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The 25 Greatest Movie Bands of All Time

On October 5th, 1991, the Dublin-based soul band known as the Commitments hit their peak position on the Billboard 200 when they cracked the top 10 to secure the number eight spot on the music chart, wedged between Ozzy Osbourne and Bonnie Raitt. The biggest difference between those two legendary artists and the Irish newcomers? The Commitments were a work of pure fiction — at least, they were originally.

Originally created by writer Roddy Doyle for his 1987 novel of the same name, director Alan Parker brought The Commitments to life on August 14th, 1991 — with a cast of (mostly) musicians who had the acting chops to carry a movie. But those R&B road dogs are hardly alone: From Pitch Perfect‘s a capella champions to the punk Irish preteens of Sing Street, the movies are full of amazingly talented musical artists and groups who we only wish existed in real life.

Rolling Stone counted down the 25 most amazing “movie bands” — those fake metalheads, glam divas, bluegrass crooners and underage rock superstars that have graced the screen, and a few cases, the actual stage. 

Some of them ended up touring (big up Jake and Elwood Blues!); others played their final note the minute they heard “That’s a wrap.” But all of them go to 11. 

Check out the list HERE.

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18 Epic Sandwiches In Los Angeles

Sandwiches are quite possibly the world’s most perfect, self-contained food, and Los Angeles boasts more than a handful of greats. From the French dip at Philippe the Original to the Godmother at Bay Cities and the #19 at Langer’s, there’s no shortage of sandwich excellence in and around the Southland.

Pictured above is the delicious #19 at Langer’s Delicatessen. An easy choice for the most popular pastrami sandwich at this historic deli in Westlake, just west of Downtown. This near-perfect Jewish deli sandwich features house-baked rye bread, Russian dressing, cheese, coleslaw, and freshly sliced slivers of the most achingly perfect smoked pastrami on earth.

HERE are 18 epic sandwiches to try in Los Angeles. How many have you tried? What’s next on your list?

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Stephen King Shares His Essential Horror Films 

Earlier this month, Stephen King tweeted:

“God, how I wish I could go to a movie tonight. Popcorn, Junior Mints, big old soda, sitting in the third row and watching some action flick or goofball comedy. I’d love that.”

We couldn’t agree more. Until then, the author shared with us his top five horror movies to watch at home. Cancel the plans you don’t have for this weekend and get your popcorn ready. Lock the doors if you must. But remember, they’re just movies…

The Exorcist (1973)

“Scary from the start, when—in the prologue—the clock suddenly stops. It’s very claustrophobic for a studio movie, and every time we go back to that bedroom with Regan, we dread even more what we’re going to see. But for me, it’s the grisly grace notes that make the film. Who can forget, ‘Couldja help an old altar boy, fadder?’”

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

“Kudos to Tom Savini, who dreamed up the special effects, with no CGI. And again, there’s the constant claustrophobia of the diminishing band of survivors being trapped in a shopping mall.”

Alien (1979)

“I loved the working-class ethic of the guys on the ship (Ripley included), and all the swinging chains. But of course, with that one, it’s all about the ‘chest-bursting’ scene. At that time, no one had ever seen anything like that.”

The Brood (1979)

“David Cronenberg’s first great film, with Samantha Eggar (‘BAD mummies! FUCKED-UP mummies!’) and Oliver Reed (who looks on the verge of exploding) playing parents from hell…only hell turns out to be the children.”

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

“Blair Witch” scared the living daylights out of me, I think because it was so unpolished. And nothing tops the final shot.

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The Best Music Channels On YouTube You Should Subscribe To In 2020

In 2020, 8 out of 10 18 to 49-year-olds will watch YouTube in an average month. According to Google, by 2025 half of viewers under the age of 32 will no longer subscribe to a pay TV service. Now more than ever, YouTube is the go-to destination for video content for both millennials and those older. One burgeoning corner of the YouTube space is in music channels. Some channels create interesting music reviews, whilst others delve into the technical details of music-making. Some even focus on playing classic songs from a single genre of music.

