Rolling StoneRolling Stone Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage Sat, 14 Nov 2020 17:26:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rolling Stone 32 32 148354167 Run the Jewels Drop ‘No Save Point’ Video, Talk ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:31:41 +0000 Daniel Kreps

Run the Jewels premiered their futuristic video for “No Save Point,” their contribution to the video game Cyberpunk 2077, during the Adult Swim Festival Friday.

For the visual, El-P and Killer Mike deliver their new song from the dystopian neon world presented in the much-anticipated video game, with many of Cyberpunk 2077’s characters along for the ride.

Prior to the video’s premiere, the duo discussed their participation in the video game as well as the future of hip-hop.

“I grew up on all of those sorta dystopian, sci-fi, cyberpunk films, comics, novels. It was really easy for me to get into the mind state for this,” El-P said.

Killer Mike added, “I like shooting shit, and in video games you can do that and not go to jail, so…”

El-P also talked about the cyberpunk genre itself, a combination of technological advancement and industrial and societal ruin. “This is what happens when our fucked up shit ages,” the rapper said. “I love the idea that the future is the future, but it’s also old… the future’s kinda broken down. At the same time we’re creating new technology, the things that we did have in our grasp — like morality and society — are breaking down and turning into compost.”

Run the Jewels also recently performed their latest LP RTJ4 in its entirety as part of Adult Swim’s “Holy Calamavote.”

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‘Useful Idiots’: Thomas Frank on Fake Populism and Silicon Valley Fantasies Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:12:09 +0000 Reed Dunlea and Daniel Halperin

In the latest socially distanced episode of our?Useful Idiots?podcast, hosts?Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper are joined by friend-of-the-show journalist and historian Thomas Frank.

For this week’s Democrats Suck, Katie takes issue with Democrats “punching left,” citing a leaked conference call among House Democrats where some Dems reportedly blamed the poor results in Congressional elections on leftist policy agendas.

For Republicans Suck, Matt and Katie pontificate on the scope of the “Million MAGA March,” a pro-Trump rally planned for this weekend in Washington, D.C., without a permit.

“Their libertarianism is compatible with their anti-permitism,” quips Katie.

Thomas Frank rejoins the show to discuss the past, present, and future of the Democratic party.

The three discuss a shift in the demographics for both Republicans and Democrats, and how the left seems to be emerging as the “wealthy” party. They also debate whether a Biden-led party will shift agendas from the priorities of previous administrations.

“Their complacency, it just bulls you over. They really don’t think they have to serve any of their constituencies,” says Frank. “This has been a year for icon smashing, and the tearing down of statues. The Democrats could use a dose of that.”

Frank also continues his proposal that the term “populism” is widely misused in current discourse, and that the Trump version is a misrepresentation of the idea.

“It’s like the ‘Pizzagate’ of the intellectual elite. It’s like this myth that they’ve invented that they all believe,” says Frank. “Populism was not this racist demagoguery. That’s something else.”

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See Ariana Grande Perform ‘Them Changes’ With Thundercat at Adult Swim Festival Sat, 14 Nov 2020 14:04:05 +0000 Daniel Kreps

Ariana Grande was a surprise guest on the first day of the Adult Swim Festival, with the Positions singer showing up unannounced to perform “Them Changes” alongside Thundercat.

Grande has long been an admirer of the bassist’s 2015 track, which she previously covered solo during a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session in 2018; at that time Grande called “Them Changes” one of her favorite songs.

“It feels like Ariana and I are forever connected through Mac [Miller], and this is part of the healing process,” Thundercat said Friday in a statement. For the performance — held in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force kitchen — Grande and Thundercat were joined by JD Beck and DOMi.

“Thank u brilliant trio for having me. love u always,” Grande tweeted Friday night.

Following the release of her latest album Positions, Grande currently resides atop three Rolling Stone Charts, with the LP itself at Number One, its title track and “34+35”?sitting One and Two on the Rolling Stone?Top 100 Songs chart and the singer at Number One on the Artists 500 chart.

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Trailers of the Week: ‘Assassins,’ ‘Fresh Prince,’ ‘Wild Mountain Thyme,’ and More Sat, 14 Nov 2020 13:00:48 +0000 Natalli Amato

Wild Mountain Thyme

In the green Irish hills, Emily Blunt plays a farmer, Rosemary Muldoon, hopelessly in love with her neighbor Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan). For his part, Anthony is pretty oblivious to her feelings. Besides, he’s preoccupied with the fact that his father is bypassing him to sell their farm to an American nephew (Jon Hamm). Hamm doesn’t share his cousin’s blind spot when it comes to Rosemary. He takes her on a trip to New York City. Over dinner, she tells him about a long-held dream, subtly referring to Anthony. Hamm asks, “Has your dream made you happy, or miserable?”?(December 11th)


In 2017, Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator?Kim Jong-un and once the favored son of their late father and former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was assassinated by two young girls. It was hard to believe that a “happy go lucky” woman had carried out one of the biggest political assassinations in recent history. However, video footage shows a young woman playfully coming up to Kim Jong-nam and placing her hands over his eyes. While the women believed they were part of a TV Prank show that was paying a couple of hundred dollars, Jong-nam ultimately died after being exposed to VX nerve agent. The film takes a deep look inside the dark, realities of manipulation. (December 11th)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion?

“You’re not ready for this trailer,” Will Smith says into the camera. “You couldn’t be ready for this trailer!” What follows is the special reunion of the Fresh Prince cast. Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and Alfonso Ribeiro, plus recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff, all join Smith for conversations on the show’s legacy and their unforgettable moments together. Together, they also pay homage to the late James Avery, who played Uncle Phil. The clip ends with a sneak peek at one of the special’s most anticipated moments: The return of Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv for the sitcom’s first three seasons before getting fired and replaced. (November 19th)

Light Years

A man travels through time and revisits his youth in order to hang out with his long-dead best friend. However, this isn’t the high-tech time travel for science fiction. He simply eats some magic mushrooms, and things get strange.? In the clip’s final moments, he tells his younger self that everything is going to be alright, to which his teenage-age self asks an excited “really?” Unfortunately, he has to respond with the truth: “No, but, you know. It’s too late to stop now.” (November 17th)


The new Netflix film follows the mission of an elite group of Iraqi soldiers as they attempt to take down ISIS. In the midst of gunfire and brutal devastation, these soldiers, who are part of the Nineveh SWAT team, try to restore order to the Iraqui city of Mosul. Not all of them have equal experience. ?Kawa (Adam Bessa), a young Iraqi police officer, is rescued by the Nineveh SWAT team during a dangerous fight and soon becomes part of the mission, having to place his trust in a team of strangers. (November 26th)


HBO Sports has released the first look at the new two-part documentary chronicling the rise, the fall, and the comeback of Tiger Woods. The teaser is largely centered around an emotional speech delivered by Woods’ father, who says, “He will transcend this game, and bring to the world a humanitarianism which has never been known before.” Scenes flash, showing moments of glory with Oprah and childhood flashbacks. “This is my treasure,” Woods’ father continues. “Please accept it, and use it wisely.”? (January 2021)

We Are the Champions?

