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Dancing With the Stars Watch: The Switch-Up

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Jessie J is a very harsh temporary judge

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars, where each week the stars cinch up their spandex and hoof it on the dance floor in the hopes of currying America’s favor and a shot at a Mirror Ball Trophy. This week we are being treated to the Switch-Up. No, the dancing reality show has not been preempted by either the Jason Bateman movie, The Switch, nor the Jason Bateman movie, The Change-Up, nor Teen Wolf Too nor, sadly, anything to do with Jason Bateman whatsoever. Instead, all the spray-tanned and hair-sprayed stars switch partners, and it’s supposed to kick up the drama, but in reality just kicks up the dramatics.

Since Len Goodman is still supervising the sambas on the U.K.’s Strictly Come Dancing, there’s still an empty seat at the judges’ table. This week that seat is filled by singer Jessie J, who introduces herself to the viewing audience by singing her hit “Bang Bang” without the assistance of Nicki Minaj or Ariana Grande, before taking her seat at the judges’ table.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker: The professional hunk teamed up with the new pro for a Bollywood routine, which is sort of unfair because the judges never know what to do with Bollywood numbers and always judge them harshly. Antonio delivered the goods, but he’s no Akshay Kumar, if you know what I mean. 28/40, with guest judge Jessie J lowballing with a 6. (Tom Bergeron helpfully suggested having someone else start her car for her as a safety precaution.)

Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas: One of TIME’s most influential teens admitted that she does not know what “swag” is, but promised to try and bring it to her hip-hop routine. The duo busted some moves to Usher’s “She Came to Give It to You,” and Bruno Tonioli thought she did a fantastic job and is “blossoming with confidence,” which is something only Bruno can say. Jessie J thought she “attacked it,” and Julianne Hough took the opportunity to diss her brother. 32/40, which Mark considered an unfairly poor score.

Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd: Jonathan was still reeling from his low scores last week, but was ready to rumble with Peta with a fierce … jitterbug. They performed a fast-paced 1950s-inspired routine that was filled with lifts and kicks, but after Jonathan almost dropped Peta on her head, they lost a little luster. Carrie Ann Inaba thought there were moments of brilliance, but many parts were off. Jessie J and Julianne competed for harshest critique with Jessie J just eking out a win. Jonathan was shocked, but should not have been what with the whole almost dropping Peta thing. 24/30.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke: Expectations were riding high for Alfonso after he got a perfect score last week for his Carlton. This week, he didn’t get to do a dance he originated, but a traditional flamenco. Cheryl choreographed a “fully professional” routine for him, which he was able to pull off. Julianne said it was the first partnership she believed in tonight. It was so good Jessie J “turned American.” 34/40.

Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev: Janel and Artem set out to make their partners Lea and Val jealous, and luckily they were assigned a burlesque routine, which helped them meet their goal. Janel wore sparkly bustier and underpants, while Artem went for the suspenders and no shirt look for their sultry routine set to a Jessie J song (awkward). Val hammed it up on the sidelines and Janel apologized to her dad for the overly sexy routine. Julianne thought it was not “authentic” burlesque, whatever that is, but Bruno dismissed her criticism, because there’s no such thing as “too sexy.” Jessie J thought it was all hilarious, because she wrote that song about her mom (more awkward!). 33/40.

Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson: The producers let Michael’s inner dad out, by assigning him a disco routine with the youngest pro on staff for the ultimate Dad-portunity. The routine was a silly trifle, but the judges were really harsh in their critique. Julianne announced that it was getting awkward to watch him continue in the competition. By the time he made it off the dance floor, Michael looked upset, but then he made a Drake reference proving that even when he is down he is still the ultimate dad. 20/40, which clearly broke Michael’s heart.

Tommy Chong and Emma Slater: After getting some tips from Peta for how to navigate Tommy’s “memory issues,” Emma choreographed a mambo to Musical Youth’s “Pass the Dutchie” while clad in a Rasta-colored bikini. As much as the producers cast Michael as Ultimate Dad, Tommy gets the full stoner treatment. Jessie J liked the routine, but Julianne thought he looked “tired” and thought he was “running out of material.” 23/40.

Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough: After spending a week on the Robertson family farm, Derek and Sadie had plenty of time to perfect their Charleston. The chaste routine was one of the first dance of the night to garner almost universally positive remarks. 36/40, which is the highest score of the night.

Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy: Lea wisely reminded Val that she’s “not Janel” before they got ready for their “Broadway” routine. (Is “Broadway” really a dance style?) For the performance, Lea dressed as a nurse and Val was inexplicably dressed as an old man with a walker. While not completely clear, it appeared that Lea was a naughty nurse hitting on her patients at a nursing home. Tom dubbed it “Mama’s Family the Musical,” while Bruno made a Cocoon reference. Julianne thought Lea felt “a little unsure,” but that it was generally a fun routine. Carrie Ann called it “wackadoodle” and Bruno thought it was a treat. Val finally explained that it was the home for retired ballroom dancers with “a little bit of swag,” which almost made sense. 34/40.

The Leaderboard: Alfonso Ribeiro is in the lead with 74 points, followed by Sadie Robertson and Lea Thompson with 73 points each. At the bottom are Jonathan Bennett with 48 and Michael Waltrip with 45.

Best Reason to Come Back Next Week: Pitbull will be on the show to bust a move while screaming, “Dale!”

Worst Reason to Come Back Next Week: Pitbull will be on the show to bust a move while screaming, “Dale!”


Why Gourmet Food and a Table Full of Kids Don’t Mix

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Please don't take six children to a five-star restaurant, parents. Unless you're prepared to buy everyone around you a stiff drink.

Fine dining with children. It’s a pairing most of us don’t normally like to see together. But the New York Times and Daniel Boulud decided to give it a go by filming six second graders eating a seven-course chef’s tasting menu at Daniel, Boulud’s famed, two-Michelin-starred restaurant. “The basic goal today for the children,” said head chef Boulud, is “to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture” and to “experience something maybe very unique for them.”

The video is enchanting, as the children take culinary risks, trying out fish eggs and Wagyu steak and adventurously taking bites of new foods while politely exclaiming, “Ooh, this is strange.”

Aspirational parents eager to have a gourmet dining experience with their kids too shared the video all over Facebook.

Since my 7-year-old son is a noted foodie, six different people sent me this video saying something to the effect of “Let’s do this!” But there was one unifying characteristic among the people who enthusiastically sent me the video: None of them had children.

Building a child’s palate, getting him or her ready for a lifetime of culinary education, expanding his horizons beyond organic, gluten-free chicken nuggets and baby carrot sticks are all lofty goals and worthy ambitions in a first-world way. But there was one important part of the video that non-parents may have overlooked: There were no other patrons in the restaurant. It was completely empty aside from the exuberant and loquacious kids and the very attentive wait staff, chef and camera crew. I’m guessing that was no accident.

Why? Because no other person in her right mind wants to shell out $220 per person for a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious meal while listening to a table full of seven and eight-year olds squeal about caviar, “That’s disgusting!” Nor do they want to hear anyone point at her plate and holler, “WHAT IS THAT?!” The most realistic moment of the video came when one little girl nudged her pasta dish and asked, “Why am I eating soap right now?” Even children on their absolute best behavior, like the kids in this video, are still children who are going to get bored, get antsy or get hungry while waiting for the next course.

Here are a few other things notably absent from the video: There were no loud declarations of “Oops!”, no glasses knocked over, no gagging noises heard and no bites taken with the food immediately spit back onto the plate. No one was kicking anyone under the table, nor were any kids sitting sideways in their chairs. No one was whining and no one insisted on washing his hands after each course in order to spend 12 minutes playing with the sink like it was the latest attraction at Dave & Buster’s. It was dining with children in the white-washed bubble of really good editing.

In short: Don’t try this yourselves, fellow parents.

I’m not saying don’t take your children to five-star restaurants. I’m saying don’t take six children (or even two for that matter) to a five-star restaurant, because that’s a recipe for a headache for you, other diners and the wait staff. Remember, there’s no editing in real life and you’re going to be the one Googling how to remove Kobe-beef-in-port-reduction-sauce stains from cashmere when someone’s fork “accidentally” flies across the room.

(I know what kind of table manner horrors my second grader can exhibit. Although, I’m sure your child is a perfect angel, who would never accidentally spill a glass of red wine across four entrees or test out his fork-catapult skills at the table like mine did.)

That said, I’ve taken my son to white table cloth establishments and might even do it again with some parameters detailed below. My son loves food and after his school focused an entire lunch year on “risk taking” at the table, a generous friend invited him to a swanky five-star restaurant for the five-course tasting menu. One kid, one restaurant. That’s doable, right? Well, sort of.