Below are some of the absolute best music channels on YouTube that you need to be following in 2020.

The Needle Drop

Anthony Fantano has been the self-confessed internet’s biggest music nerd for years now. Despite his lengthy innings, the music reviewer shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Anthony always reviews recent music releases in pop, hip-hop, experimental, techno and other genres. He rates every album out of 10, but it’s his in-depth opinions across his reviews that keep his subscribers coming back. In 2020 this has been no different, and if you don’t yet follow Fantano on YouTube its as good a time as any to start doing so.

Amoeba

Amoeba is one of the most famous independent music stores in America. But for those who can’t make it there any time soon, you’re in luck! Amoeba runs a YouTube channel where they invite music celebrities into their store to buy anything they like. They are then interviewed in a “What’s in Your Bag” style, explaining why they chose the music they did. Amoeba’s channel is an excellent way to get new music recommendations from people working in the industry. They have a diverse set of celebrities who they’ve interview also, from Slick Rick to Le Butcherettes. This means there’s likely something for everyone’s tastes on their channel.

Mr Suicide Sheep

If you’re in the mood for electronic music, the MrSuicideSheep channel has something for you. With over 12 million subscribers, it’s one of the most popular YouTube channels for an independent label. And with good reason. In addition to their music videos, they manage a 24/7 stream of chill-out music. The channel has been going for 10 years and yet somehow manages to be the best its ever been. If you’re in the mood to chill out and listen to some hard to find electronic music, we can’t recommend them enough.

Polyphonic

Polyphonic produces video essays on music through their YouTube channel. If you’re interested in the video essay format, there are few better music-related channels on YouTube in 2020. Some of their recent output includes in-depth looks at how artists like Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar shaped the 2010s. They also take the time to analyze specific songs like Feel Good Inc and White Rabbit. For anyone who wants to delve just a little deeper into the world of music, Polyphonic’s essays are both engaging and informative. They also update their channel regularly, with new videos usually uploaded every 2nd Thursday.

Deep Cuts

Oliver’s YouTube channel is dedicated to music, for music lovers. His channel is dedicated to giving reviews and recommendations on new music for those hoping to expand their horizons. A popular Deep Cuts video recently was their piece on “How to find new music”. The channel also looks to recommend artists from specific genres, such as AFROBEAT or MATHCORE. Though they aren’t as regular YouTube producers as some others on this list, Deep Cuts is well worth a follow for when they do post new videos.

Vox

Vox isn’t specifically a music channel as they create content in a variety of other mediums. But their music content is so good that they have to be included on this list. They create video-essay style videos similar to Polyphonic, but on more out-there topics. For example, they analyzed how a single chord is used to create ambiance in Christmas songs. They also looked at the origins of the infamous “Parental Advisory” sticker and how it was rooted in heavy metal music. Its a shame they are not solely dedicated to music videos, but when a new Earworm Vox video comes out you know that its a must-watch. Another channel that isn’t just concerned with music essays but does create interesting ones occasionally is Nerdwriter1. For their slightly longer videos, we recommend figuring out how to download YouTube videos on Mac. Then you can watch them at any time, even without the internet.

Resident Advisory

Resident Advisory is an online music magazine and platform that recently created its own YouTube channel. They are the experts in electronic music with their channel being no exception. They create a “Real Scenes” series which targets specific locations across the world and reports on the music scene there.  For a taste of their more analytical videos, you should seek out their video on Burial’s Untrue album. For anyone interested in DJing and electronic music, RA is a vital creator in the medium right now.

Chilled Cow

Similar to MrSuicideSheep (YouTube music channels love animals), Chilled Cow is a YouTube music station dedicated to discovering and sharing new music. They specialize in sharing chilled out tunes that you can either relax or study to. They have managed their “lo-fi hip hop radio” live stream for years. It’s now one of the most popular live stream YouTube music videos on the platform, and rightfully so. If you need to play music that can help you to concentrate, particularly students revising for exams, this stream is perfect. In 2020, Chilled Cow shows no signs of slowing down and is still the ideal channel for chilled out music on YouTube.

