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- The 18-game demo disc that comes with every headset.
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Vice President Joe Biden is clearly disgusted by Donald Trump's statements at Monday night's presidential debate regarding taxes.
During the debate, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, wondered aloud what Trump could be hiding by not submitting his tax returns. When she suggested that maybe he didn't pay taxes, the GOP nominee interjected by saying, "That makes me smart." US taxes, of course, are integral to keeping the government, service agencies, and federal benefits running.
"Does he play us for suckers?" Biden said during an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday.
"Think about it," Biden continued. "Can you think of any president you've studied, read about, or knew who would say anything like that? Name me one president who would do that. It angers me, quite frankly."
Biden explained his anger by using an example of a family in which the father and mother are both working for $50,000 each, taking care of their kids, and paying 15% of their income in taxes.
"I can't imagine why somebody would say that, like that 'makes me smart,'" Biden said. "My dad had an expression for real. When someone would say, 'Joe, I pay too much in taxes,' he'd say, 'Look, it's a small price to pay to live in this country.' I mean, just pay your fair share for God's sake."
Watch the interview below:
Have you been assuming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" or "Avatar" must be the biggest movie ever?
You'd be surprised. When adjusted for inflation to even the playing field, the top-earning films at the US box office include many old classics, from overall winner "Gone with the Wind" to a couple Steven Spielberg favorites and a Disney animation. Oh, and the original "Star Wars."
Check out the biggest blockbusters at the box office in the chart above, which uses data from Box Office Mojo.
YouTube superstar Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg just announced his next video game development project.
This time around, he'll be teaming up with Armin Ibrisagic, one of the designers behind the wonderfully weird "Goat Simulator," to make multiple games on smartphones and PC.
PewDiePie, who currently has over 48 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, will offer "creative input" on these as-of-yet unspecified projects. But given the irreverent and crude sense of humor of both PewDiePie and "Goat Simulator," the goal is to make goofy, weird games.
"Comedy is huge in entertainment, but it still feels in its infancy in the games industry," said Ibrisagic, according to The Verge. "Felix and I would like to work on changing that."
It might surprise you to learn that this isn't PewDiePie's first foray into the game development world — he previously worked on "Legend of the Brofist," a "Super Mario"-style retro sidescroller featuring YouTube stars, and "Tuber Simulator," a newly released mobile game that puts players in the shoes of a budding YouTuber with PewDiePie as their mentor.
"Ellen DeGeneres said to me, 'You will keep repeating the same mistakes until you actually learn the lesson,' which I think is true," Frankel recently told Business Insider.
DeGeneres also advised her to avoid stressing over what fans and haters think or say.
"Don't get caught up in how much people love you and also don't get sucked down by how much people hate you," Frankel says.
She also shared the worst piece of career advice she ever received — and the important lesson she learned from it.
Frankel says early on, when she first told "a man who was very successful in the liquor business" about the Skinnygirl brand, he essentially told her to give up.
"He said, 'Cut your losses, it's so hard to do well in the liquor business, and there's no such thing.' He told me that it wasn't going to be a success."
Frankel said this taught her to never assume anyone is smarter than you.
"It doesn't mean to rise up and act like you are smarter than them; it just means to do your homework and be able to trust your gut and believe in your passion," she says.
Daniel Radcliffe revealed in a recent interview with Metro UK that he had interest in playing the title role in Marvel's upcoming franchise reboot, "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
"I would've been a good Spider-Man, but the boat has sailed on that," Radcliffe said. "And I'm very happy to watch Tom Holland do it. He's fantastic."
The 27-year-old actor expressed his love for superhero movies and even stated that he'd be down to act in a new franchise — though not one similar in length to his decade-long role in the "Harry Potter" films.
"I'm not sure if I'd sign up for something that was another seven or eight films or ten years," Radcliffe said. "But a shorter franchise, yeah."
Radcliffe was promoting the UK release of his acclaimed new film "Swiss Army Man," in which he plays a magical, talking corpse.
Meanwhile, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is set for release on July 7, 2017.
It is, frankly speaking, adorable.
