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Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual abuse within the prison system. Spoiler Alert! If you're not caught up with the whole season, avert your eyes! It’s safe to say that Netflix's Orange is The New Black has taken over my life. It’s okay; the first step is always admitting you have a problem, and I’m an OITNB addict. I’m at the point of wanting to read the real Piper Chapman’s (who’s actually Piper Kerman IRL) actual ... Read More
Pop star Janelle Monáe is at once retro and futuristic, disarmingly down-to-earth and freakishly abstract. Here, she reveals the strategy behind her trendsetting look, the origins of her “divinely inspired” alter ego, and what it’s like to hang out with the president Janelle Monáe mayhave been born to sing, dance, and write some of the most creative pop albums ever to hit an iPod, but the world wouldn’t have known ... Read More
The classic '80s comedy Tootsie is a riot and if you haven't already seen it, you kind of need to, like yesterday. (If you never saw it, I'll break it down for you: Dustin Hoffman is a really great New York actor, but he can't get hired because he's difficult to work with, so he cross-dresses and adopts a new, sassy persona so he can get hired again. Tah-dah, a woman saves the day once again!) In this interview from the American Film Institute's archives, Hoffman ... Read More
The Seattle-based doo-wop band La Luz write dreamy, beachy tunes that'll make you want to go on a road trip with your BFFs and never come back. The foursome's vocals together create gorgeous harmonies reminiscent of '60s girl groups or, more recently, the talented, lo-fi gals of Grass Widow. Their sad love songs fit perfectly with Shana Cleveland's surfy riffs, which bring The Ventures' instrumental skills to mind. After forming just last summer, the ladies ... Read More
You might recognize Eleanor Friedberger as one half of experimental indie-pop duo the Fiery Furnaces. After the band went on hiatus in 2011, Eleanor didn't stop singing, and began working hard on her debut solo album, Last Summer. After the success of the NYC-inspired record, she set out to create a collection of songs that are more relatable and universal than her last. I'd say she hit the nail on the head with Personal Record (out June 4 on Merge), where you'll ... Read More
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