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Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Stick it to the man<p>Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New …

America's Top 10 Regional Sandwiches, as Interpreted by L.A.

More than 75 years ago, Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh opted to put french fries and coleslaw <i>inside</i> its cold-cut sandwich rather than serving them …

These 15 Isolated Tracks From Famous Songs Will Blow Your Mind

Mick Jagger’s multiple vocal personas can sell a song even better than his stellar stagecraft, but the best vocal performance ever on a Stones song …

Ubisoft wants the public to help playtest Assassin's Creed Syndicate, give feedback

A chance to play the next Assassin's Creed game early may be coming to a city near you. Ubisoft is taking the next game in the franchise, <i>Assassin's Creed Syndicate</i>, on a "playtest road show" in an attempt to gather player feedback in advance of the title's launch this fall.<p>Ubisoft says participants …

In 'Police Story: Lockdown,' Jackie Chan gets little room to kick tail

"Police Story: Lockdown" is the second attempt at rebooting a phenomenally successful Hong Kong movie franchise, two installments of which were recut and dubbed for American audiences as "Supercop" and "Jackie Chan's First Strike."<p>Chan is back playing an indestructible lawman. Only this time he's …

10 Original Songs Better Than Their More Famous Covers

<b>“Take Me to the River” (Al Green/Talking Heads)</b><p>If Al Green sung you an eviction notice, you'd probably ask for an encore. The guy has a truly …

15 Criminally Underrated Burgers In Los Angeles

Some burgers have all the luck—they end up on every "best of" list (including our own). Of course, we love these iconic burgers, but as any …

The Greatest Dance Number Ever Filmed

Fayard and Harold Nicholas were a fantastic set of flash-dancers who performed as the Nicholas Brothers. Born seven years apart, the brothers …

Killer Mike Discusses Race and Politics at MIT

This weekend, in addition to attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Killer Mike gave a lecture on race and politics at MIT. Watch video of<p>a portion of his lecture andsome select Q&A moments below, via <i>Consequence of Sound</i>.<p>Read Killer Mike's recap of the White House Correspondents' Dinner …

10 Best New Burgers in Los Angeles

For Angelenos, our best burgers are money in the bank; they pay dividends in an almost timeless way, whether you frequent them or not. Restaurants …

Grantland Basketball Hour NBA Postseason Shows

April 15, 2015<p><b>Grantland Basketball Hour to Air Six Episodes During NBA Postseason</b><p><b>Begins with Playoff Preview Shows April 16 – 17</b><p><i>Grantland Basketball</i> …

Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

In the six years I've lived in the region, I've developed a mantra: Southern freaks are the best freaks. For me, the word "freak" can be both positive and downright spiritual. It describes serious individualists who are tolerant of others whose own paths may diverge from their own; people whose …

Ratatat Returns with Ultra-Chill New Song, "Cream on Chrome"

Watch the Brooklyn duo bust out their first new music in five years.<p>Last night, Brooklyn duo Ratatat closed out the Sahara Tent with some good old-fashioned experimental alt-rock,and debuted the insanely chill new single "Cream on Chrome" whilst they were at it. The track pairs a good-natured …

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

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The cheesiest lines from Law and Order: SVU's gamer episode

<i>Trigger warning for sexual assault and spoilers for this evening's Law and Order: SVU episode follow.</i><p>Tonight, <i>Law and Order: SVU</i> tackled the harassment of women in gaming in an episode titled "Intimidation Game". It's been a hot topic in our industry since August of last year, and the SVU writers …

All sports everything

Inside the studio where ESPN is betting billions on the future of sports<p><b>"Oh my goodness,"</b> NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth shouts into his headset mic over the roar of the MetLife Stadium crowd. "This is sick. Put this to music. I don't think he stepped out, either. That may be the greatest …

Majestic Wine Maps – Illustrations by Neil Stevens

Some Wine Map illustrations created by Neil Stevens.<p>London based illustrator Neil Stevens was entrusted by Majestic Wine to illustrate a series of …

Social media in sport: still more Emperor's New Clothes than Brave New World

There do not appear to have been any exclamations of “Je suis Torben” on social media over the last few weeks. This suggests that, in spite of the …

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'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

Musicians, it seems, have always wanted to alter the sounds of their instruments. Over the course of centuries, strings have been added to guitars for a fuller sound. The composition of those strings has changed from animal gut to steel to plastic, each with their own unique sounds. Drummers have …

This is Volvo’s 400bhp XC90 SUV

Volvo’s upcoming new XC90 appears to have taken various fruits from the motoring tree and blended it into one, giant smoothie. This is the brand new …

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

These World Cup Posters Are A Must-See For Any Soccer Super Fan

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira pulled out all the stops when creating these incredible World Cup team posters for an ESPN campaign celebrating the tournament, which begins on June 12.<p>Each of these posters illustrates one of the 32 teams that will be heading to this year's …

Sleigh Bells - Demons (Diplo Remix)

Fatima Al Qadiri: 'Me and my sister played video games as Saddam invaded'

"I believe in djinns," says Fatima Al Qadiri. "I believe in evil spirits that haunt the earth. I don't smell or see them, but I feel them – especially in Kuwait: it's one of the most haunted places on earth. Even with all the concrete and highways and esplanades. It's very creepy. We have Greek …

When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

<i>This is the first in a weekly series of six essays looking at hip-hop's recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the</i> …

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Believe it or not: a country song can be about anything. People who seek out stories about Daddy's farm and fishing trips and Solo cups will easily find them, but the genre's most creative souls have long been interested in much more than sentimentality and a good old American time. Country and the …

I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway

A retired Major League Baseball player explains how he's trying to turn an upsetting encounter with the police into an opportunity for dialogue.<p>It was an otherwise ordinary snow day in Hartford, Connecticut, and I was laughing as I headed outside to shovel my driveway. I’d spent the morning …

Sharing joysticks: how video games are opening up to LGBT themes

On the screen we see two combat-hardened soldiers, men who have fought alongside each other, who have become comrades and friends, and who are now lovers. The moments in which the two finally open up to each other and admit their feelings are played in a simple and tender way. This isn't about two …