On the flipside, Sony's releasing a cutting edge virtual reality headset in PlayStation VR for the PlayStation 4. It's a $400 headset that enables high-end virtual reality games and experiences right in your living room, and it's all powered by the PlayStation 4 you already own.
What you might not know about this headset, though, is that it comes with its own miniaturized game console. The "PlayStation VR Processor Unit" acts as a middleman between the headset and the PS4 console itself.
It's also, basically, a miniature PlayStation 4. Just look at this cute little guy:
It's even got a similar design aesthetic, dividing line and all:
The idea is that you take the wires extending off the PlayStation VR headset and plug them into the front of the Processor Unit, which then connects to the PlayStation 4 itself.
Notably, you'll need an extra wall plug for the Processor Unit — here's a look at it from the back:
Not only does the Processor Unit act as a go-between (so the VR headset's wires are running behind your PlayStation 4), but it enables what Sony's calling "social screen" functionality. Silly name aside, the idea is simple: Whatever the VR user is seeing in their headset is replicated on the TV. This can also be used in other ways, where players use the TV in one way while the VR headset user experiences something else.
Here's a look at the entire PlayStation VR package that arrives on October 13 for $400:
There's also a demo disc that comes with the headset, which has 18 different games and experiences to try. Check out a full unboxing of the headset right here:
Like many in the US, filmmaker Craig Atkinson was glued to the news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. But Atkinson was unsettled by what he saw during the manhunt for the bombers.
"I was shocked by the way that the police were approaching the community," Atkinson told Business Insider, recalling SWAT teams searching homes without warrants. "It was like fear had got the best of us."
Atkinson's father was a police officer in Oak Park, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit, for 29 years and became a member of its SWAT team when it was formed in 1989. His memories as a child are filled with playing the hostage as his dad's SWAT team conducted training drills and, when he got to his teens, playing an armed assailant.
With a unique eye to the evolution of SWAT over his life, Atkinson saw in the Boston Marathon bombing a disturbing reality in the militarization of the police in the US.
"It was such a departure from the way that I felt my dad's SWAT team approached the community," he said.
So Atkinson decided to investigate it in his directorial feature debut, "Do Not Resist."
Atkinson teamed with producer Laura Hartrick to make a gripping documentary (which won the best documentary grand jury award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival) that examines how police departments across the US are using government grants to beef up with military equipment to fight terrorism. But for small towns that do not face the same kind of threats as Boston or New York, the equipment is used mostly by SWAT teams to serve search warrants and assist in crowd control.
Starting in 2013, Atkinson traveled the country to investigate the militarization phenomenon. He visited a SWAT competition in Florida; got a ride-along on a new MRAP, a vehicle designed to withstand IEDs, that the police department of Wisconsin's Juneau County (murders in 2014, zero) just received; and sat in on a city-council meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, (murders since 2004: two) for the approval of a BearCat, or ballistic engineered armored response counter attack truck, for its police department.
But the movie changed when 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.
"Before Ferguson, we had 80 hours of footage to educate people," Atkinson said. "That was no longer needed because the Ferguson story showed it."
Atkinson and Hartrick raced to Ferguson and captured incredible footage of the protests that occurred there following Brown's death (Atkinson is best known for his cinematography work on films by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady like "Detropia" and "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You," for which he had an additional cinematographer/camera operator credit). With officers seen in riot gear, some shooting tear gas from atop BearCats, Atkinson believes the movie paints a clearer picture of the Ferguson police department's actions than cable-news coverage did at the time.
"Most news outlets there had to go file stories at 10 or 11 o'clock at night," Atkinson said. "But we had the luxury to just wait it out until the end, and there were a lot of exchanges between the police and the community in those hours when no one was looking that changes the entire dynamic of what was being reported."
Atkinson shows SWAT teams following crowds back into their neighborhoods and deploying tear gas after the city-imposed curfew. Officers can be seen facing off with citizens who are standing on their own front lawns.
But with his general knowledge of SWAT procedure, Atkinson also noticed what seemed like a lack of training by the Ferguson police.
"They would shoot the tear gas towards the crowds but also on the sides of them, so they had nowhere to go but towards the police," Atkinson said.
