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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Grimes Kicks Ass, Morrissey Takes Names, and a Sad Farewell to Bobbi Kristina

This Week: Grimes Kicks Ass, Morrissey Takes Names, and a Sad Farewell to Bobbi Kristina

This week, the world's getting turned upside down one quote at a time. We've got Billy Corgan trying to have fun, Azealia Banks not caring about her career (in Australia at least), and Skrillex becoming a life coach. As we…
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Music, All Shook Down And the Best Christmas Song of All Time Is ...

And the Best Christmas Song of All Time Is ...

What is the best Christmas song of all time? Trick question: There are two. One of them is among the three choices we've got here, and the other is whichever song happens to be playing at the exact moment on…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: The Pogues at The Warfield

Last Night: The Pogues at The Warfield

The Pogues The WarfieldOctober 13, 2009Better Than: Finding a four leaf clover ... and then sobering up and realizing it's just a three leaf clover.There were two kinds of Pogues fans last night at The Warfield: the fans that wound…
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Music, Hear This The Pogues

The Pogues

Shane MacGowan once said the Pogues were his way of overcoming guilt for not laying down his life for Ireland with the IRA. He was probably shit-faced at the time. Despite their punk leanings, the sodden violence that often accompanies…
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Calendar, Night&Day Irish Song of the Damned

Irish Song of the Damned

Taking their name from a Gaelic expression meaning "kiss my ass," the Pogues grew out of a one-off gig singer Shane MacGowan and friends played as the New Republicans in 1981. When MacGowan and that dubiously named group of upstarts…
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Music, Drunk Poets Society

Drunk Poets Society

o fans around the globe, Celt-punkers the Pogues are the very embodiment of Irish craic, or rollicking good times. And many know their frontman, Shane MacGowan, as one of the most powerful poetic voices of his generation. Alas, MacGowan's endearing…
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Film, Shane's Addiction

Shane's Addiction

Shane MacGowan drinks a lot of alcohol and sings about it. Although the iconic rocker once declared himself "the anti-Morrissey," this self-appraisal now seems highly inaccurate. Both Shane and Steven hail from the Irish diaspora amid English friction, both suffer…
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Culture, Stage Fraternal Disorder

Fraternal Disorder

One thing about being Catholic, says Coleman to his brother and archenemy, Valene, in the sooty kitchen of their house in the west of Ireland, is that you get to confess your sins. "Sure I can shoot me own dad's…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

With The Leisure Experiment, the Tiki Tones have launched their seaside guitars into a futuristic Jetsons stratosphere filled with glowing vacuum tubes and transistors. Their new world is filled with soft, shiny surfaces and super-short skirts; the music bubbles and…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

For years I have harbored an irrational, childish animosity toward Joe Strummer. See, at one time Strummer toured as a guitarist for the Pogues. That was nice; Strummer recognized an internal combustion in the Pogues that could sate those rambunctious…
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The House of Tudor

Although most adults have given up finger painting and hide-and-go-seek, there's no doubt that big kids need frolicsome fun to distract them from the stress of multiple parking tickets and neighborhood gentrification. With this in mind, the sex-positive strip joint…
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The 12 Steps

Are you an alcoholic? Do you lose time from work due to drinking? A quavering apprehension creeps into the voice of Shane MacGowan's publicist: "You want to do a phoner? Well, I can try to set something up ... but…
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