My son was thrilled at the invitation and arrived at the upscale French seafood restaurant’s first seating in a suit and tie, quickly charming the entire staff while ordering a Shirley Temple at the bar and waiting politely for his seat.

He dutifully studied the menu, picking some safe-yet-adventurous variations on the most unobtrusive items such as salmon and steak. The “amuse bouche” was suitably amusing, but as the minutes ticked past, the excitement dimmed. After the first course he was already ogling my phone hoping for a Minecraft fix while waiting for his entree. He lasted a few courses before a few words (read: threats) were necessary to coax him out from under the table where he had retreated after sitting nicely at the table for 90 minutes (roughly a vast eternity of nothingness in 7-year old time.) The arrival of dessert at the two-hour mark got him back on track, but waiting for the check proved too much and he collapsed on the bench seat, exhausted, whining and ready to be carried out of the dining room. I felt exactly the same way.

Would I do it again with one child? Sure, as long as I got the wine pairing and got rid of the whole no-cell-phones-at-the-table rule.

Would I take more than one child to an upscale restaurant? Not for all the wine pairings in the world.

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“It Was Meant to Happen”: Alecia Moore and Dallas Green Team Up for You+Me

Eliot Lee Hazel

P!nk and City and Colour collaborate as You+Me on something a little more personal

“I’ve always wanted to work with Dallas,” said Alecia Moore, the singer-songwriter mostly known as P!nk.

“We’ve been talking about doing it at some point for a number of years,” agreed Dallas Green, who can usually be found on stage performing under the moniker City and Colour. “It just happened that this past March we both had a bit of a break in our schedules and decided to sit down and figure out if this is worth exploring. We ended up with a record.”

Tomorrow the duo, who dubbed their collaboration You+Me, will release rose ave., the album that they created while holed up in a studio in Los Angeles in a time frame carved out of their busy schedules. “Alecia told me the night before that she had a studio booked,” said Greene, who had expected just to come to Los Angeles and write a few songs with his old friend. “I showed up with a bunch of melodies and guitar parts and an iPhone with a bunch of voice notes on it. We sat in the studio and everyday we did a song or two.”

“I don’t want to say it was effortless, but in a way, it was. It was meant to happen,” said Moore. “This album is very special to me.”

The result of their effortless efforts is a ten-track album comprised of gentle folksy songs with soaring melodies. It’s a natural extension from Green’s singer-songwriter work as City and Colour, but fans of P!nk’s pop songs may be surprised by the unvarnished charms of the tracks. “People who listen to entire albums aren’t going to be surprised by this, but people who only know me by my singles are,” said Moore. “I have a lot of songs that are just me and an acoustic guitar. Music is a lot of different colors, and I like them all.”

“My fans are used to me shape-shifting,” Green said. “It’s a surprising collaboration, because you know the two of us by what we’re ‘known for,’ but if you knew our relationship as people and as friends, it’s not surprising at all. We’re just two singer-songwriters who sat in a room and sang a bunch of songs together.”

While rose ave. will hit store shelves at a time when another unexpected duo — Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett — have a chart-topping album, Moore and Greene didn’t plan on chasing the zeitgeist. “This idea has been a possibility for years — it just happened to come out at a time when everybody is featured on everybody elses’ songs and duets are all over the place,” said Greene.

“I really like when Kermit comes on the Sesame collection with Big Bird,” laughed Moore. “That’s where I’m at with duets.”

“I haven’t really collaborated that much before and I was really excited to see where we could go with it,” said Greene. “I love that two such giant voices — if I can say so for myself and Alecia — can make an entire record and never once overpower each other. It’s astonishing to me how we were able to meld our voices together. It ripped my face off every time we went into the vocal booth.”

“It’s true,” deadpanned Moore. “His face was ripped off every single time.”

The album finds the two friends taking a more intimate approach to recording their music. “There are a lot of things and people and pressure that go into making a record and going on tour, so this album is very personal for us,” said Greene. “I think one of the reasons we called it You+Me is because it was just an idea borne from the two of us being friends and wanting to sing together. When we were done we handed it to the label and said, ‘Here, we did this. Do something with it.’”

For Moore, the change of pace was also a return to the songs she loved as a child. “I was like an 8-year old again. I grew up listening [to] harmonies, so it was just so yummy to sit on a chair with my friend and sing these beautiful harmonies,” said Moore. “I literally had a smile on my face the entire time. My cheeks were sore from smiling.”

