How Hurricane Sandy Will Impact The Concert Industry

Bar 4, a venue in South Slope, Brooklyn, was damaged in last night’s storm.

The concert industry is bracing to take a huge hit in lost revenue and delayed profits in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Dozens of concerts scheduled this week at venues in New York City and along the east coast are being cancelled or postponed, from small club gigs for acts like Grimes and Ghostface Killah to arena shows for stars such as Journey and Bruce Springsteen. Many other shows, such as The Smashing Pumpkins’ gig tomorrow night at the recently-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, hang in limbo, though it’s unlikely a show like that will go on if the city’s public transportation system is still shut down.

Virtually everyone involved in the concert industry, from artists and managers to venue owners and promoters, will take a hit as a result of this chaos, but luckily the industry is designed to anticipate these sort of unforeseeable problems. Though many venues don’t take out insurance policies for loss of revenue due to weather conditions, there are often force majeure or “act of god” clauses in concert contracts that can ease the losses for both the artist and venues in the case of a catastrophe like Sandy. (If a band cancelled a show for most any other reason, they are typically forced to pay out a substantial penalty fee.) Even still, the promoter and venue will lose cash hyping the gig and the artist will lose money and, in the case of postponements, deal with the headache of rerouting their tour down the line.

On top of that, acts who are out on the road will often have to burn money as they stay in a holding pattern while waiting to make a decision on whether to cancel or postpone a gig. This is why a lot artists have yet to make a call regarding shows scheduled for later this week – the consequences of backing out of a performance can be so long-ranging and economically devastating that a decision can’t be made lightly.

If you’re curious about the status of particular gigs and tours in New York and along the East Coast, Brooklyn Vegan, Billboard, and Pitchfork have been updating continuously with news on this front.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/perpetua/how-hurricane-sandy-will-impact-the-concert-indust

Bam Margera Wrote A Rap Song That Is Also A Dubstep Song That Is Also Awful

1. The chorus of this masterpiece is “I want to bend my dick to my ass, so I can fuck myself” and the song doesn’t seem to have a title.

2. Michael from our facebook comments gave us a link to a demo that is pretty close to the actual version. Listen to it while it’s still up!

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Who Said It: Kanye West Or A Teenage Girl On Twitter?

  1. 1. “I feel like this is going down hill fast and I have no idea why”

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      Kanye West

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @kayleeh95

  2. 2. “Sucks not to be a part of something anymore that once was your everything”

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      Kanye West

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @kaattiieekat

  3. 3. “Momma say she wanna move south”

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      Kanye West

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    Kanye West, “We Don’t Care”

  4. 4. “If my manager insults me again I will be assaulting him”

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    Kanye West, “Spaceship”

  5. 5. “Bad girls ain’t no good, and good girls ain’t no fun”

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @kayleeh95

  6. 6. “You gotta love it though somebody still speaks from his soul”

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    Kanye West, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”

  7. 7. “Don’t underestimate a girl”

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @luciaarusso

  8. 8. “Now my lil cousin smokin those cigarettes now”

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    Kanye West, “Heard Em Say”

  9. 9. “Graduate and get the fuck out of there”

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @AshlieBradley6

  10. 10. “Class back in session so I upped it a grade”

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    Kanye West, “The Glory”

  11. 11. “I want to kill my self. I want to sleep.”

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @kayleeh95

  12. 12. “Too many problems, forgot how to smile”

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @MaryamCherryy

  13. 13. “Only thing I wanna know is why I get looked over”

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    Kanye West, “Big Brother”

  14. 14. “I don’t deserve this fucking life”

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    That was a tweet from Twitter user @MaryamCherryy

  15. 15. “Let’s break out of this fake ass party”

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    Kanye West, “Lost In The World”

  16. 16. “Why you standing there with your face screwed up”

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    Kanye West, “Devil In A New Dress”

  17. 17. “Life’s just not fair”

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    This one was a trick question, though, because Kanye West sings it in his song “Street Lights” but @annaxkrisak___ tweeted it too.

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18 Joyful “Soul Train” Dancing GIFs That Will Make Your Day

Stop right where you are and get ready to experience the magic of SOUL TRAIN. But first, press play. This will get you in the right mood.

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1. What could be better than this?

2. And where else are you going to see people pull off glorious moves like this?

4. Not to even MENTION amazingly choreographed routines like this.

5. Take a minute to appreciate the outfits, too.

Just look how stoked that guy is about his pointed collar/sweater vest/plaid pants situation. And who could blame him?

