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Pussy Riot mocks corruption, Rihanna covers Tame Impala, new Moderat and more in this week's musical round-up

Pussy Riot: CHAIKA If you don’t know who Yuri Chaika is, Pussy Riot’s song “CHAIKA” can help fill in the blanks. The punk-rock protest collective, whose performances have gotten a few members jailed, bravely ridicules the Russian General Prosecutor through music video and spoken word (entirely in Russian). Just last December, Chaika was the subject of an investigative article, in the form of a film, …

Rihanna: Same Ol’ Mistakes

For those who don’t have a TIDAL subscription, Rihanna’s album ANTI is now available on Spotify. Whether you’re tearing down the highway to “Desperado” or grooving to the nostalgic, soulful “Love on the Brain” the tracks are delightfully diverse. It’s her rendition of Tame Impala’s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” (from their most recent album Currents) that sticks immediately, despite the similarity in accompaniment. With …

Rihanna’s Met Gala Dress = Lesson in Cultural Appropration

Last night the world’s most famous people descended upon NYC for the 2015 Met Gala, which Rihanna took by storm in a show-stopping yellow dress. Though its already made rounds on social media spoofed as a pizza and omelet, her stunning ensemble reveals a very important lesson about cultural appropriation. The theme for this year’s gala honored the new exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” …