“My dad is a Vietnam vet and he comes from that wonderful era of music — every road trip or motorcycle ride we took, we had Creedence Clearwater [Revival] and Don McLean and Janis Joplin,” said Moore. “McLean and Simon and Garfunkel were my favorites of his. I also loved the Indigo Girls. Every talent show I could enter, I was trying to find someone to sing the low harmonies with me so I could sing the Indigo Girls.”

The duo wrote the songs collaboratively, but Moore gave Greene the bulk of the credit: “I’m just a voice,” she said. “I don’t play instruments, but I have a lot to say — but I need someone’s help to say it. My husband is lucky that Dallas is my friend, because I can tell Dallas what I’m thinking sometimes instead of him. It’s a nice break for Carey [Hart].”

Greene and Moore started writing the songs in bits and pieces, sending ideas back and forth on tour. The track “From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)” started out as a riff on Greene’s iPhone that he sent to her while on the road. “I was on tour and I went into a closet to record it. I wrote one line with this riff in it and it ended up being the first line of the song,” said Greene. “I sent that to Alecia and she just ran with it, and wrote the rest of the lyrics based on where I was coming from. She scribbled in her notepad, and that’s how we wrote most of the songs. On other songs, we had a framework. Like for ‘Break the Cycle,’ she said she wanted to write a song for her mom and we just figured out what we wanted to say.”

“I had a strained relationship with my mom, which was both really, really beautiful and loving and really, really painful and empty,” said Moore. “My greatest job in my life is to change that for my daughter. I would walk on fire to love Willow in a more wholesome way. Obviously it’s a cliché that we want more for our kids than we had, and I’m not saying I had it terrible, but I want to break the cycle. My dad was an abused child, and he would always say that everyday you have a choice of who you are going to be, and your choice is to break the cycle.”

“The thing that I didn’t get across is that I love my mom,” said Moore. “We’ve been working on our relationship for a long time and we will continue to. That’s the beauty of our relationship.”

“The funniest part is that my mom heard that we had written a song for her and she thought it was the love song ‘You and Me,’” laughed Moore. “I was, like, ‘Yeah, no, Mom. That’s not the song.’”

“’You and Me’ is a best friend song,” said Greene. “When I went home after our first couple of days writing and recording songs, I was so emotionally moved by the experience, and trying to explain to my wife how much my friendship with Alecia meant to me, and she told me that I should write a song about it. It’s a brotherly-sisterly song, for me, but it’s relatable enough that you can take it however you like. You could listen to it and think of your husband or wife or mother or dog. ”

You+Me‘s rose ave. is out on 10/14 on RCA.

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Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 American Music Awards Nominations

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AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 11: Iggy Azalea performs during the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 11, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images) C Flanigan—Getty Images

The "Fancy" rapstress leads the pack with six nominations

The 2014 American Music Award nominations are out, and fans are going to have a hard time making their choices.

Iggy Azalea leads the nominations with six nods, including new artist and single of the year, as well as favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and rap/hip-hop categories, plus a nod for favorite rap/hip-hop album. (Rap true believers may struggle with this year’s rap/hip-hop nominees as the category consists exclusively of Azalea, Drake and Eminem.)

Katy Perry and John Legend each got five nominations, including artist and single of the year — for “Dark Horse” and “All of Me,” respectively — while Pharrell Williams and Lorde each earned four nods.

Aside from Azalea, new artist nominees include Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, “All About The Bass” singer Meghan Trainor, Sam “Stay With Me” Smith, and alt-rockers Bastille.

In the Artist of the Year category, Azalea has some serious competition from Beyoncé, Katy Perry and One Direction, whose army of so-called Directioners are sure to turn out in force to vote for the boy band. Since the AMAs are awarded only on fan votes, being able to get out the vote is key. (That’s one thing that One Direction fans have in common with the 1960s Chicago Democratic political machine.) One Direction does face some possible vote splitting for the tween vote, though — going up against Lorde, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea and Beyoncé herself in the Artist of the Year category.

