the Chastity Belt ticket to be a hot one. From sex-positive party jams to odes to overindulgence to songs about regretting some of that overindulgence, it's safe to say they'll fit in just fine.
Wednesday, March 18, midnight at 720 Club Patio, 720 Red River St.
For those of us who spent our winter months digging out of the snow, the Austin spring sunshine will be doing many a body good this week. And nothing pairs better with Austin spring sunshine than some good old fashioned indie-pop. Enter Toronto's Alvvays, whose lovely and lovesick self-titled debut album was a surprise hit last year, thanks in part to single "Archie, Marry Me," the new anthem for hopeless romantics everywhere. If you're single and a little twee, their set at the Main Thursday night is a must.
Thursday, March 13, 9pm at The Main, 604 Old Pecan St.
If what teenagers on the subway blare over their speakerphones is any indication (and it often is), Fetty Wap's set at the Fool's Gold showcase is going to be jammed. The Patterson, New Jersey native's weirdly endearing smash "Trap Queen" has become a club and radio fixture in recent months (it has 13.5 million Youtube views to date), landing the rapper a deal with Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment. But perhaps more important than the 18-to-24 vote is the much-coveted Kanye West co-sign, which came in the form of Yeezus inviting Fetty onstage at his Roc City Classic show in NYC last month.
Friday, March 20, Time TBA at Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E. 4th St.
That name, I know, I know. But Ireland's Girl Band -- who smash together noisy no-wave and industrial styles and still come off like a pub band -- are worth some of your time and attention. Take "Lawman," off their debut EP The Early Years due out in April on Rough Trade, a queasy thumper that clocks in at a relentless six minutes. Granted their set might be a little light in that Early Years only features three original tracks (plus an excellent cover of Beat Happening's "I Love You" and a less-than-excellent cover of Blawan's "Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage"), but Girl Band display enough deranged physicality to make the argument for quality over quantity stick.
Saturday, March 21, 1am at Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd.
More people should've paid more attention to Honeyblood's very good self-titled debut last year, so use this opportunity to get more familiar. The Glasgow duo of Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale write songs about dirtbag boyfriends with awesome hooks, perfect for cathartically slurry sing-alongs. Like a poisoned candy apple, Honeyblood's alterna-pop balances just the right amounts of sugar and spice.
Saturday, March 21, 8pm at Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd.
Billing themselves as a "funktronica" act, the LA duo Thrillers, which consists of real-life brothers Jeremy and Gregory Pearson, has garnered a few famous fans in anticipation of their debut EP Cotton Candy Kisses (due in April). Solange and Twin Shadow have both given the brothers their stamp of approval, and it makes sense: If "Can't Get Enough" is any indication, with it's unapologetically retro but surprisingly soulful sound, Thrillers are bound to convert more than a few more new fans this week, both famous and not.
Friday, March 20th, 7pm at Firehouse Lounge, 605 Brazos St.; Saturday, March 21, noon at The Main, 604 Old Pecan St.
Quite possibly the best garage rock band in America right now, Philadelphia's Sheer Mag not only sound great on the stereo -- their debut self-titled 7" showcases the band's love of hooky '70s guitar rock -- but their live sets have become something of legend. So while their late night, showcase-closing set at Hotel Vegas next Wednesday is sure to be packed, it's also sure to be worth it. Also: Loud, sweaty and fun.
Wednesday, March 18, 1:15am at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St.
Tobias Jesso Jr.
Between Matthew E. White, Father John Misty and now Tobias Jesso Jr., the '70s singer-songwriter revival is officially a thing. For Jesso, the road has been a long one: After failing to make it in LA as a songwriter, he moved back home, started working on some songs of his own, and soon found himself as one of the most talked about new acts of 2015. With his debut Goon dropping this week, the pressure will be on for Jesso this SXSW, or as much as it can be for a mop-headded guy who writes really earnest love songs.
Friday, March 20, 8:30pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St.
Making music in your dorm can lead to some pretty amazing things (just ask Rick Rubin), and 19-year-old Tunji Ige is likely hyper aware of this. The rapper and producer works out of his West Chester University dorm's basement, which birthed his first mixtape The Love Project. Ige has a melodically-inclined flow and often sings, so it's easy for most to compare him to Drake and move along. But it's Ige's eclectic tastes -- as evidenced on singles like the infectious "Day2Day" and "Ball Is Life" -- that make him such an exciting prospect this week.
Friday, March 20, 12:20am at Trinity Hall at Old School, 401 E. 6th St.
