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Rutgers University Offering Beyoncé Class

drake-featuring-james-fauntleroy-girls-love-beyonceRemember when Rutgers University offered a class on the theology of Bruce Springsteen? That was pretty wild, right? Well now the university that brought you insight into the Boss is giving interested students the chance to dissect “American race, gender and sexual politics” through  Beyoncé’s music and unfolding career.

“This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama‘s inauguration weekend,” explains Kevin Allred, the Ph.D student who will be teaching the class. The course will take a look at music videos, lyrics, and the strategy behind Beyoncé’s portrayal of her music. “It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis.” Allred said.

In what seems to be a new trend, the school will also offer a course for Jay-Z fanatics titled, “The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Theodicy of Jay-Z.”

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Fall Out Boy Perform At Pro Bowl

fall out boyFall Out Boy recently performed at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show in Honolulu, Hawaii, playing  their latest hit, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up),” from their LP Save Rock and Roll, as well as their breakthrough track, “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” Although official footage has not yet been released, you can check out a fan video below, and catch Fall Out Boy on tour with Paramore this summer.

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Vans Announce Documentary Series

VansStraight off the heels of their latest lineup announcement, Vans has revealed a new documentary series titled, #LIVINGOFFTHEWALL. The documentary will share stories of people who are, you guessed it, living “off the wall.” What that phrase means is up to interpretation by each of the four filmmakers, who will explore stories from Los Angeles, all the way to Russia. Check out a trailer below. Continue reading ‘Vans Announce Documentary Series’

Primavera Sound Festival Announces Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, And More

Primavera soundPrimavera Sound Festival has revealed its 2014 lineup, which boasts over 15 headliners including Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kendrick Lamar. Taking place May 29th to 31st in Barcelona, the lineup will also include Chvrches, Haim, and Nine Inch Nails, in what is sure to be one of the city’s loudest nights. Check out the full lineup below.

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Tegan and Sara Stream “Don’t Find Another Love”

Tegan+and+Sara+Brooks+Reynolds+Photography+03Tegan and Sara have been releasing songs left and right lately. Their adorable little jingle in the new Oreo ad comes to mind. Last night, the duo dropped another new track, “Don’t Find Another Love,” off the soundtrack for Endless Love. Check out the song below, and catch Tegan and Sara during their fall your with Katy PerryContinue reading ‘Tegan and Sara Stream “Don’t Find Another Love”’

Controversy Over “New” Elliott Smith Releases

elliott-smith[Updated below] Yesterday, Mike Doughty, of Soul Coughing and a.k.a UUL,  posted three tracks to his Soundcloud page that feature the late, great Elliott Smith‘s vocals over some electronic beats.

Smith fans are less than enthusiastic about the tracks are positively irate over Doughty posting them at all. It’s easy to argue that Smith, now 10 years gone, would not have wanted these released. They are at best a curiosity, with okay but nothing special beats, and some obviously tossed-off Smith vocals – one of the songs would evolve into “Bottle Up and Explode!” from Smith’s acclaimed XO, and another has a rather obnoxiously repetitive sample of Smith saying “Aah fuck” from an outtake. Doughty says that they had an idea to do something together while Smith was working on the “Good Will Hunting” soundtrack, and that Smith came in and sang acapella into a stereo mic setup. Listen:
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Artist Vs Poet Stream “Made For Me”

Artist-Vs-Poet-300x212Artist Vs Poet are currently gearing up to release their new album, Sake Of Love, which will hit shelves March 4. Giving us a taste of what’s to come, the band has posted their second single, “Made For Me.” Check it out below.



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Chvrches Cover Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

ChvrchesYou may or may not have already seen previews for the new movie, Vampire Academy which boasts the painfully cliche tagline “they suck at school,” but regardless, there is one major thing this film has going for it, and that’s the appearance of Chvrches on the soundtrack. Covering Bauhaus‘ 1979 track, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” Chvrches put a poppy spin on the once dark and brooding tune. The soundtrack will also feature music from Katy Perry, Sky Ferreira, and more. Check out the cover below. Continue reading ‘Chvrches Cover Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”’

BRIT Awards Tease Performance Lineup

BRIT awardsWhile we’re still coming down from the exhaustion that was last weekend’s Grammy Awards, the BRIT Awards are already boasting a collaboration between Lorde and Disclosure, as well as confirmed performances by Katy Perry, Pharrell, Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, and more. Check out a teaser photo tweeted by the awards ceremony below, and catch the performances Feb. 19 at 8pm. Continue reading ‘BRIT Awards Tease Performance Lineup’

Boston Calling Lineup To Include Tegan And Sara, Frank Turner, Brand New, & More

boston callingBoston’s newest festival is returning for its third installment this Memorial Day weekend, and will be taking over the city once more for a three day extravaganza. From May 23-25, acts like Tegan and Sara, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Brand New, and many more will gather to perform inside City Hall Plaza. You can check out the confirmed lineup, along with an announcement video below. Keep an eye out for more details, as the festival promises to announce one more major act to complete an already incredible lineup. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased here.

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