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I Walk The Line, Naked: The Best in Public Indecency and Political Commentary

In protest of the controversial French ban on Islamic religious attire in public places, two French women, one of them Muslim, recently began a -- well, the right noun here hasn't come to light yet, and may not exist --…
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Music, All Shook Down Funny Pic: God in the Age of Rock Band

Funny Pic: God in the Age of Rock Band

I found these T-shirts on sale at a truck stop while driving from L.A. to San Francisco over the weekend. At first I thought they were video game knockoff T-shirts -- then I read the fine print.As you can see,…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Aspiring Guitar Heroes Bare All in Front of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Andy Summers

Last Night: Aspiring Guitar Heroes Bare All in Front of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Andy Summers

Guitar Superstar Competition Great American Music Hall September 13, 2008 Better Than: Playing stupid guitar video games. Download: Video of Vicki Genfan in action. Words and Photos by Tyler Callister Hundreds of music fans and shred-heads squeezed into the…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Guitar Hero and Rock Band give new meaning to "rock and roll excess"

Guitar Hero and Rock Band give new meaning to "rock and roll excess"

I am absolutely dreading the arrival of Guitar Hero: World Tour. Can't even enjoy the summer. It might sound like insanity, given that the fourth installment in the Guitar Hero franchise could end up being the most successful game of…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Paging Freaks

Paging Freaks

Guinness writes the book on gaming, but doesn't shatter any records. As a kid, I spent countless hours thumbing through a dog-eared copy of The Guinness Book of World Records, determined to find just the right stupid human trick to…
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Music, All Shook Down Gibson Rocks Activision's Guitar Hero With Legal Suit

Gibson Rocks Activision's Guitar Hero With Legal Suit

After years of partnering up for the immensely popular Guitar Hero franchise, Gibson guitars filed a legal suit against Activision games regarding patent infringements. Instead of retorting with, "I thought we were friends, bro!," Activision had this to say:…
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Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield

By David Nadelberg Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $14.95 Schadenfreude, as the past year of closely monitored starlet meltdowns has proven, is rising faster than Guitar Hero as a lazy national pastime. David Nadelberg's traveling event, Mortified, has catered to this same…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Guitar Hero Peripherals Getting Cheesy, Lamer Than Original (in a Bad Way )

Guitar Hero Peripherals Getting Cheesy, Lamer Than Original (in a Bad Way )

There's a point at which every fad overstays its welcome. Could it be that Guitar Hero is already just a sour note from being booed out of America's living room? For evidence, look no further than the plethora of GH…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Almost Famous

Almost Famous

At a Guitar Hero tournament a few months back, one kid complained to me that Expert Mode is too easy. Then he demonstrated the game's secret Hyper Speed mode. My pupils nearly ruptured at the sight of him as he…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Guitar Hero III Easily the Best Entry in the Franchise

Guitar Hero III Easily the Best Entry in the Franchise

You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III. Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You sir, in the back row clutching the Ratt cassette — you're the only one?…
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Music, All Shook Down Sex Pistols Re-Record ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’, Play L.A. For 'Guitar Hero III'

Sex Pistols Re-Record ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’, Play L.A. For 'Guitar Hero III'

As big fans of radio's Jonesy's Jukebox, hosted by Steve Jones, original member of the Sex Pistols, we have mixed feelings about this hyper-corporate Helio/Activision/Sex Pistols marketing gang bang before Halloween. Which is funny, because we didn't even know…
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We Are So There, We've Passed It. We Have to Double Back to ...

catch hacked Guitar Hero controllers in a live show at 111 Minna. The Guitar Zeros (http://myspace.com/theguitarzeros) >* Thursday, Sept 20 >* 111 Minna Gallery > map: http://mappyhour.com/dir/details.php?loc=smnrkxyfza >* doors at 8pm, performance at 9pm >* Guitar Hero (thru projector) from…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Encore Performance

Encore Performance

Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Puddle of Fun

Puddle of Fun

LocoRoco arrived with impossibly high expectations. This ridiculously cute new game for the PlayStation Portable debuted as a demo in April, and since then, the gaming press has tripped over itself to anoint it the successor to Katamari Damacy or…
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Home Entertainment, Game On For Those About to Rock

For Those About to Rock

Deep down, we all want money for nothing and chicks for free. Back in 1985, when Dire Straits first revealed this eternal truth, it seemed that any goofball with a DayGlo headband could pour himself into package-hugging spandex and become…
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