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Kate Tempest played Mercury Lounge (pics) & Rough Trade (review), doing free reading in Brooklyn tonight

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis Kate Tempest @ Mercury Lounge 3/24/2015 "Don't clap, it'll make it cheesy," Kate Tempest told the crowd at Rough Trade, heartfelt, as she enthused about playing her first show in Brooklyn,...

Newswire: OK Go’s newest video is actually a furniture store commercial

Alterna-pop band OK Go is continuing its strategy of being a band that is not known for its songs. Last month, the band collaborated with the Chinese furniture store Red Star Macalline—a sort of Chinese IKEA where the instructions read like they’ve been translated from English—for a new, visually stunning commercial. Show More Summary

Satoshi Tomiie, Frankie Knuckles collaborator, releasing second album in May

House music can be really good. It can also have a lasting cultural impact. Case in point: Satoshi Tomiie’s collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, “Tears.” As a trained classical and jazz pianist, Satoshi’s musicality just glistens in every track he does. Show More Summary

Rank Your Records: Korn's Jonathan Davis Rates the Band's 11 Albums

In Rank Your Records, we talk to members of bands who have amassed substantial discographies over the years and ask them to rate their releases in order of personal preference. With 22 years and 11 records under their belt, Korn have...Show More Summary

The Star That Burns Twice as Bright Burns Half as Long: Goodbye Zayn Malik

(Zayn Malik fan art via Printable Colouring Pages) This story originally appeared on Noisey UK. His first audition, a solo performance of Mario’s “Let Me Love You,” which earned him a full house of “YES” from the judges, was never even broadcast on the main X Factor show. Show More Summary

Bodega BAMZ ft. Flatbush Zombies – Bring ‘Em Out

One of my favorite BAMZ songs of all time featueres the Zombies so anytime they link, I’m there. Here’s “Bring ‘Em Out”, produced by V’Don, off the Street Exec album, due April 14th. Previously: Bodega BAMZ – Billy Bats (Video)

What Must I Do to Be Born Again?: The Open Hands of Kendrick Lamar

Photo by Jessica Lehrman"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." This sacred insight, attributed to Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel of Thomas, pulsates within every track on offer in Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Show More Summary

Guess Who Just Got Back Today?

Ah, Dublin, where the very air is verbal. Rolling Liffeys of language, self-propelling, self-delighting: riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay (Joyce). Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal/ Pouring redemption for me (Kavanagh). Show More Summary

Give Us Now Our Daily Croissant

Where is your Kanye limit, the temperature level at which fascination boils over into exasperation? That’s an issue with any Kanye West album, but perhaps especially with the new Yeezus, which was officially released Tuesday but leaked on Friday, flooding the Internet with comments from all sides. Show More Summary

With a Little Love, and Some Tenderness

This may come as a surprise to you, but I don’t typically think much about Hootie & the Blowfish, at least not any more than I think about the Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel, or G-Love & Special Sauce. Which is to say, I don’t think about them at all. Show More Summary

Her Banner Yet Waves

Pop fandom in 2012 is still big-tent to those who skim its surface via radio playlist and passed-along YouTube clips, although the Internet's rabbit-hole-studded landscape has allowed for a deeper, more sinister brand of loving (and hating) an artist. Show More Summary

Ocean’s Kingdom

Of the many places mentioned on Frank Ocean’s adventurous debut album, Channel Orange—Egypt, California, Denver, Sierra Leone, Miami, Amsterdam, India, Arkansas, Spain, Idaho—perhaps the most significant is the one not named: the Internet. Show More Summary

She’s Not What She Seems

A few years ago, the singer and songwriter Lizzy Grant reinvented herself online. This seems overwhelmingly unremarkable behavior in the 21 st century, particularly for a would-be pop musician, but it proved scandalous. Grant, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from upstate New York, recorded an EP and an album in the late 2000s. Show More Summary

Why I Hate the National

I hate that goddamn band. For about five years those words have popped to mind or spit out of my lips whenever someone mentions the National, the Brooklyn-based rock group whose sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, came out last week. It...Show More Summary

Hallelujah for Leonard Cohen

Check out our Spotify playlist of the Leonard Cohen songs discussed in this essay. Leonard Cohen has a new album out: Old Ideas, his 12th, and his first in seven years. He's 77 now, and if you know Cohen you know his age will get its due in the new songs. Show More Summary

Black Pussy and Viet Cong: When Is A Band Name So Offensive It Should Be Changed?

Five guys from Portland who go under the name Black Pussy. This story originally appeared on Noisey UK. It's normally assumed that to find controversial band names like You've Got Foetus On Your Breath or Vaginal Defecation you have to dip into genres like pornogrind, death metal or witch house. Show More Summary

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