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What Are Barack Obama and Bono Talking About?

Although Barack Obama is known for being only former president who could name four Jay Z albums, he’s still notably well-versed in the Caucasian canon. He’s invited Bob Dylan to the White House, sincerely included Coldplay in a playlist of his favorite songs, and is apparently up for hanging out with Bono even after being relieved of his…

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Remember All the Bands Who Played on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over seven seasons, the show offered an indelible fusion of campy humor and dark horror, embodied by memorable characters and well-crafted plot lines. The show also offered some bands, too: Many musicians made their way to the Bronze, the club in Sunnydale where Buffy and her friends loved…

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New Music: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – “Drowning (Water)” ft. Kodak Black

With a chord progression recalling “Exit Music (For a Film)”–or, at least, possessing a general Yorke-iness–rising Bronx rapper A Boogie With Da Hoodie’s new single with Kodak Black, “Drowning (Water),” has a uniquely mournful, gothic quality which distinguishes it immediately. The melodies that run through A Boogie and now-Top-40-star Kodak Black’s verses–meditations on their respective come-ups and excesses…

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Jeopardy! Head Writer Billy Wisse On Those Viral Music Questions and Making Alex Trebek Rap

Alex Trebek doesn’t actually know everything. Behind the Jeopardy! host, of course, is a staff of writers coming up with the clues that Trebek reads so astutely, as well as a cadre of off-screen judges who weigh the veracity of a contestant’s answer. Still, part of the fun of watching the show is Trebek confirming correct answers and rebuking wrong…

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David Bowie Live Album, Rare EP to Be Released on Record Store Day

This Record Store Day, we’ll get two new releases from the David Bowie vaultsCracked Actor, a 3xLP live album documenting a single show from 1974, and Bowpromo, a small-run promotional EP originally released in 1971, with alternate versions of several classic Hunky Dory numbers.

The material on Cracked Actor comes from Bowie’s Los Angeles performance on the so-called “Philly Dogs” leg of…

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Did This Infamous Interview of Biggie Rating Other Rappers Ever Actually Happen?

According to internet lore, sometime during the prime of his career in the mid-’90s, the Notorious B.I.G. sat down with a journalist and a small crowd of onlookers and gave his extremely frank assessments of dozens of rappers and producers who were his peers. Biggie’s responses ranged from rapturous (a 10 for Too $hort: “That’s my…

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HBO Is Revealing the Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Date in a Spectacularly Dumb Way [UPDATE]

Here’s hoping the new season of Game of Thrones isn’t as dumb as the way HBO has chosen to reveal its release date. The show’s Facebook page is currently hosting a live broadcast featuring a giant block of ice, inside of which is the hidden date of the season premiere. It’s set up in some temple…

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Rep. Maxine Waters Says That Leaked Dossier’s Infamous Sex Allegations Against Donald Trump Are True

California representative Maxine Waters has consistently and forcefully spoken out against Donald Trump for all the right reasons. Before the inauguration, Waters bluntly told MSNBC, “I don’t honor him. I don’t respect him, and I don’t want to be involved with him.” Today, Waters doubled down on her ire for Trump when she appeared on the…

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New Music: Stream Conor Oberst’s Salutations

Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst‘s new album, Salutations, is out March 17. It’s an emotionally poignant continuation of 2016’s solo album Ruminations, as Oberst is now backed by a full band. The album, which features appearances by artists such as Maria Taylor and M. Ward, adds a more fleshed-out feel to the original, stripped-down demos.

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U2 Announce 30th Anniversary Edition of The Joshua Tree

U2‘s landmark 1987 album The Joshua Tree turns 30 today, and the band has just announced a set of deluxe reissues. They come in several formats, the most luxurious of which are the four-CD and seven-LP “super deluxe” box sets.

The super deluxe editions include the live recording of U2’s 1987 Madison Square Garden concert, album outtakes and B-sides, and…

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