“While we may be mortal, we can not live in fear.” So begins Rainn Wilson’s narration that accompanies some of the wildest competitions you’ve never heard of. All around the world, passionate, skilled competitors give their all to their craft, whether that means easting as many chilis as humanly possible, tumbling down a hill during a cheese rolling competition, or professionally dancing with a dog for a partner. “It’s the hopes of walking away and saying, ‘I won,” says one competitor in the clip’s final moments.? (November 17th)

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From (Heated) Pillows to Probiotics, We Tested 10 New Ways to Bust Your Bad Mood Sat, 14 Nov 2020 01:25:52 +0000 Tim Chan

So you’re in a bad mood. Depending on the circumstances, the symptoms of a bad mood — sadness, restlessness, loss of sleep — can oftentimes be addressed through easy at-home hacks and items that don’t require a pricey professional visit or prescription.

For Zak Williams, son of the late actor Robin Williams, the loss of his father in 2014 spiraled his anxiety “into overdrive” and led him on a six-year search for ways to cope more naturally. “[After my father died] I found myself depressed, anxious and unable to cope with daily life,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I found myself trying to treat the chronic stress and anxiety I had with alcohol and cannabis products, which left me feeling numb, disconnected and addicted.”

On a search to find healthier ways to cope, Williams discovered the benefits of adaptogens and amino acid complexes that are said to help “recalibrate” the body and brain. “I spent the next two years innovating on compounds, taste, bioavailability and accessibility to create a safe, natural and effective anxiety and stress relief product,” he says.

This year, Williams officially unveiled PYM (Prepare Your Mind), a “mental health support brand” that launched with the release of a tin of “mood chews,” designed to help calm nerves and anxiousness, especially in uncomfortable or overwhelming situations. According to PYM, the fruit-flavored gummies naturally target your body’s hormone levels, to effectively manage stress and anxiety. It’s not a one-dose-fix-all solution, but if you need a little boost, Williams says a couple chews could go a long way.

And while everyone’s relationship with mental health is different (and ever evolving), Williams says the important thing is to not leave your feelings unchecked. “Your mood is your body’s barometer on what your needs are,” he says. “If you are not taking care of yourself, your moods will be inconsistent and will not be balanced. In my case, when I neglect my well-being, I end up responding disproportionately and make mountains out of molehills, I get defensive for things I shouldn’t be defensive about, and I find myself getting resentful over silly things,” he says. “When I take care of myself and listen to what I need, I can get to being joyful and am able to manage challenging situations and scenarios with ease.”

“When I’m able to check in with myself and actually understand how I’m feeling, I’m able to provide myself with the things I need to balance me out,” Williams continues. “And when I’m feeling balanced,” he says, “I can show up for others as I would want others to show up for me.”

Whether you’re looking for a way to relax, something to help calm your nerves, or something to cheer you (or a friend) up, we’ve rounded up ten products that can help bring some lightness and levity back to your life (Note: we don’t profess to be medical professionals, so if you’re experiencing severe mood swings or anxiety, it’s always best to speak to a doctor). For everyone else, scroll through this list to find a few easy ways to get a little lift this week.

1. Miroco Light Therapy Lamp

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One of the easiest ways to boost your mood is with a little bit of light therapy. This UV-free desk lamp delivers a warm, cascading glow to mimic the appearance of sunlight. It’s great for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) or those who need a pick-me-up during the day. It’s also idea for those who have trouble waking up in the mornings, as the gentle light slowly lulls you up from bed.

The mood lamp delivers up to 10,000 lux of light; choose from three modes based on your light sensitivities and desired effect. You can also set a timer to deliver anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes of light. The simple, portable design allows the lamp to easily stand on a desk or bedside table; it folds flat when not in use.

Miroco Light Therapy Lamp, $37.99, available at Amazon

2. Mood Probiotics

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The team at the probiotic supplement company, Jetson, believes that the key to improving your mood could start from the gut. According to Jetson, 90% of your serotonin (the so-called “happy chemical”) lives in the gut, making it important to keep your gut healthy. Jetson’s “Mood” capsules contain three clinically-validated probiotic strains, along with vitamin D and vitamin B12 for vitality, and L-theanine, an all-natural amino acid that Jetson says can help reduce stress-related symptoms, depression and anxiety.

The capsules are super easy to take and in our experience, have been gentle on the stomach. They can be incorporated with other daily vitamins as well. Take a Mood capsule daily or as needed when you feel moodiness symptoms creeping in. As Jetson says on its website, Mood is a “complete powerhouse probiotic capable of bringing back the pep in your step.”

Mood Probiotics, from $35, available at Jetson

3. Caliper CBD

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Caliper CBD

Caliper CBD’s perfectly precise packets contain 20mg of odorless, flavorless, dissolvable CBD powder that can be easily added to any food or beverage for a quick boost to your overall mood and provide temporary relief from stress, occasional aches, or restless nights. Caliper was founded by CBD skeptics who recognized a need for a quality, science-backed CBD in an industry rife with misinformation and unfounded claims.

Caliper says its clinical studies have shown its CBD powder is 6.5 times more bioavailable in the first 15 minutes and 4.5 times more bioavailable overall than oil-based CBD, which means you get more of the CBD you expect. Why we like Caliper: it offers you the flexibility of CBD on your terms, wherever and whenever you need it most. Sprinkle this into a glass of water, your morning coffee or a cup of tea before bed.

Caliper CBD, $49.99 (30-pack), available at

4. Heatbag by Ostrichpillow

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Ostrich Pillow

The company behind the ingenious (if a little clunky) Ostrich pillow has come up with a much easier way to relax. The heatbag (stylized as one word) is a new take on the classic hot water bottle or heating pad. It’s filled with natural clay, rather than water inside, which is safer to use and stays warm or cold for a longer period of time. The filling is wrapped inside a squishy memory foam cover and lined with a T-shirt-soft jersey material.

The heatbag is great for post-workout aches and pains, and the company says it’s great to help relieve cramps and minor aches as well. Microwave the clay for just 30 seconds and zip it inside the cover. The bag is designed to release heat slowly; we alternated between having the heatbag against our back and propped on our shoulders, and the warmth lasted for hours. If you want to melt away your stress or recover a little “me” time, this should be an essential part of your self-care kit.

Heatbag, $59.99, available at Ostrichpillow

5. PYM Mood Chews

pym mood chews review


If you don’t love the idea of taking pills, consider these citrus-flavored gummies from Zak Williams’ company, PYM. The PYM Mood Chews are made with safe, naturally-occurring amino acids like GABA (for pain relief), L-Theanine (for relaxation and focus) and Rhodiola (for support for depression and anxiety). Take one gummy a day, or whenever you start to feel a sense of anxiety or start feeling overwhelmed. The all-natural formula is gluten-free and sugar-free and starts working within minutes.

