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Why Egon Schiele is one of art’s greatest provocateurs

It’s been ninety-nine-years since his death and 20th-century artist Egon Schiele is still as radical and prolific as he ever was. Now regarded as a leading figure in Austrian Expressionism, during the course of his short life (1890-1918), the artist caused uproar with his unflinching and …

Hokusai: the Great Wave that swept the world

He called himself Old Man Crazy To Paint and made his best work in his 70s. As his dragons, deities, poets and wrestlers go on show, we look at the obsessions of the poster-boy for Japanese art<p>Had Katsushika Hokusai died when he was struck by lightning at the age of 50 in 1810, he would be …

Art

What ‘personal space’ looks like around the world

If you've traveled even a little bit, you’ve surely had the experience of sharing a public space with someone (or many someones) who wants to stand closer to you than you’d allow your partner most of the time. (I often had this experience at the ATMs in Baku, Azerbaijan, where crowding has replaced …

Black Anvil releasing 'As Was' (stream two songs)

<i>…</i><p>I don’t like everything <b>Black Anvil</b> does, but I always want to hear what they’re up to next. Their misses (<i>Triumvirate</i>) are interesting and their …

New Balance

Girlfriend Secretly Creates Comic Strips Based On Life With Her Boyfriend

People show love for their significant others in many different ways, and for artists there's no better way to show love than with a drawing or …

Comic Strips

The 20 Best Movies of 2016, According to ‘AV Club’

As the year finally (and thankfully) comes to a close, the indie and arthouse movie experts over at <i>AV Club</i> have released their list of the 20 best …

Robbie Robertson Offers His Story of the Band

The Band—which started out as a backing group for the rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins in the late nineteen-fifties, performed with Bob Dylan on his groundbreaking 1966 tour, and then set off on its own two years later—had a captivating performer for every taste. There was the organist, Garth …

American Civil War

watch J Mascis crack jokes w/ Dave Hill more on Comedy Central's '@Midnight'

Comedy Central’s internet meme game show <i>@Midnight</i> sometimes has musicians on to mix it up with pro comedians and last night Dinosaur Jr’s <b>J Mascis</b> …

He Was the Father of Science Fiction, But You Don't Know His Name

<i>MY DEAR SIR: I have no doubt we shall be able to give you as much work as you want, and of whatever kind. Yours sincerely, C.A. DANA</i><p>With those words, …

Science Fiction

Images: A Fantastic Collection Of Stunning Sci-Fi And Fantasy Based Heavy Metal Comic Book Covers From The Early 1980’s

This is simply a fantastic feast of <i>Heavy Metal</i> comic book cover eye candy.<p><i>Heavy Metal</i> was a landmark adult comic book that featured some of the …

South Park Makes the Case for Anti-Trump Satire

South Park<p>Not Funny Season 20 Episode 9<p>Editor's Rating 4 stars<p>Since November 9, <i>South Park</i> has focused on an especially fraught satirical target. The …

You Can Now Delete Yourself From the Internet, and Here's How

Mass email unsubscribe incoming.<p>What with all the intrusive web surveillance measures going through Parliament, it's enough to question whether the internet life is really worth it. Thankfully, if you want to tap out, there's now a solution.<p>Developers in Sweden have created a website that can help …

Steve Roggenbuck: A Poet From The Internet

"I don't know if you should call these videos poetry or not, but they're what happens when a poet starts making YouTube videos." Meet Steve Roggenbuck, a young poet who has been compared to Walt Whitman and who sees social media as poetry.<p>"Save this stuff for your blog," said Steve Roggenbuck's …

Watch Iggy Pop’s Thrilling ‘Austin City Limits’ Debut

Iggy Pop made his <i>Austin City Limits</i> debut, nearly 50 years into his career, Saturday night with an epic hour-long episode that focused on his 2016 …

Austin City Limits

Magnetic Fields touring new LP '50 Song Memoir'; Stephin Merritt song in new Google commercial

