With a visual theme of “How many people can we fit in a space the size of a Manhattan studio apartment?” and a musical theme aiming for string-band immediacy, the Grammys’ “Acoustic Tribute” was a tight, amiable mini-set. Also, befitting its headline star Bob Dylan, it frequently went electric.
After one of his patented Top 10 lists, David Letterman introduced the lineup: Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers and Dylan.
The Mumfords’ strummy, fervent rendition of their own “The Cave” was like a ship-in-a-bottle version of Arcade Fire. They hewed closer to the theme than the Avett Brothers, whose “Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise” found Seth Scott Avett behind a Roland keyboard. Still, the performance, while a bit more cluttered sonically, was impassioned and rich.
The two bands formed a virtual chorus line behind Bob Dylan, who went even further off the “acoustic” script with a “Maggie’s Farm” performance that looked like nothing so much as vintage Vegas. Emerging to an Elvis-like MC announcement, complete with white shoes, puckish smile and hammy hand gestures, Dylan looked like he was having a blast. Even in a voice gruffer than his 21st century usual, “Maggie’s” sounded fierce and punchy. Dylan held an old-style mic throughout the performance like a talisman, using it only for a brief harmonica blow at the end.
In short, as usual, whatever everyone else is doing, Dylan’s doing something different. In the audience, Neil Young did an all-hail hand gesture.
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Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.