PYM Mood Chew, $30, available at You Can PYM

6. Studio Oh! Current Mood Candle

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Candles can be a great way to — literally — burn off the bad vibes, and this one, dubbed “Current Mood,” is made in the USA by stationery and home accessories brand, Studio Oh! The candle is made from an all-natural coconut-soy wax, with essential oils and notes of red currant, cassis, roses and pomelo. It’s grounded by base notes of incense and vetiver, for a warm, soothing scent that’s subtle and delicate — not overwhelming. Each 7. 5 oz. scented candle gets up to 40 hours of burn time.

Current Mood Candle, $20, available at Amazon

7. Bulletproof Coffee Kit

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Thousands of people tout the brain-boosting benefits of Bulletproof Coffee, which uses the addition of MCT oil to burn fat, boost cognitive function and increase energy. This set gets you a 12 oz. bag of coffee, plus a bottle of Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil and grass-fed ghee.?Blend 1-2 tsp of ghee and the Brain Octane oil into your coffee for an instant energy boost and to help with focus.

Bulletproof also sells a number of high-powered advanced supplements that help with everything from stress relief to mental clarity and sleep. See their top-rated products here.

Bulletproof Coffee Kit, $56.60, available at Bulletproof

8. Udemy Happiness Courses

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The online learning site Udemy has an entire section dedicated to “happiness courses,” with classes about how to get “unstuck” from your life, how to manage stress and anxiety, and even courses on how to manifest more joy in your work, relationships and daily interactions. The courses are taught by certified life coaches, professors and industry leaders, and with prices starting at just $9.99, it’s way cheaper than therapy.

Sign up for a class and get instant access to hours of online lectures, reading materials and more. Unlike real school, you can show up to class whenever you like and proceed at your own pace.

Udemy’s featured course in this category right now is dubbed “Happiness: Practical Secrets to Being Happy.” Taught by a leading motivational speaker, the course promises to help you build the mindset and skill-set to feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control of your life.

“Practical Secrets to Being Happy,” $99.99, available at Udemy | See more courses at

9. Pet This F*cking Puppy – A Touch-and-Feel Book for Stressed Out Adults

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Always Fits

This tactile board book is a grown-up version of the scratch-and-sniff books you loved as a kid, only with decidedly more adult-themed text. The book features 12 pages of puppies, rainbows, sunsets and other mood boosting motifs, each with a different texture or interactive element. It’s great for when you need a little respite or distraction, or when — as the publisher states — you need to calm the fuck down.

The book is available on, a site known for its irreverent books and home goods, and pop culture-inspired gifts and accessories.

Pet This F*cking Puppy, $18, available at Always Fits

10. TeeTurtle Reversible Octopus Plush

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Show your mood without having to say a single word. These plush toys were popularized on TikTok and feature a reversible, flip-over design, with a smiling face on one side and a frown on the other. The palm-sized plushies are available in more than a dozen colors, and while we can’t promise that they’ll cheer you up, they can hopefully add a little smile to your day — even if it’s not on your face.

TeeTurtle Reversible Octopus Plush, $14.66, available at Amazon

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Outgoing President Crawls Out From Safe Space, Remains in Denial Sat, 14 Nov 2020 01:20:59 +0000 Peter Wade

Lame-duck President Donald Trump spoke to the nation on Friday afternoon, his first public comments since Joe Biden was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential race. Trump’s remarks, made from the White House’s Rose garden, were typical: he overstated his administration’s role in the recent positive news on a possible coronavirus vaccine and continued to deny reality, refusing to acknowledge that he lost the election.

Trump praised his virus vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed, for its part in the funding of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, which the drug company announced on Monday had shown to be 90 percent effective in protecting people as compared to a placebo. However, there is a problem with the president taking credit—the federal funding Pfizer will receive is connected to distribution, not development. But the president never lets facts stand in the way of a good false brag.

“As a result of Operation Warp Speed,” Trump said, “Pfizer announced on Monday that its China virus vaccine is more than 90% effective. This far exceeds any and all expectations. Nobody thought they’d get to that level. And we have others coming, which we think will be an equal level. Maybe more, if that’s possible.”

Trump added, “Pfizer said it wasn’t part of warp speed, but that turned out to be a unfortunate misrepresentation. They are part. That’s why we gave them the $1.95 billion dollars. And it was an unfortunate mistake that they made when they said that.”

But again, Pfizer did not receive a dime of Operation Warp funding for the research and development of the vaccine, although Trump tried to misconstrue it to sound that way. They are only getting funding if and when their vaccine is actually distributed.

Pfizer spokeswoman, Jerica Pitts, spoke about the company’s move to opt-out of Operation Warp Speed research funds this week, saying the decision was based on efficiency.

“Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing costs have been entirely self-funded,” Pitts added, “We decided to self-fund our efforts so we could move as fast as possible.”

And NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel’s reporting on the hunt for a vaccine says, if anything, Trump has been a “hindrance” to progress.

“In months of reporting about the race for the vaccine, Operation Warp Speed was barely a mention. Trump was NOT seen as a champion for vaccine development, but a hindrance, spreading misinformation and confusion,” Engel tweeted.

Finally, while the wins continue to pile up for President-elect Joe Biden, Trump still can’t bring himself to admit defeat. At one point during Friday’s event, Trump seemed to be on his way to utter something about a future Biden administration but appeared to catch himself before saying something truthful and instead said “time will tell” if he remains in office.

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Biden on Pace for 306 Electoral College Votes, Matching what Trump Touted as a ‘MASSIVE Landslide Victory’ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:35:37 +0000 Tim Dickinson

With a projected win in Arizona and a nearly 14,000 vote lead in Georgia, President-Elect Joe Biden is on a path to win 306 votes in the Electoral College.* That happens to be the exact same total Donald Trump racked up after his state-by-state victories in November 2016.** And this makes Trump’s present refusal to concede to Biden darkly ironic, because Trump has spent much of the last four years touting his 2016 margin as a “landslide” bragging that he beat Hillary Clinton “easily,” “convincingly,” and “so badly.”

While 306 votes in the Electoral College is substantial, it is not a huge margin of victory, historically speaking. Nonetheless, Trump and his toadies have long touted it as exceptional. Although Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all scored bigger Electoral College victories than he did, Trump touted his victory as “the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” Kellyanne Conway, who was a senior adviser on the Trump campaign and stayed on as the president’s most shameless spin doctor, celebrated his margin as “Historic” and a “Blowout” four years ago.

Trump, who lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2 million, has clung to his Electoral College victory margin like a security blanket, invoking it especially when his legitimacy was questioned. From the beginning, Trump’s retort to the scandal of Russian interference on behalf of his 2016 campaign was that the Kremlin’s boost was “fake news” that the Democrats ginned up to avoid confronting how badly he beat Clinton.

Just before the Mueller Report was released, Trump returned to this sort of bragging. “I had the greatest electoral victory — one of them — in the history of our country,” Trump said in March 2019. “I got 306 electoral votes against 223. That’s a tremendous victory.”

