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Here’s a pop of psychedelic joy to brighten up your gloomy Tuesday!     Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sami Akbari, who performs as sami.the.great, has just released a video for her throwback single “Hear Me Now”. Sami’s twee-yet-powerful voice and charmingly introspective songwriting usually bring Ingrid Michaelson to mind, but she puts on her Nancy Sinatra hat (or, more appropriately, flip wig) for this upbeat track. The video matches the deliriously fuzzy girl-group vibe with a heaping helping of lo-fi animation. Check it out right here:     Don’t forget to stop by iTunes or...
  In the three and a half years since Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) released Two Suns, her brand of vaguely goth chamber pop has taken off—just ask Florence + the Machine, Zola Jesus, or Grimes. Those ladies are wonderful, of course, but we’ve missed Bat for Lashes’ singularly weird beauty. On her third album, The Haunted Man, Khan’s talent is out in full force. Opener “Lilies” kicks things off with an operatic, string-laced bang that recalls Kate Bush, the O.G. chamber-pop icon. The tribal-inflected...
  On Sunday night, 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt was walking through a park in northeastern Lousiana when three men approached her, covered her in flammable liquid, and set her on fire. Sharmeka put out the flames with a spigot and called 911. She suffered burns to over half of her body and was still in the hospital in critical condition as of yesterday.  The three men also wrote the letters ‘KKK’ and a racial slur on her car in a paste-like substance. The FBI is reportedly investigating the...
    Remember those Roaring Twenties-inspired Momiji dolls? Well, the makers of these adorable message dolls are back with a spooktacular new release named Spookie. With her pink hair, freckles, and heart-shaped lips, she’ll be the cutest trick-or-treater in town.     Gift her to the All Hallow’s Eve fanatics in your life (each limited-edition doll comes equipped with a pull-out message card). Or, keep the little skeleton-clad lady as a fright night decoration. Each figurine is priced at $25 and can be found here. Goodbye, five-year-old stuffed pumpkin. Hello, Spookie!   Images via...
  Women’s issues have been an intense topic in this election, and our rights are important, especially considering we make up more than half of the population. In this awesome new PSA, entitled “You Don’t Own Me,” a multitude of women stand up for--and lip synch!--to Lesley Gore’s song of the same name (Lesley herself appears at the beginning to 'approve this message'!). As the vid’s description states,  “Women, let's rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for...