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Features

From Rogue Mag:

In Publishing: Judah & The Lion

From New Noise Magazine :

Eisley Remain Triumphant With Changes & Passion On I’m Only Dreaming

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Ever since their inception in 1997—when Sherri DuPree-Bemis was just 13 years old—the indie pop band Eisley have always been a family affair. They started as a group of musically inclined siblings writing songs for fun and performing them at small coffee shop shows around their hometown of Tyler, Texas. Before they knew it, they were playing clubs they weren’t even old enough to get into, and not long after that, they were battling major labels who were trying to control everything from the music they made to the clothes they wore. Read more.

Interviews

From FAULT Magazine:

MICHELLE BRANCH RETURNS: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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Michelle Branch is back with Hopeless Romantic, her first solo studio album since 2003. While Branch’s early-2000s bangers were recorded on big budgets in fancy studios, Hopeless Romantic was more of a DIY production that she created in the home of former Black Keys touring bassist Gus Seyffert. It was produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, with whom Branch fell in love while making the album. Read more.

BETTY WHO BURSTS BACK ONTO THE POP SCENE – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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Australia’s Jessica Anne Newman, better known as Betty Who, is among the most effervescent artists you’ll ever meet. Her new song, “Some Kinda Wonderful,” came out Friday, and — as she explains in this interview — is absolutely insane. She also opens up about protesting Donald Trump and touring with Katy Perry. Read more.

ICELAND NATIVES KALEO DISCUSS THEIR 2017 AMBITIONS

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Kaleo bandleader JJ Julius Son met drummer David Antonsson and bassist Daniel Kristjansson as a young teenager in Reykjavik, Iceland. While they didn’t start the band up until three years later, the trio bonded instantly over their passion for classic rock. In 2012, they brought on guitarist Rubin Pollock and officially formed Kaleo. In 2016, they released their hit single “Way Down We Go.” But as JJ tells us in this interview, one song isn’t enough to capture the stylistic breadth of the band. Read more.

MEET THE AMERICAN COUNTRY STAR ABOUT TO MAKE A SPLASH IN THE UK: THOMAS RHETT

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Thomas Rhett, who took home Top Country Song at last week’s Billboard Music Awards for his tear-jerking ballad “Die A Happy Man,” is the the first artist to launch in the UK via Taylor Swift’s label, Big Machine Records. Read more.

FAULT CATCHES UP WITH JOSS STONE IN THE MIDDLE OF HER ‘TOTAL WORLD TOUR’

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In March of 2014, singer Joss Stone embarked on her World Tour. Now, over two years later, she’s not even halfway done. That’s because she’s trying to hit every country. Yes, all of them. Somehow, Stone managed to find some time to talk to FAULT about the tour, geopolitics, and Stone’d Records. Read more.

‘SING STREET’ STAR LUCY BOYNTON SHINES IN HER EXCLUSIVE FAULT SHOOT

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At only 22 years old, it seems like Lucy Boynton has been in everything—music videos, horror movies, BBC mini-series, World War II period pieces, you name it. Read more.

TOVE STYRKE SPILLS ON COMEBACK SINGLE, ‘SAY MY NAME’

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Swedish singer Tove Styrke dropped her latest single, “Say My Name,” in April via Sony Music. The track, produced by Elof Loelv, could potentially be a part of her third studio album, but for now, she’s taking things one song at a time. Read more.

DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS GIVES INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF A PRODUCER

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In an age when much of the new music is sad and serious, DJ and producer Digital Farm Animals just wants his audience to feel good. More specifically, he wants to make them to feel like millionaires. Read more.

FAULT MEETS MINIATURE TIGERS

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Miniature Tigers began in 2006 as an interstate MySpace collaboration between singer-guitarist Charlie Brand and singer-keyboardist Rick Alvin. Since expanding into the physical world, the indie pop band has released five studio albums, the latest being I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy, which came out in October. Read more.

LUKE PASQUALINO EXCLUSIVE SHOOT AND INTERVIEW

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Luke Pasqualino rose to fame in 2009 for playing teen skaterboy Freddie McClair on Skins. Now, he portrays d’Artagnan, a 17th century French swordsman, on the BBC drama The Musketeers. Read more.

ALLIE X WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN

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Earlier this month, Allie X performed her catchy synthpop anthems at British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park. But to Allie X, her music is about more than that. She sees it as an attempt to reunite with her Shadow, or the part of herself that she feels she lost during her childhood, and experience what she calls #FEELINGX. Read more.

FAULT MEETS THE VEILS AHEAD OF THEIR ALBUM RELEASE

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Led by the mysterious Finn Andrews, The Veils are one of the most sacrilegious bands in alternative rock. The group’s haunting upcoming album, Total Depravity, was co-produced by American artist El-P from Run the Jewels. Read more.