Trump has also wielded his Electoral College margin as a weapon, using it in 2018 to taunt Democrats that he’d be unbeatable in 2020:

In the aftermath of his loss in the 2020 election, Trump has been unwilling to concede to Joe Biden, and is mounting an increasingly ridiculous legal campaign attempting to invalidate the will of the people. He should, perhaps, instead reflect on the congratulations he paid to the “deplorables” years ago for delivering him what he called a “MASSIVE… landslide victory.”


*Several networks and the New York Times and Washington Post have declared Biden the victor in Georgia; the Associated Press has not yet called that election, which is heading to a hand recount.

**To be technical, Trump ended up with 304 Electoral College votes after a pair of faithless electors from Texas cast votes for Ron Paul and John Kasich instead.

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Q Is Back, But Does QAnon Have a Future? Fri, 13 Nov 2020 22:09:17 +0000 EJ Dickson

Those who follow QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory positing a deep state plot orchestrated by child-assaulting, Satan-worshipping leftists, are guided by the exhortation to “trust the plan,” an omnipresent mantra to keep faith in the anonymous poster Q and in President Donald J. Trump.

In the days following Election Night, however, as a blue wave began to sweep crucial swing states and cable networks started calling the race for Biden, it was clear on social media that it was becoming increasingly difficult for some supporters to accept the results. “The storm has been coming for a long but never actually arrives. Donald Trump was meant to be bringing the elite down. What is happening?,” one devotee wrote on Twitter on November 9th. “Trust the plan means nothing if there is no plan? I really want to believe and this is getting beyond Cognitive dissonance now.”

That sense of desperation increased as the days wore on and Q remained silent. In itself, this was not all that unusual, as the anonymous poster or posters behind Q have forgone dropping “breadcrumbs,” as they’re called, for at least a month at a time. Yet the abrupt public resignation of Ron Watkins — the administrator of the fringe message board 8kun where Q posts — who has long been believed to be associated with (or even be) Q, fed skepticism about the sustainability of the movement. Though Watkins told the Daily Beast he was resigning as a moderator to focus on his woodworking career, his announcement on Election Day, combined with Q’s silence, raised eyebrows in the extremism-tracking community (though it has not stopped Watkins from actively promoting voting fraud conspiracy theories on his own Twitter account).

Then, yesterday, Q made a much-heralded return, with a simple post: an American flag accompanied by the slogan, “Nothing can stop what is coming. Nothing!” A follow-up post, however, took somewhat of a surprising turn, referring to the question of “how do you ‘safeguard’ US elections post-POTUS” before concluding, “It had to be this way. Sometimes you must walk through the darkness before you can see the light.”

Most of the hardcore believers took this as another reminder to “trust the plan” and desperately cling to claims of election fraud. “They are still thoroughly convinced massive corruption will be revealed and the matter will be taken to the Supreme Court and Trump will serve a second term,” says Travis View, cohost of the podcast QAnon Anonymous.

Others, however, interpreted “post-POTUS” as an admission of defeat. They found it hugely disappointing, and expressed their growing skepticism and discontent in the replies. “Trust the plan you said,” one wrote. “You allowed massive voter fraud. You did nothing…you’re a fucking joke.” “If I were a Q believer, I would have been disappointed, to be honest,” says Aoife Gallagher, analyst at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. “Quite a number of people are frustrated and looking for guidance.”

But it also was a potential indication that the poster or posters behind Q will be shifting course — a testament to how malleable the movement is, and how its narratives can be contorted to adapt to reality. “Q may be laying the groundwork for a Trump loss, and [providing] avenues for continued growth in the movement,” says Concordia University researcher Marc-Andre Argentino.

It also means the movement isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s particularly true given the congressional wins of candidates Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, who have previously endorsed the theory; though Boebert has somewhat retracted her support, Greene has not, creating a small schism within the GOP. The movement also gained tremendous traction last year with the mainstreaming of #SaveTheChildren, an anti-trafficking campaign that was coopted by conspiracy theorists last summer. The campaign was hugely effective at drawing mainstream lifestyle influencers, particularly women, into the movement, hugely expanding QAnon’s audience. “Even without a Trump presidency, those kinds of Save the Children movements and QAnon lite movements will continue to prevail,” predicts Gallagher.

Since lockdown, the QAnon community has also benefited from an increasing international presence, with researcher Marc-Andre Argentino tracking groups in more than 70 countries, including Germany and Brazil, as of October. Such international communities provide multiple pathways for QAnon to flourish beyond in a Trump administration-led United States. So, too, does the recent trend of large social networks like Facebook and Twitter deplatforming believers, prompting them to flock to other, less-moderated social networks like Gab and Parler, where extremists of all stripes congregate, creating the potential for cross-pollination. “These movements tend to be infiltrated by other movements that are violent, which is really what we’re concerned about,” says Kevin Grisham, associate director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “If that happens, that can be very deadly.”

As a Joe Biden administration becomes imminent, some of the new supporters who gravitated to the movement are likely to become disillusioned and drop off. “There is a chance people will lose faith and that is likely the low-hanging fruits,” says Argentino. Those who remain, however, “will be even more committed to the cause, which makes them more dangerous.” That’s especially worrisome as the diehards, as well as major QAnon influencers who have built brands on the continued growth of the conspiracy theory, continue to cling to the prospects of a Trump victory, even as they rapidly recede into the ether. “The more lies and propaganda the media sends out about Joe Biden being the President, the more they are starting to panic,” one major QAnon influencer tweeted. “This is going to be absolutely EPIC! Trust the Plan! Patriots in Control!”

“There’s been this mindset that Biden’s won, so we don’t have a problem with QAnon anymore,” says Grisham. “That’s wishful thinking.”

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Ron Jeremy Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault Fri, 13 Nov 2020 21:50:05 +0000 Jon Blistein

Ron Jeremy is facing a new civil lawsuit from Charity Carson, who has accused the adult film star of sexually assaulting her at a Los Angeles hotel in May, Variety reports.

In the suit, which was reportedly filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday, November 12th, Carson accused Jeremy of holding her against a bathroom wall, grabbing her breasts and trying to force her to touch his penis.

The incident is the same one Carson recently described to Rolling Stone. Carson and Jeremy had been friends for nearly 25 years, and this past May she traveled to Los Angeles to meet him. Carson said that she, Jeremy, and a few others were in a hotel room he’d booked, when Jeremy said he wanted to show her something. He led her into what she thought was another room, but turned out to be a bathroom, at which point, Carson claimed Jeremy slammed the door, pinned her against the wall and tried to grope her.

“He was trying to put my hand on his penis,” Carson claimed. “I’m just like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ I’m screaming at him and fighting.” Eventually, Carson said she was able to squeeze out from his arms and leave the bathroom.

Carson reported the incident to police on June 4th.

A representative for Jeremy did not return requests for comment on the initial story in July, and did not immediately return Rolling Stone’s request for comment on the recent lawsuit. Carson also did not immediately return a request for comment.