Here are the nominees:

• Iggy Azalea
• Beyoncé
• Luke Bryan
• Eminem
• Imagine Dragons
• John Legend
• Lorde
• One Direction
• Katy Perry
• Pharrell Williams

• 5 Seconds of Summer
• Iggy Azalea
• Bastille
• Sam Smith
• Meghan Trainor

• Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX “Fancy”
• John Legend “All of Me”
• MAGIC! “Rude”
• Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J “Dark Horse”
• Pharrell Williams “Happy”

• John Legend
• Sam Smith
• Pharrell Williams

• Iggy Azalea
• Lorde
• Katy Perry

• Imagine Dragons
• One Direction
• OneRepublic

• Lorde “Pure Heroine”
• One Direction “Midnight Memories”
• Katy Perry “Prism”

• Jason Aldean
• Luke Bryan
• Blake Shelton

• Miranda Lambert
• Kacey Musgraves
• Carrie Underwood

• Eli Young Band
• Florida Georgia Line
• Lady Antebellum

• Garth Brooks “Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences”
• Eric Church “The Outsiders”
• Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am”

• Iggy Azalea
• Drake
• Eminem

• Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”
• Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
• Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”

• Chris Brown
• John Legend
• Pharrell Williams

• Jhene Aiko
• Beyoncé
• Mary J. Blige

• Beyoncé “Beyoncé”
• John Legend “Love in the Future”
• Pharrell Williams “G I R L”

• Bastille
• Imagine Dragons
• Lorde

• Sara Bareilles
• OneRepublic
• Katy Perry

• Marc Anthony
• Enrique Iglesias
• Romeo Santos

• Casting Crowns
• Hillsong United
• Newsboys

• Avicii
• Calvin Harris
• Zedd

• Frozen
• The Fault In Our Stars
• Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, Nov. 23 on ABC.

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Watch a Tiny Chipmunk Try Really Hard to Finish a Slice of Pizza

Watching it might make you hungry

What’s cuter than a tiny hamster eating a tiny slice of pizza or for that matter, a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito? A chipmunk eating a honking huge piece of pizza, of course.

In some adorable footage captured by YouTube user Gary Johnson, the wild beastie manages to best a slice of pizza that’s at least twice as big as he is. One thing that is clear about the chipmunk: He is committed to the task, and common sense, stomach capacity and just being full, won’t stop him from downing that whole slice. We’ve all been there, furry friend.

“I think this little fella gained about 6 pounds in the 3 days we were in Vermont,” Johnson said in the description of the YouTube video. Looks like at least one chipmunk will be ready for winter.


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Watch Taylor Swift’s Amazing Cover of Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’

Get caught in the "Riptide"

There’s no doubt that “Riptide” was a break-out hit for Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. Now that Taylor Swift has covered the heart-tugging track, it could be even bigger.

Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) released his debut album, Dream Your Life Away, last month on Atlantic Records. He spent the summer making the rounds of the festival circuit, performing well-received sets at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. But despite the success of “Riptide,” Keogh has been operating just outside the spotlight, still an up-and-comer. No more. It’s hard to stay under the radar when one of the biggest pop stars in the world covers your song.

“I had a special feeling about [the song],” Keogh told TIME last year. “I didn’t know if it was going to necessarily be a really popular song, but I knew that it was catchy and it had a definite spark to it.”

Swift covered “Riptide” for BBC1′s “Live Lounge” singing while accompanying herself at the piano and losing herself in the song’s emotions. It is a beautiful version of the song and should be enough to tide fans over until Swift releases her fifth album, 1989, on Oct. 27.

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Jan Hooks: Her 6 Best SNL Sketches

The former SNL star passed away Thursday

The extraordinarily versatile actress, comedian and singer Jan Hooks passed away Thursday at the age of 57, after battling a serious illness.

While Hooks had memorable roles on Designing Women and 3rd Rock from the Sun, she was best known on television for work as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Hooks joined SNL in 1986, in a class of comedians that included Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and the late Phil Hartman. Throughout her tenure there, Hooks played many memorable parts, with hilarious impressions ofas Tammy Wynette and Jodie Foster, among others.

Her talents left an indelible mark on comedy and helped bring SNL back from the brink of cancellation, and for that fans will forever be grateful.

Here are her five best sketches:

1. Hooks shone as an over-the-top Kathie Lee Gifford singing to a monkey, “I Didn’t Evolve From You”, to the horror of her co-host Regis Philbin (played by Phil Hartman):

2. During the scandal that brought down their PTL Club empire, Hartman’s Jim Bakker and Hooks’s Tammy Faye Bakker stopped by for a chat with Dana Carvey’s Church Lady, who was determined to find out whether they were “responsible Christian broadcasters or greedy media sluts”:

2. As Sinead O’Connor, Hooks took part in a panel discussion lead by Hartman’s Frank Sinatra to discuss current topics facing the music industry. Other guests included Sting’s Billy Idol and Chris Rock’s 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell.

