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Week in Music: Ariana Grande Does Her Best Britney on Tonight Show and More

It's Friday!!! Which means I have officially made it through my first week as the new music editor of New Times Broward Palm Beach. While I am extremely excited to help breathe some new life into our coverage of the local music scene and the best concerts in town each week, I am also eager to connect with you readers on a more personal level. I want to know what you like, what you want, and what you're reading while you eat your midday desk lunches.

What tickles you, what moves you, what important, fascinating, or mundane internet curiosities make it across your device screens day in and day out? In short, I want us to be part of your daily digest of useful tidbits — to be shared with friends via group chats or, even better, the old-fashioned way — over drinks after a long week.

In that spirit, I bring you the "Week in Music" each Friday afternoon, a roundup of music-related miscellany compiled throughout the week for you to pore over as your brains commence their slow meltdowns into weekend mode. So, in case you missed it, here's a bunch of music stuff — newsworthy, interesting, or just plain bonkers — that crossed our radar this week:

Wheel of Musical Impressions with Ariana Grande
Our homegrown mini-diva has had her share of semi-controversies (see: doughnut-licking) over the past few weeks, so it's a nice change of pace when we see her doing what she does best — belting out pop bangers — and making us proud on national TV. Her "musical impressions" of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Celine Dion on Tuesday night on The Tonight Show were hilariously spot-on. (via)

Ghostface Killah and DOOM Share New DOOMSTARKS Track "Lively Hood"
On Monday, Ghostface Killah and DOOM dropped a new track, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles program. The duo will perform together next month at Miami's III Points music festival. Listen, above, and don't forget to snag the free download. (via)

Losing Our Edge: 2005, The Year The Mainstream Hijacked Indie Rock
Writer Lizzy Goodman offers an in-depth feature on the moment in music history when indie rock went mainstream. (via)

The "Why You Always Lying?" Vine Has an Even Longer Video to Obsess Over
The viral Vine that exploded two weeks ago and has since been quoted by Wiz Khalifa and casually dropped into DJ sets now has a full-length video. You're welcome. (via)

Download Migos Back to the Bando Mixtape
Plus, new mixtapes from Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan, fresh for yer weekend turn-up. Check them out, and scoop the free downloads. (via)

Morrissey Says His Next Two Shows Will Be His Last in the U.K. 
Life isn't fair. How do we know this? The singer released a sad statement this week in which he explains why these upcoming U.K. tour dates will be his last:
There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience... throughout 28 years... but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring.
Here's hoping he still makes it across the pond. (via)

Now go forward into your weekends, readers, and let this meme set to Fetty Wap's "679" be all of you.
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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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