For a guy who calls himself "Club Godzilla" and makes music for strip clubs, what you see is what you get with BeatKing. Long a fixture of the Houston underground scene, BeatKing's NC-17 rhymes and booty-jiggling bass are now perking up ears outside of H-Town. Willfully un-PC and frequently funny, BeatKing isn't for everyone, but will no doubt be on the radar of anyone looking for a proper turn-up function.
Thursday, March 19, 11:40pm at The Roosevelt Room, 307 W. 5th St.
Noted Scandal fangirl Lena Dunham and a very unconvincing wig will guest star the show, Thursday, March 19th. The episode is titled "It's Good To Be Kink" and, naturally, the teaser trailer for it makes liberal use of 50 Shades puns (one is one too many). In keeping with Lena Dunham's brand, she plays a writer whose tell-all threatens to "expose sex secrets of some of DC's most elite." Good luck, Olivia Pope! Watch the first look, above.
Meet French producer Drixxxe, who has been making mixtapes out of softcore '70s porn soundtracks for the past year and posting them to Soundcloud. They're surprisingly enjoyable, and a third volume was recently added to the "Sextape" series. Featuring lots of smooth soul, funk and a little disco (with the occasionally breathy moan in the background) these mixes are perfect for an evening of moves and grooves. Check out Drixxe's mixes below via the folks at Dangerous Minds.
In the immortal words of Broad City's Ilana: "Yassssss queen."
Yesterday, the news leaked that Rihanna might be the new face of Dior and today Women's Wear Daily confirmed the announcement. It looks like everything's coming up bad gal! WWD reports that Rihanna will star in the fourth installment of Dior's "Secret Garden" video series, with both the film and print campaign shot by Steven Klein in Versailles. This would make our fair Riri the first black woman to represent the brand, according to the Huffington Post. Previously, the Secret Garden films, much like Leonardo DiCaprio's dating roster, have exclusively featured models. The latest installment of the film series featured models Daria Strokous, Fei Fei Sun and Katlin Aas, shot by Inez and Vinoodh at the Château de Versailles.
In addition to starring in the upcoming Dior campaign, Rihanna will also be the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by Peter Berg.
London based post-punk badasses, Savages, recently previewed some new material during their NYC residency. The song, "Adore," is noticeably mellower than previous classics like "Shut Up" and "Husbands," but is equally heavy. "It's about life and death," lead singer Jehnny Beth explains in the video. "When you put life in the balance with death, when someone is dying, when you feel your death, and you realize life has so much importance." Damn, Savages shows, which one friend described as being "transcendent" after touching Jehnny Beth's hair, just got that much more intense. Check out the clip, below.
Thanks to his wife's #TBT, we were reminded of the fact that Kanye once shot a pilot in 2008 for a puppet sketch show on Comedy Central called -- of all things -- Alligator Boots. Kim even made an appearance as Princess Leia. You might recall that this wasn't Yeezy's first foray in televion -- he also shot an unaired pilot for an improv-based, Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque show for HBO. Anyway, just throwing that out there.
Download it for iOS or Android via Comedy Central.
In the wake of Drake's Billboard dominating mixtape, it's easy to forget that other rappers also have songs named after Madonna. Lupe Fiasco's "Madonna" off Tetsuo & Youth now has a music video, which you can watch, above. This cut isn't as much about Madonna the pop-star as it is about the biblical Madonna, but at this point aren't they the same thing?
Read More: Listen to an Unreleased Drake Verse on a Remix of "Madonna"
Best Mindfuck: Michael Bolton (musician) playing Michael Bolton (character) from Office Space in this Funny Or Die sketch. Michael Bolton -- the real one -- re-enacted scenes from the cult classic playing the rap music enthusiast, name-hating office employee by the same name. Now we're confused! -- Tené Young
Best Madonna Quote of the Week: This interview over at Noisey is full of incredible gems, but the prize has to go to Madonna's thoughts re: Drake: "There's enough Drake to go around. So I've heard." ;) -- Gabby Bess
Nightmare-Inducing Catch of the Week: This fucking enormous, record-breaking, barbed-ass-tail-having stingray, captured and released in Thailand. Not disturbing enough? It's also pregnant. -- James Rickman
Most Honest NYC Subway Map: This one by Thrillist. I'm really hoping the MTA actually starts implementing this in its Manhattan-bound trains. Any map that simply says "nope" next to the Times Square stop knows what's up. (Go HERE to see the whole thing.) -- Evan Siegel
The Best Gossip Story of All Time, Ever: This week's Page Six story about an alleged fight between Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevigne over Rihanna's honor. It includes possibly the best pull quote to ever be published in the history of pull quotes: "Cara pulled Naomi's weave, but it didn't come off -- Witness." Holy shit. -- Elizabeth Thompson
Best Celebrity Revelation of the Week: That Sean Penn is a fan of The Bachelor. The actor told Jimmy Kimmel that he and his girlfriend Charlize Theron tune in to the dating show and, for the record, he's #TeamKaitlyn. -- Abby Schreiber
Most Unique Way to Get A Massage: "Breast Massages." Certified massage therapist Kristy Love uses her size 48NN breasts -- weighing at 15.8 lbs each -- to 'squash' men during her massage sessions. How much will it cost you? $300/hr. -- T.Y.
