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Monday, April 29, 2013

Rolling Stone Names the Fillmore the No. 2 "Big Room" in America

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Inside the Fillmore: hallowed ground.
  • Inside the Fillmore: hallowed ground.

Damn fucking straight. Weeks after Rolling Stone embarked on the mother of all music clickbait projects with a five-part series about the best venues in the U.S. -- and named S.F.'s Great American Music Hall the No. 6 club in the country -- our fair City by the Bay has been handed another honor. In the second installment of this project, "The Best Big Rooms in America," Rolling Stone declares the beloved Fillmore No. 2 in the country.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boobylicious: Five Insanely Breast-Centric Stage Outfits

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Boobs. Everyone loves 'em -- even gay men. So can we really blame pop starlets for coming up with outfits that push the appearance of their breasticles to cartoonish levels? The answer is: Yes. Yes we can. Not only are there small children watching, but presenting breasts as cakes and/or flamethrowers just seems a little overblown, no? Here are five degrees of boobylicious stage outfits.

The Madonna

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As with many things lady-pop-star-related, Madge was the first to do it. Her Jean Paul Gaultier cone bras, made for the 1990 Blond Ambition tour, were both controversial and a breath of fresh air for women everywhere who wanted to let their assets speak loud and proud. Madonna has never been one to hide her sexuality, and she's been a vocal proponent of female strength since, well, forever. So if she was gonna put a corset on, it had better make her baby-feeders look like weapons. Mission accomplished! 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Five Race-Related Songs That Are (Almost) as Dumb as "Accidental Racist"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

As you are no doubt already aware, earlier this week, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released one of the most embarrassing songs ever written. In "Accidental Racist", the two try to solve national issues regarding racial tension and the legacy of slavery with lyrics like "If you don't judge my do-rag, I won't judge your red flag," and "If you don't judge my gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains." Ta-daa, everybody! Problem solved! Now, can't we all just get along?

These two idiots aren't the first musicians to reduce complicated issues surrounding racism and history into over-simplified solutions and hokey objections to injustice. Here are five other examples of artists tackling racism with all the gravitas of upset five-year-old children.

"Where is the Love?" Black Eyed Peas




This is one of those tracks that will remain in our personal Worst Songs Ever list forever. "Where is the Love?" has some of the most incredibly facile lyrics we've ever heard anywhere. Here's one of our favorite bits: "But if you only have love for your own race, then you only leave space to discriminate, and to discriminate only generates hate, and when you hate then you're bound to get irate." And there we were, thinking that discrimination and hate and feeling irate were good things! Thanks for clearing that up, Black Eyed Peas. Now that racism has been dealt with, would you mind solving world hunger? Cheers.

 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Odd Spectacle of Musicians Being in Other Musicians' Weddings

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Everyone loves a good wedding -- the booze, the food, the outfits, the awkward drunk uncle dance. But truth is, nuptials are even more fascinating when famous musicians are involved. (What do their drunk uncles look like doing "The Birdie Song" dance?!) Here are five musicians and singers who have participated in the weddings of their fellow musician friends.

Blake Shelton for Kelly Clarkson

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After last Sunday's ACM Awards, Kelly Clarkson told Entertainment Tonight that not only will Voice mentor and country-singin' wise-cracker Blake Shelton be performing at her wedding, he'll be officiating the entire thing. In our minds, he'll be sitting in front of the altar in a big, red, rotating chair, grinning, pointing to his own head and mouthing the words "Pick me" at the bride and groom. In reality, it will probably all just be charming and delightful. Sigh.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Five Straight Rappers Who Support LGBT Rights

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

As we're sure you're aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is again hearing arguments today about what to do with the issue of same-sex marriage. If the inundation of red profile pics on Twitter and Facebook is any indication, the growing social tide is on the side of the gay folk. Yet another sign that the homophobes and bigots are on the wrong side of history is the fact that even rappers and the hip-hop community are speaking out in growing numbers in favor of equality, despite the genre's history of homophobia. Here are five straight rappers who openly support LGBT rights.