The civil suit against Jeremy comes as he faces mounting criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting multiple women. In June, Jeremy was charged with sexually assaulting four women (he pleaded not guilty to those charges), and then in August he was hit with 20 additional counts of sexual assault for incidents involving 13 women. At the end of October, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced seven additional sexual assault charges, involving six women, including three counts of forcible rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation and one count each of sexual battery by restraint and assault with intent to commit forcible Digital penetration.

When Rolling Stone first wrote about sexual assault allegations against Jeremy in 2017, he claimed that all his encounters had been consensual.

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People Offended by Cardi B’s Shoe Collection Promo Probably Bought the Shoes Anyway Fri, 13 Nov 2020 21:48:41 +0000 Tim Chan

Days after Cardi B apologized for a magazine cover that depicted her as a Hindu goddess shilling shoes, the rapper dropped her long-awaited Reebok collection anyway Friday — and quickly sold it out.

The Cardi B x Reebok collection features footwear and apparel that Reebok says was inspired by some of Cardi’s “most memorable modern-day fashion moments,” while paying homage to classic Eighties styling and motifs. Among the highlights: three new iterations of Reebok’s classic Club C sneaker, reworked in bold, striking colorways and oversized silhouettes.

Dubbed the “Club C Cardi,” the bright red hue is reminiscent of the red dress Cardi wore to the 2019 Met Gala, while the black and white sneakers call to mind the black and white-checkered outfit she sported on the cover of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. Fans quickly snapped up the sneakers on, with the site selling out of the “Club C Cardi” just hours after the collection dropped (as of this writing, you can still get your hands on a pair at or through authorized re-seller sites like StockX here).

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Cardi first announced the Reebok collaboration on her birthday last month, and later appeared on the cover of the November issue of Footwear News to promote the line. While the interview was focused on the shoes, the cover quickly garnered controversy after the magazine (a sister publication of Rolling Stone) dressed the rapper to resemble the Hindu goddess, Durga. Readers quickly called out both parties, demanding an apology from the magazine, and accusing the rapper of cultural appropriation and “insensitivity.Footwear News has since removed the image from their cover story, and Cardi issued an apology in a series of clips to her Instagram stories, saying it was never her intent to be “distasteful,” and promising “to do more research for the future.”

While Cardi B has appeared in Reebok campaigns in the past, this is the first time she’s debuted a full collection with the footwear brand. Reebok calls the collection “unapologetic and larger than life,” and says they gravitated towards Cardi thanks to her “never been a play-by-the-rules type” personality and her perchance for big, statement-making style. The campaign tag line: “B Unexplainable.”

Along with the women’s shoes, Reebok also released the same silhouettes in children’s footwear sizing options (juniors and infant). Cardi, whose daughter Kulture turned 2 in July, says it was important for her to create something for kids to wear as well, telling Footwear News that she has fond memories of her own mother sporting “OG” Reeboks when she was growing up.

The Cardi Coated Club C Double retails for $80, and the Club C Cardi retailed for $100, though it has since sold out. In addition to the sneakers, the collection also includes Cardi-branded face masks, T-shirts, crop tops and hoodies, which are all still available for purchase. See all the styles on

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How GOP Women Triumphed With Trumpism Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:50:16 +0000 Tessa Stuart

One week before the 2020 election, Donald Trump beamed out at a Lansing, Michigan crowd and delivered his closing pitch to the women he imagined might be watching him. “I’m also getting your husbands — they want to get back to work, right? They want to get back to work. We’re getting your husbands back to work, and everybody wants it,” Trump said.?

More than 12.1 million women lost jobs this year; female joblessness stands at the highest it’s been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking it in the 1940s. Unlike most past recessions, when women tended to retain work while male-dominated sectors like manufacturing absorbed the brunt of the pain, in the pandemic, it’s industries more likely to employ women — hospitality and education, for instance — that have been devastated. Factor in those women forced to give up jobs to care for children who can’t be in school, and a pretty grim picture starts to emerge, one from which it could easily take decades for American women to recover.

Before the election, Trump was widely mocked for the sort of desperate, tone-deaf comments he made in that Michigan speech, while polls predicted the president’s support among female voters would crater in a fatal blow to his and his party’s election hopes. But those predictions were mostly wrong. According to exit polls, Trump did one point better with women as a whole than in 2016, five points better with both black and Hispanic women, and three points better with white women. In a year with record voter turnout, those gains weren’t enough to match Joe Biden’s numbers, but the president can console himself with the fact that, come January, he will have helped put a record number of Republican women to work in the halls of Congress.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected, Republicans have wrung their hands, fretting about what a figurehead with such retrograde views on gender might mean for the party’s long term viability. The 2018 midterm results seemed to offer a prophecy: Pundits called it “the year of the woman” — 102 of them were swept into Congress. But only 13 of those women hailed from the GOP, bringing the party’s female representation in Congress to a 25-year low.?

“This election should have served as a wake-up call,” retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told me at the time. “We need women GOP leaders, we need more young voices, more minorities. As you look at a snapshot of the House on the GOP side, there is not much contrast in the makeup —?so much white. Goodness. It takes one’s breath away.?

“But,” she added, “I am optimistic that the GOP will reform. We will evolve. If not, we die.”?

The 2020 election shows there are signs that the GOP is evolving — in the sense that wildlife in the fallout zone “evolved” after Chernobyl. The Republican Party didn’t much improve its demographic makeup this year —?members who have promoted the deranged QAnon delusion now outnumber black Republicans in the House of Representatives — but at least 35 Trump-loving Republican women were elected,?five more than the party’s previous record. As the president is forced to leave, spitting and screaming, his toxic, pugilistic brand of politics will live on in those women: paranoid conspiracists, partisan firebrands, and ardent Trump loyalists — a lot more Sarah Palin, and a lot less Margaret Chase Smith.

Among the newcomers to the House are Beth Van Duyne, the former Texas mayor who earned national attention for embracing a conspiracy theory that muslims were plotting to take over America and enforce Sharia law; Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, the open-carry restaurant owner and Beto O’Rourke antagonist who said she “hoped” QAnon was real “because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values”; and the infamous 9/11 truther, Pizzagater, and QAnon devotee Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, already picking Twitter fights with her Republican colleague Dan Crenshaw over what she sees as his insufficient loyalty to Trump.

There still existed, in 2016 and even 2018, Republican candidates who deemed it prudent to put distance between themselves and the president, but not in 2020. The women who ran and won this year did so by emphatically embracing both Trump and Trumpism — even when the feeling wasn’t necessarily mutual. Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, for example, has backed Trump’s claims that the election in her state was rigged even as the results showed Loeffler beating Doug Collins — the man Trump reportedly preferred to her for the Senate seat. Loeffler won her race by unabashedly boosting Trump, even when it put her in the awkward position of claiming, for instance, that she was “not familiar” with the infamous recording of Trump boasting that he could do anything he wanted to women, including “grab ’em by the pussy.”???

Republican women’s success this year is in no small part due to the work of New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. In a break from tradition, Republicans, led by Stefanik, worked to support female candidates in their primaries, taking a page from?the playbook Democrats have been using for years.

