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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Interviews Killer Mike in 2016 Election Special

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's 2016 election special premiered this week via Hulu and Funny or Die. It sees the infamous canine puppet trolling bloggers, elderly voters, former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, and many, many more— including Bernie Sanders supporter Killer Mike, as …

Bernie Sanders

The Charleston Shooter: Racist, Violent, and Yes – Political

In the biggest surprise of recent memory, the young man arrested for massacring nine black people in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal …

Political Science

Frozen

TO ENSURE that it meets the 750 new rules on capital imposed in the aftermath of the financial crisis, JPMorgan Chase employs over 950 people. A …

Finance

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos: 'I Was Really Pretty Lost'

Passion Pit is a band made up of one man: 27-year-old Michael Angelakos. When he signed with Columbia Records in 2009, Angelakos went from playing house parties in Boston to touring the world. Passion Pit's third album, <i>Kindred</i>, is out Tuesday, and there's more behind its sound than upbeat music.<p>"I …

A supercut of stares in Darren Aronofsky movies

Movies

Ryan Adams Covers Jenny Lewis' "She's Not Me"

Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis are currently touring together in California, and this Thursday at Fox Theater in Pomona, Adams decided to cover "She's Not Me", the Jenny Lewis track that he produced. The song appears on Lewis' latest album, <i>The Voyager</i>. Watch the fan-shot footage below, via …

Entertainment

The Police in America Are Becoming Illegitimate

Nobody’s willing to say it yet. But after Ferguson, and especially after the Eric Garner case that exploded in New York yesterday after yet another …

Justice

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

Phoenix On World Cafe

The French band Phoenix seems to be appearing at the top of music charts all over the world. In 2009, Phoenix's album <i>Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix</i> guided them to fame with popular tracks like "1901" and "Lisztomania."<p>Released in April, the band's latest album, <i>Bankrupt!,</i> is a departure from its earlier …

The Black Hole Tango

A new paper reveals that black holes seem to know their place in the cosmic web, aligning with one another despite huge separations in …

St. Vincent Shares Full Set Video From Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

St. Vincent was one of the many acts at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. Below, watch video of Annie Clark and her band's full performance, featuring songs from her self-titled album <i>St. Vincent</i> and her back catalogue, plus lots of epic shredding.<p>All video was filmed by La Blogothèque for …

Music Festivals

Rivers Cuomo Joins Real Estate to Play Weezer's "No Other One" in Los Angeles

<i>Photo by Koury Angelo via Rivers Cuomo's Twitter</i><p>Last night, Real Estate played a show at Los Angeles' Belasco Theater as part of Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA. They were joined by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo for a performance of "No Other One" from 1996's <i>Pinkerton</i>. Real Estate have previously …

Real Estate

She & Him Dance With Invisible Partners in Their "Stay Awhile" Video

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are releasing their latest She & Him album <i>Classics</i>—13 covers of classic songs—on December 2 via Columbia. Today, they've shared the video for their version of Dusty Springfield's "Stay Awhile". It features Deschanel dancing with an invisible partner and Ward playing an …

Zooey Deschanel

Sleater-Kinney Preview Two New Songs: "Surface Envy" and "No Cities to Love"

Last month, the reunited Sleater-Kinney shared "Bury Our Friends", the lead single from their newly announced forthcoming LP <i>No Cities to Love</i>. Now, in an interview with NPR's All Songs Considered, the band has shared snippets of two new songs from the album. You can listen to the interview here. …

Indie Music

The Decemberists Share "Make You Better" Video Teasers Starring Nick Offerman

The Decemberists just announced a tour in support of their new album <i>What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World</i>. Now, they've shared a collection of teasers for a forthcoming music video for "Make You Better". The two trailers, which are titled "The Old Blue Rock Palace Show Ep 77 #1-2", star …

Nick Offerman

The great American relapse

PICTURE a heroin addict. “A bum sitting under a bridge with a needle in his arm, robbing houses to feed his addiction,” is what many people might …

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

"Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain?"<p>That's the launching point for a fantastic little video made by educator Anita Collins and animator Sharon Colman Graham for TED-Ed. What they explain is that while listening to …

Jason Isbell, Live At The 2014 Americana Music AwardsFolk Alley

<i>Southeastern</i>, the recording that helped Jason Isbell to a near-sweep at this year's Americana Awards and Festival — he took home prizes for album, song and artist of the year — has only his name on the cover.<p>But in more ways than one, it was a team effort. Isbell, who learned his craft as a member …