In the haze of tear gas, Atkinson captured on film one female protester saying to anyone who would listen: "They need to stop giving these boys these toys because they don't know how to handle them."
"Do Not Resist" also explores the future of policing, featuring conversations with people behind aerial surveillance and face recognition, both of which are being used in some US police departments. Then there's the work of Richard Berk, a professor who is developing an algorithm that seems taken out of "Minority Report," as it predicts at a person's birth whether the person will become a criminal.
But the section of the movie that is likely to remain with most viewers long after watching are the words of the top trainer of military law enforcement in the country, Dave Grossman.
Atkinson was allowed to film Grossman's class, which was full of SWAT commanders from across the country, and what is revealed is a chilling presentation in which Grossman tells the men such things as "we are at war and you're the frontline troops in this war" and "the best sex you've had in your life" is when you come back home alive from the job.
"I just wanted to show the American people who their officers are being trained by," Atkinson said, "and I want Dave Grossman to have to explain himself to why this is the most effective way to police our streets in this era. I think we have outgrown that philosophy and we need to evolve it to accommodate what our society is actually asking us. Let's go back to a protect-and-serve model."
Business Insider contacted Grossman, and though he said he had not seen the movie, he had seen the trailer, which he is in, and thought it to be "horrendously irresponsible."
"It's got a quote of me saying, 'We are at war and you're the frontline troops in this war,' but in the context of Ferguson. That was the context they created," Grossman said. "I was talking about this land and 9/11 attacks and what's coming down the road as far as terrorist attacks. In time of war, law enforcement is essentially troops on American soil. I think that there's 9/11-scale attacks coming. What they may do is attack schools, day cares, and school buses, and what I was telling my cops is when that happens there is no elite delta force that's going to show up to save your kids — you're it."
When asked whether he was worried that his teachings might get misconstrued and that SWAT members might bring his thinking to situations like that in Ferguson in 2014 or in Charlotte this month instead of a terrorist act, Grossman said: "I don't teach tactical — I teach the mental side of the game."
Grossman also dislikes the term "militarization of police." He describes things like MRAPs and BearCats as "tools" that the police "are using to stay alive."
"My presentation is always evolving, always talking about the latest science, the latest physiology, the latest case studies," Grossman said. "It is truly the most successful military law-enforcement training. Are all of these police chiefs that come to my training, are they all insane? These [filmmakers] set out to do something horrendously irresponsible. It's part of the whole war-on-cops left-wing mantra, and it is enormously harmful to business."
In a response to the above remarks by Grossman, Atkinson sent an email saying: "The righteous violence that Dave Grossman instructs officers to deploy may be effective when fighting ISIS, but while the police are preparing for the next 9/11 attack, they are engaged in 63 million police-citizen interactions a year. It is irresponsible to think that you can teach the 'mental side of the game' while not considering the broad application in which this mentality is deployed. I think it's important to note that Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who reflexively shot and killed Philando Castile as he reached for his wallet during a routine traffic stop, had previously undergone Grossman's Bulletproof Warrior training."
Atkinson also noted that Sheriff Laurie Smith of California's Santa Clara County canceled a Grossman training session out of concern that the class made officers more likely to use deadly force when it's not necessary.
"Do Not Resist" opens at the New York theater Film Forum on Friday and will be available for streaming later in the year. Here is the complete list of screening locations.
Lady Gaga is officially set to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.
Gaga's performance at the event had been rumored earlier this month, but the singer took to Twitter Friday morning to confirm that she'll be the headlining act.
The 2016 Super Bowl halftime show saw Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars perform a medley of their respective hits. At this point, it appears as though Gaga will have no such accompaniment.
It's likely that her performance will feature material from her upcoming album "Joanne," which is set for release on October 21.
Next year's Super Bowl will take place on February 5 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Chelsea Handler found a hilarious way around Ann Coulter's last-minute interview cancellation by using a "body double" and the conservative pundit's own words on Friday's episode of Netflix's "Chelsea."
"Since I'm always accused on not representing both sides in this election, I went out on a limb and booked one of the most vocal Trump supporters in the country, Ann Coulter," Handler said. "And guess what she did. She called in sick right before the show today. Oh no, I'm sorry, she emailed in sick."
