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Poyz and Pirlz Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook

Parisian brand Poyz and Pirlz have released their Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook, shot by Guillaume Landry at Les Jardins d’Eole. The first delivery of the season follows a clean and casual direction, underscored by a selection of crewneck sweaters, hoodies, T-shirts, snapback hats and a coach jacket, each of which stick to a muted color palette of navy and white. Pops of color exist as typography on T-shirts, with hits of grey appearing intermittently on colorblocked sweaters. As is routine with Poyz and Pirlz, no more than 100 editions are available in each style.

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The Game Wants to End the Lil Wayne and Young Thug Beef

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Well this is interesting.

A day after Rich Gang Affiliate and The Game’s cousin Jojo Capone squashed the beef between the West Coast native and Young Thug both artist took to Instagram to apologize to each other. With the beef done, Thug posted a video on Instagram apologizing to Game and everything is good. However, Thugger still takes a shot at Lil Wayne in the video, saying Tunchi should stand up for himself (see below)

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Soon after The Game posted on Instagram that he seen Young Thug’s video and said that the next step is to squash the beef between Thug and Weezy then after Birdman and Wayne should squash the book.

The Slits Documentary Turns to Kickstarter to Finish Film

British punks the Slits are finally getting their own documentary, and the filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter to raise $30,000 to finalize deals on archival footage, music and photos.

Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits has been in production for the past two years with Jennifer Shagawat (Starcleaner Records, Shellshag) and William E. Badgley (Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film About a Band Called Karp) at the helm. Pledge incentives include everything from specially designed button sets and tote bags to the promotion of independent labels and businesses on film merchandise and in the film’s end credits. According to the Kickstarter page, the film is shot and in its final stages.

The trailer previews a number of interviews with the group’s original members, close friends and punk peers such as Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. “You really felt like anything could explode,” drummer Palmolive says in the clip. “And sometimes it did.” Peers, associates and friends offer praise for how revolutionary the band had been, especially with its primarily all-female line-up at the time and throughout the years in a male-heavy punk scene. “They found a way to destroy rock and roll,” Tanju Boerue, manager of late vocalist Ari Up‘s solo career, offers.

Here to Be Heard will be the first film on the group. Last year, guitarist Viv Albertine released her memoir Clothes Clothes Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys Boys, which offered a rare glimpse into the band’s heyday.

According to the trailer, the film will be released this fall.

COMME des GARÇONS PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Collection

American footwear brand Converse today announced their fourth in another highly anticipated collaboration with Japanese fashion purveyors, COMME des GARÇONS. This time around utilizing their PLAY imprint, the two key on a silhouette that has often been the centerpiece of their creative outfit, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. Tracking back to the silhouettes 1970’s heritage, […]

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Nike Roshe Run Woven “Bamboo” Available Now

While the Nike Roshe Run in variations like the “Hot Lava” are ideal for the scorching summer months ahead, other options work well in summer, too, but maybe have even more viability in fall. The Nike Roshe Run Woven “Bamboo” is undoubtedly that transitional shoe. With a uniquely styled woven toe and perforated Swoosh branding at […]

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Dior Chiffre Rouge C05 Automatic GMT

In the world of watches, luxury fashion house Dior have a knack for crafting technically sound timepieces suitable for the fashion-conscious consumer. The Chiffre Rouge C05 Automatic GMT combines both the traditional and modern with Dior’s unique details which have become signature to many of their watch designs. This limited edition piece dons a 38mm case, Zenith caliber Elite 682 movement, a black sapphire case back and a perforated calfskin leather watch strap.

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Joe Ely Named Texas State Musician

As he once suggested in one of his songs, Joe Ely and Billy the Kid never got along, but the same can certainly not be said for Ely and his home in the Lone Star State. On May 7th, in proceedings held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Ely was formally appointed the Official Texas State Musician for 2016, recognized for his outstanding commitment to the arts in his home state.  

“I’m humbled to be recognized in this manner by the state of my birth,” Ely said in a statement. “As a songwriter, I’ve always felt extremely fortunate to have grown up in such an inspirational place with its rich, compelling history. [Texas] is filled with some of the most fascinating characters in the world.”

Born in Amarillo, raised in Lubbock and currently living on his ranch just outside of Austin, Ely formed the Flatlanders with Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore in 1970 and released his solo debut LP in 1977. Since that time he has collaborated with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash (he sings backup on the group’s 1982 hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go”), and has earned a Grammy, a CMA award and the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. Ely’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers, who cut his “I Had My Hopes Up High” for their Hold My Beer: Vol.1 LP, released last month.

