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Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Dead at 65

March31

Gilbert Baker, an artist and activist credited with creating the LGBT community's iconic rainbow flag, died Thursday night in his sleep at his home in New York City. He was 65.

Baker, who taught himself how to sew after leaving the Army, had the idea to create the first rainbow flag as a symbol to unite San Francisco's LGBT community; other rejected symbols included a pink triangle and

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Jay Z Applauds New York Mayor’s Promise to Close Rikers Island

March31

Jay Z applauded New York mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement Friday that the city plans on shuttering its Rikers Island prison facility.

The rapper's recent six-part

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Tracing the History of the Triple Album, One of Rock’s Most Elusive Formats

March31

Triplicate, Bob Dylan's latest ramble into the wilds of American popular song, continues in the stylistic vein of its predecessors, Shadows in the Night and Fallen Angels. But in the literal sense, it also extends an even weightier tradition.

Comprised of three CDs, Triplicate is that rarity in pop, the triple-record set. Once dismissed

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Chance the Rapper Launches New Chance Arts and Literature Fund

March31

After a disappointing meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this month, Chance the Rapper promised he would come back with a plan on how to better support Chicago's public school system. Today, he announced the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund.

This afternoon, the Grammy Award

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Hear Cory Branan, Laura Jane Grace Harmonize on Buoyant ‘I Only Know’

March31

Just one week out from its release, Cory Branan has posted another track from his new album Adios, the driving, sunny "I Only Know."

Branan's myriad musical roots converge in the hopeful romp, which – true to punk form – clocks in at less than two minutes. One part country and one part power pop, the track notably features Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace and Philadelphia punk band

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‘Hurricane’ Singer Luke Combs Readies Debut Album ‘This One’s for You’

March31

On the heels of his breakthrough hit single "Hurricane," Luke Combs announced the release of his debut album. Titled This One's for You, the album will hit stores and digital retailers on June 2nd.

Combs, a North Carolina native who cites Eric Church as his biggest influence, co-wrote all 12 tracks on the LP. Many of them were drawn from his own experiences or things he's

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Hurricane' Singer Luke Combs Readies Debut Album 'This One's for You'

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Watch Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin Encourage Donations to ACLU in PSA

March31

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler and more celebrities have banded together for a PSA in support of Friday night's Stand for Rights: A Benefit for ACLU. The special, which aims to raise money for the non-profit organization's fight to defend and

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See Vocal Duo Secret Sisters’ Eerie ‘Tennessee River Runs Low’ Video

March31

The Secret Sisters have released their first single and video in more than three years, the haunting primitive country track "Tennessee River Runs Low." It precedes the group's New West Records debut You Don't Own Me Anymore, out June 9th.

After a ghostly church choir intro, "Tennessee River" settles into a shuffle with cracking snare, rambling banjo, and Laura and Lydia Rogers'

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Why North Carolina Law Is Still Anti-LGBT and Unconstitutional

March31

On Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Cooper signed a bill repealing House Bill 2, the famously anti-LGBT law enacted last year that has subjected the state to widespread condemnation, boycotts and lawsuits. Passed in response to an anti-discrimination ordinance enacted by the city of Charlotte, HB2 barred

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Inside Disney’s Attempt to Go Metal on New Covers Compilation

March31

The phrase "Disney music" often conjures up images of doe-eyed princesses belting out Broadway ballads. But a new album comprised of classic tracks from the House of Mouse re-imagined with power metal vocals, crushing guitars and breakneck drumming is looking to upend that stereotype.

Metal Disney was released in Japan last year and became a hit, climbing to number three in the

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Inside Disney's Attempt to Go Metal on New Covers Compilation

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