Handler, who takes her job hosting Netflix's first talk show seriously, said she was up at 5 a.m. reading Coulter's new book, "In Trump We Trust," which the host referred to as a "piece of garbage."
"The show must go on," Handler declared. "So to give you an idea of how our interview would've gone, please welcome Ann Coulter's body double."
In comes comedian and "The Mindy Project" actress Fortune Feimster, who aside from the blonde wig bears very little resemblance to Coulter.
The best part of what transpires is that Handler asked Feimster questions about Coulter's take on different issues, and in response, Feimster actually reads from Coulter's book.
For example, Handler asks Feimster what Coulter's take is on women's right to vote.
In response, Feimster reads aloud from the book, "'It would be a much better country if women did not vote. And it's simply a fact.' You heard me. Oh, oh, deal with it."
OK, so Feimster does include her own embellishments, but Coulter can't claim she wasn't represented.
Watch the hilarious interview below:
Greg Rucka, one of the writers of DC Comics' newly launched "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" series, says the heroine is a lesbian.
Clearly, there have been many, many theories through the years surrounding the the world's most popular female superhero, her Amazonian roots, and her sexuality. Now, Rucka is confirming that that Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, has had sexual and romantic relationships with women.
"It’s supposed to be paradise," Rucka told Comicosity.com of Wonder Woman's secluded Amazon island home. "You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women."
Of course, it's not as cut and dry as simply calling Wonder Woman a lesbian, the writer explained. While on the island, we would call her a lesbian, but they wouldn't categorize it as so. He prefers to refer to the character as "queer."
"An Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist," he said. "Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As [comic book artist Nicola Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes."
For this new iteration of Wonder Woman, Rucka strays from previous versions of her story to say that she didn't leave her home because she fell in love with Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's primary love interest.
"She doesn’t leave because of Steve," Rucka said. "She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice."
Though she'd be categorized as lesbian thus far in the comics, Rucka doesn't count out a future romantic relationship with Steve Trevor.
This new take on Wonder Woman's sexuality drops as DC preps its new Wonder Woman movie franchise for a June 2017 launch.
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Now that new music comes out every Friday — though not always on every streaming service — it can be hard to know where to find the next great song.
To help you out, Business Insider compiles this rundown of the best new music you can stream right now.
This week, Bon Iver and ambient producer Tycho released outstanding new albums, and indie supergroup LIV debuted its first single.
Check out this week's best new songs:
Tycho — "Horizon"
Tycho's new album "Epoch" adds another mesmerizing, ambient project to producer Scott Hansen's catalog. The upbeat highlight "Horizon" stands among his best tracks.
LIV — "Wings of Love"
Lykke Li, Miike Snow, and Peter Bjorn & John — three great indie acts from Sweden — have joined forces as LIV. The supergroup's first single, "Wings of Love," echoes the harmonic registers of peak Fleetwood Mac.
Francis and the Lights — "Comeback"
Following previous high-profile collaborations with Drake, Chance the Rapper, and Frank Ocean, Francis Starlite has come into his own on "Farewell, Starlite!," his debut studio album. The highlight track "Comeback" combines a piano-led, glitch beat with strong melodies.
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At over 40 million sold, the PlayStation 4 is the most popular game console in the world.
Sony's betting big on that popularity this holiday with the release of a new, slimmer version of the PlayStation 4, and a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 (the "Pro").
And that's not all! There's also the $400 PlayStation VR headset that arrives on October 13:
With just a few weeks until launch, Sony's showing off the headset in a new unboxing.
Excluding all the cables in the package, you only need a few things to get started with PlayStation VR:
In the "Core" package, which costs $400, there is no PlayStation Camera. As the PlayStation Camera is required to use the PlayStation VR headset with PlayStation 4, you can either buy one separately or get a $500 bundle.
You might also notice there are no motion controllers in the contents above — those are the PlayStation Move controllers, and they're also sold separately. If you buy the $500 bundle, you get a PlayStation Camera and two PlayStation Move controllers.
Perhaps you already have PlayStation Move controllers leftover from the PlayStation 3, or you scooped some up in anticipation of PS VR? Maybe you've got a PS Camera too? The Core bundle, being shown here, is for you.