As mentioned, <b>The Magnetic Fields</b> are performing their ambitious project <i>50 Song Memoir</i> at BAM Next Wave Fest on December 2 & 3, and will also being …

Stephin Merritt

Exploring Bob Dylan’s New York

Mike Porco owned the restaurant-turned-music-venue Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village, and one October night, a few friends showed up to celebrate Mr. Porco’s birthday.<p>Allen Ginsberg was there, as were the familiar folkies Phil Ochs and Bob Neuwirth. None were better known than Bob …

Deerhoof opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers in Europe, releasing new EP (listen to "Risk Free")

Speaking of bands with “Deer” in the name who will be touring with huge famous bands, <b>Deerhoof</b> will be opening for <b>Red Hot Chili Peppers</b> on European …

These Over-the-Top Sneakers Feature Built-In TVs

No, seriously.<p>When we talk about high-tech shoes, we usually mean features that will help athletes run faster or jump higher. For Virgin America, however, high-tech footwear has nothing to do with such triviality. In fact, strap on a pair of the company's new "First Class Shoes," a sneaker made in …

The strange, rare medical condition that leads people to insist they don’t actually exist

Cotard’s Syndrome—in which a person can believe that they’re dead, that their organs are rotting, or that they don’t exist—was first identified by the French neurologist Jules Cotard more than a century ago, in 1882. But the condition is so rare that it’s still far from fully understood.<p>Though it’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Conor Oberst streaming new solo album, 'Ruminations,' playing small release show

After getting back with his punk band Desaparecidos for a killer album last year, <b>Conor Oberst</b> is re-focusing on his solo career, and releases the new …

Albums

Scream playing shows, including NYC with Urban Waste

Hardcore veterans <b>Scream</b>, who we interviewed earlier this year around the time they reissued <i>Fumble</i> on Dischord, are hitting the road for a few shows …

A Brooklyn Chef’s Quest for Locally Caught Sushi

Before he became the proprietor of the popular Williamsburg restaurant Okonomi, the chef Yuji Haraguchi worked for nearly a decade in the Japanese wholesale seafood industry, moving fish from Japan to high-end sushi restaurants, primarily in New York and Boston. It was in that job that he first …

Greatest Hits: Weasel Walter

…<p>Any article investigating the intersection of jazz and metal automatically has my interest, but when the subject is the incredibly talented <b>Weasel</b> …

Werner Herzog on Revenge Porn, Adult Diapers and the Internet’s Future

Since 1969, Werner Herzog has chased mirages in the Sahara desert, examined the plight of Nicaraguan child soldiers and documented the harrowing …

Curriculum Development

The French sci-fi comic that inspired Blade Runner and Akira

A huge chunk of the modern sci-fi canon owes its existence to one thing: a psychedelic, avant-garde, and frequently X-rated mindfuck of a French comics anthology from the 70s and 80s called <i>Metal Hurlant</i>. Literally ‘Howling Metal’ in French, its influence has been cited by everyone from Ridley Scott …

Aeon Flux is the avant-garde adult cartoon of the 90s

One of the trippiest, most philosophical, and kinkiest adult cartoons ever was made by a guy who co-designed <i>Rugrats</i>. In 1991, after an epiphany about the artistic restrictions that come with working on a kids’ show about uncanny babies, animator Peter Chung created <i>Aeon Flux</i>. He wanted an animation …

watch Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky more attempt Eric Andre's "Rapper Warrior Ninja" course

The absurd Late Night talk show parody/nightmare that is <i>The Eric Andre Show</i> is about to come back to Adult Swim on August 6, and as we all get geared …

Back in the ’90s, Colin Quinn thought Matt Damon was as bad as Hitler

Given how affable Matt Damon is, it’s hard to believe that anyone’s ever born him any ill will. Despite all the “diss” tracks, his feud with Jimmy …

Unbelievable Stone Sculptures by Hirotoshi Itoh

Hirotoshi Itoh is a Japanese stone sculptor who is known for his humorously imaginative ideas and incredible ability to make stones look soft, …