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11 Stunning European Soccer Arenas That Put American Stadiums To Shame

Looking at some of the newest soccer arenas in Europe, you see bright colors, goofy architectural quirks, and retractable roofs that fold into oblivion.<p>You simply don't see these features in the newest American stadiums.

Jack White’s 15 Best Cover Songs

Jack White, “Power of My Love”<p>Released just a few weeks ago as part of his “world’s fastest record” stunt, White’s solo cover of this song, made …

45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’<p>Jack White makes heavy, turbulent modern-blues records the same way he pursues his other passion, furniture restoration: with …

The World Cup of Dirty Dreams: Inside Brazil’s Most Infamous Brothel

After four years of tending bar at Centaurus, the most elite brothel in the sex-for-pay melee that is the recklessly beautiful city of Rio de …

Blues Genes: 15 of Jack White’s Biggest Influences

The Flat Duo Jets<p>Long before the Stripes, there were the Flat Duo Jets, Dexter Romweber's ferocious guitar-drums duo from North Carolina who blazed …

‘Lazaretto’ Premiere: Hear Jack White’s Driving Blues ‘Just One Drink’

Jack White famously cut the White Stripes album <i>White Blood Cells</i> in a single week, but he spent a lot more time crafting his second-ever solo …

10 New Artists You Need to Know: May 2014

Curtis Harding<p><b>Sounds Like:</b> Super-fly nuggets from soul and rock's late-Seventies crossover heyday, rediscovered by the son of a gospel singer.<p><b>For</b> …

Watch Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart Play Together for the First Time

Carlos Santana recently surprised the audience at a Rod Stewart concert in Las Vegas, when he came onstage to play the slow-burning blues song “I’d …

Readers’ Poll: The 25 Best Cult Movies of All Time

25. ‘Army of Darkness’<p>The incredible success of both the original <i>Evil Dead</i> and its sequel meant that director Sam Raimi had a relatively large budget …

100 Best Albums of the ’90s

100<p>Moby, ‘Everything Is Wrong’<p>Moby's first major-label album didn't seem promising at first — a little techno dude trying his arty hand at pop-song …

Rock Around the Clock: how Bill Haley's song became a hit

It is rather amusing to think that it was a middle-aged man who wrote the lyrics that stirred up a generation of teenagers in the Fifties.<p>When Philadelphia-born Max C Friedman penned the words "One, Two, Three O'clock, Four O'clock, rock", as the opening line of a novelty number, he would have had …

India's electronic music scene: 10 essential tracks

This may be the biggest year yet for Indian electronic music. Most of the leading international names have toured the country in the last few years, but the scene has recently been dominated by quality, independent releases from local producers looking to carve their own identities into the …

20 Artists Eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Next

The Notorious B.I.G.<p><b>Year Eligible:</b> 2019 <b><br>Debut Album:</b> <i>Ready to Die</i> (1994) <b><br>Why He Should Be Inducted:</b> Big in life and big on record, the man who went by …

Jimmy Page to Receive Honorary Doctorate From Berklee College of Music

Following this morning’s reissue announcement, there’s more big Led Zeppelin news today.<p>Most of Jimmy Page‘s dreams and fantasies were probably …

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

SXSW 2014: 10 Things Everyone Will Be Talking About

• SXSW<p>This year’s edition of annual music industry showcase SXSW kicks off in Austin, Texas this week and, while it’s primarily about the next …

Why does nobody reference Jamiroquai?

As I was trying to describe new group Juce today, a phrase sprung to mind that I’ve previously denied myself mentioning in public for fear of ridicule, discrimination and possible egging. That phrase, I can now reveal, is “it sounds a bit like Jamiroquai”.<p>In 2014, it feels as if almost every other …

It’s All Greek to Them: The 20 Frattiest Bands

311<p>When your bassist goes by P-Nut, and your name comes from a citation for streaking, chances are you're more high than high-minded. And by the …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

A vibrant new music emerges out of one of Europe's oldest dance forms

With its long tradition of mixing up musical styles to create new sounds, what better city than London to showcase a blend of flamenco, jazz and fado?<p>The UK premiere of a show melding Spanish flamenco, American jazz and Portuguese fado to create a new European sound takes to the stage on March …

‘The Americans,’ A to Z

Last winter, the world met Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, a “typical” white-bread married couple living in suburban Washington, D.C., circa 1981. …

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: turquoise-domed cities of the Silk Road

Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Merv: the names conjure romantic images from my childhood of great walled cities, royal pavilions set in rose gardens, and shimmering turquoise domes, beacons for merchants leading trains of two-humped Bactrian camels across the merciless black sands of the Karakum Desert.<p>…

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

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Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht’s Big Fall

On October 1st, 2013, inside the science­-fiction section of the Glen Park library in San Francisco, one of the Internet’s most-wanted men sat typing …