PlayStation VR arrives on October 13 — check out the full unboxing right here:
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Tech billionaire and "Shark Tank" guest investor Chris Sacca isn't impressed with Donald Trump's business record.
"It's a sad state, this election right now," Sacca told Business Insider during a "Shark Tank" event at New York City's Paley Center for Media earlier this week. "I do not think, for whatever fluster comes out of his mouth, I don't think Trump is a successful business person. I think he's a fake."
Unlike his fellow "Shark Tank" investor and tech mogul, Mark Cuban, who at first supported Trump's presidential run on the virtues of his business acumen before changing his mind, Sacca feels he and others in Silicon Valley have very little in common with the real estate mogul.
"[Trump] stands for the opposite of a lot of what we stand for," Sacca told us. "Silicon Valley is the ultimate meritocracy. It's the ultimate expression of the American dream of social mobility. If you bust your ass, and you're smart, and you hustle, and you take some risks, there's a really good chance you can make it in this business. And you can make it big."
"Silicon Valley is not a place where your dad leaves you tens of millions of dollars or loans you tens of millions more," he continued. "It's not place where you can not pay taxes, hide behind bankruptcy after bankruptcy. It's not a place that tolerates taking advantage of employees and threatening to sue them if they want to get paid in full."
Sacca — who, through his venture capital fund Lowercase Capital, was an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter – has been thinking a lot about the virtues of the Silicon Valley tech business (and not just in relation to Trump). In fact, he said that's the reason why he has signed on for more episodes of "Shark Tank," which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
"'Shark Tank' actually brought me back to my very first days where it was just a couple of guys or gals working on a fun idea, written a few lines of code, maybe had a few users," he said. "The conversation wasn't about the big bucks. It was just about how do we make this thing better. Can we help each other do that? I really miss that. I realize that despite the success of our business, the passion had sort of fallen out of it for me. And 'Shark Tank' brought me back to why I care about this."
It sounds like no one really knows if Daniel Craig is coming back to play James Bond.
In a chat with the BBC on Friday, Callum McDougall, who has been an executive producer on the last four Bond movies, says that he "wish he knew" if Craig was coming back but that he is definitely the franchises "first choice."
“We love Daniel," said McDougall, according to Variety. "We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely [franchise producers] Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back."
Business Insider reached out to MGM for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Speculation on whether Craig will return for a fifth time as 007 has been floating around the internet since the last Bond movie, "Spectre," opened in 2015. It took in over $880 million worldwide at the box office.
Craig has not commented about his plans going forward as Bond, however, when doing press for "Spectre" he said he'd rather "slit my wrists" than play the character again.
"Selma" director Ava DuVernay screened her Netflix documentary "13th" on Friday at the New York Film Festival ahead of its debut on the streaming giant October 7th.
The movie delves into the prison-industrial complex, in which the number of incarcerated people in America has drastically risen over the decades at an alarming rate (with most being minorities). But "13th" — which refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution — also examines a host of current situations facing minorities, particularly African-Americans, whether it be the Black Lives Matter movement or Donald Trump.
In one section of the movie, DuVernay juxtaposes archival footage of a black man during the civil rights movements being harassed by white people with footage of black people being harassed at Trump rallies this year.
While taking questions from the audience, DuVernay was asked if Trump being in the movie will still be significant for people who see "13th" years from now.
"I think it’s vital to have him in there, because he’s taken this country to a place that is going to be long-studied and considered for a long time," she said. "It’s going to have repercussions past the moment, whether he’s the president or not — gosh, I can’t believe I’m saying those words! So we need to remember this moment. It gives us context to this moment that we’re in, looking through a lens of race and culture."
"It was a question that we had, 'Take him out? Leave him in?'" DuVernay continued. "'No, does he deserve a place in this thing?' But you have to show him because it is too important and it can't be forgotten."
Here's the trailer for "13th":
Take a look at this weekend’s lineup for The Meadows, the inaugural fall festival from Founders Entertainment — the organizers behind New York's annual summer festival, Governors Ball — and you may spot a name that stands out from among the list of en-vogue indie, electro-pop, hip-hop, folk, and R&B acts: Kamasi Washington.