3. Hooks played an integral role in national politics when she donned the wig and blazers of First Lady Nancy Reagan opposite Phil Hartmann’s Barbara Bush:

4. Hooks is perhaps best known for her role as Candy Sweeney, one half of the singing Sweeney Sisters, whom she played opposite Nora Dunn. The duo would deliver weirdly genius renditions of lounge songs interspersed with dramatic asides, serious scatting and the first two lines of “The Trolley Song” (“Clang, clang, clang went the trolley…”).

5. Hooks impression of Hillary Clinton became one of the hallmarks of SNL, before Hooks left the show in 1991.

6. Hooks played a witness when Rosanna Arquette tries to sue Jon Lovitz’s Mephistopheles in The People’s Court. It may have just been a supporting role, but it was memorable and shows how Hooks could make even the smallest parts stand out:

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Lou Reed, The Smiths, Green Day, N.W.A. Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015

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A handy guide to everything you need to know about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 15 nominees for the class of 2015 and, as usual, it’s a Whitman’s Sampler of genres — industrial avant garde artists Nine Inch Nails, pop-punk pioneers Green Day, Brit rock royalty The Smiths and “Lean On Me” singer Bill Withers are some of the first time nominees for the Class of 2015. They are joined by some long-time contenders, including Chic, who have been up for consideration nine times, and 1960s blues-rock legends Paul Butterfield Band who have now been nominated three times.

The 2015 induction ceremony will be held in April in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

In order to be eligible for induction, artists must have released their first single or album 25 years ago (no later than 1989). Once again, fans will have a voice in the voting — the top five artists selected by the public will be included on a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied with other votes from those who make up the Rock Hall’s voting body. Fans can cast their vote at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website, or via Rolling Stone or USA Today.

Here are the nominees:

The Smiths

Bio: This is the first time that the short-lived British band with the long-lasting legacy and ardent fan base has been nominated for the Rock Hall. The band — vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce — formed in Manchester in 1982 and broke up in 1987 after releasing four incredibly influential albums. The Smiths were largely responsible for the birth of Brit pop in the ’90s.

First Album: The Smiths (1984)

Essential Tracks: “Sheila Take A Bow,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “How Soon is Now?”


Bio: American disco outfit Chic has been nominated for the Rock Hall nine times since 2003, but perhaps 2014 will be their lucky number, thanks to the work of Nile Rodgers with Daft Punk. The band, which was founded by guitarist Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, rose to fame in the disco era thanks to a string of glitzy hits. Their funky disco tunes influenced artists across genres, including Sugarhill Gang, Duran Duran, Blondie and Queen.

First Album: Chic (1977)

Essential Tracks: “Le Freak,” “Everybody Dance,” “Good Times”

Green Day

Bio: The California punk revivalists went mainstream with their 1994 major label debut Dookie, which helped usher in a wave of pop-punk acts hoping to replicate Green Day’s phenomenal success, which includes sales of over 75 million records around the world and winning 5 Grammy Awards. The band released three albums in 2012 — Uno!, Dos!, and Tres! —but have not yet announced a new album. This is the first year they were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

First Album: 39/Smooth (1990)

Essential Tracks: “Basket Case,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns”

With “Dookie” and “American Idiot,” Green Day scored two of the biggest albums of the 1990s and 2000s.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Bio: Joan Jett has been eligible for the Rock Hall for years — and should have been inducted ages ago — but this year’s nomination started gaining traction after she joined Nirvana on stage last year. Krist Novoselic introduced her by pointing out that it was surprising that she had not been inducted in her own right. During her ferocious performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the Twitterverse was buzzing about the same fact — and it appears that the world was listening. This one is long overdue.

First Album: I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (1981)

Essential Tracks: “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “I Love Rock and Roll”


Bio: The pioneering German electronic music band was founded by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The notoriously reclusive act’s revolutionary sounds and technologies inspired a generation of artists across genres. David Bowie, Bjork, Blondie, New Order and U2 have all called themselves fans of Kraftwerk, while acts like Prodigy and Daft Punk were influenced by the band.The band received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys last year.