Republican women, hailing as they do from a party that eschews affirmative action, have historically lacked the kind of early support Democratic women can count on from groups like the fundraising behemoth EMILY’s List?(the acronym stands for “Early Money Is Like Yeast,” as in, it helps raise the dough). That lack of early support kneecapped them. “You can’t overstate how important it is to have that funding in a primary, particularly in these highly competitive, strong Republican districts,” says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “The whole election is really in the primaries. So if you’re not going to invest in these women, in those districts at that time, that makes it really tough.”

Stefanik, one of the few GOP women left standing after the 2018 bloodbath, recognized that. As the first head of female recruitment for the National Republican Congressional Committee, she helped convince more than 100 GOP women to run for office back in 2018. But only a few of them made it through their primaries, and only one of them won that November. When the dust settled on the midterms, Stefanik promised to create her own PAC and “play big in the primaries,” funding women and other non-traditional GOP candidates. Her declaration caused something of a rift in a party — incoming NRCC chairman Rep. Tom Emmer called it “a mistake.”?

Votes are still being counted, and several races are too early to call, but the verdict on that dispute is in: Of the 28 female candidates Stefanik’s Elevate PAC supported in the general election, 18 of them have won their races or are leading as of this writing.

That early support though — money that helped ensure those women were competitive in Republican primaries — is also one of the big reasons why many of the women heading to Congress are so extremely conservative this year. “One of the perceptions, on the Republican side particularly, is that women are more moderate than men,” Walsh says. “In reality they may not be — but the perception is they are. And who votes in a Republican primary? It’s the most conservative Republican voters.” (Loeffler, for example, assured voters in one of her primary ads that she was more conservative than Attila the Hun).

Those staunch conservative voters aren’t just showing up in primaries, either. Consider Stefanik herself. In 2014, she became the youngest woman elected to Congress at the time. A former policy aide in George W. Bush’s administration, Stefanik was a moderate from upstate New York who expressed doubt that her party would nominate Trump in 2016, then skipped the GOP convention when it did. A lot can change in four years: Stefanik had a primetime speaking slot at the 2020 convention, which she used to defend Trump and lambast the press and Democrats for what she called the “baseless and illegal impeachment sham.”??

Bearhugging Trump turned out to be a winning strategy: Stefanik defeated her Democratic rival Tedra Cobb (or, as Stefanik referred to her, “Taxin’ Tedra”) by 29 points — double the margin she beat Cobb by two years earlier. Her decision to ape the president turned her home district newspaper against her — The Glens Falls Post-Star tutted that she “embraced the extreme partisan style of President Trump, and in the process, moved away from the centrism of her district” — but voters loved it.

Trump’s infiltration of the Republican Party has left moderates with two choices: debase yourself on his altar, or leave. As the party has tacked further to the right, it hasn’t just ushered in a crop of ultra-conservative candidates, it’s ushered out moderates like Barbara Bollier, one of three state legislators in Kansas who left the party two years ago. Bollier grew up in a moderate Republican household, with a mother who was a precinct committee woman and worked diligently to get Republican Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum elected in 1978. “That is what I believed Republicanism was — moderate thinking, pro-schools, people over a party — that type of philosophy,” Bollier told me in 2018. “As I have aged, the Republican Party has moved further and further and further to the right… I tried and tried and tried to help the Republican Party move [back] in that [moderate] direction. And what I have found instead is they’ve worked harder and harder to get me out. And not just me.”

It took one of her Republican colleagues comparing Bollier to the Nazi doctor on the floor of the state senate to really consider switching parties. “And no one calls him out. No one says, ‘This is not the decorum of a senator in Kansas,’” she recalled. Instead, it was Bollier who was stripped of her committee seats. “They do not want moderates as part of their group — the conservatives. Any of us who have been moderates are attacked both from the Republican side — Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ money — and the Democratic side.”

This year, Bollier ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate, but despite fundraising that dwarfed her rival and polls that showed a close race, she lost to GOP Rep. Roger Marshall by roughly 12 percentage points. She remains a state senator in Kansas.?

Walsh, of the Center for Women in Politics, says the trend in the GOP has been underway for a long time. “When I started at the Center in 1981, there were a lot of moderate Republican women elected in state legislatures in places like Oregon and Washington state – all around the country,” Walsh says. “Almost systematically, [they] got picked off in primaries as the party moved further and further to the right. You’re left with a few women — like Susan Collins, like Lisa Murkowski, like the former governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman — who then get labeled things like ‘RINO’ [Republican In Name Only]… And there’s not a place for them. And what you saw in this cycle, I think, is the reality of where the Republican Party is, and what it takes to get elected on the Republican side.”?

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The World’s Most Obnoxious Song Has a New Publishing Deal Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:29:44 +0000 Ethan Millman

It’s repetitive, irritating and totally played-out (unless you’re a kid.) But “Baby Shark” isn’t going anywhere If Sony has its say. As part of a new deal, Sony/ATV, the world’s largest music publisher, is now handling the publishing for “Baby Shark” along with the rest of the music catalog from South Korean educational brand Pinkfong, the publisher announced Friday. Sony/ATV didn’t immediately respond to request for comment on the financial details of the new agreement.

Even without the thousands of other songs Sony took in the deal, “Baby Shark” on its own is big business. It’s the first kids’ song to become diamond-certified (meaning it’s sold at least 10 million units), and last week it became the most-viewed video ever on YouTube, dethroning Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”; it’s sitting at more than 7.1 billion views on the platform. And that’s just the Pinkfong video; several other videos featuring the song have hundreds of millions of views, (even Fonsi jumped on a version for Pinkfong a few months ago).

“Baby Shark” is also obnoxious, torturously so according to a report from the Oklahoman, in which a few prison guards were charged with cruelty misdemeanors for allegedly forcing inmates to listen to the song at loud volumes on a continuous loop. Still the song’s impressionable child audience makes it ripe for other intellectual property and media opportunities, a music publisher’s dream.

Synch and licensing opportunities are the driving factor behind the booming song catalog acquisition business, with companies like Hipgnosis Songs Fund and Primary Wave spending up to the billions collecting songs to work into other media.

As Cathy Merenda, Sony/ATV’s senior vice president of broadcast and media rights said in a statement, the company is partnering with Pinkfong to expand the song into a major media franchise, meaning it’s far from the last we’ll hear of the song. That process already started before the Sony deal, with “Baby Shark” now having its own line of toys, live music experiences and an upcoming Nickelodeon show.

“We are thrilled to partner with Pinkfong as we work to expand the ‘Baby Shark’ universe across all media,” Merenda said. “Their song has become a global sensation with unlimited potential, and I’m confident we will give Pinkfong and ‘Baby Shark’ the best opportunities for future success.”

