When Janet Weiss announced her exit from groundbreaking rock band Sleater-Kinney ahead of the group’s new St. Vincent–produced album, The Center Won’t Hold, fans began to speculate about behind-the-scenes drama. In her first interview since the news, the celebrated drummer confirmed many of the rumors. She told drummer Joe Wong on his podcast The Trap […]

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If you woke up this morning compelled to punch the air, chances are you’re Taylor Swift. The Grammys announced its nominations for the 2020 ceremony bright and early on Wednesday and, per usual, it’s a mixed bag of delightful acknowledgments (Michelle Obama! Nipsey Hussle!), oddities (see: whatever’s happening in the rock field), and puzzling omissions […]

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In the latest confirmation that we live in the strangest, most confusing time, today’s damning testimony in the impeachment hearings against President Trump hinge, at least in part, on A$AP Rocky. Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified in front of the House committee on impeachment that there was, in fact, a quid […]

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Move over cowboys! The 53rd annual CMA Awards opening number was dedicated to all the country girls out there. The show kicked off with a number dedicated to “Women in Country,” starting with a performance from three leading ladies of country music, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and the ever-fragrant Dolly Parton singing a rendition of […]

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Nobody wants a Taylor Swift career-retrospective AMA performance that consists solely of tracks off Lover and a few, uh, stirring bars from “Beautiful Ghosts.” But as we learned from Swift’ss Notes-app statement yesterday, label executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta are allegedly barring her from performing pre-Lover tracks for her Artist of the Decade Award […]

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The 2020 presidential race has its share of billionaires, but can any of them call themselves Christian and genius? We’ll just have to wait till 2024 for a candidate worthy of both those titles: Kanye West, but it’s “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West” to you. At Thursday night’s Fast Company Innovation Festival, the rapper doubled […]

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R.E.M. broke boundaries, first as an upstart ’80s indie-rock band equally indebted to folk-rock acts like the Byrds and hook-smart post-punk stars like U2, and later as the model for considerate rock stardom and political and humanitarian activism that the figureheads of the ’90s alternative-rock boom would often look to for guidance. They were a […]

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Get your requests ready: The Kelly Clarkson Show announced that it’ll return for the 2020–21 season, meaning another season full of the Kellyoke covers that captivated us in the first place. The daytime show, syndicated in 100 percent of the country, earned its early second-season renewal by ranking as the top new daytime show, and […]

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Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Records have reached a compromise when it comes to her contentious performance at the American Music Awards on November 24, where she’s being honored as Artist of the Decade. She can officially perform whatever songs she’d like, including those bought by Scooter Braun earlier this year. “The […]

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Kanye West often tells his life story through songs about driving. The College Dropout’s “Thru the Wire” recounted the aftermath of the near-fatal car crash that gave the rapper-producer a fractured jaw and a powerful sense of purpose. Late Registration’s “Drive Slow” recalled old friends and beat-up rides, and feeling prideful for having something not […]

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The first time Dickinson creator Alena Smith imagined Emily Dickinson walking angrily through the Amherst woods, she heard Kendrick Lamar rapping. Smith was writing the pilot for her genre-busting Apple TV+ series in which she uses recent scholarly research to erase the image of the famous writer as a fragile, virginal recluse. Smith’s Emily is […]

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Could you?Could you? Could you …… Believe Pink would give anything other than an emotional awards-show performance? Okay, so part of us wanted Pink to dramatically throw off her poncho to reveal silks that would hoist her up into a beautiful country-tinged aerial number during her performance of her ballad “Love Me Anyway” at last […]

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Photographer and filmmaker Robert Freeman, the artist behind the Beatles’ seminal early album covers, has died at the age of 82, Rolling Stone reports. The band’s official Twitter account also posted about Freeman’s passing on Friday, as did Ringo Starr. Initially a photographer for Britain’s Sunday Times, Freeman was commissioned for a portrait of the […]

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Have you ever stared into an auditorium at 6:30 p.m., at an audience bathed in blue light, with every third seat occupied by a child and the rest by parents who know not what to expect but only to be breathlessly expectant? BABY SHARK LIVE, the marquee outside had read. Larger people in puffer jackets […]

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Fans, prepare to mobilize. The 2020 Grammy nominations are upon us, set to be announced on November 20 by Alicia Keys and Bebe Rexha. Which can only mean one thing: It’s that time of year to argue about how the Recording Academy did [insert your fave here] dirty. Will Taylor Swift be snubbed two albums […]

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Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is Sara Quin’s list. Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon So fresh and mesmerizing, Kiese Laymon’s writing reminded me of the thrill and speed of listening to a musician that […]

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