The Are So Many More…

The above are just some of the best music channels on YouTube. There are more music channels on YouTube now than ever before as the platform continues to expand. This includes many others we’ve been unable to fit onto this list like Dead End Hip-hop, Adam Neely and Sideways.  The YouTube space continues to change at a rapid rate, so there will likely be even more channels launching later in the year.

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What Are The 50 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time?

It’s odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space — one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the “final frontier” — was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Rodenberry’s notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last 30 or so years, it seems crazy to think that one of the most groundbreaking SF series was a network pariah and a ratings dud. Today, there’s an entire cable network devoted to this kind of programming. You can’t turn on your TV/Roku/cut-cord viewing device without bumping into spaceships, alien invasion and wonky sci-fi food-for-thought.

Science fiction has been around in one form or another since the early-ish days of television, both here and abroad, and its legacy now looms larger than ever. 

So what better time to count down the 50 best sci-fi TV shows of all time? From anime classics to outer-space soap operas, spooky British anthology shows to worst-case-scenario postapocalyptic dramas, primetime pop hits to obscure but beloved cult classics, HERE are Rolling Stone’s choices for the best the television genre has to offer — submitted, for your approval.

My personal favorites include: The Six-Million Dollar Man, Lost, Stranger Things, Watchmen, Westworld, The Mandalorian, The Twilight Zone, and Star Trek.

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TIME Reveals 100 Women of The Year: The Leaders, Innovators, Activists, Entertainers, Athletes And Artists Who Defined A Century

Inspired by TIME’s annual Person of the Year, which started in 1927 as “Man of the Year” and became “Person of the Year” in 1999, and timed to International Women’s Day and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., this historic TIME project recognizes the most influential women of each year from 1920-2019.

TIME executive editor and editorial director of 100 Women of the Year Kelly Conniff writes: “For me, seeing women on the cover of a magazine created by men for ‘busy men,’ as TIME’s founders wrote in their original prospectus, is always powerful. I joined TIME in 2012, when over the course of a year just a handful of women were featured on the cover. In 2019, TIME featured more solo women on its cover than men for the first time in our 97-year history. The world has changed and TIME has too, but there have always been women worthy of TIME’s cover.”

Go behind the scenes of this important issue HERE.

Conceived with award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el, the 100 Women of the Year were selected by TIME editors, in collaboration with Har’el, and a committee of influential women across different fields, including Katie Couric, Soledad O’Brien, Lena Waithe, MJ Rodriguez, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Nguyen, Zazie Beetz, and former editor in chief of TIME Nancy Gibbs.

“Each generation inherits a history, focused through the lens of those who came before it—but time tends to reveal a greater depth of field. We need to reclaim our narrative and salute the women who changed our world but were not given the place in history they deserved.  I’m honored and thankful to TIME for opening their Person of the Year process for the first time ever and making Women of the Year a reality,” said Har’el.  

For the first time in its history, TIME releases 100 TIME covers for a single project. Each of the 100 Women of the Year is recognized with a TIME cover that is visually emblematic of the period its subject represents. In all, TIME commissioned 49 original artists’ portraits, including work by Koyin Ojih Odutola, Mickalene Thomas, Shana Wilson, Bisa Butler, Yulia Brodskaya, Amaya Gurpide, Jennifer Dionisio, Mercedes deBellard, Lavett Ballard and more.

See all of the covers HERE.

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The TIME 100 Next List

With the current issue of TIME, the magazine has launched the TIME 100 Next, a new list—part of an ongoing expansion of our flagship TIME 100 franchise—that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more. Although this focus lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally had no age cap—a recognition that ascents can begin at any age. The youngest person on this list, for example, is 14-year-old figure-skating phenom Alysa Liu, who recently became the first U.S. woman to land a quadruple Lutz in competition. The oldest is Ayman Odeh, a politician who, at 44, has emerged as a potential kingmaker in Israeli politics

Check out the list HERE.

