10 Music Urban Legends Scarlett Johansson's Lucy Gets Wrong

Categories: Film

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Lucy, I Remember Lucy
Today, Friday, July 25th, sees the release of the new sci-fi action film Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson. But despite the awe-inspiring special effects, this high octane thrill ride is facing quite a bit of criticism for basing its entire premise around the entirely untrue myth that "Humans only use 10% of their brain." As anyone with a passing understanding of the mind will tell you, the human brain serves a spectacular amount of functions, and the idea that only 10% of it being realized is silly, especially considering how the slightest of damage to the brain can have catastrophic consequences for an individual.

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/25/14

Categories: Weekend

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Lauryn Hill plays the first of her two Brooklyn Bowl shows this Sunday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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Miley Cyrus Has the Loneliest Instagram

Categories: Miley Cyrus

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Miley's Instagram
Have you seen Miley Cyrus' Instagram? Of course you have! She has well over 10 million followers That's more people than live in New York City. That's like 10 and half Rhode Islands. That's insane.

And Miley's no photographer. There's nothing particularly beautiful or artistic about any of her shots. There's an overwhelming number of selfies and photos of her pack of canines. And for some reason, it feels lonely. So lonely. Like "hold me" lonely. Let's explore this.

See also: Miley Cyrus Isn't "Hurting Women," The Patriarchy Is

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Jean Grae Presents An Instructional Album For Adults

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Jean Grae in Life With Jeannie

Being an adult is very hard for very many people. Jean Grae knows this and has written a handy eleven-track musical commentary on it titled That's Not How You Do That: An Instructional Album For Adults. It opens with the scatted observation, "That's not how you do that/ How about you fuckin' grow up?" and also includes the righteous call to arms "A Handle Means PULL" and "Use Your Fucking Headphones." You should stop whatever fuckery you're indulging in at the moment and go and procure it now.

While you do that, here's Jean answering a bunch of questions based on the contents of her new album. (Warning: Includes talk of kale salad, L train subway stress, and waitstaff interactions.)

See also: Jean Grae Picks Christmas Sweaters For Talib Kweli, Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch


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Ten Changes to the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos After Its Move from Illinois to Ohio

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Nate "Igor" Smith
After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos moves this year to Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio.


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Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and Danny Brown - Best Buy Theater - 7/23/14

Categories: Last Night

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Peter Rosenberg
Birthday boy Peter Rosenberg
PeterPalooza 3 - Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul and Danny Brown - Best Buy Theater 7/23/14

Better Than: Elmopalooza. Yeah, I said it!

After a certain age, people seem to begin to bemoan their birthday. The idea of growing another year older doesn't seem quite glamorous. Fortunately for us, Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg uses each completed lap around the sun as an excuse to celebrate. Since 2012, his PeterPalooza (a name he told us was inspired by Waynestock in Wayne's World 2) has seen him gather his favorite new hip-hop acts under one bill for an incredible party. Rosenberg himself called last night the best PeterPalooza to date, so if you placed a bet on the DJ having a happy birthday, please proceed to collect your winnings that you've acquired in a very bizarre means of gambling.

See also: The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time



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We Talked to the Cops at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Juggalos on Wednesday. See more photos from Day 1 of the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos.
What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

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Kinks Bio Shows Davies Brothers Brawl So Hard

Categories: Get Lit

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Original Kinky Kinks: Ray Davies (vocals/guitar), Dave Davies (guitar), Mick Avory (drums) and Pete Quaife (bass).
God Save the Kinks: A Biography
By Rob Jovanovic
Quarto Publishing Group, 330 pp., $14.95

As battling brothers Ray and Dave Davies continue to go back and forth with each other -- and in the press -- with sometimes wholly different views on what if anything the Kinks will do to mark their 50th anniversary, this new bio offers a fresh and insightful look into the band's music and history.

Jovanovic. who has also written books on the Velvet Underground, Nirvana, Big Star, Kate Bush, and R.E.M., pens a brisk and often hilarious narrative. He utilizes both previously published material including the brothers own books, Ray's X-Ray and Dave's Kink, and the more than two dozen original interviews conducted with band members, business associates, fellow musicians, fans, and journalists.

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Veruca Salt: "Playing Music Again Feels Like the Most Natural Thing in the World"

Categories: Live

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It's certainly understandable if you, like many, suffer band band reunion fatigue. Nowadays, it seems, no band actually breaks up. But this is a reunion we're generally thrilled about: Veruca Salt. Singer-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post fronted the '90s band, releasing singles like "Seether" and "Volcano Girls," which were the sonic equivalent of Pop Rocks: all sweet harmonies and sharp guitar grinds. In 1998, Gordon left the band, which then went through several incarnations with Post at its helm. This summer the original line-up -- Gordon, Post, drummer Jim Shapiro, and bassist Steve Lack -- is back together and touring. We spoke to Gordon about why this isn't that kind of reunion tour.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Feeling Motivation in the Face of Discouragement

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Photo Sandra Sorenson
[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,

I've been really discouraged lately. Without going into too much detail, a lot of my dreams just haven't panned out the way I planned. I used to have so much hope and drive, but now every day I just feel more disillusioned. Part of me keeps telling myself to never give up, and then the other part of me is saying I'm a loser and am just fooling myself thinking I can ever accomplish anything in life. These days I've been feeling more unmotivated and depressed than ever. What if you're just too frustrated with failure to bother trying anymore? How far can you push yourself?

Yours truly,
Discouraged And Down


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