The Lower East Side Is Ready for Its Close Up

From a rapper’s grandiose penthouse delight to the sleaziest dive bars spinning vinyl, PAPER is giving you a first-hand look into the Big Apple’s most hype-worthy music experiences in Seriously, What Are You Doing? — straight from the music editor’s mouth. Are you or someone you love feeling restless in the city that never sleeps?…

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Anderson .Paak Is a Renaissance Man

Anderson .Paak can’t just be one person. The rapper, singer and all-around Renaissance man finds the most joy in dipping into different personas. “I’m really a person that doesn’t like to get too comfortable doing one thing,” he tells PAPER. The California musician has just released his new album, Why Lawd?, as Knxworries, a music…

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Tinashe on How To Stay ‘Nasty’ This Summer

Have you or someone you love been a nasty girl this summer? Looking for someone to match your freak? Well, so has Tinashe, the singer behind the viral “Nasty” hit track and our summer muse. Speaking of inspiration, Urban Outfitters recently tapped the star for the Shift Happens Back-to-school campaign, and PAPER was there Wednesday…

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Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Now

It’s impossible to be across all the new music out each Friday. Luckily, PAPER is here to help you out: each week, we round up 10 of our favorite new songs from artists — emerging and established — to soundtrack your life. From the surreal to the sublime, these songs cover every corner of the…

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Matt Weinberger’s NYC Nightlife Survival Guide

It seems like photographer Matt Weinberger is everywhere these days, and that’s because he actually is. If you’ve gone out in New York City over the last few years, you’ve probably seen him blitzing around the venue with his cameras, firing off quick shots of audiences and talent alike. Weinberger’s latest solo show, NEW YORK…

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The Beaches Get Complicated

A few things I’d like to say about The Beaches: First, their song “Blame Brett,” a fun pop-punk alt-rock ditty about giving up on dating rock stars, is so infectious that it plays in the background of my mind constantly. Two, I once met them at Lollapalooza, Chicago for an interview and they were every…

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Luke Gilford’s ‘National Anthem’ Avoids Queer Archetypes

Director Luke Gilford calls his new film National Anthem “a Western for the New World.” It’s a love story, one that unfolds without over-explaining itself; a heartfelt rendition of rural America that portrays family as something you find and choose over and over again. The film paints a picture of what the human experience can…

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Adventures at LadyLand With River Moon and LSDXOXO

River Moon and LSDXOXO are NYC staples. Wait, are they? When I referred to River Moon as a “NYC it-girl” last week in PAPER’s LadyLand write-up, it inspired a jubilant response on X. “Omg paper magazine called me an NYC it-girl!” River wrote. “I haven’t lived in this city in 5 years. Period!!!!!!!!!!!!” Okay, so…

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Ariana Madix’s ‘Love Island’ Ascension

Ariana Madix did the impossible. Can anyone else? For all the riches and notoriety reality TV’s hottest network has to offer its desperate supplicants, the price for Bravo fame is the soul. Some of the network’s greatest stars have gladly bought into this weighty bargain, marrying themselves to the great cultural machine with ease. Like…

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I’m A Celeb winner reveals famous ‘Baby Reindeer’ fan bought toast with his face on for £500

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