Candidates for Texas State Musician are nominated by the general public, after which a committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, makes the final selections. One of the people who submitted a nomination for Ely was fellow songwriting icon and former honoree himself, Billy Joe Shaver.

“I couldn’t be happier for Joe,” said Shaver, who received the title in 2006. “He’s always been one of my heroes and one of the great ones. . .plus, he plays his ass off!”

Other Texans who have received recognition include Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Dale Watson and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

Drake Says The “Wu-Tang Forever” Remix Was Never Finished

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Following the release of Drake’s album Nothing Was the Same in 2013, rumors of a remix to “Wu-Tang Forever” ran rampant. News leaked that members of the Wu had recorded their verses and images from a video shoot with A$AP Rocky popped up but the song never came to fruition. In October, the Wu came out publicly and said that the song didn’t work out for a litany of reasons and while Drake was in New York City yesterday for his art collaboration with Sotheby’s and a writer from Vulture asked Drizzy about the failed remix.

“Wu-Tang Forever” is an interesting song choice. What happened to the video for the remix from last year?
Oh, man, that’s kind of behind us. That was two projects ago. There was a remix that 40 [Noah Shebib] was working on. He has a really personal relationship with a lot of those guys from Wu-Tang, and me and Rocky were working on a video at one point in Harlem, and it was cool, but with schedules and all that, different things came into play and we never really got to finish, which is not something I recommend. You should always try and finish your music video.

The art collaboration, called “I Like It Like This,” features a 50 pieces from contemporary artists like Basquiat, Glenn Ligon, Theaster Gates, Kara walker and David Hammons placed alongside music selected by Drake. The rapper spoke about the collab with Vulture:

How did this collaboration come together?
My management team, who are also my best friends, hit me with the opportunity. Whenever I’m traveling abroad, one of my managers is really into art, so we talk art a lot and we go to Sotheby’s or Peter Harrington or wherever and try and see what we can when we’re traveling. My manager told me that there a was an opportunity for me to be able to curate the music to go with some extremely incredible pieces of work. From there we took it on, and I’m just blown away to see these pieces in person. I’ve been staring at them, obviously on paper, for a month. It’s so incredible to see it in person and be able to put the headphones on and realize, like, you know, okay, yeah, this really works.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brantley Gilbert Set for ‘CMT Crossroads’

In 2004, Lynyrd Skynyrd made their first appearance on CMT Crossroads, the cable network’s long-running and reliably entertaining live-performance series that pairs up country, rock and R&B artists to perform each other’s hits. Joined by country duo Montgomery Gentry, the Southern rock stalwarts delivered all the staples: “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Call Me the Breeze” and, that oft-requested power ballad, “Free Bird.” (Watch the performance of “Sweet Home Alabama” below.)

More than a decade later, a lot has changed for Skynyrd, including most notably the death of the man behind the famous “Free Bird” intro, keyboardist Billy Powell. But the band continues to soldier on. Next month, they’ll return for a Crossroads encore, this time with Brantley Gilbert as their onstage partner. With muscular fare like “Bottoms Up,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “Kick It in the Sticks,” Gilbert is more rock, even metal, leaning than Skynyrd, but he’s no stranger to collaborations. His last hit was the Justin Moore-Thomas Rhett duet “Small Town Throwdown.”

He also shares an affinity for firepower with Skynyrd, who in 2009 released the album God & Guns — its title track included the lyrics “We might as well give up and run/if we let them take our God and guns.” Recently, Gilbert took to Instagram to show off his enormous new back tattoo: a pair of handguns framed by text from the Second Amendment.

Taping in Franklin, Tennessee, on June 5th, the Skynyrd-Gilbert Crossroads episode is slated to air Saturday, June 27th at 10 p.m./ET. Having already doled out their biggest hits during their Montgomery Gentry mash-up, it remains to be seen if Skynyrd will recreate “Free Bird” or “Sweet Home Alabama” with Gilbert, a Georgia native. Considering the Johnny Van Zant-led group will be performing those same golden oldies on a summer and fall tour — including an October 2nd date at Nashville’s new amphitheater billed as “Lynyrd Skynyrd With Special Guests” — the likely answer is “hell, yeah.”

Gilbert, meanwhile, is hitting the road with Kenny Chesney on his summer tour of stadiums and arenas. Tomorrow night, they’ll play Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.