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Giants victory extends Steve Perry's concert stand for at least two more dates

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The San Francisco Giants advanced to the World Series last night, with a walk-off three-run home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals. In bigger news, the victory extends the AT&T Park residency of Journey’s Steve Perry, the diehard Giants fan who’s turned every San Francisco home game into a personal concert. For some, i.e. Perry, the Giants are just the warm-up act for his animated lip-syncing of his own stadium-thumping songs in between innings, like last night’s rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’”.

Perry is obviously a big fan of the hometown Giants, and he’s been driving the bandwagon with his surreal karaoke since 2010, when the Giants won the World Series for the first time since 1954. That year, he told MLB.com, “I can’t put into words what the Giants have done for me emotionally. It’s beyond words. In a lot of ways, they’ve saved me, and they’ve gotten me back into music, to be perfectly honest with you. They touched me in a way that made me excited about music again.”

And when he says excited, he means EXCITED. Check out some of his recent hits, and take special note of his more-enthusiastic back-up singers. READ FULL STORY

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino finds 'religion' in episode 2 of 'Polished'

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Since Best Coast debuted with 2010′s Crazy for You, the L.A. duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno has enjoyed steady buzz in the indie-music scene, which continued with 2012′s The Only Place and last year’s EP, Fade Away. But the acclaim was more or less predestined for Cosentino, who did some acting as a kid and had attention from record labels as a teenager. (She rebuffed their plans to turn her into a bubblegum pop star.)

After playing in a couple projects in L.A., Cosentino hooked up with Bruno, and the resulting success has kept her on the road for most of the past four years.

For episode two of Polished, we caught her during some rare extended downtime ahead of a busy 2015 to talk about her new religion, living on the road, and fan-girling out when she meets her heroes.

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Lorde, Jenner sisters, Malala make 'Time' list of 2014's influential teens

Today’s most influential teenagers, according to Time, are comprised of social media celebrities, burgeoning entertainers, and one Nobel prize winner.

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Iggy Pop could play Sandman in a Dario Argento-directed horror

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Italian horror director Dario Argento is tired of typical Christmas movies. He wants gore, violence, and fear in his December films. So he’s making his ownor at least, trying to.

On an Indiegogo fundraiser page, Argento proposes the idea for a movie called The Sandman starring Iggy Pop as the title villain. “This Sandman is the real deal, going back to the dark, original German legend,” the page reads. “The REAL Sandman was someone who stole the eyes of any children that wouldn’t just close them and go to sleep.” In other words: Sandman and Santa Clause probably aren’t friends. READ FULL STORY

'Shaq Fu,' Val Kilmer & Slash in 'Breaking Bad 2,' and more weird crowdfunding projects

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First potato salad, now an album made entirely of cat sounds: The ideas behind high-profile crowdfunding projects are sounding more and more like a game of Mad Libs.

Some background: Killer Mike and El-P, who make music together as the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, joked in September about releasing a special edition of their next album that replaces all their beats with cat sounds. Then a Kickstarter user created a campaign to turn the joke into a reality. Soon, musicians like Zola Jesus, Boots, Just Blaze, and more clambered to contribute to Meow the Jewels.

As goofy as the project is, it’s far from the weirdest celebrity crowdfunding project the Internet has ever seen. From Shaq Fu to a personal Kenny Loggins concert, here are some of the oddest requests trying to get your money.

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'Mean Girls' star Daniel Franzese parodies Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

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Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is a sweet song about how the singer wants his one-night-stand to last a little longer. Daniel Franzese’s parody “Please Go Home” is the opposite.

The Mean Girls star plays a man who wants his hookup to get out of his house in the “Stay With Me” spoof; Franzese sings about how his sex-friend needs a mint and needs to take a cab home. READ FULL STORY

South Park reveals Lorde isn't who you think she is

Lorde fans: You’ve been living a lie. Oh, you thought you were smitten with a darling 17-year-old pop star from New Zealand? Nope. As South Park revealed last night, you’ve been deceived by a middle-aged Colorado man—Stan Marsh’s dad, Randy, to be exact. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift pays homage to Mia Farrow for 40th anniversary of 'People'

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People celebrated its 40th birthday with Taylor Swift.

Swift donned a retro look for the cover, in an homage to the magazine’s inaugural issue in 1974 featuring Mia Farrow during the promotion of The Great Gatsby. In the issue, Swift promotes her new album, “1989,” and tells the magazine about taking time to enjoy the single life and to just, well, shake it off. Guess she took Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s advice to heart.

People‘s 40th anniversary issue hits newsstands today.

Watch a video from Cameron Esposito's new stand-up album, 'Same Sex Symbol'

Comedy nerds know her already, but it’s high time the rest of the world catch on: Cameron Esposito is one of the most exciting young stand-ups working today, which makes the release of her new album, Same Sex Symbol—out today via beloved indie label Kill Rock Stars—a big event. It’s Esposito’s second album, but first since she really started getting a lot of attention, from her attention-grabbing performance on Ferguson, to hosting the podcast and stand-up showcase Put Your Hands Together, to her column at The A.V. Club, and all the time she puts in on the road performing for audiences around the country.

Esposito closes out the 18-track Same Sex Symbol with a track called “Guacamole,” which is a meditation on how people’s differences enrich everyone’s life—only it’s much funnier than that serious-sounding description. To say any more would ruin the joke, but check out this exclusive video of it below.

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How one musician makes music from the sounds of YouTube

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There are millions of people on the Internet making music by themselves. They focus cameras on their hands as they dance across fretboards, set them further back as they sit behind a drum kit with earbuds in place, stare into their lens as they sing soulfully, with no music playing along.

Ophir Kutiel has spent several months of his life looking for their videos on YouTube. Kutiel is an Israeli musician who found viral internet fame in 2009 when, in a fit of inspiration, he turned off his phone and locked himself in his apartment for two straight months, working on a project he called ThruYOU. Under his stage name, Kutiman, Kutiel released a seven-video YouTube playlist consisting of music he made from unrelated YouTube videos he edited together to make complete songs.

Five years and several million hits later, Kutiman is at it again. On Wednesday morning, the artist released his long gestating follow-up to ThruYOU, and introduced it to the world in a way that’s familiar to those who know his work: through the voices of dozens of people he found on YouTube.

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