JONATHAN HOLMES DISCUSSES WORKING ON STEPHEN SPIELBERG’S BFG

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Veteran actor Jonathan Holmes plays a ferocious giant called Childchewer in Disney’s The BFG, the cinematic brainchild of figurative giants Roald Dahl and Stephen Spielberg.  In this interview, Holmes tells of his time as a giant among men. Read more.

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From New Noise Magazine :

Mouse On The Keys Continue To Test Their Limits

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Ever since 2006, the Japanese experimental jazz-rock trio mouse on the keys have been testing the limits of what a band can be—stylistically, technically, and visually. Consisting of drummer Akira Kawasaki and pianists Atsushi Kiyota and Daisuke Niitome, their new EP, Out of Body, came out on Jan. 25 via Topshelf Records and was inspired by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Read more.

Sports Reporting and Commentary

From UbiTennis:

Tennys Sandgren makes his first Grand Slam main draw

Simona Halep, Grigor Dimitrov win Tie Break Tens Madrid

Maria Sharapova Roundtable

3 Americans make Houston semis

Nick Kyrgios sends Australia to Davis Cup semis

Miami: Nick Kyrgios sets up quarterfinal clash with Alexander Zverev

Jack Sock to face Jared Donaldson in Miami Round 4

Stan Wawrinka edges Dominic Thiem in Indian Wells quarterfinal

Novak Djokovic earns himself another shot at Nick Kyrgios

Madison Keys, Gael Monfils dominate the night session in Indian Wells

Lucie Safarova conquers Coco Vandeweghe from a set down

Karolina Pliskova recovers from slow start, ekes out win over Monica Puig

Eugenie Bouchard, Ryan Harrison make first-round exits in Indian Wells

12 Americans, Donna Vekić get Indian Wells wildcards

Juan Martín del Potro looks sharp in first match of his comeback

Top seeds fall at Tempe Challenger

Teymuraz Gabashvili breezes through first round of Tempe Challenger

Ryan Harrison beats Donald Young in 2 to reach his first career final

Ryan Harrison shuts Nikoloz Basilashvili down to win Memphis title

Australian Open Men’s Draw Preview

Analysis: Jack Sock heads to Melbourne in his best form yet

Venus survives an early scare, Schiavone plays her final match in Melbourne

Alexander Zverev shuts down young gun Frances Tiafoe

Andy Murray avenges his brother, moves on to fourth round

Gael Monfils flies past Philipp Kohlschreiber

Mischa Zverev stuns Andy Murray, the world

Serena Williams finds her game after shaky start, beats Barbora Strycova in straights

Serena Williams outhits Johanna Konta for semifinal spot

Venus Williams comes back from a set down to make her first AO final since 2003

Barbora Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands win AO women’s doubles championship

Hopman Cup Preview: A Look Into Tennis’s Most Underrated Exhibition

France stages comeback to end Switzerland’s Hopman Cup run

From SB Nation:

Arizona Men’s Tennis: Wildcat Invitational Day 1 Roundup

Arizona Men’s Tennis: Will Kneale advances to Wildcat Invitational final

Arizona Men’s Tennis: Will Kneale loses nail-biter final at Wildcat Invitational

Arizona Women’s Tennis: Wildcat Invitational Day 1 Roundup

Arizona Women’s Tennis: Samantha Czarniak moves on to Wildcat Invitational final

Arizona Women’s Tennis: Samantha Czarniak rallies to win Wildcat Invitational

From J-School:

Interview: Richard Spurling, Founder and Board President of ACEing Autism

Players: Taylor Townsend, Melanie Oudin, Ingrid Neel, Samantha Crawford

News Reporting

From the Downtown Devil:

Willie’s Taco Joint now open

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Willie’s Taco Joint, the artsy, casual counterpart to the downtown Phoenix sports bar Coach’s Corner, is officially open in downtown Phoenix. Read more.

Entrapment-prone City Hall elevators could soon be rehabilitated

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The 23-year-old Phoenix City Hall elevators could soon be getting a facelift. Read more.

Documentarians: Journalists need to listen to their sources, not speak for them

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In a media landscape crawling with “fake news” and “alternative facts,” journalists have more of a responsibility than ever to represent their sources fairly and accurately, two independent documentary filmmakers said at a panel Monday night. Read more.

Civil Dialogue holds conversation to bridge diverse viewpoints

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It has become increasingly difficult for people with different viewpoints to come together and have meaningful, constructive discussions following last year’s election. Read more.

Columns

From The State Press at Arizona State University:

If the presidential candidates came to your grad party

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You can learn a lot about someone by living with them — their sleeping habits, dietary preferences, weird hobbies etc. But I would argue that the thing about living with someone that reveals the most about their character is this: how they behave when they throw a party at your place. Here’s how I think it would go down if the presidential candidates decided to turn up. Read more.

The five people you’ll probably see in the library during finals week

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It’s the night before your most important final. The library is packed. There’s only one empty seat, and it’s at a table with these five people. Good luck! Read more.

