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Music, All Shook Down Morning Music News: Noise Pop Adds to Their Lineup, Oscar Nominees, Donald Trump Theme Song, and More

Morning Music News: Noise Pop Adds to Their Lineup, Oscar Nominees, Donald Trump Theme Song, and More

The 10-day, 24th annual Noise Pop Music Festival just announced a handful of new acts to their lineup. The festival, which starts on Feb. 19 and runs until Feb. 28, will now feature sets by: Michigan producer, Sango; Bay…
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Music, All Shook Down L.A.'s DJ Expo on How to Throw a Successful Event and the Impact of Michael Jackson

L.A.'s DJ Expo on How to Throw a Successful Event and the Impact of Michael Jackson

Starting his DJ education at 12-years-old by watching DMC competition videos and seeing the talents of renowned turntablists like Mix Master Mike, Qbert, and the Beat Junkies, DJ Expo spent a whole year studying the culture before actually ever touching a…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

Sometimes, creative decisions that seem great within someone's mind don't always translate well when they're thrust upon the rest of the world. This week, it's one probable artistic disaster after another: James Franco writing about Lana Del Rey, Backstreet Boys…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

"In the early Eighties, as a 22-year-old queer man living during the Reagan-Bush administration, I was afraid to get tested for HIV for fear of quarantine, the threat of internment camps, and having my basic civil rights stripped away... I…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Wedding Bells for Elton John, Legal Troubles for 2 Chainz, and Tears for Miley Cyrus

This Week: Wedding Bells for Elton John, Legal Troubles for 2 Chainz, and Tears for Miley Cyrus

"In a felony complaint by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the rapper will be charged with possession of a controlled substance for unlawfully carrying codeine... The rapper... faces up to three years in prison if convicted."2 Chainz might…
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Music, All Shook Down "Politicizing Beyonce" and Four Other College Courses About Musicians We'd Love to Take

"Politicizing Beyonce" and Four Other College Courses About Musicians We'd Love to Take

Anyone who's ever done a degree in the humanities will tell you that the opportunity for studying music in college is plentiful. Generally speaking, it'll be a "History of Pop Music" type deal, or business students might get the opportunity…
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Music, All Shook Down The World's Actual Highest-Paid Musician Is... Deceased Michael Jackson

The World's Actual Highest-Paid Musician Is... Deceased Michael Jackson

Remember this as you sort through Forbes' ever-fascinating list of Musicians Who Still Make Lots of Money: It's limited to living artists only. Quite sensibly, sure, but the scrilla scared up by your Madges and Gagas and Bruces and Jovis,…
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Music, All Shook Down Hair-Raising: 5 Famous Follicular Accidents Musicians Have Survived

Hair-Raising: 5 Famous Follicular Accidents Musicians Have Survived

AFI's Davey Havok has probably had more hairstyles than Nikki Minaj has wigs. There's been the Danzig Devilock, the Morrisey Quiff, the Morticia Addams, helmet hair, the emo sweep, weird Flock of Seagulls fluff-related experiments -- Havok has done it…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

No one was more shocked than Oakland when Oakland was ranked at No. 5 in The New York Times' "45 Places To Go" list last year. It's now Brooklyn by the Bay, with massive hipster cred and gourmet ghettos replacing…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Celebrities Who've Communicated With Dead Musicians

5 Celebrities Who've Communicated With Dead Musicians

Earlier this week, the lawsuit against AEG Live over Michael Jackson's premature passing rumbled past the point of weird and drove straight into crazy town. The culprit was AEG CEO Randy Phillips, who claimed that his friend Brenda Richie --…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Janelle Monáe blew away a gown-and-tux crowd with the S.F. Symphony, channeling Prince and Michael Jackson and giving the often-staid patrons of Davies a reason to get on their feet. By the time new single "Q.U.E.E.N" arrived in the encore,…
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Five Race-Related Songs That Are (Almost) as Dumb as "Accidental Racist"

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…
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Music, All Shook Down The Odd Spectacle of Musicians Being in Other Musicians' Weddings

The Odd Spectacle of Musicians Being in Other Musicians' Weddings

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…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Michael Jackson's Costume Designer Releases New Book, <i>The King of Style</i>

Michael Jackson's Costume Designer Releases New Book, The King of Style

Growing up among the cornfields of Ohio, Michael Bush never dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. He learned to sew from his mother and grandmother, but it was a chore then, not a passion. "It was getting the Butterick pattern…
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Music, All Shook Down Das Racist Is No More; Long Live Das Racist

Das Racist Is No More; Long Live Das Racist

Yesterday, we made loud wailing noises, followed by a series of frantic sobs, when we heard that Das Racist was breaking up. Why so sad? Well, put simply, there's never been anything quite like Das Racist before. And it's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Victory Over the Sun

Video of the Day: Victory Over the Sun

We glimpse strange man-made structures through the trees. Their forms seem out of date, pointing to a future that never was. The soundtrack shifts from the ambient noise of chirping birds into something more sinister, while flickering psychedelic images take…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mix Master

Mix Master

We glimpse strange man-made structures through the trees. Their forms seem out of date, pointing to a future that never was. The soundtrack shifts from the ambient noise of chirping birds into something more sinister, while flickering psyche-delic images take…
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Music, Hear This Easy Star All-Stars: Show Preview

Easy Star All-Stars: Show Preview

Covering soul and pop hits has been a standard practice for reggae bands since the musical style first emerged from Jamaica in the late '60s, but NYC-based collective Easy Star All-Stars elevated the custom to a conceptual artform with 2003's…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Loud Homophobe at the Pilsner Inn

Bouncer Finds a Loud Homophobe at the Pilsner Inn

I was going to cover the Pilsner Inn a few weeks ago, but I walked in, saw all the sports fans, and made an immediate Michael Jackson heel-spin right out the door and into Chow. Since the entire city has…
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Music, All Shook Down The Prince and Michael Experience Charters a Party Bus

The Prince and Michael Experience Charters a Party Bus

DJs Dave Paul and Jeff Harris have taken their S.F.-based Prince and Michael Experience on the road for the past few years, traveling to cities such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. But now they're literally giving their party some…
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