9. This dude is basically skydiving onto the dance floor and it’s SO RIGHT.

12. Possibly the most bell bottoms that ever bell bottomed.

14. So not mad at this male crop-top, either.

16. Oh, and here comes David Bowie!

17. But even the Thin White Duke ain’t got nothin’ on THIS.

Indeed, nothing will ever surpass the JOY LEVELS of this show.

Hallelujah!

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/perpetua/joyful-soul-train-dancing-gifs-that-will-make-your-day

Katy Perry 2.0 Has Outgrown Her Teenage Dream

1. Remember when Katy Perry’s Prism teaser videos declared death to her candy-coated persona?

2. She set fire to her Teenage Dream-era blue wig…

3. …and buried her whimsical lollipop/pinwheel-covered “California Gurls” outfit.

4. She promised us a darker, edgier Katy.

5.Roar” was… not quite that.

6. But “Dark Horse,” her brand-new track with Juicy J, lives up to the promise after all.

The song, which premiered on iTunes early this morning, is a banger, with all the stark, cold thumping of trap music, but the soaring buildup of the kind of anthemic pop songs she’s known for. The really wonderful surprise here, though, is that instead of erupting into a huge cheesy chorus, the buildup leads to a satisfying drop-off in both tempo and vocals to give way to chopped and screwed riffs, finger snaps, and the emptiness of the pulsating bass.

It’s fun to see Katy playing with slinkier, less straightforward vocal phrasing; her turn on the lyrics “Make me your Aphrodite / Make me your one and only / But don’t / make me your enemy” are even (dare I say it) body roll-worthy.

It probably helps that Juicy J is on there too. The Three 6 Mafia rapper has been flirting with and championing pop music a lot lately, even appearing alongside Miley Cyrus on Mike WiLL Made It’s song “23.” Maybe he’s positioning himself as the go-to rapper for pop stars looking to gain some cred in the hip-hop world? Hey, if these are results, I’m all for it.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/azafar/katy-perry-20-has-outgrown-her-teenage-dream

Who Did It: Beyoncé Or Kim Jong-Un

  1. 1. Who kicked out members of their inner circle during their rise to power?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    Legend has it Beyonce kicked out two of the original members of Destiny’s Child because they allegedly thought their manager, Beyonce’s dad, favored Beyonce. Beyonce later fired her dad from being her manager.

  2. 2. Who enforces a strict policy of not allowing outside photographers to photograph them?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    Beyonce banned all outside photographers from taking photos of her on the Mrs. Carter World Tour, allowing media to only use pre-approved photos taken by a photographer she hired.

  3. 3. Who was accused by a member of Congress of “funding the machinery of oppression” through financial transactions with Communist Cuba?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    For their fifth wedding anniversary, Beyonce and Jay-Z went to Cuba, which is prohibited by U.S. law unless approved by the government. Several members of Congress criticized the couple for their vacation, but the Treasury Department said it OKed the trip.

  4. 4. Who visited the United Nations in 2012?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    Beyonce performed her song “I Was Here” at the United Nations General Assembly Hall for World Humanitarian Day in August 2012.

  5. 5. Who has their own temperature-controlled archive of countless photos and hours of video footage?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    Beyonce’s digital storage facility contains nearly every photograph of her ever taken along with footage recorded taken by a “visual artist” who’s filmed her for 16 hours a day, every day, since 2005.

  6. 6. Who suffers from wildly delusional visions of granduer?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    Beyonce told GQ, “I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”

  7. 7. Who promised to attack the United States with intercontinental ballistic missiles and kamikaze nuclear attacks if threatened?


    1. Beyonce


    2. Kim Jong-un



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    That’d be Kim. Or at least his generals. “If the U.S. imperialists and their followers dare make a pre-emptive attack, they will be made to keenly realize what a real nuclear war and real retaliatory blows are like,” one general said last week

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6 Ways “Tunnel Vision” Is Not Ripping Off “Blurred Lines” At All

1. First, look at how old and serious Justin looks. This is a mature video. Now, look at Robin and his baby-blues and his pouty face.

 

2. White wall? Check. Model wearing nothing but a nude thong? Check. Guy dancing? Check. BUT, JT is only a projection here. So, it’s totally different.

