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9 Gun Arguments That Need to Be Disarmed (Part 1)

The horrors of mass shootings have shocked America so frequently, it is left in a state of paralysis when trying to properly address this issue.<p>The latest killing spree occurred last week in San Bernardino County, CA. as U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan national Tashfeen Malik, donned in …

Bob Boilen's Top 10 Discoveries From The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon

There's a lot of mediocrity to sort through when you hop from one club to another during a festival like the CMJ Music Marathon, five days during which bands flock to New York. So when I find stuff that stands out, that pushes the inevitable evolutionary boundaries of rock, I get really happy. One …

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Make These Spoooky Masking Tape Mummy Hands

The etailer Wholesale Halloween Costumes has some simple and fun-looking DIY costume and prop projects on their site. Here’s one that couldn’t be easier and you end up with effectively creepy, glowing mummy hands reaching from the ground. Pile up a little dirt around the wrist for extra …

Metric Demand Eternal Love on Glossy Synth-Pop Single ‘The Shade’

Toronto mainstays Metric continue to refine their euphoric synth-pop aesthetic with new single “The Shade.” The band’s first new song since 2012’s</i> …

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Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction

The first independent film to gross more than $200 million, Pulp Fiction was a shot of adrenaline to Hollywood’s heart, reviving John Travolta’s career, making stars of Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and turning Bob and Harvey Weinstein into giants. How did Quentin Tarantino, a high-school …

What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar

A series of happy accidents and analog technologies led to the weird sound effects of the 1950s and beyond. An Object Lesson.<p>There’s an old joke in the technology industry: If a product has a problem, simply sell it as a feature. The electric-guitar-effects industry is no different. Music has often …

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Catch up on two seasons of 'House of Cards' in nine minutes

The hit Netflix political drama "House of Cards" returns for its third season Friday, and scores of binge-watchers already have their weekends planned.<p>It's been a year since Season 2 landed on Netflix, so you'd be forgiven if you forgot everything that happened to President and First Lady Underwood …

An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s—Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others—remember it quite the same way.<p><i>When I first came out</i> …

Deluded High Fashion and Shameless Low Budget Sleaze: Enter the World of Tickle Torture

The Minneapolis synth-pop artist says: "If life gives you a runway, you gotta flex."<p><i>Photo by Alexander Kohnstamm.</i><p>Tickle Torture never stops surprising us. Whether he's spraying the crowd with champagne and glitter cannons at CMJ, or lounging austere, observing a bedazzled make out session in the …

Sam Smith wins BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll

Voted on by 170 UK tastemakers, including DJs, critics, and bloggers, BBC’s annual Sound of… poll is usually a good barometer for the year to come. …

Listen: Thundercat’s sexy space-funk jam “Vulnerable People”

In addition to supporting his sophomore album <i>Apocalypse</i>, contributing to the <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> soundtrack, and teaming up with Flying Lotus and …

Listen: NO’s uplifting new song, “Leave the Door Wide Open”

Los Angeles indie rockers NO didn’t form out of a chidhood friendship or assemble via some Craigslist ad. Instead, singer Bradley Hanan Carter and …

Listen: FaltyDL’s tantalizing new song, “King Brute”

New York producer Drew Lustman, a.k.a. FaltyDL, showed versatility on his genre-hopping Ninja Tune debut, last year’s <i>Hardcourage</i>. Now, he’s back with …

The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: St. Vincent, Mykki Blanco

It’s Friday! And the temperature is back above freezing! Things are looking up! And also, there’s some excellent new music to listen to, because as …