For the casual music listener, Washington has gained notoriety in recent years for being one of the musical virtuosos that shaped the sound on Kendrick Lamar’s thunderous, unforgettable 2015 hip hop record, "To Pimp A Butterfly" and its 2016 successor "Untitled Unmastered."
But don’t be mistaken, Washington may be associated with hip hop, but he's a jazz artist through and through.
Festivals don’t usually feature jazz. For millennial audiences raised on indie rock and hip-hop, jazz reeks of the museum. And yet, this year, Washington and his ten-piece band The Next Step have made their way onto most of the big festival bills, including Bumbershoot, Pitchfork, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Coachella. This Saturday, Washington and company will be in Queens sandwiched between indietronica band Miami Horror and reggae artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.
At a festival featuring Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and The Weeknd — three of the hottest names in music right now — this may sound blasphemous: If there’s one performance you hear the entire weekend, and I would venture to say this year, make it Washington’s.
"Genres don’t mean much to me. There are no hardline distinctions between two styles." - Washington, The Guardian, 2015
Washington and his LA jazz compatriots and fellow Lamar performers Terrace Martin and Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner have latelybeen creditedwith resurrecting or "saving" jazz. That may be an overstatement — jazz never went anywhere— but Washington is certainly the most exciting player to enter the fold in some time.
His music is at once grand, thrilling, challenging, and fun. Perhaps it comes from spending his twenties touring and recording with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and Mos Def, but his music can’t be categorized. Like John Coltrane and Miles Davis filtered through an orchestra with dashes of funk, classical, gospel, and the best excesses of fusion and progressive rock, his music is a cascade of sound that overwhelms.
Go listen to Washington’s 2015 solo debut, The Epic, a 175-minute 17-song literal epic, cut during a legendary 1-month recording session that Washington has said cost him his “whole life savings.” There’s nothing like it around today.
“I’ve had experiences where people say, ‘I hated jazz before I heard you guys! … I’m like, ‘You didn’t hate jazz before you heard us, you hated the idea of jazz,’” Washington, Pitchfork, 2015.
Don’t bother with the excuse that you don’t like jazz.
It’s my belief that a lot of people, young and old, don’t listen to jazz because the history of it is intimidating. People feel as though they’ve entered a museum where someone is going to pop out and quiz you on the exhibits right after you walk in.
Forget about that — Washington’s music is steeped in history, but it doesn’t require you to know it. In fact, he could care less. When Pitchfork asked him about people understanding "The Epic", he dismissed the notion.
“The fact of the matter is that nobody understands what John Coltrane is doing except John Coltrane. And maybe not even him. So we’re all experiencing it on this subconscious level,” Washington said.
That’s the beauty of jazz — and also why I think so many people gravitate to the many variations of electronic dance music — it doesn’t require you to analyze, think, or explain. It asks you simply to experience it.
Where electronic dance music does so in ways that are mostly pre-scripted, forcing the audience member to focus on his or her own personal experience through dance, Washington asks you to make a visceral connection with him and his band.
"I treat each show just like a moment in time. Let's capture this particular moment." - Washington, Rolling Stone, 2016
Kanye West is a compelling and dynamic performer, but what Washington and his ilk offer is the opportunity for something utterly unique.
Washington is likely to play many cuts off "The Epic," but you truly don’t know what he or any of his bandmates are going to play. Washington has said the “excitement of music” for him is the unknown, pushing him to tweak arrangements until his songs become “almost unrecognizable.”
Further than that, every member of The Next Step, which consists of two drummers, two upright bass players, a keyboardist, three horn players, a pianist, and a vocalist, is an expert player in his or her own right and most have extensive solo repertoires. As with most collectives in a music as ego-driven as jazz, there will be plenty of material and solos from everyone.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Washington described his approach to touring as creating concerts “custom-made” to the location. In the hours before a performance, he walks the city, thinking about the history or the culture, and feeling out the vibe.
