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FADER Explains: The Caxirola

Making a whooshing percussion sound that’s both characteristic of bossa nova and reminiscent of Amazonian rainfall, the caxirola—Brazil’s 2014 World Cup instrument—was initially given the seal of approval by FIFA and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff … read more »

POSTED June 12, 2014 5:57PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS, MUSIC NEWS Comments (1) TAGS: ,
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Fan-Made Yeezus Montage “New Testament” Is Equal Parts Baiting And Bright

When a postcard announcing the release of a Kanye West project titled “New Testament” hit the Complex offices early this week, the prospect of a new Ye album was almost immediately debunked. Last night we … read more »

POSTED June 11, 2014 1:33PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS TAGS:
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R.I.P Dr. Maya Angelou

Television station WGHP in Winston-Salem, N.C, reports that renowned poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at 86. She was found by her caretaker early Wednesday morning. Dr. Angelou had reportedly been battling … read more »

POSTED May 28, 2014 9:53AM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS Comments (2) TAGS:
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The Froyo-ization of New York Is Painfully Real

In our current Photo Issue, we sent intrepid photographer Matthew Monteith to document a rapidly changing post-Bloomberg New York City. He came back with photos from four neighborhoods in transitional phases, including Hunts Point, Willets … read more »

POSTED May 22, 2014 1:34PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS TAGS:
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The FADER’s Guide to Grilling

This weekend’s Memorial Day holiday is not just a three day vacation, it means summer is finally—finally—here. While for some it signals the return to local surf haunts or the perfect time to crack open … read more »

POSTED May 22, 2014 12:20PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS Comments (2) TAGS: ,
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The Stories of East Village Radio from the People Who Made It

Revisiting the major moments that made EVR an institution Last week, East Village Radio announced they’d be shuttering their doors and muting their dials after over ten years of service to the city. For those … read more »

POSTED May 21, 2014 5:33PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS Comments (1) TAGS:
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Artist Xavier Cha Wants to Turn Your Internet Data into a Dance Piece

The internet is full of stuff—45 years of stuff, accumulating like dust on top of discarded DVD players—and yet the way we use it often slips into a repetitive pattern: Facebook, Twitter, email, Instagram and … read more »

POSTED May 21, 2014 1:12PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS TAGS:
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Celebrate Biggie’s Birthday with Never-Before-Seen Photos

Never-before-scene flicks from Biggie’s first press run Today we celebrate what would’ve been the 42nd birthday of rap’s undisputed G.O.A.T, the late Notorious B.I.G. To mark the occasion, we share some never-before-scene Kodaks from the … read more »

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Lurk NYC Runs the City, One Skate Clip at a Time

For the past year, skater/videographer Nick von Werssowetz has been quietly releasing a steady stream of some of the best skate footage the city has to offer. His recent “new york times” series of b-reel … read more »

POSTED May 13, 2014 4:20PM IN ART+CULTURE NEWS TAGS: , , ,
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Kim Kardashian’s Essay on Racism Reminded Us of Our New Favorite Instagram, @Intergaycial

Today, in a surprising bit of political seriousness, Kim Kardashian posted an impassioned think piece on her site discussing her new role as the mother of a biracial child. In it, she wraps the problem … read more »

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