Dillon Francis Says His Wildly Popular Instagram Comedy Is Thanks to Jim Carrey

Categories: EDM, Interview

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Photo by Shane McCauley
Dillon Francis totes his In-N-Out, maybe wondering where he parked his car.
Have you ever just known you could be best friends with someone — if only you got the chance to meet them? Fans of 27-year-old dance music DJ Dillon Francis know the feeling well, thanks to an online persona that makes him approachable when fans run into him in real life.


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Headbanging Is an Art

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Photo by Rick Day
Allow your head to bang you.
[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

While you've touched on some more serious issues, there's one issue that's been on my mind for some time. Sometimes when I'm partying, I feel the need to headbang. I must do it! The release I get from headbanging brings me a lot of joy, but there's one major problem...I always end up getting a sore neck afterwards! Am I headbanging wrong, or am I just partying too hard?

Yours truly,
The Wolf


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Livia Scott at UCB Chelsea Tops This Week's Best Indie Comedy

Categories: Comedy

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Livia Scott brings her unique sketch show to UCB Chelsea at 8 p.m. January 14.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have brassy sketches, oddball mensches, nacho bitches, Hannibal's nieces, squeaky-clean pieces, and the chance to be black for one glorious night. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Why Tiësto Is Tired of All the Subgenre Labeling in Dance Music

Categories: Interview

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Rephlektor — Guy Aroch
DJ Tiësto
At this point, what else can be said of Tiësto? It seems like he's been "the dude" since EDM was simply called "dance music," back when it was still a taboo curiosity creeping along slowly from city to city.

The 45-year-old Dutchman is known to fans and fellow DJs alike as the "Godfather of EDM." He's been the highest-paid DJ in the world, and still cranks out hit tracks (as well as business ventures) with the regularity, and vigor, of someone twenty years his junior.

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Dr. Dog Continue Their Eight-Date NYC Run by Reimagining the Bowery Ballroom

Categories: Interviews

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Photo: Nicky Devine
Dr. Dog, sans beanies.
A knit, pom-pommed beanie would seem terribly out of place in a vintage oasis that looks as though it were yoinked from the set of a John Waters movie. But that's exactly the kind of sight in store for those looking to experience Dr. Dog's latest endeavor.

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Pazz & Jop 2014: The Comments

Categories: Pazz & Jop

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Here's a selection of the best comments we received from music writers who voted in this year's Pazz & Jop music poll. Thank you to all of our music writers who participated this year for voting and for sharing the comments below!

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Pop's Not-So-Secret Weapon: How Nostalgia Shaped Music in 2014

Categories: Pazz & Jop

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Illustrations by Mark Andresen
Nirvana
Boil down the most notable performances and accomplishments of pop's major players in 2014 and what you'll find is a whirring, buzzing, rhyme-spitting time machine.

On her fifth studio album, 1989, Taylor Swift swapped the steel-string twang of her country upbringing for a fully committed foray into pop — with New York City serving as both backdrop for her newfound independence and character in her narrative, turning her into a millennial Marlo Thomas with a microphone. As far as collaborations were concerned, Lady Gaga ditched the bizarre tent of artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball in favor of the comfortable confines of the studio alongside Tony Bennett for an album of duets that banked on old jazz and musical-theater standards. Meanwhile, on the festival front, OutKast elected to mark the twentieth anniversary of their debut with an unprecedented 40-date fest-headlining tour, one that celebrated the timeless exuberance of their entire catalog while simultaneously — and in spectacular fashion — announcing their own retirement.

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The Comfort in Being Sad: How Nicki, Taylor, Sia, and Lana Transcended Melancholy in 2014

Categories: Pazz & Jop

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Illustrations by Mark Andresen
Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Sia.
Five minutes in to The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj has already alluded to her broken romance, the murder of a cousin, and abortion. It's a bold move for the rapper who broke through the pop mainstream thanks to songs like the bright-pink "Super Bass" and the neon "Starships." But it's also the kind of move that offers you help getting back on your feet — after it punches you in the gut. She ends the opening track, "All Things Go," with a cinematic flourish. In a manner both menacing and elegant, as only Minaj can accomplish, she delivers: "Gee, we did it. Let's leave this imprint. Just finished writing — this is The Pinkprint."

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Black Lives Matter: In a Year When Many Rappers Were Politically Silent, Jeezy Stepped Up

Categories: Pazz & Jop

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Illustrations by Mark Andresen
Jeezy
In the early days of 2011, Snoop Dogg and E-40 set Young Jeezy up.

In the middle of shooting Snoop's new video, "My Fucn House," the two California hip-hop veterans casually sat down the Atlanta trap rapper, who was in the midst of a career lull.

All three men rap about dealing dope — in fact, a drug heist was a plot point in the video. But Snoop and E-40 have earned reputations as elder statesmen of the genre. E-40, who is 47, once served as a mentor to Snoop, and went on to take the lead on peace treaties aimed at quashing the East Coast–West Coast beef in the late Nineties.


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Pazz + Jop 2014 Tabulation Notes: The Benefits of Effort and Luck

Categories: Pazz & Jop

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Pazz & Jop's last word on 2014 benefits from two things: effort and luck.

The one the Voice can definitely take credit for is the recruiting initiative that pushed the voter count — which had been in decline for a couple years — back over 600. But luck came in the form of the December 15 release of D'Angelo's Black Messiah — which arrived long after most of the more impatient periodicals had already committed to their year-end lists. Beyoncé's similarly late-breaking album made No. 4 last year, but Black Messiah picks up almost three times as many voters, and wins the 2014 album poll on points despite tying Run the Jewels 2 on raw vote-count.

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