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Diet Cig at Baby's All Right
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Pitchfork panned Diet Cig, Twitter outrage ensued +++ pics from Baby’s

In a move that hearkened back to the website's earlier days, Pitchfork slammed New York buzz band Diet Cig with a 5.1 review. Then came the Twitter outrage...

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SXSW changes visa / immigration-related language in artist contract!

Artists like Downtown Boys, Priests, Told Slant and Evan Greer led a fight against the Austin music conference that led to a quick change!

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SXSW responds to artist contract backlash, apologizes to Told Slant

"The language in our Performance Agreement is intended to facilitate U.S. entry for international artists and to show CBP that SXSW takes visa issues seriously. This language has been part of the contracts since the summer of 2013, and we will be reviewing and amending it for 2018 and beyond," SXSW write.

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YG merch at Irving Plaza (photo via Jon Balbarin)
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YG was protested by Asian community at Irving Plaza, sold “Fuck Donald Trump” merch

YG also brought out DJ Mustard and Jeezy at the show.

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Action Bronson removed from another show, releases statement: “I think rape and acts of violence toward woman are DISGUSTING”

"I approach my music as other types of artists approach their work, and I don’t always intend the stories that I tell, the characters that I play in them or the lyrics I lay down to be taken literally. The songs I make aren’t any different than a director creating a movie, or an author writing a book meaning they contain scenes or things happen in them that aren’t meant to be anything but an artistic expression."

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NXNE no longer hosting Action Bronson at Yonge-Dundas Square, trying to move show, release new statement

Following criticisms of NXNE booking a free Action Bronson show in Yonge-Dundas Square, one of Toronto's busiest common areas, the festival initially defended their decision to book him and said, "Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival sho...

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Celebrate Brooklyn respond to ‘Paris Is Burning’ event criticism, announce new lineup (JD Samson dropped off)

One of the events in this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park series is a free screening of Paris Is Burning on June 26, which initially also included a live set from Le Tigre's JD Samson...

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Gang of Four’s Andy Gill weighs in on Viet Cong name debate

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One of 2015's fastest rising indie bands, Viet Cong, has been the subject of many articles lately, not because of their music, but because of their controversial name...

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There’s a band named “Me Chinese”, and a campaign to get them kicked off NYC shows

Somebody noticed a Florida band called "Me Chinese" on the CMJ lineup and has since been getting the word out on social media that this band with a racist name exists and is booked on shows...

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Kliph Scurlock says it’s true that he was fired from Flaming Lips for criticizing OK Governor’s daughter’s use of Native American headdress

Kurt Scurlock w/ The Lips @ T5 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

When we initially reported that Kliph Scurlock was no longer drummer for The Flaming Lips, we didn't know the reasons behind it, but this week details of the whole thing have come to light...

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