A$AP Rocky

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A$AP Rocky first spoke out on the subject of gay rights in 2011: "That shit is ignorant," he said. "You will lose a lot of time and friendship being homophobic. That's being racist but in a sexual way. It's like being sexually racist." Then this month, he graced the cover of Interview magazine and, inside, expressed disbelief that gay rights was still something to even be debated. "One big issue in hip-hop is the gay thing," he said. "It's 2013, and it's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It's crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid -- and that's not the case." Clearly not, sir. We salute you.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Five Musicians' Kids Who Have Better Jobs Than You

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Guess what, everybody? Despite the invention of child labor laws, there are whole gangs of marauding teens with careers more dazzling and exciting than any of ours. How does this depressing turn of events transpire? Well, usually it happens because someone famous made those children with their private parts. Yesterday, it was announced that the offspring of Notorious B.I.G. (rest his soul) are about to star in a new cartoon based around Biggie's recording studio. We're happy for them and all, but it got us thinking about all the kids who have more exciting jobs than normal humans (with non-famous parents). Here are some of the most notable ones.

Willow Smith



If you were made by the reproductive organs of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, chances are there's some pressure on you to be fly. Willow Smith appeared in her papa's awesome zombie movie, I Am Legend, then got her swag on and responded to the challenge of super-successful parents by whipping her hair back and forth... and subsequently getting to No. 11 on the Billboard chart. Which was funny because she was 11 years old at the time. Ahem.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Prince's Seven Most Dickish Moments... And Why We Still Love Him

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Prince is a dick. The litte guy just goes around the planet doing whatever he wants like some kind of mischievous, tiny demigod. Case in point: His recent appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Here's the story: Prince shows up to rehearse in preparation for his appearance promoting his new album, 3rd Eye Girl. Prince spots a beautiful 1961 Epiphone owned by Captain Kirk Douglas, guitar player for The Roots, and asks if he may play it during his performance on that evening's show. Now this is Kirk's favorite guitar, his baby. In every interview he talks about this guitar and how it's like a part of him, and in any other circumstance we're going to guess that he would flat-out refuse to let someone else borrow this precious guitar. But this is Prince we are talking about. So Kirk lends him the axe. Prince proceeds to play two songs on the show He starts with new single "Screwdriver," but then busts into his classic, heavy-as-fuck track "Bambi" from his second 1979 self-titled album. Prince nails it, and his solo at the end was one of the most powerful we've seen him do on TV. And then he pulls the dick move of the century.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kanye West Says He's Like Picasso. Here Are 5 Equally Egomaniacal Musicians

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

SEE? JUST LIKE PICASSO.
  • See? Just like Picasso.

Well, it's been a few months, so we shouldn't be all that surprised but Kanye West's ego has been running amok again. This time the behemoth emerged while West was onstage in Paris last Saturday, and said: "No matter how they try to control you, or the motherfucker next to you tries to peer pressure you, you can do what you motherfucking want. I am Picasso. I'm Walt Disney, I'm Steve Jobs."

Hearing Kanye compare himself to one of the greatest artists of all time, the man who changed children's entertainment forever, and the guy who turned our world into real-life sci-fi -- all at the same time -- made us think of other crazy musicians who've had similar outbursts in which they compare themselves to totally inappropriate figures. Here are five of our favorites.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

10 Great Songs About Cheating on Your Lover

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Depending on your perspective, cheating's a little bit naughty, a whole bunch of fun, or one of the worst things you could possibly do to another human being. Here are our 10 favorite songs about not being able to keep it in your pants when you're supposed to.

"Cry Me A River," Justin Timberlake



The moment we realized that we were madly in love with Justin Timberlake was when he released this timeless ode to getting fucked over by your lover. It caused quite the stir at the time, in part because Justin had only recently split from longtime love Britney Spears -- and he put a girl in the video who looked just like her. Last week, the song proved useful once more, when Selena Gomez did a (weak) cover of "Cry Me A River" and called out former boyfriend Justin Bieber. Alas, even beautiful people get cheated on -- we're not sure if that's a relief or just monumentally depressing.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Almost Famous: Five Musicians Who Left Before Their Bands Blew Up

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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This week, the world found out that, had he played his cards differently, Ryan Gosling could've been a Backstreet Boy. By all accounts, he thought joining the band would've been a waste of time, since New Kids On The Block had already happened. (Silly, silly Gosling -- as long as there are teenage girls, there will be boy bands.)

Imagine the pain and misery beautiful Ryan would've felt when the Backstreet Boys became a big deal, had he not gone on to forge his own hugely successful (and way more credible) career -- both in acting and music. (His band, Dead Man's Bones, is stupid good, by the way.) Feel bad for the other poor suckers who aren't quite as lucky as Mr. Gosling though -- here are five musicians who parted ways with bands right before they hit the big time.


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