BANKS Gets Introspective in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Fashion labels love her face and hipsters love her sad emotional songs. We love BANKS because she's as mysterious as she is accessible--just ask fans who text her personal cell phone number (that she publicly divulged).

"I don't see a reason to ever get rid of that number," BANKS said in an interview. "I can't answer everyone but I can answer it when I can, and I do when I do. And it's just an incredible thing for me to do; I love it."

BANKS just released a new song, titled "Better" with an accompanying music video (below). The singer/songwriter is currently on tour with The Weeknd. You can see BANKS live at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 9.

Here are some things BANKS has said about herself (and fans) during recent interviews. Quotation above via

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Matisyahu Talks Religion, Music, and Adversity

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In 2004 Matisyahu sported an untrimmed beard and a broad-brimmed hat with a yarmulke underneath. He injected Hebrew and Yiddish prayers with rhythm and impressive tongue rolling. His lyrics, though mostly about facing life's struggles, still managed to sound uplifting.

"I've been praying for/For the people to say/ That we don't wanna fight no more/ They'll be no more wars/And our children will play/One day/It's not about/Win or lose/We all lose" He goes on to say "Keep on moving through the waters" in his song "One Day" off his 2009 album Light.

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Coachella Refunds Money From Forfeited Tickets

Timothy Norris
For all of the would-be Coachella goers who lost money and wristbands after missing a payment on the festival's layaway plan, it's time to start checking your mailbox for a refund.

Coachella's parent company, Goldenvoice, is currently issuing checks to those affected by their former payment plan, and purchasers from as far back as 2012 have come forward with news of their refunds. Goldenvoice is reportedly reimbursing people for all of their concerts that utilized said payment plan, which would include Coachella's country counterpart, Stagecoach. The layaway plan in question stated that payments were the sole responsibility of the account holder, and if someone exceeded the ten-day grace period, all tickets and money applied would be forfeited.

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Drake vs. Coachella (Yes, This Is An Actual Lawsuit)

Willie T.

Despite the misleading name of this emerging lawsuit, Drake isn't suing Coachella for facilitating sexual assault by Madonna or for the lackluster response to his headlining sets. In fact, this lawsuit has nothing to do with the musician Drake whatsoever. Drake vs. Coachella is a class action lawsuit accusing the festival of violating California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law. The accusation targets Coachella's layaway plan, which requires purchasers to forfeit all money applied to their ticket if they are more than ten days late on a payment. Enter the plaintiff, Abigail Drake.

Drake (the woman, not the artist) purchased two tickets and a camping pass for Weekend 1 of the 2015 festival through their layaway plan for $850. She proceeded to make four timely payments for a total of $617.90, but when her credit card was cancelled due to fraudulent charges, she exceeded Coachella's ten-day grace period. Coachella, who uses Front Gate Ticketing to handle their ticketing purchases, allegedly cancelled her order and informed her that due to lack of payment all money paid up to that point had been forfeited -all $617.90.

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Trouble in L.A. KISS Land, Chief Partner Sued

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Rickett & Sones
Top row: Schuyler Hoversten, Doc Mcghee, Brett Bouchy; bottom row: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons
When we covered the L.A. KISS in a cover story ahead of their maiden campaign, every thing seemed hunky dory. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons vowed that they were gunning for a title in their first season, and once the wins came, so would the patrons. Their creative marketing plan worked, as the games became a spectacle unto themselves. Though the team had a forgettable 3-15 season, the games were fun to attend and the reality show on AMC, 4th and Long, presented a real glimpse behind the scenes, at least in the reality TV type of way.

We also spoke with Brett Bouchy, the man whose idea it was to lasso in Stanley, Simmons and KISS manager Doc McGhee into getting involved with Arena Football League. Originally when we reported the story, Bouchy told us he had to sell shares of the previous franchise he owned, the Orlando Predators. It seemed like a clean break at the top, selling his shares in order to take on a bolder adventure in Southern California. Alas, nothing is as simple as it appears.

