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To Pimp a Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar's new album is perfect

I’ve never been afraid to listen to an album.<p>It’s a strange feeling. Music can elicit a number of emotions — tears, unbridled happiness, a wave of calmness, a strong stank face — but fear usually isn’t drawn out by music. It’s not something that artists strive to pull out of their audience. And yet …

Will The $7.3 Million Robin Thick "Blurred Lines" Verdict Kill Songwriting As We Know It?

The jury awarded the estate of Marvin Gaye more than $7 million today in a copyright infringement decision against artist Robin Thicke and songwriters Pharrell Williams and T.I. over their huge 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” The jury decided that the song was just too similar to Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To …

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

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11 Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper For Black Friday

When you hit the stores this weekend, remember three things: Shopping is a sport, this is its Super Bowl, and retailers are better at playing it than you.<p>The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is worth. Shoppers are guided by shallow clues ("this is cheaper than that") …

Solid State Storage Prices Tumble This Black Friday

For the last few years, I have been recommending that users upgrade their systems with a solid state drive, or SSD. If you have a system that’s still chugging along with a hard disk drive at the heart of its storage subsystem, replacing it with a solid state drive will be one of, if not the most, …

'Pokemon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire' Top 3 Million Units In Just Three Days

Nintendo hasn’t even launched <i>Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire</i> in Europe, and the game has already sped past three million units in just three days.<p>According to Japanese website Famitsu, the game has moved 3,040,000 units and 1,534,593 in Japan alone.<p>Last year’s <i>Pokemon X and Y</i> sold 4 million …

Here's Why I Regret Getting a Lupe Fiasco Tattoo

How often can one artist let you down?<p>Confession: I have part of a Lupe Fiasco song tattooed on my arm. They’re lyrics from the second verse of “Hurt Me Soul” off Lupe’s debut album, <i>Food & Liquor</i>, a song that remains my favorite example of my ex-favorite rapper’s ability to rap. The tattoo itself …