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TIME’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places

How does one measure the greatness of a place—in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary.

To compile TIME’s second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, the magazine solicited nominations across a variety of categories—including museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as industry experts. Then they evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence.

The result: 100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life.

California made the list with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, AutoCamp in Yosemite, Arts District Firehouse Hotel in Los Angeles, and Nyum Bai restaurant in Oakland.

To see the full list, click HERE.

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What Is The Best Sandwich in Every U.S. State?

From the humble grilled cheese to slow-cooked pulled pork, there’s something for everyone at sandwich establishments across the nation.

Preferences vary widely from state to state: Some can be held in your hands, much like the original; other’s require a fork and knife to dig into. For purists, a sandwich is anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs notwithstanding), and every one of the 50 states has something exciting in that regard to offer.

To create this list, Far & Wide did a deep dive into the culinary history and local specialties of each and every state in order to identify its emblematic sandwich. Once they zeroed in on the dish that best represented the local cuisine, they delved into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to find the restaurants, sandwich shops and food carts that locals claimed were making the very best examples of what their state had to offer. 

I’m going to go off the list and give a shout out to Portland, Maine where I grew up and their iconic Italian sandwich. For those unfamiliar, a Maine Italian sub is prepared using a long soft Italian bread, ham, American cheese, tomato, onion, sour pickle, green bell pepper, black olives, olive oil, salt and black pepper. I know that everyone loves Amato’s for this New England treat but I prefer Dipietro’s Market in South Portland. If Sam is working say hello from me and feel free to ship me a sub, I sure miss them!

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite sandwich made the cut?

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The Top Five Buzz-Worthy Subscription Boxes To Check Out In 2019

When subscription boxes first came onto the scene, plenty of people were skeptical as to whether or not they’d be embraced and truly sought after. Fast-forward to today and they are enjoying huge amounts of growth and popularity in the mainstream. Today, you can find a subscription box for just about any theme and item, in a variety of price points, and delivered at different frequencies throughout the year. You can even choose to purchases boxes on a month-by-month basis or sign up for a specified amount of boxes

If you’re looking to give subscription boxes a try, here are five buzz-worthy ones to check out in 2019.

PLAY! By Sephora

The PLAY! By Sephora monthly subscription service is for all the beauty junkies out there who love to try new products and re-discover classics. The “box”, which actually comes in a cute little bag, features five trial-sized samples each month. They include makeup, hair-care, and skincare from some of the top brands out there. The box is priced at $10/month and promises to feature at least $65 worth of product.

Candle of the Month

If you’re more into lifestyle and products for the home, the Candle of the Month from Frostbeard Studio is a unique candle subscription box that will deliver new goodies to your door on a regular basis. You can opt for the month-to-month purchase or the three-month, six-month, or one year pre-paid box for savings. The candles are made in-house and feature some of the most beautiful and enjoyable scents.

Blue Apron

Foodies can’t seem to get enough of the Blue Apron subscription service that gives you a chance to cook like a true chef. All you do is choose your meals, set up the subscription, and prepare for it to be delivered. Boxes include all the ingredients you need, including fresh ingredients (the box is insulated), and a step-by-step instruction card to follow. Pricing varies depending on how many recipes per week you want, how many servings, and the types of meals.

Rocksbox

If you like to show off new bling on your body, then the Rocksbox is perfect. This is a jewelry subscription service that uses a stylist to hand-select items for you. You can hang on to the items as long as you want to wear them. When it’s time to give them back, you have the option of purchasing them instead. You can try up to three pieces at a time for $21/month, you can cancel anytime, and shipping is free.

FabFitFun

Billed as a lifestyle subscription box, customers love that you get a real variety in the FabFitFun quarterly box. Boxes include a variety of wellness, beauty, fashion, and fitness products. The box is priced at $49.99 and features $200+ worth of value.

Don’t Stop at Just One

Because you can find such a variety of items in these boxes and an array of price points, why stop at just one subscription service?

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