 

3. Justin doesn’t use hashtags.

 

4. Justin’s women are writhing around artistically, not bouncing around having fun like Robin Thicke’s models.

 

5. Justin didn’t brag about his dick.

6. Justin had a lot more…”fun”…with his cover art.

 

See? Totally different.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/azafar/7-ways-tunnel-vision-is-not-ripping-off-blurred-lines

7 Ways Bob Dylan Is Worse Than Jonah Lehrer

1. Ripped off 19th-century poet, didn’t credit.

Lyrics in Dylan’s 2006 album “Modern Times” were shown to have close similarities to the poetry of Henry Timrod, a Civil War-era poet.

From a New York Times story at the time:

“More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours,” the 65-year-old Mr. Dylan sings in “When the Deal Goes Down,” one of the songs on “Modern Times.” Compare that to these lines from Timrod’s “Rhapsody of a Southern Winter Night”:

A round of precious hours

Oh! here, where in that summer noon I basked

And strove, with logic frailer than the flowers.

Other Dylan works have drawn attention for similarities to Tennessee Williams and Japanese gangster novels.

2. Bob Dylan is not his real name.

Dylan famously changed his name from Robert Zimmermann. The choice was thought to be an homage the poet Dylan Thomas, but Dylan denies this.

3. Alleged to have have exaggerated or invented a story about being in a motorcycle accident.

Or at least lied about the extent of his injuries. The accident in 1966 near his home in Woodstock, NY kept him out of the limelight for two months, but no hospital records were ever found and no one remembers Dylan going off in an ambulance. Many think Dylan simply needed a break and found an exciting explanation for it (the Dutch author Jan Cremer is a proponent of the theory that he was in rehab).

4. Claimed, questionably, to have been a male prostitute in his early days in Greenwich Village.

In a 1966 interview with New York Times reporter Robert Shelton, Dylan said:

“Sometimes we would make one hundred a night, really, from four in the afternoon until three or four in the morning,” he said. “Cats would pick us up and chicks would pick us up. And we would do anything you wanted, as long as it was paid…I almost got killed…I didn’t come down to the Village until two months later. Nobody knew that I had been hustling uptown.”

The story is thought to be false, and Shelton is the only journalist Dylan said it to.

5. Said he’d been with a traveling carnival as a boy.

In an interview with Cynthia Gooding in 1962:

BD: I learned that from the carnival.
CG: From who?
BD: Carnival, I used to travel with the carnival. I used to speak of those things all the time.

BD: I was with the carnival off and on for about six years.
CG: What were you doing?
BD: Oh, just about everything. Uh, I was clean-up boy, I used to be on the main line, on the ferris wheel, uh, do just run rides. I used to do all kinds of stuff like that.
CG: Didn’t that interfere with your schooling?
BD: Well, I skipped a bunch of things, and I didn’t go to school a bunch of years and I skipped this and I skipped that.

None of this was true.

6. Paintings from his travels may have been paintings of photos from other peoples’ travels.

The Gagosian Galley advertised Dylan’s 2011 “The Asia Series” as “a visual journal” of Mr. Dylan’s travels “in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea,” with “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape.” It turns out that these firsthand depictions were actually firsthand depictions of depictions.

The painting capturing men playing checkers (left) is lifted from a picture by Dimitri Kessel from the 1950s.

7. Lifted pieces of his memoir from a Time Magazine article.

Dylan dedicated a segment of his memoir’s first volume to lessons about the evils of pork that he learned from Malcolm X. However, about a dozen lines of his memoir can be found throughout one Time Magazine article that ran in the March 31, 1961:

Time Magazine, March 1961:

“Abstract painting and atonal music were hitting the scene, mangling recognizable reality.”

Chronicles, page 90:

“Abstract & Atonal. Two of the forces that might be counted on to reduce anxiety in U.S. life — the artists and the social scientists — are contributing to it. In abstract painting and atonal music, the modern artist has largely destroyed recognizable reality…”

Time Magazine, March 1961:

“No sooner had Americans learned that they must not be rugged individualists but must practice ‘adjustment,’ than they were told that they were all turning into conformists.”

Chronicles, pages 88-89:

“The inside story on a man was that if he wanted to be successful he must become a rugged individualist, but then he should make some adjustments. After that, he needed to conform. You could go from being a rugged individualist to a conformist in the blink of an eye.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/7-things-bob-dylan-did-that-are-worse-than-what-jo