• 'Parks and Recreation' Daft Punk Aziz Lumineers

    'Parks and Recreation' Brings Daft Punk to Pawnee, Disses the Lumineers

    Parks and Recreation has always been great with the music references. April's Neutral Milk Hotel obsession, Andy's love of Dave Matthews, Ben's Letters to Cleo shirt, Donna being Ginuwine's cousin, Tom worshipping all things hip-hop and R&B... should we go on? Last night's episode went above and beyond.As you can guess from the title, "Prom Night" focused on Pawnee's prom, with the Parks Department volunteering to organize the high school dance. As a compromise, Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ben (Adam Scott) will serve as co-DJs for the night, much to Tom's chagrin.The partnership gets off to a rocky start when the '90s-loving Ben, who hosted a 3 a.m. swing-themed radio show in college, doesn't want to let Tom just play his "bangers," the only songs Tom will download. The "banger" criteria? Beats per minute, how many drops, how dope are the drops, and no acoustic instruments.

  • Pussy Riot 'Today' Interview Video Women in the World Summit

    Here's Pussy Riot on the 'Today' Show

    On Friday, Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina will appear at Tina Brown's annual Women in the World Summit for a panel discussion moderated by Charlie Rose. In advance of that cameo, the three women stopped by Today to chat with Matt Lauer about their struggles, Vladimir Putin, and their supporters.When asked about their growing fame, Tolokonnikova said via translator, "I really sincerely wanted Russia that would be free, this idea we heard about free Russia it only became stronger in ourselves during [these] two years that we were in jai. If our government thought that they would just break us down by jailing us, I mean, it didn't work out at all.""It definitely influenced our situation a great deal," added Alekhina.

  • David Letterman retiring retirement Mike Mills

    David Letterman Announces 2015 Retirement

    David Letterman announced his pending retirement from The Late Show, and it seems that none other than former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who was on set to perform with the Baseball Project, broke the news. "Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave," tweeted Mills, with entertainment reporters confirming the news soon after. After 11 years behind the desk at NBC's Late Night, Letterman jumped to CBS after NBC declilned to promote him to fill Johnny Carson's vaunted role on The Tonight Show, instead opting for Jay Leno. The Late Show gig competed directly with Leno, with Letterman opting for slightly edgier, goofier humor, including his nightly Top 10 lists and recurring segments like "Stupid Pet Tricks." When it comes to music, Letterman has had countless memorable moments.

  • LCD Soundsystem Interactive Exhibit Long Goodbye MSG Rough Trade

    LCD Soundsystem Mark 'Long Goodbye' With Interactive Exhibit

    As previously reported, LCD Soundsystem are celebrating Record Store Day with a five-LP vinyl release of their 2011 farewell show, famously immortalized in film via Shut Up and Play the Hits. The Long Goodybe: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden is due out April 19, but any fans who can make it to New York beginning April 7 can get a sneak peak, and then some, at Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC.The store/venue's gallery space will host an interactive exhibit revolving around the release, featuring an immersive set-up with advance pressings of the LPs laid out on turntables, exclusive videos, and a collection of 4x6-inch prints of pictures by the band's longtime photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya.

  • Beyonce Flawless Flannel Shirt  Merch

    Beyonce's Latest Merch Is Grunge-Friendly

    Have you ever wanted to own a comfortable, casual shirt that really makes a statement? One that's a little classier than, say, a Three Wolf Moon? Do you have $75, plus a few more bucks for shipping and handling? And are you a fan of both Beyoncé's groundbreaking latest album, and also the '90s alternative rock music movement? If you answered yes to all four of these questions, Bey has you covered (no pun) with her new Flawless Flannel.As you can see above, it's a fair simple design: Red and black buffalo-plaid, white buttons, and the word FLAWLESS displayed on the back. It sends a message: "I like Beyonce a lot, and I am flawless." Pretty neat!Fader points out that this piece merch is a replica of the Givenchy shirt Bey wore her in aggro "Flawless" video and on the Mrs. Carter tour, only it's probably a lot cheaper.

  • Vybz Kartel murder life prison sentence

    Vybz Kartel Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder

    Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in prison following his March conviction for the murder of an associate, the BBC reports. He will not be eligible for parole for 35 years.The Jamaican dancehall singer born Adidja Palmer was found guilty along with three associates in the 2011 killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams, who allegedly came to Kartel's home to discuss the disappearance of a pair of illegal firearms. A key piece of evidence in the trial was a text message from Kartel, who said that Williams' body had been chopped to "mincemeat." The corpse has never been found.This is the second murder charge, and first conviction, for the 38-year-old Kartel.

  • Jack White, 'Lazaretto,'

    Jack White to Record, Press, and Release 'Lazaretto' Single in One Day

    Never content for to release his music in only conventional ways, Jack White has announced his next single will be recorded live, pressed, and released in one day. It's a stunt he's calling "The World's Fastest Released Record." White will perform the title track to his upcoming second solo LP Lazaretto at 10 a.m. on, fittingly, Record Store Day, April 19, at the Nashville headquarters of Third Man Records.The direct-to-acetate recording will then go to United Record Pressing, which will print the song on 45s using photos taken at the event for the single's sleeve. The 45s will then be rushed back to Third Man and put on sale. Per the announcement: "As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell.

  • Jeff Bridges Lebowski Fest Headlining

    Jeff Bridges Abides, Will Perform at Lebowski Fest

    Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude, in Los Angeles. Or rather, that's Jeff Bridges, performing as the headlining musical guest at this year's Lebowski Fest, the annual celebration of all things Big Lebowski.The Dude himself, who's certainly no slouch as a musician as his T Bone Burnett-produced album proves, will perform with a backing band appropriately called the Abiders. The event takes place April 25 at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater, with Tenacious D's Kyle Gass serving as the opening act. The real-life inspiration for the Dude, Jeff Dowd, will also make an appearance along with other actors who portrayed minor characters in the Coen Brothers classic.

  • Broad City Beyonce 'Love on Top' Video

    Watch 'Broad City' Stars Bust Moves to Beyonce

    The first season of Comedy Central's Broad City wrapped last week, leaving a disturbing, hilarious, and sweet hole in our hearts. Stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson presumably have a bit more time on their hands too and it seems they're celebrating almost exactly like the onscreen versions of themselves would — dancing and lip-synching along to Beyoncé's 4 highlight "Love on Top."The duo posted the clip on their Facebook page, writing, "We cannot believe this is the first week we don't have an episode up. It feels like longer! Hope you enjoy this supplemental material." The webcam recording certainly doesn't have the production value of their Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott-spoofing routine to Drake's "Started From the Bottom," but we'll take what we can get. // Post by Broad City.

  • Hamilton Leithauser '11 O'Clock Friday Night' Video 'Black Hours' Walkmen

    See Hamilton Leithauser Cruise NOLA in '11 O'Clock Friday Night'

    First, the bad news: Erstwhile Walkmen boss Hamilton Leithauser has pushed the release of his solo album, Black Hours, to June 3, and reworked his upcoming tour dates to reflect the delay. But the good news? To soften the blow, he's unveiled a new song — "11 O'Clock Friday Night" featuring Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman — and shared its accompanying music video.Therein, Leithauser takes a trip around New Orleans, taking in a colorful parade and riding a bicycle around quieter streets. The song itself is a tropical-infused, vibraphone-assisted celebration that'll put you in a way better mood than the Walkmen-assisted How I Met Your Mother finale. Enjoy the video, which is directed by that band's guitarist Paul Maroon, above.

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