Jace Lacob on the true identity of eager-to-please ad man Bob Benson (James Wolk) on “Mad Men.”
The young brothers of Disclosure are topping the charts in the U.K., and their much-awaited album, ‘Settle,’ is out today. Jean Trinh dissects what makes the duo so successful.
Needless to say, electronic music is booming in the mainstream. On the heels of the much-anticipated release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories in May, the “Harlem Shake” trap styling of Baauer, and the womp-womp-laced dubstep from the likes of Skrillex, two young brothers from England have the undertaking of reviving a genre to the forefront.
Disclosure has been stirring up the U.K. dance scene with their tracks reminiscent of London’s two-step garage rhythms, which were popular in the ’90s, and combining deep house bass lines with the pop sensibility of soulful, vocals-centered tunes. It’s an impressive feat that there has been so much chatter on the two-person outfit from England—brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, 21 and 18 respectively. Despite being so young, they’ve sold out shows and have been fiercely sought after for international music festivals (including Glastonbury later this month and New York’s SummerStage on August 6), and are one of the most talked-about groups bursting onto the scene. When Settle hit the U.K. market a day before the U.S. release, it took the second-place slot on iTunes’ U.K. top albums list—sandwiched between Queens of the Stone Age and Daft Punk.
The ‘Song of the Summer’ title has been won by the Rolling Stones, Prince, and Beyoncé. Also, and embarrassingly, LFO, Color Me Badd, and whoever it was that sang ‘Macarena.’
It’s a battle as sweaty and heated as the season itself: the fight for the title of “Song of the Summer.” Each year, one inescapable victor is crowned the earworm track that everyone is singing, every radio station is playing, and every bar, drugstore, and Applebee’s is cycling on loop. Over the years, quality tracks like “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley (1956), “When Doves Cry” by Prince (1984), “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé (2003), and “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen accomplished Song of the Summer ubiquity.
But occasionally tracks have taken the crown that are so embarrassing we’d rather file them away in the drawer of memories we choose to forget, alongside those neon hammer pants and photos of our summer with the mullet haircut. While three surprisingly solid tracks from Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”), Beyoncé (“Grown Woman”), and Icona Pop (“I Love It”) begin duking it out to be this year’s Song of the Summer, let’s take a tour through summer music’s Hall of Shame.
LMFAO—“Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
Ten years after ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ clacked its heels into our hearts, Andy and Miranda are back—and it isn’t pretty. From bejeweled Juicy pants to STD panic attacks, the most awkward moments from Lauren Weisberger’s sequel.
The sequel, out this week, doesn’t taste so sweet. With an overstated title, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, it explores Andy Sachs’s life a decade later. The theory is fantastic. But the reality is stale.
After breaking free from Miranda-ville, Andy writes for a bridal blog called Happily Ever After before founding a wedding magazine with her archnemesis turned BFF, Emily. As Andy struggles to find her footing, she discovers that “nothing is as it seems.”
He can sing. He can dance. He’s an incredibly talented actor. And he has that jawline. Let us introduce you to ‘Graceland’ star Aaron Tveit, guaranteed to be your new obsession.
We’re at lunch, and Aaron Tveit, star of the upcoming USA drama Graceland, is giggling nervously.
I had just brought up a post—a series of photos, really—published on BuzzFeed while Tveit’s breakout film Les Misérables, in which he played the passionate revolutionary Enjolaras, was at the height of its theatrical run. The post was called “The 42 Most Seductively Charming Aaron Tveit Moments of All Time.”
The actor, now in remission from stage 4 oral cancer, now says oral sex caused the disease. Kent Sepkowitz on how it could be possible—and why the announcement will drive doctors insane.
Hollywood actor, producer, director, and disease epidemiologist Michael Douglas made news Sunday by settling a puzzle that has dogged cancer specialists for more than a decade. He pronounced that his oral cancer, diagnosed three years ago, was caused by cunnilingus.
Michael Douglas in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday, October 14, 2011. (Chris Pizzello/AP)
With the dispatch, he has pushed the field forward, backward, and every which way in a manner that may be difficult to recover from. Only recently, a solid association had been established between certain types of head and neck cancer and the human papilloma virus (HPV), already well accepted as the cause of cervical cancer, the disease prevented so successfully by the Pap smear. And similar to Douglas’s view of the problem, scientists presenting their findings typically have been met with headlines about oral sex, not the changing epidemiology of a concerning disease.
Google Glass might be revolutionary, not just on a technological level but also for the porn business, which is already prepping POV apps using Google’s new tech.
Imagine watching your favorite porno with hands-free control. No more lube on the remote or keyboard!
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass glasses at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in San Francisco, February 20, 2013. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Google Glass could take the POV concept to whole new levels, and this is particularly relevant in porn. No more awkward over the shoulder camera, with a camera operator breathing down a performer's neck trying to get that spot-on-POV without being the performer himself. Now an untrained camera operator, an actor, can wear these Google Glasses and obtain the perfect perspective while hands-free to guide the action.
Yes, that actually did just happen. Jace Lacob on the latest shocking twist on the HBO hit—and why the disturbing outcome of the Red Wedding was crucial for the series. Spoilers abound!
And they partook of his salt and bread.
Oaths are meant to be sacred: after all, a man is only as good as his word. But a world in which oaths are meaningless and void is a terrifying place without logic, justice, or order. On this week’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones (“The Rains of Castamere”), we see the ramifications of breaking one’s word. Just as Robb Stark (Richard Madden) betrayed his vow to Walder Frey (David Bradley), promising to marry his daughter in exchange for Frey bannermen, so too does Walder Frey betray the most sacred oath of all, that of hospitality.
So was there or was there not a $10 million ‘Game of Thrones’–themed wedding in Big Sur on Saturday? The Facebook billionaire did get hitched, but details have been slow to leak out, says Nina Strochlic.
Everyone’s favorite startup party boy just tied the knot—and the 33-year-old hasn’t lost his party-throwing touch. On Saturday, Napster founder Sean Parker married singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas at the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, California.
Alexandra and Sean Parker. (Mark Seliger)
The former Facebook president—estimated by Forbes to be worth $2 billion—and his bride enlisted the renowned costume designer of The Lord of the Rings to dress their 300 guests. But despite rumors of a Game of Thrones theme, Parker was quick to quash the speculation. In April, he tweeted: “Academy award winning costume designer Ngila Dickson is creating gorgeous, inspiring, and unique designs that are both modern and whimsical,” he wrote. “Sorry to disappoint, but the wardrobe we’re giving wedding guests is essentially modern … There will be nothing medieval about it.”
With a record deal from Kobalt, a spot at SXSW, and summer shows in New York and Los Angeles, it’s safe to say that the 18-piece symphonic Indie rock band Mother Falcon has made it. Abby Haglage talks to founder Nick Gregg.
When vocalist, cellist, guitarist, and pianist Nick Gregg was brainstorming band names around the lunch table at his high school in Austin, Texas a funny moment from the censored version of Die Hard came to mind. Bruce Willis' original line: “Yipee ki-yay motherf---er," is morphed into: "Yipee ki-yay...mother falcon!" The name stuck.
Bryan Rindfuss/Courtesy of the artist
Almost five years later, what began as a group of high school orchestra students jamming after school has become a musical tour de force. With a nine-piece string section, multiple horns, a bassoon, and a glockenspiel, the 18 young musicians of Mother Falcon are merging classical music and rock in a way no group has before. Ahead of their showcase in New York—where they’ll be playing at Joe’s Pub and Littlefield—Abby Haglage talks to the founder, Nick Gregg.
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