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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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Hear Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper's 'Truly Brave' mash-up

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Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” seem like a perfect match with their inspirational messages of self acceptance.  READ FULL STORY

What to expect from the L.A. Podcast Festival (and how you can watch at home)

The summer music festival season is over, but there’s still at least one can’t-miss festival on the horizon. This weekend marks the third annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival, which features live recordings of dozens of comedy podcasts, as well as panels, stand-up shows, and parties. The lineup of all-star microphone fiends features Marc Maron (WTF With Marc Maron), Aisha Tyler (Girl on Guy), Dana Gould (The Dana Gould Hour), Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny), Todd Glass (The Todd Glass Show), April Richardson (Go Bayside!), Larry Miller (This Week With Larry Miller), Janet Varney (The JV Club), and an eclectic bunch of others. Announced guests on various shows include Whitney Cummings, Horatio Sanz, and Hal Sparks, with plenty of others coming.  READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen headlines Stand Up For Heroes event

Bruce Springsteen and a collection of all-star comedians will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, and NBC’s Brian Williams are already confirmed, and several surprise guests are expected. The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, has raised millions for injured military veterans and their families. READ FULL STORY

Barbra Streisand let Jimmy Fallon (and his impressions) duet with her

Jimmy Fallon clearly loves doing musical impressions, so when he had Barbra Streisand making a rare appearance on The Tonight Show to promote an album of duets, he took the opportunity to be the legendary singer’s partner. Alongside a bemused Babs, Fallon trotted out his Elvis, his Blake Shelton, and his Michael Bublé. During the Shelton section, a rendition of “I’d Want It to Be You,” Streisand tapped Fallon, and declared, “I can hardly tell the difference.” Before moving onto the Bublé she said, “That was actually good.” READ FULL STORY

Six memorable, unusual uses of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

This coming week brings the 200th birthday of The Star-Spangled Banner. It is, in addition to being notoriously hard to sing, the National Anthem of the United States of America. While the song is used for many different occasions—baseball games and elections and fireworks and War of 1812-themed frat parties—most of the time what happens during its performances is pretty consistent. Those who are sitting stand, those who wear hats remove them, and everyone sort of uncomfortably half sings along while looking for the nearest American flag. It’s that universal ritual that makes unusual uses of The Star-Spangled Banner all the more memorable. Like these, for instance:

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Scientists name extinct, big-lipped swamp creature after Mick Jagger

Adam Levine might have the moves like Jagger, but a now-extinct swamp creature had the lips like Jagger.

Scientists recently discovered the creature, which lived in the swamps of Africa 19 million years ago, and found that it had notable lips during its day—just like the Rolling Stones frontman. “The animal probably had a highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips,” Greg Gunnell, a Duke University paleontologist and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. Thus, the animal was dubbed Jaggermeryx naida, a scientific name translating to “Jagger’s water nymph.” (Angelina Jolie was also in the running, but study co-author Ellen Miller insisted on Jagger.)
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