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Early this week, Tyler, the Creator, pulled out a string of dates in the UK. Today, the Odd Future leader admitted via Twitter that it was a matter of free speech, or rather lack of it. Due to raunchy content from his 2011 album Goblin, the rapper has been banded from the country for 3-5 years. The charge? Concerns that his work “fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”

His manager Christian Clancy has issued a statement on Tumblr, calling for the UK to reconsider the ban:

to say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets) ... more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth.

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It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten new music from Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. The synth pop duo—better known as Sylvan Esso—recently dropped a new single, their first since last year’s self-titled debut album. Written for and inspired by a recent episode of WNYC podcast Radiolab, “Jamie’s Song” is the story of living with bipolar disorder, and contains actual quotes from the person in question. Listen here at the 22:50 mark. Or better yet, listen to the whole show. Because science rules.

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As the new Broadway musical shows, there’s an enduring power to the centuries-old hymn. Read More

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