Listen to FKA Twigs' new minimalist, operatic song 'Figure 8'
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Listen to FKA Twigs' new minimalist, operatic song 'Figure 8'

Singer was inspired by vogueing: Watch more influences like Jamel Prodigy

"Figure 8" is a new song by FKA Twigs, and it's creepy and beautiful and inspired by voguing.

That information should do just about anybody right. But the songwriter/producer/singer also handed off an interview with Zane Lowe about how the hand motions of vogueing -- perhaps a biproduct of her collaborations with choreographers and dancers like Benjamin Milan and Jamel Prodigy -- is giving method to her electronic machinations lately.

FKA Twigs has an EP out "soon," TBA. The effort will be the follow-up to her excellent "LP1" from last year.

Watch her music video for "Glass & Patron" to see a little more of that motion influence.

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Watch 'Uptown Funk' as sung by the movies

Watch 'Uptown Funk' as sung by the movies

"Spaceballs," "Pulp Fiction," "Back to the Future," "The Breakfast Club," "The Muppet Movie" and about 275 more movies have combined together for one noble cause.

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Here, allow for Abbi from 'Broad City' to blow your hair back with this lip-sync

Here, allow for Abbi from 'Broad City' to blow your hair back with this lip-sync

The "Broad City" gals Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are going head to head in the next episode of "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike TV this week, and we already know at least one performance will blow your hair back.

Jacobson steps to the mic in this sneak-peek to perform "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls," which was sung by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 version of the film.

No word yet what Ilana may tackle on the LL Cool J-hosted show, but she looks pretty wowed here.

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Beautiful, exclusive photos from Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America'

Beautiful, exclusive photos from Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America'

Get ready for another knock-out Greta Gerwig performance

What made Noah Baumbach's film "Frances Ha" effective was the aching and very real emotional weight of friendship. "Growing up" doesn't have to be painful, but "moving on" -- regardless of circumstances -- typically is.

Greta Gerwig gave her role in that film serious dignity and hilarity, eschewing hip 20s-something hip girl archetypes that lack depth and feminine understanding.

"Mistress America," out Aug. 14, reunites Baumbach and Gerwig, with the two co-writing an even funnier and more physical story about friends. Gerwig's character Brooke seemingly keeps her life together with only scotch tape; she drills into dealing with the feeling that she's "over the hill" at only age 30, as prospective stepsister Tracy (Lola Kirke) enters her life.

Check out some of the behind-the-scenes and screen stills from "Mistress America" below.

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Kurt Russell Western 'Bone Tomahawk' gets a world premiere at Fantastic Fest

Kurt Russell Western 'Bone Tomahawk' gets a world premiere at Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film.

The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location.

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Tom Cruise lip-syncs to this 'Top Gun' music moment, is your hero again
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Tom Cruise lip-syncs to this 'Top Gun' music moment, is your hero again

Tom Cruise stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and jumped through the Lip-Sync Battle hoop.

The "Risky Business," "Cocktail," "Top Gun" and -- yes -- "Rock of Ages" star tackled some very familiar tunes, including a face-touchy version of The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face."

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Skip Or Repeat: Ashley Monroe, Public Enemy, Eminem's 'Southpaw' soundtrack

Skip Or Repeat: Ashley Monroe, Public Enemy, Eminem's 'Southpaw' soundtrack

Capsule album reviews of Bea Miller, Jill Scott and more

Welcome back to Skip Or Repeat, capsule album reviews for the week's new crop on April 24.

This time: Bea Miller's pop-rock full-length debut, Public Enemy's no. 13, Jill Scott's womanly "Woman," Ashley Monroe's easy country and Eminem-curated "Southpaw" soundtrack.

If none of those scratch an itch for you, give a listen to one of these other efforts: Lamb of God's heavy "VII: Strum Und Drang," Eleni Mandell's warm "Dark Lights Up," Prince Royce's party record "Double Vision" or Eleventh Day Dream's "Works For Tomorrow" from the smart folks at Thrill Jockey.

What new music are you listening to? What would you recommend this week?

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Ball's in your court, Meek Mill: Drake respondes to ghostwriting with new rhymes

Ball's in your court, Meek Mill: Drake respondes to ghostwriting with new rhymes

Mill responds with 'baby...'

Last week, Meek Mill accused Drake of ghostwriting his raps. This weekend, Drake responded in song.

The two hip-hop stars had collaborated on two tracks previously, and it was "R.I.C.O.", a cut off of Mill's 2015 album "Dreams Worth More Than Money" that sent Mill to Tweet:

Writer Quentin Miller was the alleged ghostwriter for Drizzy's rhyme, and he posted on Tumblr this week with an admiring not about Drake's songcraft and swatting away the accusation. "I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together[.]"

Drake has an OVO Sound Radio show on BBC1, and dropped three fresh tracks on Saturday, with new "Charged Up" leading the charge.

In it, you can see the rapper and writer taking aim at Meek, to watch his back during "war," and even bringing Mill's girlfriend (and Drake's Young Money colleague and collaborator) Nicki Minaj into this relatively easy-moving, even-headed beats mix.

