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Meet Spike Fuck, Rick Owens’ new favourite musician

“I guess I kinda fit into a lot of places but at the same time don’t fit into any,” confesses Spike Fuck, the Melbourne-based singer who recently caught the eye of Rick Owens. Last month, Owens urged his followers to check out her latest video with a post on his Instagram – in the clip, which the …

Meet the women putting the fire in Iceland’s music scene

Ask an average music fan about Iceland and they’ll likely answer ‘Björk’. And while the singer stands tall as a musician and figure of inspiration, there’s a lot more going on in the land of fire and ice today. A new wave of women is leading the way across a vast swathe of genres – from trap to …

The story of the female Czechoslovakian murderer of 1973

In July of 1973, a deeply troubled 22-year-old woman named Olga Hepnarová rented a lorry and drove it into a crowd of elderly pedestrians standing at a tram stop on a busy street in Prague. Three of her victims were killed immediately, while five others died shortly afterwards and many more …

Wong Kar-wai tipped to make film about Gucci family

Cult Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai is reportedly making a film about the Gucci family. The director, who is known for his richly cinematic style and movies such as <i>In The Mood For Love</i> (2000), often takes three or four years breaks between each film he makes. His last, <i>Grandmaster</i> (2013), followed …

Meet the online activists dismantling beauty standards

We might spend our days mindlessly scrolling through animal memes and inspirational quotes but, on some rare occasions, social media can become a tool to promote self-love, showcase alternative beauty and call bullshit on discrimination. Two artists flawlessly tapping into this potential are …

How Basquiat challenged police brutality through his art

A painter, poet and prodigy of the downtown New York art scene of the late 70s and 80s, Jean-Michel Basquiat is an icon. He was friends with Warhol, dated Madonna and donned those famous paint-splattered Armani suits. This is the image of Basquiat in the popular imagination, but there is more to …

The Baltimore musician exploring brutality and masculinity

“I didn’t really read as much as I wanted to at school,” explains VIOLENCE over Skype. “I didn’t have time. I was always taking way too many classes.” Today, the Baltimore artist spends much of his time reading – he’s particularly interested in US history, and more recently has delved into gender …

Christian leaders see influence growing under Trump

'If he fulfills the promises he’s made, he could be the most pro-life president since Reagan,' one social conservative said of Trump.<p>Social conservatives got Donald Trump into the White House. Now, they expect him to deliver.<p>In conversations on Capitol Hill, donor meetings in Texas and behind …

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Donald Trump and the Rise of Alt-Reality Media

You think the truth took a hit last year? It's about to get worse. A lot worse.<p>Earlier this year, I argued that the conservative movement did not merely have a Donald Trump problem—it had a media problem. As Trump slouched toward the nomination, he was backed by a conservative media that had …

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How Trump, With No Mandate, Could Change Washington More Than Reagan Did

He lost the popular vote and his unfavorables are still high, but conditions are right for a lasting legacy<p>It was one of the most definitive “realigning” elections ever. The challenger defeated an incumbent president by 10 percentage points, winning 44 states and 489 electoral votes. His coattails …

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Trump then and now: How the President-elect has changed since his election

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump is sounding a different tune as he prepares to take on the mantle of the presidency.<p>The brash businessman has already begun to step away from some of his rhetoric and promises he made during the presidential campaign -- ranging from how he'll treat …

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