First Album: Kraftwerk (1970)

Essential Tracks: “Trans-Europe Express,” “The Model,” “Autobahn”

Bill Withers

Bio: Withers had a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including “Ain’t No Sunshine,” ”Just the Two of Us” and “Lovely Day,” but hasn’t released new music in nearly three decades. He won a Grammy Award in 1972 for Best R&B Song for “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a track that still gets regular radio play and enjoys a second life as fodder for vocalists on singing reality shows. The last album he released was 1985′s Watching You Watching Me, but this is the first time he has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

First Album: Just As I Am (1971)

Essential Tracks:“Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us,” “Lean On Me”

The Marvellettes

Bio: When Motown Records was starting out they had two major successes — the Smokey Robinson-fronted group, The Miracles, and The Marvellettes, the label’s first girl group. The band shot to superstardom straight out of the gate with their hit “Please Mr. Postman,” which went to number one on the Billboard charts. The band was first eligible for induction into the Rock Hall in 1987, but weren’t nominated until 2012. Their importance, legacy and influence have been overlooked so far — hopefully that will be rectified this year.

First Album: Please Mr. Postman (1961)

Essential Tracks: “Please Mr. Postman,” “Don’t Mess With Bill,” “Too Many Fish in the Sea”


Bio: Dr. Dre may be better known for Beats now, but back in the day, he was an incredibly influential rapper, helping kick-start the gangsta rap movement alongside Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Arabian Prince and DJ Yella in N.W.A. The group frequently came under fire for their lyrics, which some claimed glorified drugs and violence and were derogatory towards women. (No surprise, then, that their debut album, Straight Outta Compton, was one of the first albums to get a Parental Advisory label.) The group disbanded in 1991, but their influence still reverberates in rap today. They were first nominated for the Rock Hall in 2012.

First Album: Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Essential Tracks: “Straight Outta Compton,” “F— Tha Police,”

Nine Inch Nails

Bio: While Trent Reznor is making a name for himself as David Fincher’s go-to film scorer, Reznor is still best-known for his work in the influential electro-industrial band Nine Inch Nails. In 2011, for Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, David Bowie wrote about NIN’s 1994 album The Downward Spiral, saying: “Second to the Velvet Underground, there has never been better soul-lashing in rock…. It still sounds incredible today.” More recently, the band’s 2013 album Hesitation Marks was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. This is the first year that the band was eligible for induction into the Rock Hall.

First Album: Pretty Hate Machine (1989)

Essential Tracks: “Hurt,” “Everyday is Exactly the Same,” “Into the Void.”

Lou Reed

Bio: Lou Reed’s band The Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 by Patti Smith. In the wake of his death last year, it’s no surprise that he has now been nominated for his solo work. While Reed’s legacy is most closely identified with the Velvet Underground, some of the music he created on his own in a series of diverse and brilliant albums were as impressive as Velvet’s and, occasionally, even better. On his third nomination, it seems likely that he will be inducted this year.

First Album: Lou Reed (1972)

Essential Tracks: “Satellite of Love,” “Perfect Day,” “Walk on the Wild Side”

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Bio: Paul Butterfield and his American blues band were a fixture on the festival circuit in the 1960s, including sets at the infamous Woodstock and Monterey Pop festivals and the Newport Folk Festival, where Bob Dylan used them as his backing band. Butterfield was best known for his blues harmonica playing, while lead guitarist Mike Bloom­field helped the band create a pioneering sound that fused blues and jazz with a rock-and roll-sensibility. The band was nominated twice before for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first in 2012 and again in 2013.

First Album: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

Essential Tracks: “East-West,” “Driftin Blues”

The Spinners

Bio: The Spinners have been making music for over 50 years: The soul music group had a long run of hits that are still in heavy rotation on oldies stations across the country. The group started in Detroit in 1954 under a different name before becoming The Spinners in 1961 and signing to the infamous Motown label in 1963. Their biggest success, though, came in the 1970s, after they signed to Atlantic Records. The group was originally nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

First Album: The Original Spinners (1967)

Essential Tracks: “Working My Way Back To You Girl,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “I’ll Be Around”


Bio: Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, was inducted into the Rock Hall by Gwen Stefani in 2003 with his influential 1980s band, The Police. This year, the activist, actor and musician is nominated for his solo career, which started with the release of The Dream of the Blue Turtles and continued through last year’s The Last Ship. He’s won nine Grammy Awards for his solo work. In 2011, TIME named Sting one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

First Album: The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)

Essential Tracks: “Desert Rose,” “Brand New Day,” “Englishman in New York”