Here’s how he described playing in the historic city of Nîmes in southern France:
There was like an impressionist French vibe. We played "Clair de Lune" and we end up playing the song in a very romantic kind of way, which is not how we normally do it. Going way out and going way avant-garde and abstract is kind of like home base for us. Kind of going romantic and soft and, like, really subtle was a bit different for us, you know?
In a city with a culture and history as rich and deep as New York City — and Queens specifically — what will Washington come up with?
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"Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran knows Donald Trump better than most people. They both built their real estate fortunes around the same time in New York City.
"I grew up with him," Corcoran told Business Insider during a "Shark Tank" event at New York's Paley Center for Media this week.
In the early 1970s, both Corcoran and Trump were starting their real estate careers.
Corcoran co-founded a real estate business called The Corcoran Group with a $1,000 loan from her then-boyfriend and co-founder. She then later started The Corcoran Report, which followed NYC's real estate trends. At around the same time, Trump took control of his father's real estate and construction business, which he later named The Trump Organization.
When it comes to business, Corcoran clearly respects the Republican presidential candidate.
"From the day I met Donald, I remember my first thought on him was that I've never met a better salesman in my life," she recalled. "I was in more business meetings where a customer, client, and even a walk-by had no interest in what he was wanting to sell. And by the time five minutes of Donald talking was over, the guy was begging him for the deal."
"I probably learned so much about chutzpah and salesmanship watching him, which I tried to incorporate but never really pulled it out," she continued. "I'm a medium salesman. He's an amazing salesman. And what we see in the presidential election today is a phenomenal salesman selling the American people."
Trump has been criticized by many, including Corcoran's "Shark Tank" colleague Chris Sacca, for building his business with help from his rich father, but she doesn't believe that's fair.
"As a businessman, [Trump is] clever as a fox and built his empire with a little help from his dad," she told us. "But most of the credit is due him."
And yet with more than three decades of knowing Trump, Corcoran can't support his bid for president. She finds him too divisive a person for the job.
"As a leader, I couldn't imagine anyone who would be a less effective leader," she said. "I think leadership has everything to do with integrity. I think it has to do with teaching people to aspire. I think at the core of leadership, you have to get everyone on the same team to move the ball ahead. And you can't have discord, you're a peacemaker as a leader if you want to have a community of spirits and hearts. And I think in all those categories, he has to come back as a different person. Next life, maybe."
Former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura dropped by Business Insider to talk about his new book, "Jesse Ventura's Marijuana Manifesto."
The former Navy SEAL is embroiled in a lawsuit he brought against the estate of deceased "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. In his bestselling book, Kyle alleged that he physically assaulted a person he refers to in the book as "Scruff Face" after making offensive comments about the elite special forces unit. Kyle later said that "Scruff Face" was indeed Ventura.
Ventura said the incident never occurred, and he sued Kyle for defamation. A Minnesota court ruled in Ventura's favor and awarded him $1.8 million in damages, but an appeals court threw out the verdict. Ventura now plans to seek a new trial with the US Supreme Court.
We asked Ventura if he thinks Kyle should be remembered as a hero.
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Every actor who succeeds in the tough world of entertainment had to start somewhere.
Business Insider spoke to several television stars to find out what their first paying showbiz gig was.
While a few of them were lucky enough to land a huge job in the early days of their career, the majority of the stars we spoke to had pretty humble beginnings ranging from local plays to long-forgotten commercials and tiny roles.
Find out how your favorite TV stars earned their first Hollywood paycheck below:
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Donald Glover, "Atlanta" (FX)
"I was an extra in some movie about a black basketball team that was shot in Atlanta, not 'Remember the Titans.' That was my first paycheck."
Ming Na Wen, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC)
"I did 'South Pacific.' I was Liat and it was with a major regional theater in Pittsburgh. I got my equity card from it."
Ben Feldman, "Superstore" (NBC)
"I did a Broadway show. They made ‘The Graduate’ into a play on Broadway, and it was like right after I graduated college. And I did that. It wasn’t about the check — it was having a consistent pay. I was in the show for like a year, and that was insane to me. And to all of my friends, who were like waiting tables, or bartending, or whatever."
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This weekend is the inaugural The Meadows music festival at Citi Field in New York City.
