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Why Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ Tour Might Be The Most Important Tour Of The New Year

When will the public finally take Miley Cyrus seriously? And no, I am not asking that facetiously. I will admit that she certainly doesn’t make it easy, especially considering her slew of press-baiting stunts over the last few months that sent every media outlet into a seemingly permanent salivary frenzy. Still, whether or not she is in control of her public image – the ultimate point of contention anchoring a furious celebrity blog-off several months ago – her (or her management’s) decision to bring Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop on her upcoming Bangerz tour is a totally brilliant move: one that crystallizes and enlarges the cultural impact of what each artist has, up until this point, been doing separately in order to make pop music a safer place for women to rightfully do whatever the hell they want.

The album cover for Ferreira’s new record Night Time, My Time features the melancholy singer staring somewhat crazily and vulnerably out at the audience, nude and framed by dripping shower tiles in Van-Gogh green. It’s more disturbing than it is sexy. But of course, that hasn’t stopped scores of critics from accusing her of employing nudity simply to boost album sales. The story, as she’s told it, is that Capitol, her record label, didn’t want her to be nude in the first place, and even suggested using other photos from past years for the album cover. But Ferreira was adamant. “It’s hard enough to be a woman making music at all,” she told Pitchfork. “But I’m not going to start covering myself up just to seem more credible—I’m going to embrace my sexuality because I have every right to.”

If there’s any statement that makes Cyrus’ recent salacious stunts more understandable in light of the challenges facing female pop artists, it’s that one. While the double standard of female sexuality is (hopefully) not news to anybody, it’s even more pronounced in pop music, where any display of female sexuality is commonly demonized as a PR stunt or a money grab: essentially anything that constitutes the opposite of “authentic” music, which is supposedly focused on pure form and creation. This is, of course, total bullshit. To solely attribute financial motives to a female artist’s decision to pose nude is to subscribe to the same type of thinking that circumscribes female nudity to the porn set or the bedroom. It is to place rules around where and when it is correct for women in pop to make certain choices about their bodies, and strips them (pun intended) of the ability to even have that choice in the first place.
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Exclusive Q And A: Anberlin Talk Change, Songwriting, And Smashing With The Pumpkins

Anberlin have been perfecting their personal style of driving, melodic modern rock for about ten years now, but they’ve never made an album like this. Vital, the band’s most recent release, melds their signature sound with hints of electronic music, pushing the band in a vibrant new direction. They just wrapped up a tour with The Smashing Pumpkins and a fall headlining tour with Morning Parade. Needless to say, it’s definitely not a bad time to be Anberlin. We caught up with drummer Nathan Young to chat about the nuances of the band’s sound, the songwriting process on the new record, and what it’s like to open for Corgan and company.

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Billy Corgan Writing “Spiritual Memoir”

Billy Corgan, frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins and famously cantankerous commentator on the current state of the music industry, is reportedly writing a “spiritual memoir” that contains “plenty of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Though Corgan has insisted that the book “isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll autobiography,” he has already teased some of the eccentric personal anecdotes that readers can expect from a man who’s hobnobbed with the alt rock elite. In an interview with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, the hosts of Good Morning Australia, Corgan revealed that he once hung out in a teepee at Neil Young’s house with Young, Marilyn Manson, Lou Reed, and “probably Harvey Keitel, or something.” We can’t wait to hear the end of that one. In May of last year, Rolling Stone reported that Corgan was already about one-third of the way through the book, having written about 300 pages. At that pace, Corgan could be on track to finish his memoir fairly soon. However, he’ll likely have to put writing on the backburner for the time being, as The Smashing Pumpkins are about to set off on a two-month-long North American tour. Check out the dates below.

SEPTEMBER 22   •••   MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

SEPTEMBER 23   •••   MONTERREY, MEXICO

OCTOBER 2   •••   MTS CENTER, WINNIPEG

OCTOBER 4   •••   SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME, CALGARY

OCTOBER 5   •••   REXHALL PLACE, EDMONTON

OCTOBER 7   •••   ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER

OCTOBER 10   •••   COMCAST ARENA, SEATTLE

OCTOBER 12   •••   BILL GRAHAM CIVIC, SAN FRANCISCO

OCTOBER 13   •••   VIEJAS ARENA, SAN DIEGO

OCTOBER 14    •••   GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE, LOS ANGELES

OCTOBER 18   •••   CHAIFETZ ARENA, ST LOUIS

OCTOBER 19   •••   ALLSTATE ARENA, CHICAGO

OCTOBER 20   •••   ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM, ST. PAUL

OCTOBER 23   •••   PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, DETROIT

OCTOBER 25   •••   AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO

OCTOBER 27   •••   AGGANIS ARENA, BOSTON

OCTOBER 28   •••   BELL CENTRE, MONTREAL

OCTOBER 31    •••   BARCLAYS ARENA, BROOKLYN

NOVEMBER 2   •••   SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER, CAMDEN

NOVEMBER 3   •••   PATRIOT CENTER, FAIRFAX

NOVEMBER 4   •••   MOHEGAN SUN ARENA, HARTFORD

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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Lady Gaga Coldplay
  • First, pro wrestling. Now, Broadway? You are quite worldly for a man with a duckface, Billy Corgan.
  • All hail the Queen of Facebookia.
  • Coldplay fans, you might want to check for some hidden functions. You know, for the ladies.
  • Who wouldn’t want a nude drawing by an 85 year old man? Best Christmas present ever.
  • Judging by the trailer, we’re guessing they mean the term “pop” in the loosest manner possible.
  • Russell Simmons sticking it to Lowe’s by not taking their money.
  • Need to make an artist weep heavily while recording? Can’t go wrong with making them sing a little Bob Dylan.
  • You’re welcome, Dave. You’re welcome.

 


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