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Bio: The rocking blues guitarist who was equal parts Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters rose to fame in the 1980s on a wave of jam-heavy blues revival songs, known for unrepeatable riffs he would whip out on his electric guitar. He passed away at the age of 35, posthumously winning the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in1991. While Rolling Stone considers Vaughan to be the twelfth greatest guitarist of all time, this is the first year he was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

First Album: Texas Flood (1983)

Essential Tracks: “Cold Shot,” “Texas Flood,” “Pride and Joy”

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The Motown Version of “Shake It Off” You Didn’t Know You Needed

Taylor Swift's song goes retro

It’s a sign of good songwriting that “Shake It Off” is as catchy in Taylor Swift’s head-bopping pop version as it is in a new retro take on the song by Postmodern Jukebox.

The video from the talented crew is filled with vintage glamour, Motown style and undeniably catchy harmonies courtesy of the back-up singers and horn section. Debonaire singer Von Smith belts out the tune, gleefully reminding the world that players are gonna play play play. YouTube poster and pianist Scott Bradlee accompanies him to deliver a jazzy rendition that will have you wanting to shake shake shaking it off on the dance floor (or at your desk).

The smooth remake of Swift’s song somehow manages to sound even more upbeat than the original. The retrofitting of the song is so seamless it’s easy to imagine that “Shake It Off” will be a jazz standard soon enough.



‘Broad Consensus’ that Media Violence Can Lead to Increased Child Aggression

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In the past, there was a perception that the field was divided about whether violent content leads to increased aggression in children, but this study refutes that notion

The vast majority of parents, pediatricians and media researchers all believe that violent movies, video games and television shows can lead to increased aggression in children, according to a new study published in the journal, Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

In the past, there was a perception that the field was divided about whether children’s behavior could be affected by violent content. This study dispels that notion completely by showing that, in fact, there is broad consensus that violent content can lead to more aggression.

For the study, the researchers — Professor Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, Carlos Cruz, a doctoral student at Ohio State, and Mario Gollwitzer, a professor at Philipps University Marburg in Germany — surveyed 371 media psychologists and communication scientists from three professional organizations; 92 members of the Council on Communication and Media of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and a nationally representative sample of 268 American parents. The study revealed that 66 percent of researchers, 67 percent of parents and a whopping 90 percent of pediatricians agree or strongly agree that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children.

Brad Bushman, lead author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University believes the journalistic drive for fair and balanced reporting is partially to blame for the view that there is a lack of consensus. “I think there’s a perception partly driven by the mass media that the field is divided,” said Bushman. “When they report on a finding that violent media produces aggression in children, to find a balance, they find someone else who disagrees with it. It leads to the conclusion that scientists don’t know about this topic and that the field is divided. But the field is not divided. There is broad consensus that violent media leads to increased aggression in children.”

He compared the drive for balanced reporting to John Oliver’s piece on climate change, in which the late night host revealed the trouble with showing a one-to-one debate, when in fact 97% of the science community believes climate change is real and happening. To make the debate more representative of reality, Oliver invited three climate change deniers to argue against 97 climate scientists who believe in global warming.

The results in Bushman and his team’s study go hand in hand with a study published last year in the journal of Pediatrics. That study, lead by researchers Lindsay A. Robertson, Helena M. McAnally and Robert J. Hancox showed a link between children and adolescents who watch two or more hours of TV per weekday— in which most of the content contains violence — and antisocial behavior in early adulthood.

But there are other factors besides screen time and violent content that can lead to aggression in children. “Many factors can contribute to increased aggression in children. Things like being male, poverty or having a low IQ are not easy to change, but limiting exposure to violent media can be changed,” said Prof. Bushman.“This is one of the factors that people can do something about.”

Aside from going full-Tipper Gore and founding a media watch group and petitioning Congress to limit violence in the media, what can a parent do? Bushman has a few suggestions: Limit screen time, monitor what your kids are watching or playing online and talk to your kids about it. It’s what Bushman does with his own 14-year old son. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day —[My son] has more than that. But, we carefully screen the content,” said Bushman. “There’s no TV in his room, he has an iPad, but has to use it with the door open and give us the iPad at night. All TV programs with violent content can only be accessed via password. And the internet filters out violent content. There are no video games that are age inappropriate.”

When asked if his two older children — ages 18 and 19—ever show their younger sibling something inappropriate, Bushman laughed. “Their dad has been studying the affects of violent media for over 25 years. They know better.”

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