Blood Orange’s Entire Set From the Poconos is Streaming Online (Watch)

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In November, Blood Orange played a 40-minute set in the Poconos Mountains at Boiler Room Weekender, the music festival infamously shut down early by disgruntled police officers who abused and mistreated black attendees of the concert.

Months later, those who missed out on the exquisite performances that took place at the Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA can indulge in Blood Orange’s entire, haunting set. Dev Hynes, the musician behind the band, began the show with a cello performance of “Evil N****r” by Julius Eastman, and concluded with an impromptu rendition of Nina Simone’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

Hynes took to Facebook following the show to express his experience with local security at the festival:

“Thanks to those that came, even if the local police were less than thrilled, while entering the Ghetto Gothik room people were heavily body searched (the only room where this was the case) they looked through every page of my notebook with a flashlight (lmao) while my white friends walked through with ease… i left early, feeling sad about my own performance for personal reasons, varying life choices some related some not, and my place in the live performance world… police then shut the whole thing down I heard, the next morning. I don’t know full details, i do know a young black girl was arrested and bail was set at an extremely high rate, i know that other officers were using excessive force on people… the trees looked nice though.”

Steal This Look: Green in McQueen

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Illustration by Hilton Dresden

We know what you’ve been thinking ever since seeing the latest collection for Alexander McQueen, shot by Ethan James Green: how do I rock this new couture while still letting my green hair flourish? The answer is simple, really: you just need to tousle your emerald curls, throw on an embellished capelet and a satiny slip with matching gloves, and take a deep breath. The three words that describe this look are simple, sensible, and snakelike. And if you really want to capture this vibe, it’s all in the details. Read on for the insider tricks.

The McQueen Capelet – AW ’17.

The most crucial piece for this ensemble isn’t readily available just yet, but you can feast your eyes on it in the new McQueen lookbook.

Photo by Ethan James Green.

In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with something similar – might be time to bust out that embroidery thread.

The Pink Satin Slip.

Pair your heavy, statement outerwear with a feminine, fragile little satin slip.  ASOS has cheap-yet-chic options:

The Gloves and Glam.

Ideally, you’ll be matching your gloves to the color of your slip for a cohesive color palette, but we know it’s not always easy to nail that pastel pink in two different products. However, we’ve managed to track down this viable option from MrCostumes.com:

A ring over a gloved finger goes a long way toward achieving the couture-meets-creature of the night look we’re striving for. In terms of styling, green hair is a must – ideally you’ll be incorporating products into your regimen that give a wet, just-showered, tousled vibe, and if you’ve got some powerful pomade feel free to plaster some ringlets to your forehead. Finish with a Queen Amidala-inspired lip and you’re ready for the runway.

CocoRosie and Anohni Have Released a New Protest Anthem, ‘Smoke ‘Em Out’ (Listen)

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Freak folk duo CocoRosie are hard at work on their next album, but released “Smoke ‘Em Out,” in collaboration with fellow boundary-pusher Anohni, today. They explained in a statement the song’s relevance in today’s turbulent political climate necessitated an early release for fans.

Specifically, the pair told Pitchfork: “Today we share a new song to inspire the weary-disappointed hearts of so many crest-fallen citizens. We just started working on a new album, but “Smoke ‘em Out” begged to be turned loose on the world now, as a means of participation during these turbulent yet invigorating times.”

Bianca and Sierra Casady, who comprise CocoRosie, have long been outstpoken activists for feminist and queer communities. They continued:

“Joined on guest vocals by our fellow Future Feminist Anohni, “Smoke ‘em Out” welcomes the new character who will be occupying the White House with a mob of women and children armed with forks and knives. In the wake of this unnatural disaster, we feel a call to rise, shout, and burn the house down. “The future is female” and a very necessary force to be reckoned with.”

Listen to the song below.

In addition to the track, CocoRosie also released this poem, written by Bianca Casady:

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CocoRosie via Pitchfork.

Solange Breaks Down Her Hit Song ‘Cranes in the Sky’ (Listen)

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In the latest episode of Song Exploder, Solange Knowles breaks down the creation of her gorgeous standout song from A Seat at the Table, “Cranes in the Sky.”

On her headspace while writing the song, she said: “At the time, I was definitely in a transitional place in my life. I was a new mother, had been with my son’s father since I was 13… It felt like: Woah. I’m doing what I love to do and what I’ve always wanted to do – why do things still feel so heavy? What is this weighing on me?”