Misguided musicians cancel North Carolina concerts

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Last month, North Carolina legislators tried to score some cheap political points by passing a disingenuous, discriminatory law that sought to solve a problem that didn’t exist — sexual predators using pro-LGBT protections as a way to get into the opposite gender’s restrooms. Read more.

If the presidential candidates were your ASU roommates

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You can learn a lot about someone by living with them — their sleeping habits, dietary preferences, weird hobbies etc. This is what I think it would be like to live with the presidential candidates. Read more.

The four dudes you don’t want to be stuck on an elevator with

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You just moved into a near-campus apartment with an elevator. Congratulations! Unfortunately, that means you have to share an elevator with these people. Read more.

Gammage play will empower people on the autism spectrum

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Earlier this week, ASU Gammage announced its lineup of for the 2016-17 theater season. Read more.

The Elite 8 of Podcasting Madness

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I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts, but I hardly listen to any of the most popular titles. That’s why I decided to listen to an episode from each of the top eight podcasts on iTunes, and see how they compare against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. Read more.

Yeezus preaches straight fire about textbook prices

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Between the first and 17th centuries, the phrase “black swan” was used all over Europe as a clever way to describe something as being nonexistent. It was kind of like the “when pigs fly” of that time period. To Europeans, it made sense to call things that didn’t exist “black swans” because, at the time, all of the swans they had seen before were white. The sky was blue and swans were white. Those were undeniable facts. Read more.

Report Card: Which ASU bathrooms to avoid

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I’ll admit it — I’m a little too obsessed with cleanliness. People visiting my apartment for the first time often open the door to my bedroom and ask, “Does anyone sleep here, or is this just an extra room?” And I take so much pride in my bathroom that when guests ask to use it, I make them use one of my roommates’ instead. Read more.

Phoenix City Council, Satanic Temple reach reasonable compromise

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The First Amendment guarantees individuals the right to practice any religion. However, 224 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, what constitutes a religion is still up for debate. Read more.

Conspiracy Theories: Providing the answers we want, not the answers we need

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I have a confession. When I was 16 years old, I was really into conspiracy theories. Read more.

How tennis can avoid another match-fixing scandal

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“Tennis” and “scandal” are two words we rarely hear in the same sentence. Read more.

Lightning port headphones are the future

(Update, 3/30/17: This was a terrible take. I wrote quite a few not-so-great opinions as a columnist, but this one was terrible.)

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Whenever I leave my house, I always make sure I have four things with me — my phone, my wallet, my keys and (always, always, always) my headphones. Read more of this terrible take.

I have no problem with ASU PD using body cameras

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This month, ASU police officers began to wear body cameras. I’m not yet sure if I like the new policy, but I do think it’s an idea worth entertaining. Read more.

Starbucks declares “War on Christmas,” some claim

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It’s already November, and you know what that means — the Christmas-themed advertising campaigns are back. Or, as some Christmas purists see it, the “War on Christmas” is back. Read more.

No-name artist sues Taylor Swift for $42 million

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Intellectual property laws exist to promote creativity and innovation. The concept of creators owning the rights to their content is important considering that the power to pass copyright legislation is explicitly granted to Congress in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. Read more.

We can all learn a thing or two about autism from Elmo

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I never thought I would say this in such a public way, but here it goes — I have an autism spectrum disorder. Read more.

When a woman talks about her paycheck, we all need to listen

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We all tend to have a hard time summoning the courage to ask for what we want. Due to the unreasonable amount of pressure our culture puts on females to keep their opinions to themselves, women (particularly young women) often struggle with this problem more than anyone else, especially when it comes to how much they get paid. Read more.

Selfies draw scorn, but who cares?

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It happens all the time.  A fan does something slightly embarrassing at a sporting event, and then the commentators poke fun at him for a minute.  On Wednesday, Diamondbacks announcers Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume took that tradition way too far, attacking a group of ASU students for committing the horrible transgression of taking too many selfies at a baseball game. Read more.

How a prank call may lead to an Vladimir Putin-Elton John date

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Almost a decade ago, Kanye West infamously said that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” What happened as a result of that accusation? Nothing. Read more.

Donald Trump relies on misinformation to trick voters

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There is no link between vaccines and autism. We’ve known that for years. However, if you’re running a presidential campaign largely based on warning voters of dangers that don’t exist, and then promising to protect them from said nonexistent dangers, you might as well ignore science and say there’s a link anyway. Read more.

PC Police arrest comics on college campuses across the nation

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For more than 50 years, it’s been a given that if you attend a stand-up comedy show, you’re going to hear some material that’s intended to shock the audience, push the boundaries of good taste and even occasionally violate the unwritten rules of basic human decency. A more recent trend, however, is that it’s becoming increasingly common for young people to take personal offense to the things comedians say. Read more.