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Actual pyramids are bottom-heavy, just like Brightest Darkest Day, the debut from a duo made up of vocalist Drea Smith and OK Go’s Tim Nordwind. The two concoct a range of sonic textures which sometimes captivate and other times get lost in the fray. Album closer “Nothing I Can Say” staggers under a feedback loop as dreary as a rainy day in Manchester. About half the album is bogged down in these kinds of post-punk genuflections—a pity, because Smith’s voice smoldered in the less forbidding...
Pop icon Madonna is known for her show-stopping fashion.  From her pink conical brassiere ensemble in her Blond Ambition tour to her bright-red kimono worn at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Madonna is forever pushing the fashion envelope.  However, a new traveling exhibit, Madonna: A Transformational Exhibition is now offering a glimpse into Madonna’s lesser known, but equally eye-catching, styles.  Opening today, April 11, in NYC, the exhibit shows the performer’s iconic 80’s fashion.  Sponsored by W Hotels Worldwide and Galcéau VitaminWater and in a partnership...
Honor is a novel about twin sisters—one who marries and moves to London and the other who stays behind in their Turkish village—and follows the pains they go through for love, family, and tradition, even when that tradition is honor killing. In the 1970s, Pembe and her husband Adem move to London for a better life. As they try to fit into a different culture, their loveless marriage crumbles, and Adem leaves Pembe to fend for herself and their children alone. When Pembe begins seeing a...
Catcalling is such a common phenomenon that a lot of people have learned to just ignore it. But this week, activists all over the world want to let everyone know that any form of street harassment is not okay. People in Philadelphia, Boston, Colombia, the Czech Republic, and many more have been posting ads on the non-profit organization Hollaback!'s Facebook for anti-street harassment week (April 7-13). Advocates hope that increased attention to this all-too-frequent occurrence will help prevent the sorts of tragedies that made bullying a...
There is weird shit out there for everyone, and students from Japan have just added to the world's long list of odd objects. Created for lonely students, the "girlfriend replacement coat" intends to mimic the satisfaction a wearer can get from receiving a hug from behind by a girlfriend. The lifelike hugging action is accompanied by a female voice that whispers into the wearer's ear through connected headphones. According to online gaming mag Kotaku, the “Riajyuu Coat” (meaning "someone who is pleased with their life outside...