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Big Worm Defends Bill Cosby

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Faizon Love as "Big Worm" in the movie Friday
In light of the recent rape allegations against Bill Cosby, the comedy community is divided. Generally this industry sticks together but when a major topic comes up (i.e. rape, racism, disease, national tragedy), it gets split right down the middle. One side inevitably takes the "righteous" route and the other is purely doing their comedic duty by taking these topics and crafting the wittiest jokes they can think of.

We love a good joke because we realize that it's just that, a joke. And regardless of who you are and how you feel about comedy legend Bill Cosby, the jokes are a flyin'. With Twitter being the best place to showcase your thoughts these days and with Bill Cosby trending all over the world for the last week on the daily, we grabbed a few tweets on this very topic from Fazion Love (aka the guy who played "Big Worm" in Friday) because he seems to be one of the few who are taking Dr. Huxtable's side. Actually, if you really read into what Fazion's tweets are saying, it would seem like he has an ulterior motive. And it's all against Hannibal Buress. Sounds to us like Love is spewing a ton of hate.

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Top 8 Skinny Shaming Songs

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Meghan Trainor video.
We're not one to follow asinine, trendy linguistic trends (sorry, not sorry: yes, we are, brah), but we love how fired up everyone is over so-called "skinny shaming," and justifiably so. For those who don't know: skinny shaming is when a person who isn't skinny insults a person who is skinny and it's become prevalent in today's pop culture.

In the wake of recent, semi-controversial hits like Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," the following terms have saturated the media: size oppression, reverse sexism, skinny-prejudice, reverse fat-shaming, and anti-feminism.

Like skinny shaming, these terms create wonderful headlines, but only convolute the real issue behind these insulting lyrics: nothing about bashing another person's body type is empowering or will change your own body image. It may feel good for a moment, but haters are still going to wind up unhappy with themselves (and their body types) in the end.

Skinny shaming lyrics are more often just women shaming, and isn't that something the artists -- especially the female singers -- should be ashamed of? We don't need encouragement from celebrities to make women feel like they need to compete with each other, when the media already makes women feel they need to look like the celebrities du jour.

Here are the Top 8 songs that disrespect skinny girls:

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The Wisdom of Grohl, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell
Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl's "love letter to the history of American music," premieres October 17 at 11p.m. on HBO. The series documents the creation of the Foo Fighter's eighth studio album (of the same name) written and recorded in eight cities across the U.S.: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York.

"As we were coming down from the success of the last record [Wasting Light], I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird,' " Grohl told "If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, 'F- that.' ...The music is a progression or an evolution, for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record."

Leave it to Grohl's over-achieving nature (aka: brilliance) to put an innovative spin on the creation of an album. To convey each city's unique sound and personality, Grohl wrote his lyrics while in each city, after interviewing notable musicians who defined the musical landscape of each region. The Foo Fighters performed a string of secret shows during their quest (the most notable being a 30-minute stint in New Orleans' historic Preservation Hall), which was also documented for the series.

Grohl's message for the next generation is this: dream big, practice your fucking ass off, and make something real.

"Wait until you see what we're gonna do for the next record," Grohl told "I'm not kidding. We already know."

Sonic Highways, the album, drops November 10th. Here's some free advice Grohl has shared in the past. Quotation above via Grohl's SXSW Keynote Speech, 2013.

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My Dad Says the New U2 Album Sucks

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My father, the Rooster, going for a casual evening ride.
By: Jimmy Eberle

Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band."

I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with a look that must have said "I'm very interested in this; prove it," but actually just said "It's 8 a.m." He pointed at the stereo. I lumbered forth and pushed play, then heard the somber whispers of "Let the bodies hit the floor" erupt into the scream-filled, deafening chorus of Drowning Pool's "Bodies." I turned around and the Rooster was playing air guitar on a broom at our old dog Claire, named after Clarice from Silence of The Lambs.

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Why Isn't Janet Jackson in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Janet Jackson
By: Brittny Pierre
So what if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a bunch o' hooey? People still care about its inductees, and it's perhaps the highest achievement a musician can have on his resume.

Or her resume. Of course, the Hall is very light on women, not to mention women of color.

But there's always a chance to get it right when it comes to Janet Jackson, whose career as a trend-setter and hitmaker should speak for itself.

Here's the shocking thing: Despite being eligible since 2007, she has never even been nominated.

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