Watch: Tori Amos Talks About Influential Artistic Moments When Writing Music

"[Art] is not a job"

Tori Amos has released a new video that features her talking about the influence of other artists on her when she is composing music. In this clip, Tori reveals that she was particularly affected by the work of Cézanne … which should make for interesting music on her new album Unrepentant Geraldines. Click the video above to hear Tori talk about the influence of artists on her own art.

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Katy Perry & Diplo Are A Thing Now, Allegedly

Back in February we learned that Katy Perry and John Mayer broke off their romantic affiliation and today we are hearing that she has already moved on with someone else. Page Six is reporting that Katy and music producer/dj Diplo (né Thomas Wesley Pentz) are the hot new item after they were spied “hooking up” at Coachella last weekend. As I understand it, the pair were seen looking “very close” and at one point, Diplo even put “his arms around” Katy so, yeah, they’re obviously together … right? More »

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Lorde Doesn’t Seem To Like That Magazine Editors Airbrush Her Face

Yesterday we got our first look at Lorde on the cover and in the pages of the May issue of Teen Vogue magazine and some people noticed that the airbrushers for the magazine made some changes to her face. Today we learn that Lorde took notice of other airbrushing from a different magazine photospread, which she calls out in a tweet posted on her official Twitter profile. In the tweet, Lorde shows off one of her fave photos from a recent magazine photospread for Fashion magazine, despite the fact that the magazine gave her “a new nose”. More »

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Jay Z Announces His Made In America Music Festival Is Coming To Downtown LA This Labor Day

Jay Z met up with LA mayor Eric Garcetti in downtown LA today to announce that his Made In America Music Festival will be taking place in DTLA this Labor Day weekend. As you may know, the Made In America Festival has taken place over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, PA for the past two years but this year, a simultaneous festival will also take place in Grand Park right in the heart of downtown LA. Click below to see photos from today’s announcement and learn more about this new festival coming to LA. More »

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First Listen: ‘Here’ Is Pharrell’s Song Contribution To The ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Soundtrack

Yesterday we got to see the music video for Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar‘s song It’s On Again which is the first single from the forthcoming motion picture soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Today we get our first listen of Pharrell‘s contribution to the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The song is titled Here and it doesn’t sound very much like the music that we usually get from Pharrell. The man can sing, y’all. Have a listen below. More »

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A Wu-Tang Clan Affiliated Rapper Cut Off His Own Penis And Then Jumped Out Of A Window

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper That-Ish-Cray post here on the blog but this story should fill that quota for at least the next few months. TMZ is reporting that a rapper who is associated with the Wu-Tang Clan attempted suicide earlier today by cutting off his penis and then jumping out of a second story window. Thankfully, the man — Andre Johnson — was not successful in his suicide attempt. He is currently recovering from his self-inflicted injuries in the hospital tho, it is unclear if he will be able to have his penis reattached. Wow. More »

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Chvrches Rock Ventura

Last night I made the trek up to Ventura, CA to see my fave new band Chvrches live in concert at the Majestic Ventura Theater. Chvrches played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend and they will play weekend 2 this coming weekend but in between, they are playing a few small shows in the area to entertain those folks who would/could not venture out into the desert to see them at Coachella. I got to see Chvrches play a couple of shows in LA last year (at The Fonda in June and The Wiltern in November) so it really was a no brainer that I would want to see them again last night :) More »

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Les News, 041614

  • • Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram. [Buzzfeed]
  • • This is why all doctors should rap. [PopSugar]
  • • The Royals have made their way to Oz. [LaineyGossip]
  • One Direction previews You & I. [Idolator]
  • • All past and present hosts of The View will pay tribute to Barbara Walters. [GossipCop]
  • • This is why you shouldn’t take a selfie next to a speeding train. [Towleroad]
  • Harper’s Bazaar Men Thailand is ready for Summer fashion. [Oh La La]
  • • There are NO gays allowed in Nintendo‘s new video game. [Queerty]
  • • India’s historic transgender law. [Kenneth in the 212]
  • • This is the idiot who staged a bomb scare in Boston yesterday. [Newser]
  • Paul Walker‘s brothers will stand in for him in The Fast and the Furious 7. [Heavy]
  • Brandy is no longer engaged. [Starpulse]
  • • 200 people are missing after a ferry sinks in South Korea. [Global Grind]
  • Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story) is 43, Jon Cryer & Martin Lawrence are 49, David Pirner of Soul Asylum is 50 and Ellen Barkin is 60 years old. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
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What Was Lorde Doing At A Wedding Chapel In Las Vegas?

Singer/songwriter Lorde, who is featured on the cover of the May issue of Teen Vogue magazine, posted a series of curious photos on her official Instagram profile last night. Lorde is in Las Vegas right now and last night posted 3 photos that were taken at A Little Wedding Chapel … the place where many folks (Britney Spears included) enjoyed impromptu wedding ceremonies over the years. In one of the photos, Lorde is seen wearing what looks like a black tuxedo. HMMM. More »

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Miley Cyrus Has Been Hospitalized, Forced To Cancel Tour Dates

Miley Cyrus has been forced to cancel a couple of tour dates this week because she is currently recovering in a hospital in Kansas City, MO. In Touch Weekly magazine is bolding claiming that Miley is suffering from “Heart Attack Drama” caused by a heart defect and TMZ is reporting that Miley is suffering the effects of too much partying in the wake of the loss of her beloved dog Floyd … but her people are insisting that she merely suffered an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Whatever the case may be, Miley is holed up in a hospital right now and she won’t be performing in concert in St. Louis, MO tonight. More »

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