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News, Rental vs. Rent: As the Neighborhood Evolves, Lost Weekend Video and Its Ilk Struggle to Stay Afloat

Rental vs. Rent: As the Neighborhood Evolves, Lost Weekend Video and Its Ilk Struggle to Stay Afloat

Two weeks ago, a melancholy 23-year-old wandered into Lost Weekend Video on Valencia Street and began pouring his heart out to the woman behind the counter. He'd just been through an awful breakup. He needed the kindness of strangers —…
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Music, Small Talk: How to Read the Latest Batch of Rock Tell-Alls

Small Talk: How to Read the Latest Batch of Rock Tell-Alls

Read enough rock memoirs and, after a while, their salacious revelations of sex, drugs, and regret begin to sound like small talk. "Nice weather we're having, huh?" you ask. "Yes, yes," Rod Stewart says. "Reminds me of the time me…
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Music, All Shook Down Duran Duran's John Taylor Finds His (and Our) <em>Pleasure Groove</em>

Duran Duran's John Taylor Finds His (and Our) Pleasure Groove

It took us almost 30 years to make it upstairs to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor's hotel room, fulfilling a dream that started as a tweenage fantasy. A few hours before last night's sold-out appearance at the Art Institute, Taylor…
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Music, Which Duranie are you &#151; 25 years later

Which Duranie are you — 25 years later

It's 1984, and your female teenage fantasy life is dominated by England's puffy-shirted synth gods, Duran Duran. Countless slumber parties revolve around quizzes in BOP and Teen Beat, which help scientifically guide you and your girlfriends into the arms of…
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Music, BeatBox The Blow and the Bootie

The Blow and the Bootie

For the past three years running, "Bootie" the monthly party has had the best flyers in town — hilarious composites of wildly different pop stars (like Rick James and Duran Duran's John Taylor), a visual that smartly displays its sonic…
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