Throughout the two-day festival, over 30 musicians will perform, with headliners like Kanye West, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, and J. Cole.
As with any festival these days, there are artists from all different genres including indie, rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and dance. Sometimes, the choices can be overwhelming.
We decided to help make it a bit easier by curating your day for you.
Check it out below.
Saturday - October 1
10:30 AM - I know, I know, it's early, but you are about to spend a lot of time on your feet and you need sustenance. Flushing, New York's lesser known, but more authentic Chinatown, is the perfect place to provide it.
Start your festival weekend right by heading to Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant for the best dim sum you've ever had. May I recommend the shrimp crepes, the BBQ spare ribs, and the chicken feet (seriously)? Just remember, this place is crazy busy so get there early.
12:00 PM - If you can get out of dim sum in time, head to the Linden Blvd Stage for an early set from chillwave/indie-pop purveyors Mr. Twin Sister, whose music has been described as the perfect chill night out.
12:45 PM - Head over to The Meadows Stage for your first of a double dose of electropop from Brooklyn-based LOLAWOLF, featuring Zoë Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz's daughter.
1: 15 PM - Kick it up a notch at the Shea Stage with high-energy Australian indie-tronica band Miami Horror, who are sure to get you dancing to the beat with their "blissed out party anthems."
2:00 PM - The glow of dim sum is probably starting to wear off. Luckily, The Meadows organizers took their Queens-locale to heart and brought in food options from a number of local spots, including Jackson Heights' Arepa Lady, Elmurst's Pata Paplean Bar (Thai), and Corona's Tortas Neza (Tacos).
2:45 PM - Once you've stuffed your face, head over to the Shea Stage for a mind-blowing performance from jazz maestro Kamasi Washington and his ten-piece The Next Step band. Think I'm exaggerating with "mindblowing"? Read why not here.
3:30 PM - Time to start dancing again. Thankfully, electro-funk veterans Chromeo at The Meadows Stage know how to get the crowd moving, frequently putting on the most electric sets at any festival they play. If you haven't heard their inescapable 2014 hit "Jealous," you might have been living under a rock.
4:30 PM - Take a break from the sweaty crowd for a bathroom break and to snag as much free swag and activities as you can. Festivals today tend to be filled with "market activations" from big name brands looking to reach advertising-averse millennials. What's that mean for you? Free Kettle Chips and 1893 Cola, Pepsi's attempt at the artisan cola market, among other things.
5:30 PM - Find your spot at The Meadows Stage early to catch a glimpse of enigmatic singer The Weeknd, whose druggy R&B sound has taken over pop music over the last year or two. Just be glad he made time in his busy schedule to show up.
6:10 PM - Over at the Queens Blvd Stage, you'll find another Australian electro group, Empire of The Sun, whose brand of outdoor festival-ready brand of dance music has made them one of the most sought-after acts on the festival circuit.
7:45 PM - Tropical house music is one of the most popular sounds in pop right now. It's all over Justin Bieber's ubiquitous 2015 album Purpose. Go right to the source with Chinese-American producer Zhu at the Linden Blvd Stage.
8:45 PM - J. Cole may be the night's headliner on the main stage, but Queens Blvd Stage's Pretty Lights is the real star. Ever since releasing 2013's A Color Map of the Sun, the producer, already one of the most dynamic names in electronic music, has taken his live game up a notch by incorporating a full band.
Sunday - October 2
12:30 PM - Last night was a long one. But if there's any reason to get to the festival on-time, it's electro-pop duo Coast Modern, whose "trippy beach vibes" will keep your endless summer going on the Queens Blvd Stage.
1:15 PM - Get a better wake up than coffee from uncategorizable indie darlings Chairlift at the Linden Blvd Stage. I won't bother trying to characterize their "cross-genre alchemy." Just give it a listen.
2:00 PM - With so much great music, there's no time for a break. Head to The Meadows Stage for uplifting Australian rock from The Temper Trap.
2:45 PM - Pusha T, the President of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, has taken time out of his busy schedule to play at Shea Stage. Give the New York City-native the hearty welcome home he deserves. His 2015 album, "King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude," is one of the best hip-hop records of the last couple years.
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