“I did some charity today for the kids/ But I’m used to it cause y’all charity cases/ Six God is watching, I’m just hoping you prepared to face him”

"N*ggas snitching on us without no interrogation / I stay silent ‘cause we at war and I’m very patient"

"Wow, I'm honored you think this is staged / I'm flattered, man / In fact, I'm amazed"

“No woman ever had me star struck / Or was able to tell me to get my bars up”

"Rumor has it I either f*cked her or never could / But 'rumor has it' hasn't done you n*ggas any good."

Meek Mill has heard the track and responded by calling the rap "soft."

Perhaps Mill will have his own response in rhyme this week?

Below are the other two new Drake songs to arrive from the show, "Right Hand" and "You Used To,"  a remix of D.R.A.M.'s Drake-featuring single "Cha Cha."

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Eminem's Caitlyn Jenner verse is just another brick in the wall

Eminem's Caitlyn Jenner verse is just another brick in the wall

A short, recent history of incendiary Slim Shady speech and how he walks it back

Eminem stopped by radio show Sway In the Morning for an interview this past week, on his road to promoting his work and curation of the "Southpaw" soundtrack, and to lay down some freestyle.

“I see the b*tch in you Caitlyn / I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s d*ck / No disrespect, though / Not at all / No pun intended / That took a lot of balls,” he rapped on-beat.

Eminem is no stranger to shock, as it's part of his original brand. As he's added celebrities to his sites, has earned a particular bit of publicity mileage from lyrics depicting violence against women, the use of LGBT slurs, and calling women "men" and vice versa ("Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / she’s still a male lady”) in his music.

Taking a dig at one of the best-known trans women in American pop culture, Caitlyn Jenner (who, coincidentally, is premiering her reality TV show this weekend), is very much in his press-time wheelhouse. He's spent effort, on and off, in trying to repair his relations with the LGBTQ community on a visible scale, like the memorable performance with Elton John at the Grammys in 2001.

What has been an increasingly recent trend in Slim Shady's oeuvre of hip-hop bluster: a walk-back on impact.

"The rhyme by the way, it’s all in fun, man,” Eminem told Sway after he finished his verse and was literally asked "What the f*ck?" by his host.  “I just say sh*t to say it. It’s very rarely, very rarely personal. Put it this way, if it was ever personal, somebody would know. It’s all in fun.”

This preemptive explanation comes after many years -- especially in this recent, era of heightened sensitivities -- of Eminem walking back some of his vilest lyrical digs.

Further on in this fresh freestyle, he even makes light of an insult he had lobbed a year ago, with a "thanks."

“Oh, and Azealia Banks / Just wanna tell ya thanks / Now I got trailer skanks sending me ballpark franks in the mail as pranks / And Hot Pockets / Thanks a lot.”

The context of this verse is from when Banks took to Twitter, to tear at Eminem's 2014 track “Shady CXVpher," which contained this much darker lyric: "I may fight for gay rights, especially if they dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice / Play nice? B*tch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the plain sight of the elevator surveillance." Banks responded on Twitter with a note to del Rey.

Similarly, Em was in hot (dog) water when his single "Rap God" dropped in 2013, with this lyric about talking down his competition: “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy”... “You f*cks think it’s all a game ’til I walk a flock of flames.”

When confronted about his words in a November 2013 issue of Rolling Stone, Eminem did little to apologize -- especially after years of accusations of anti-gay slurs -- but did try to do some explaining, "wrong or right."

“I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times... when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever... it was more like calling someone a b*tch or a punk or ***hole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career—man, I say so much sh*t that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all."

The "I did it for fun," no-apologies apologia also rolled in in the song "Guts Over Fear" that arrived late in November 2014, very close in time to when the song "Vegas" leaked and revealed a lyric about raping rapper Iggy Azalea.

“It just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I caused / But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone? / And the lights go out in that trailer park… / And I’m frozen cause there’s no more emotion for me to pull from / Just a bunch of playful songs that I made for fun,” he rhymes in "Guts."

The next month, Eminem made a cameo in Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy "The Interview," as himself, declaring on "television" that he was gay (which was the gag).

All of these songs, incendiary lyrics and walk-backs arrive at a time when Eminem is promoting a new effort, whether it was his Shady XV compilation, "Southpaw," his "Marshall Mathers LP II," "Hell: The Sequel" with Royce da 5'9".

The adage goes "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission," but Eminem does both, working the quick succession of taking a shot and then saying "just kidding." As authenticity in rap music continues to be defined in the present era (consider this week's Meek Mill/Drake "ghost-writing" dust-up), Eminem will continue to run into problems by using "I'm only playing" to justify lyrics with anti-gay slurs, transphobia, and violence against women, whether taking aim at a celebrity or not. As he's throwing bricks, he's also adding them to a wall that could alienate him from future audiences who have less tolerance for kididng-not-kidding. For one of the best-selling pop artists in history, is "sorry" due in the future?

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Watch 'Archer's' tribute to George Coe
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Watch 'Archer's' tribute to George Coe

Actor and original "Saturday Night Live" cast member George Coe died this week at the age of 86.

The crew at FX's "Archer" has cobbled together a video tribute to the funny man, by bringing together a bevy of excellent Woodhouse moments (Coe was the voice actor behind the heroin-addicted butler).

Say hi to Burroughs, Coe.

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