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‘The Climb’ Review: Best Frenemies Forever Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:22:18 +0000 K. Austin Collins

Weddings, funerals, Thanksgiving and the rest: These are the occasions that typically bring us together, which must be why The Climb — Michael Angelo Covino’s bristling new comedy — uses them to wedge two men apart. Take the title at face value: Uphill battles are the spine and central pleasure of this movie. The Climb stars Covino as Mike, a man intent on perpetuating his own emotional self-destruction, and Kyle Marvin as Kyle, the wet noodle unlucky enough to be Mike’s best friend. This is not an odd couple. For reasons obvious and inarguable, but also baffling and mysterious, these men seem to need and depend on each other.

Which isn’t to say that they’re good for each other. Covino and Marvin — real-life friends, who in addition to being its co-stars are the film’s co-writers — have made a movie about the magnetic repulsions of a tragically funny male friendship, a graceless yet enduring tie between two guys whose own worst enemies are themselves. It’s an up-down, push-pull kind of movie. It’s also a thwarted love story. If only these men had a healthier love language than, say, sleeping with the other man’s fiancé; if only either man had any measure of self-love. Then again, if that were the case, we wouldn’t have this movie.

Which would mean that we wouldn’t get to feel as uncomfortable, anxious, amused, and confounded as The Climb, in its finest moments, manages to make us feel all at once. Cringe comedy’s premise is that old wisdom about train wrecks and why we can’t help but stop and stare despite ourselves, and Covino and Marvin’s movie is a convincing case in point. Again, take the title at face value. Because that’s how it starts: with a steep bike ride through a mountainous French countryside on one man’s wedding eve — a bit of insurance, as it turns out, for when the bomb drops, and the less fit of the two, the one receiving the news, is downhill and lagging behind with no chance of catching up. Poor sap. The bomb in question is that bit of aforementioned news about the fiancé. And when the guy sleeping around with your fiancé — who knows all about that “hip thing” she does — is your best man? That’s infidelity on two impossible fronts.?

Luckily (?), this point turns out to be moot, as betrayals go, because it was destined to be a short marriage: The somehow still-eventual wife will be dead by the next scene. And these two hopeless men will be pushed back into each other’s orbit again… and again when another marriage looms on the horizon, and yet again when that marriage — and the tenuously reconciled friendship — are put to the test. Clearly, this friendship is rotten at the core. But one of the great accomplishments of The Climb is that it has a merry time with the men’s miseries without obscuring the odd pains and failures sustaining it all.?

The movie is unexpectedly broad and stylish, with self-aware musical interludes and a cast that grows unexpectedly large (including a great turn from the sharp and enthrallingly unpredictable Gayle Rankin, who plays Marissa, the second fiancé). The script pivots on big events, family affairs like holidays, and leaps forward through this friendship by focusing on the things that might force them into a room together. It’s all pretty conspicuous — the style most of all. Starting with the very first scene of that uphill climb in France, Covino largely tells this story through long, single takes in which the camera at times seems to have a mind of its own, wending through every scene in long streams of displeasure, betrayal, and discontent.?

It’s showy, sure, and effortful at times, but there’s opportune comedy here, and the filmmakers know it. These men are lost, but the camera isn’t. Those long takes make you feel trapped: slowed-down and hindered by scenes which, for their abundance of neuroses and emotional sleights, you’ll want to escape. Well, you can’t. The best scenes here (the opening number; a pair of holiday scenes at the center) are lessons in making an audience wait for the other shoe to drop. Rarely have I so badly craved a punchline, a cut, a flash-forward — anything. Instead, you get something closer to an overwhelming pile-on, a growing heap of bad decisions and letdown that make you want to scream at the screen, horror movie-style.

They’re the movie’s focus, on one hand. And yet they somehow feel cosmically unimportant. Tractors and a union dispute disrupt their funeral. One man saves the other’s life, and it still doesn’t save the friendship. The movie sometimes feels a little caught up in its own virtuosity. But the actors, Covino and Marvin — a sentient grenade and spineless but loving worm, respectively — keep it lively and make it meaningful. If the movie succeeds in surpassing the exercise it easily could have been, it’s because of them.

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See Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Lamb of God’s Mark Morton Cover Black Crowes’ ‘Angels’ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:04:18 +0000 Kory Grow

Two of the hard-rock and metal’s loudest musicians, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale and Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton, have joined forces for what may be the gentlest song they’ve ever recorded, an acoustic cover of the Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels.” The pair previously cut a version of the song for Morton’s solo EP, Ether, which came out over the summer, but they decided to reprise it for Hale’s Raise Your Horns YouTube show.

Hale’s husky voice suits the song well, and when she belts out, “She talks to angels, says they all know her name,” toward the end, she sounds transcendent. Meanwhile, Morton masters all of the little filigrees of the original guitar part, flitting in and out between her verses. At the end, she raises her horns with pride.

The Halestorm frontwoman has been busy in recent months. She covered Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” with her band and the group recruited Evanescence’s Amy Lee for a reworking of the Halestorm song “Break In.” Both songs appeared on the group’s Reimagined EP.

And Morton has been equally productive. In addition to issuing Ether, he and the rest of Lamb of God put out a new, self-titled album. Since they were unable to tour in support of the record, the band recorded socially distanced live renditions of two songs from that record, “Checkmate” and “New Colossal Hate,” as well as their Ashes of the Wake favorite “Laid to Rest” to mark its release.

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Illegal Marijuana Farms on Navajo Land Raided by Authorities Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:32:55 +0000 Ed Williams and Don J. Usner

This story and photo gallery was originally published by Searchlight New Mexico and is published here as part of an ongoing collaboration with Rolling Stone.

A coalition of 20 federal, state and tribal law enforcement entities descended on a network of Shiprock farms on Monday, capping a months-long investigation into illegal marijuana cultivation and possible labor trafficking on the Navajo Nation.

Throughout the day, teams of law enforcement officers — including agents from the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency — removed marijuana plants by the thousands, loading them onto dump trucks and burying them in large pits.

Law enforcement will not yet comment on the volume, but San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari described the seizure as an amount that will “knock you back in your chair.” Navajo Nation police had previously reported that only five of 36 cannabis farms remained in operation; if true, the enormous piles of plants confiscated this week would be only a fraction of what was growing a few months ago.

The action came on the heels of a September 23rd investigation by Searchlight New Mexico revealing that a network of farms on Navajo land, operating under the guise of hemp cultivation, were covertly growing high-end black-market marijuana. The cannabis farms, overseen by local Navajo Farm Board President Dineh Benally, employed more than 1,000 low-income Chinese immigrant workers and investors from California and New York — many of whom were given fraudulent cannabis cultivation licenses and contracts portraying the farms as legal entities.

Workers included Navajo children as young as 10, the Searchlight investigation revealed. That finding, along with reports of Asian laborers attempting to flee the farms, prompted the U.S. State Department’s human trafficking unit and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich to initiate separate investigations.

After a tribal court issued a temporary restraining order on Sept. 18, Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco told Searchlight his officers had seized “several thousand pounds of marijuana” — but that a handful of farms continued cultivating cannabis in defiance of the order.

