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It started with the vinyl pre-order. On Tuesday, Brand New announced their first new album since 2009’s Daisy was set to release in October. The vinyl pre-order, limited to 500, sold out in fewer than 30 minutes. Today, however, the 500 fans who preordered the vinyl received a very early surprise—a numbered CD in the mail. On the CD is a single 61-minute track, titled “44.5902N104.7146W.” Those coordinates lead to Wyoming’s Devils Tower National...
Bars provide us with many good things, most of which are based in fermented sugars and distilled liquids. But for our souls, they do a lot more: To walk inside of a favorite is to leave behind the day that came before it. If there are chairs, a counter, bottles of liquor, and a person to serve some of it to you, well, welcome to a better place than the one you've just left. But sometimes—not...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...
On a wall at the Iyapo Repository, tucked behind a cerulean body suit, reminiscent of the precious, shimmering scales of The Rainbow Fish, hangs a 22” x 28” purple ombre poster that reads, “Where are all the black people in science fiction?” The question, like the twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, alludes to the lack of, disregard for, and even erasure of black lives in pop culture, save for one-dimensional sassy sidekicks, budding sports athlete tropes, or stories...

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