Solange has long travelled to Miami to seek creative refuge and serenity, but, as she explains on the podcast, the city had fallen into a maze of new construction: “Miami was going through a surge just like a lot of America… there was just so much real estate development at that time. Literally eveywhere I looked around had a crane in the sky. You could not look at a street without dozens and dozens of them. It felt really heavy to me.”

It was that image that helped to inspire the direction and the feeling of the song: “The heaviness and the weightiness and kind of, even, the eyesoreness of seeing all of these cranes be so disruptive in this space that I found peace in, really kind of affected me as well. That related so strongly to the idea of trying to work through, push through, but something interrupting.”

She continues to reflect on writing the song: “Looking back at that girl, I feel so grateful that I’m not in that place. I can still identify with so many of those moments. They’re still a part of me, but I am not them.”

Her interview is incredibly thoughtful and truly fascinating. Take a listen below.

IHOP Tweeted and Deleted Anti-Hillary Propaganda, then Said They Were Hacked

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Over the weekend, everyone’s favorite pancake provider took a startling step away from their usual food content to retweet a piece of anti-Hillary propaganda, then quickly deleted it – but not before the Twitterverse had nabbed a screenshot:

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Online users quickly came for the breakfast brand, some of them even calling for a boycott:

 

To which IHOP responded by saying:

Scrutiny remains over whether or not Denny’s biggest rival was actually hacked. Even the Twitter user who was retweeted offered her skepticism:

Regardless of what really happened with IHOP’s social media over the weekend, we can confirm one thing: we’re very interested in chocolate chip pancakes for dinner.

Regardless of what really happened with IHOP’s social media over the weekend, we can confirm one thing: we’re very interested in chocolate chip pancakes for dinner.

Alexander McQueen’s AW 17 Collection is a Stunning Celebration of Oscar Wilde

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All photography by Ethan James Green.

Alexander McQueen’s fall ’17 campaign was released today through a beautiful campaign shot by New York photographer Ethan James Green. The collection is inspired by the life of the iconic writer Oscar Wilde, with looks reflecting different motifs from chapters throughout his life. Shot in a London park, the campaign features a diverse group of models, from King Owusu to Myles Dominique.

Hipsters Aren’t Taking Turmeric Anymore to Cure that Cough

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Photo: Steven Jackson via Flickr

Well, it’s official – another natural all-encompassing home remedy has been proven debunked: Turmeric. The Ancient Indian spice has been a favorite of hipsters looking to stay healthy without a bevy of prescription drugs, but new reports show evidence of the product’s benefits to be inconclusive and even blatantly false.

In a recent report, scientists called curcumin, the active chemical in Turmeric, “unstable, reactive, non-bioavailable compound and, therefore, a highly improbable lead [for drug development].”

Other findings indicate curcumin to be one of a series of chemicals that gives false results in testing with certain proteins – “Curcumin is a cautionary tale,” Michael Walters, of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, reports.

Looks like you’re going to have to find another anti-inflammatory to cure your woes, but for now, better take that big sack of Turmeric you just bought and either find a way to cook with it, or throw it out the window, health nuts.

Grimes Launches Official Visual Art Instagram Account

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Illustration by Grimes via ActuallyGrimes on Tumblr

Alt-pop princess Grimes today launched a new Instagram account dedicated entirely to visual art – her own creatinos as well as the inspired fan art she receives daily. Grimes, AKA Claire Barrow, is the mastermind who writes, produces, engineers, and performs all of her music, directs and stars in her videos, and, additionaly, she’s also published illustrations for each track on her 2015 smash album Art Angels – all of it available for viewing on her Tumblr account.

The new art account – @GrimesArtOfficial – will include original work but also “sick fan art” that has tagged the account in their post. Take a look at some of the gorgeous art already curated below:

see this actually completely intimidates me — this is soooo good . by @irving_m_art

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Our Fave Looks From Ben Sherman’s London Fashion Week AW ’17 Show

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London Fashion Week is off to a chic start, and Ben Sherman’s AW ’17 show is no exception. Sherman’s runway featured well-tailored suits in classic prints and colors, as well as a See Now Buy Now option – meaning his runway show is available for purchase now at BenSherman.com. While the show was fairly safe, you can’t get too upset when the vibes are classic Brit gentleman with youthful, reckless undertones (see: orange and black color-block turtleneck.)

Below, we’ve put together our favorite looks from the runway.