The marijuana farms have created simmering tensions throughout the community of Shiprock. Incensed at the destruction of farmland traditionally used to grow corn, a staple food crop that is integral to Navajo ceremonies, corn farmers and other residents have begun carrying weapons. Protesters have marched on more than a dozen occasions, demanding that law enforcement shut down the cannabis farms and, on at least one occasion, setting fire to several greenhouses.

During the police raid yesterday, jubilant neighbors brought pizza to Navajo officers who assisted in the operations.

In a press release, the FBI said agents had “executed federal search warrants in the area of Shiprock, N.M., on the Navajo Nation,” but declined to give further details. Frank Fisher, spokesman for the FBI’s Albuquerque office, told Searchlight he could not yet comment on whether arrest warrants would be issued for Dineh Benally or other organizers of the marijuana farms.

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See Alice Cooper Break Down His 10 Favorite Albums of All Time Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:30:45 +0000 Natalli Amato

Alice Cooper was one of the hundreds of artists, writers, and industry insiders who cast a vote that helped shape Rolling Stone’s all-new 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. The shock-rocker recently called in to discuss the top 10 picks on his ballot, which ranged from classics like Pet Sounds and?Meet the Beatles?to lesser-known LPs, like his number-one choice, East-West?by the Butterfield Blues Band.

“It’s one of those albums that nobody knows about. Musicians know about it,” Cooper says of the 1966 blues-rock album, which features lead guitar from Elvin Bishop and Bob Dylan sideman Michael Bloomfield.

“The thing that really topped it off, I think, after I had worn the album out maybe five or six times — and I still have it in my 1968 Mustang — is I talked to Elvin Bishop, and he mentioned that most of those tracks were done live in the studio, one or two takes maybe, which made it even more astounding,” Cooper adds. “Because there’s not a mistake, there’s nothing. The feel is magnificent on every song.”

Cooper discusses East-West and his other picks in the above video. At one point, he speaks to the difficulty of selecting just one Beatles record for his top 10.? “I picked Meet the Beatles?only because it was the first one that totally knocked me out, because I’d never heard anything like that before. We were listening to the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons, and all of a sudden here’s this band coming along with all this hair and Beatle boots and these suits, and they were singing these songs that you could hear them one time and you knew them.”

For Cooper, it was the simplicity of the Beatles’ songwriting that set them apart, and still does to this day. “I’ve always said this, and people might disagree with me, but it’s easier to write something like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ than it is to write something like ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,'” he says, adding, “I’m still pretty sure they’re aliens. I don’t think they’re from this planet.”

Laura Nyro’s Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, the Yardbirds’ Having a Rave Up, and Love’s?Da Capo are some of the other albums that ranked highly on Cooper’s list. To see how his top 10 compares with Rolling Stone‘s, check out the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Uprooted Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:29:03 +0000 Don J. Usner 0 1089533 Paris Jackson Displays Her Own Pleasant Musical Voice on ‘Wilted’ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:13:37 +0000 Keith Harris

Paris Jackson spent the first half of her life hidden from public view. Until she was 11, her father, Michael, sheltered Jackson and her brothers, covering their faces with masks in public. After his sudden death, the superstar’s children were thrust suddenly into public life, even appearing on TV in an interview with Oprah in 2010. Let’s just say that at 22, Jackson has been through a lot.?

Despite this tumultuous upbringing, Jackson sounds remarkably even-tempered on her solo debut. Though the mood on Wilted is far from sunny, there’s little full-on tragedy or despair here. Instead, a cozily wistful melancholy prevails.

Strikingly, Michael’s presence isn’t felt here at all. You won’t hear any traces of her father’s falsetto glide or dynamic yelps in Jackson’s pleasant, if not especially expressive, often tinged with the sort of Gaelic burr you’d pick up from singing along to Cranberries records. Had she released the album under a different name or as part of a group (as she did with the Soundflowers, her country duo, which put out an EP earlier this year) you might not have thought about him at all.?

And rather than attempting dance-pop or R&B, Jackson worked with Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, who create a sound not strikingly different than that of their Atlanta indie-rock group. Hull, who co-wrote most of the songs, is also responsible for the expansive and echoey production, dominated by electric guitars that chime then reverberate into infinity.

As a lyricist, however, Jackson struggles, either settling for commonplace turns of phrase like “Leave my body or take my soul” or overreaching to “Cut my eyelids/So i can’t see you float out the door/Burn my tongue out/Cause i don’t want to taste you no more” or “My heart ain’t something you can amputate.”?

But very little of that will distract you from Jackson’s well-crafted indie-pop, dreamy stuff that the algorithm might slide into a recommended playlist if you’d been listening to Clairo and maybe Coldplay, and yes, most certainly Manchester Orchestra. Later that day you might happily recall a few of the melodies. But you might forget where you heard them.

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The Star of ‘Big Mouth’ Season 4 Is Anxiety Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:03:50 +0000 Angie Martoccio

The Big Mouth gang have one anxious summer in Season 4, out December 4th on Netflix.

The trailer features the crew going to summer camp, as Connie the Hormone Monstress (Maya Rudolph) exclaims, “Welcome back, bitches!” John Oliver voices the camp counselor, Harry, while Maria Bamford stars as the anxiety-ridden insect Tito the Mosquito. She bites Nick Birch (voiced by co-creator Nick Kroll) and immediately apologizes.

This season will mark the emergence of Ayo Edebiri as Missy, who replaced Jenny Slate. Slate publicly apologized for voicing a black character on the show last summer.

“I was definitely a very uncomfortable child, so I think the show speaks to that and a lot of those feelings, which still resonate with me as an adult,” Edebiri recently told Variety. “I’m back home in my childhood bedroom right now and on my bookshelf in between A Series of Unfortunate Events is Bill Clinton’s autobiography and Nelson Mandela’s autobiography and a translation of The Iliad in Latin. I was a true dork. So I don’t think I have to go too far to connect with Missy.”

Guest stars for this season include Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Josie Totah, Lena Waithe, Quinta Brunson, Sterling K. Brown, Paul Giamatti, Maya Erskine, and Anna Konkle.

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Mariah Carey Unearths Never-Released ‘Underneath the Stars’ Video Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:00:12 +0000 Daniel Kreps

Mariah Carey has unearthed her long-lost and never-released video for “Underneath the Stars,” from her 1995 album Daydream, as the latest installment of the singer’s yearlong #MC30 celebration.

“The long lost video for ‘Underneath the Stars’ is finally here,” Carey tweeted. “It’s one of my favorite songs from the Daydream album and somehow never got released.”

The video was filmed during Carey’s Daydream trek around the release of the album, with plenty of audience and behind-the-scenes touring footage along with shots of Carey singing the track.

In 2012, Carey revealed that a video was made for “Underneath the Stars,” but even she wondered what happened to it. “Little-known fact, I actually shot a video 4 ‘Underneath the Stars’ in France & England that never got released & I don’t know where it is!” she tweeted at the time.

In celebration of #MC30 — the 30th anniversary of her debut album and the start of her career — Carey previously dug through her vaults to compile The Rarities, published a memoir, and also revealed she secretly collaborated on an alternative rock album by a band called Chick.

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