Most Confused Antiwar Song: "The Bomb Song," by Reggie Watts ft. the actual Tears For Fears guys! They go a little bit off-message at some point, realizing that the way to eliminate all bombs is to... bomb them... with lots more bombs. -- J.R.
Worst Invention: Pizza Condoms. A woman named Marina Malygina has created a condom that smells like pizza. Her thoughts on her creation? Exactly what we're all thinking: "Pizza and sex together -- that's just weird and incredibly disgusting." - T.Y.
Craziest Fan Base: The Breaking Bad community. Years after Walter White threw a pizza on his roof, people are making the pilgrimage to his house to reenact the scene. The only problem is that there are people currently living there, who do not take kindly to having to clean cheese out of their gutters. Vince Gilligan, the creator of the show, even took to the Better Call Saul podcast to admonish his crazy fans. -- E.S.
Best Album Title of the Week: Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. I have no idea what that phrase could mean, but I am READY to learn. The rapper told Rolling Stone that it "will be taught in college courses someday." -- G.B.
Most Fragrant, Sorry, Flagrant Understatement: "It's kind of gross." That's sewage-treatment worker Michael Brady, talking about the barrage of wet wipes, which turn out to be indestructible, plaguing our sanitation systems. What did it feel like for this journalist to write the words, "The city has spent more than $18 million in the past five years on wipe-related equipment problems"? -- J.R.
You just can't beat 4.5 bathrooms. [LaughterKey]
Score, a direct hit. [Mlkshk]
Same, Reesa the Great Dane, same. [TastefullyOffensive]
OK, but do you have to do something to join? [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Stay humble, Jaden Smith. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Cats vs. their mortal enemy, the humidifier. Only one shall survive. [TastefullyOffensive]
Michelle Obama perform a sort-of complicated dance to "Uptown Funk." Respect. [Uproxx]
Meanwhile, Obama read mean tweets about himself on Jimmy Kimmel. Special dad jeans shout out at the end
Watch this bird steal fur from a sleeping dog for its nest. Rude! [TastefullyOffensive]
Let it goat, let it gooo-aaaat,. [Mlkshk]
Though it wasn't slated to drop until next week, Kendrick Lamar's much anticipated, exceptionally titled To Pimp a Butterfly was released in-full last night on iTunes ahead of its 3/23 release date.
Though leaks and surprise early-releases are pretty much now de rigueur, the CEO of Kendrick's label, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, apparently wasn't happy.
Any issues with Interscope have apparently been swept under the rug, however, with Lamar later tweeting this:
Keep calm. All is well.-- Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 16, 2015
Stream to Pimp a Butterfly on Spotify below.
Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News returns with a special President Obama Edition, in honor of POTUS' visit to the show last week. (Watch him read some wonderfully vicious tweets HERE.) In the segment, the Kimmel Krew asks passerby on Hollywood Blvd. their opinions on everything from Obama's new earrings to the fact that he didn't circumcise his new son, Marcus. Their answers will make your palms sweat and prove once again that if you put a camera in peoples' faces, they'll lie their asses off.
Grimes teamed up again with Jack Antonoff (of Bleachers and Lena Dunham's boyfriend fame) for a new track titled "Entropy." Interestingly, Grimes scrapped her first attempt at a follow-up to Visions because she didn't like the direction it was going in. That direction being too pop -- it included a track, "Go," that was originally written for Rihanna -- and "pandering to the radio," according to an interview in the New York Times. Now fast-forward to 2015 and we have "Entropy," what could be considered a sugary pop-song that could be interchangeably sung by Taylor Swift. It's by no means bad -- Taylor Swift songs are catchy! -- but it's definitely Grimes going pop. The Jack Antonoff-produced song appeared last night on Girls, and it certainly sounds like the perfect, glittering soundtrack cut. Listen to it, above.
