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In 1966, the National Football League decided to merge with its rival organization, the upstart American Football League. Although the two leagues wouldn’t actually become one until 1970, they decided to begin pitting their champions against each other in an NFL-AFL World Championship Game right away. So on 1/15/67, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers faced… More »

Pray for America. In the early weeks of 2016, a disturbing development has come to pass that exposes some dark truths about the US population. A figure from this country’s past, one who represents our culture’s basest instincts and poorest taste, has somehow bounced back from relative obscurity and risen to a new level of… More »

A lighthearted mid-’90s romantic comedy starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau does not seem like the most obvious place to learn about the intersection of physics, math, and philosophy, but watching 1994’s IQ is how I discovered that, theoretically, you can never truly get where you’re going. Matthau plays Albert Einstein, who spends… More »

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Here Are The 2016 Grammy Nominations

The Grammy nominations have arrived, and the major categories are pretty stacked! Of particular indie-rock interest is a Best New Artist nomination for Courtney Barnett.
Chris DeVille | December 7, 2015 - 8:17 am
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How Will Adele’s Astronomical Sales Influence The Music Industry?

Funny story: My sister-in-law was watching TV with her boyfriend recently when Adele appeared, as she has been wont to do this autumn, and the…
Chris DeVille | December 3, 2015 - 4:50 pm
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Ryan Adams’ Best Non-Taylor Swift Covers Of 2015

Ryan Adams had a big 2014. His self-titled album was his best in almost a decade, and one of the best Tom Petty albums that
Ryan Leas | December 3, 2015 - 11:53 am
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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift By Quoting Her Lyrics

It's too bad that the United States leg of Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour is over, because a California judge just proved herself eminently worthy…
Peter Helman | November 12, 2015 - 7:10 pm
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Area Man Describes What It’s Like Being Named Taylor Swift

One of the biggest news stories coming out of the Pacific Northwest this year is a surprising one: There is a young man in Seattle…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 5, 2015 - 5:50 pm
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Ellie Goulding Doesn’t Understand What Makes “A Big Pop Album”

When Ellie Goulding announced her new album, Delirium, over the summer, the press release included this quote from the British singer: "A part of me…
Chris DeVille | November 5, 2015 - 4:43 pm
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Watch Taylor Swift Sing “Let It Go” Dressed As Olaf From Frozen

Last night wasn't just Halloween -- it was also the last stop in the American leg of Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour. (Aren't you going…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2015 - 2:19 pm
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Here’s What Your Favorite Bands Wore For Halloween 2015

Stars: they're just like us! Which means that on October 31st, the spookiest day of the year, they don wacky clothing that they would never…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2015 - 1:36 pm
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The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Pop-Not-Rock Bands The 1975 And The Neighbourhood

"We're not a pop band." When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975's sleek, dolled-up "Girls" video, we're to take…
Chris DeVille | October 29, 2015 - 5:21 pm
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Taylor Swift Countersues DJ Who Allegedly Grabbed Her Butt

Last month, former Denver radio personality David Mueller sued Taylor Swift, claiming that he was fired after being falsely accused of groping her at a…
Peter Helman | October 28, 2015 - 11:41 pm
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Taylor Swift Shares Solo Piano “Out Of The Woods” For 1989’s 1st Birthday

Taylor Swift's 1989 turns one year old today, and what a year it's been! Notably, 1989 is one of only five albums to spend its…
Chris DeVille | October 27, 2015 - 5:02 pm
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Watch Tove Lo Sing With Taylor Swift In Atlanta

Some of the celebrities that Taylor Swift has welcomed to the stage on her 1989 World Tour don't really make much sense as anything other…
Peter Helman | October 25, 2015 - 2:49 pm
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The Week In Pop: Drake, King Of The Memes

"Hotline Bling" is not Drake's greatest song ever. Although the melody and groove have exerted their allure on millions including myself, the production sounds weirdly…
Chris DeVille | October 22, 2015 - 3:40 pm
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The Weeknd Says Drunk Taylor Swift Kept Petting His Hair When They First Met

Here's a weird anecdote from Rolling Stone's new profile of the Weeknd. In the feature, Abel Tesfaye describes his first encounter with Taylor Swift, who…
Chris DeVille | October 21, 2015 - 2:26 pm
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Watch Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley Cover Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” On The View

Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland is campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, though you could be forgiven for missing his name in the flurry of…
Chris DeVille | October 20, 2015 - 2:01 pm
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Watch Ryan Adams Cover Taylor Swift’s “Welcome To New York” On Kimmel’s Brooklyn Show

Every once in a while, Jimmy Kimmel Live decamps from its usual Los Angeles studio and tapes a week of shows somewhere else. Right now,…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2015 - 8:49 am
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Watch Ryan Adams Interview Taylor Swift About 1989, John Hughes, Siri

Chuck Klosterman interviewed Taylor Swift for her new GQ cover story, but the mag lined up a separate video Q&A in which Ryan Adams, whose…
Chris DeVille | October 19, 2015 - 11:34 am
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The Week In Pop: Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato Can Shake Their Disney Pasts, But Apparently Not Each Other

The stars of the Disney Channel's early-'90s The Mickey Mouse Club reboot shaped the way we as a culture think about teen-pop on a foundational…
Chris DeVille | October 15, 2015 - 4:48 pm
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Damon Albarn Assesses Kanye, Taylor, Drake, & Rihanna

It's been the subject of rumor and conjecture for a while, but now it's confirmed: Damon Albarn's simian supergroup Gorillaz, once thought to be extinct,…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2015 - 11:53 am
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Taylor Swift Talks Working With Imogen Heap, Crafting “Shake It Off” With Max Martin & Shellback

On Friday night, instead of going to the show that I was supposed to go to, I stayed in bed and watched Taylor Swift's first
James Rettig | October 12, 2015 - 5:15 pm
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