Singer Alex Newell, who first came to our attention with a scene-stealing role on Glee playing transgender student Unique Adams, is starting to build a promising post-Glee music career with features on tracks like Blonde's "All Cried Out" and The Knocks' "Collect My Love" from their forthcoming So Classic EP. We're excited to premiere his latest song, a remix of Robin S's 1993 dance jam, "Show Me Love," produced by Moscow-based DJ Matvey Emerson. Newell's soaring vocals give the original a run for its money and will make you forget it's Monday. Listen to it above and snag a copy HERE.
In a fashion world filled with air-kissing designers sipping champagne with movie stars, Donna Karan is definitely a little something different. Draped in variations of Asian monk robes (in black, her one totally New York trait), she's more likely to be discussing her decades-long yoga studies and her dreams to help people heal than dressing starlets for the red carpet. Like Auntie Mame beckoning her nephew to "Live!" Donna invited me to her Urban Zen Foundation -- where guests are urged to "create, connect, collaborate, communicate, change" -- and walked me through a parade of alternative approaches to life. Vow of silence, anyone? Sipping vegetarian soup, I was warmly introduced to the world according to Donna.
When you first started, you were a modern woman who dressed modern women. Where did this spiritual journey start? Was there always that part of you in it?
I still think I'm doing the same thing. More or less what we're talking about is dressing and addressing. It's not dressing somebody only on the outside, but addressing their inside. When the AIDS epidemic hit, Seventh on Sale [a clothing sale whose proceeds went to AIDS charities] was about being able to dress somebody but then being able to address their needs. I was not looking at myself as a designer, but as someone who was understanding people and where their lives were going. I guess having practiced yoga since I was 18 -- that's where the bodysuit, the leggings and all that kind of stuff came from. I then just took my yoga philosophy and everything that I believed in to another dimension -- one for a holistic person.
Do you feel this sort of spiritual journey is a part of your design as well? Or do you feel that it's two separate things that balance you?
I get up every morning and I practice: I do yoga, meditation. I also do Pilates. I don't think it's either/or. I'm doing it right now, you know: being in the present moment. And appreciating the world of giving. Giving is very important to me. It's not only what I can do, but what I can do to make a difference in dressing and addressing people's lives.
People think that the fashion business is so shallow. Do you find that?
In the fashion business, you're discussing the body. You're discussing the humanness of dressing people. And of course the addressing comes in there; it can't help but come in there. I think the fashion industry is one of the most philanthropic organizations... [it] comes together if there's a problem. I keep going back to saying dress and address the needs of the people. Every person's a patient. Every patient is a loved one. Every one of us is going to be hit in one way, shape or form.
It seems like the fashion system keeps getting faster and crazier.
I think it's on an acid trip.
Does that make you un-Zen? Do you ever get hysterical?
If I don't find the calm in the chaos, then I'm really in trouble. I also feel that, after all these years, calm is a lot easier for me to find. I have an amazing team of people. I'm able to oversee Donna Karan, DKNY and Urban Zen. For me it's also supporting young designers. I started a master's program at Parsons School of Design. Education to me is really important. My mission is that every child realizes that, once in a while, it would be nice to get off the computer and off the technology and get into a quiet space. I believe in yoga and meditation being very important tools, because I think we're given too much information, and of course your mind goes AAAAARRRGH!
Do you think you would ever miss the excitement and the energy of New York? You're so associated with this town...
I'm very creative, so wherever I am I'm going to create. Would I miss hair and makeup? No.
You're working on a book. Do you like looking back?
It's reflective. I've seen that history repeats itself. I got up to a chapter, I can't remember what chapter it was, and I said, "This could be the end of the book because I'm reliving it all over again. It's a verbatim experience that I had many years ago, that I've had again!"
Consistency! That's a good word. Everything about me is "C": create, collaborate, communicate, change, celebrate, candles, cashmere, cotton, country, curate.
Do you see yourself being a teacher to others?
I consider myself a student. I'm a student of yoga; Rodney [Yee] and Colleen [Saidman Yee] are my teachers. They say, "You're a teacher, Donna," and I say, "No, I want to be a student." [laughs]
If you're always a student, you're never ready to graduate. Is the Urban Zen marketplace permanent?
I'd like it to be permanent so I can permanently be traveling! I think you feel the soul of it when you come in -- it's like taking a journey. If you can't get to Africa, if you can't get to Bali, you come here. Let's take a tour around the world. That's what I love about it: you feel the energy.