Six Reasons Bands Break Up

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While Aerosmith still flail around in a body without bones, propped up by the hot air of their backward-cap-wearing fanbase, most sensible bands know when to call it quits.

Sure, reunion tours are still a thing, but those tend to happen on the stinking fumes of nostalgia, and they serve to fuel the now-meager drug habits that were once respectable addictions.

Everyone calls it quits at some point. Being in a band is hard work -- coordinating schedules, dealing with flakes, and actually hammering out a tolerable song or two is a damn near miracle for some. But those who break through are still destined to quit at some point, and here's why.


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Here Are 10 Products for Sneaking Alcohol Into Concerts

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It's easy to drop serious cash on booze at shows -- especially if you're buying several rounds. What's even more frustrating is that many venues don't have the best selection, either.

But there are multiple products that will help you get around this issue. While we would never condone violating venue policies to avoid paying $12 for a beer, we present here, for your amusement and edification, 10 of the best items for sneaking booze into a concert.
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10 Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

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Gangsta rap, where have you gone?

About 20 years ago at this time we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels. 

And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get shine, let's not forget the videos, which constitute some of the most visually arresting (and funniest) ever made.

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Six Reasons You Need to Flyer Your Shows

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So easy, even a monkey can do it.

Social media takes the heat for a lot of things. Some people insist that it's responsible for diluting activism and killing personal interaction. Others may recall the recent viral Craigslist post about the restaurant that blamed their slowing service on social media and smartphones, while some scientists have even drawn a connection between Facebook use and depression.

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The best indie musicians to follow on Twitter

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You've seen Grimes at the Entry, now follow her on Twitter

Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to connect with what our favorite musicians are up to.

Just think about it. Your favorite artist -- whether some nobody musician who makes beats in his or her basement or even a legend like Cher -- is most likely active on Twitter. It allows us to make a personal connection with our idols. Looking around Twitter, we've found that some less-popular acts totally triumph in the tweeting game against those with 40-plus million followers like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

So, we've compiled a list of 12 indie artists who you should probably think about following on Twitter below. So go on, do a quick unfollowing spree and do what you gotta do to make some room on your timeline for some fresh 140-character goodness from artists who are contributing some new sounds to the music world.


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The 10 best punk rock movies

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Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York, and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone else says or thinks, having integrity, staying true to your identity, and rebelling against the status quo. Note that this list doesn't include documentaries on punk, only feature films. We now present our list of top 10 punk rock movies.

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The 10 best "Bear" bands in rock 'n' roll

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Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these furry, four-legged beasts? It's not just a new development, either, as a smattering of groups from decades past have drawn their names from our distant but engrossing relationship with bears.

No matter what lies at the heart of rock music's continual preoccupation with bears, it seems like bands in this modern era -- more than any other -- routinely draw their names from something bear related. Here is a long-overdue look at the best bands with "Bear" in their moniker.


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10 classic punk records that are actually awful

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The Dead Milkmen: Bad? No. But classic? Also no.

I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more apparent that after their eponymous first record, the Ramones just kept trying to make the same record over and over again.

This, of course, isn't really news, though -- and the Ramones will always be considered to be the epitome of punk -- but it made me think. Curiosity, as they say, kills the cat, and even though I should know better, my epiphany about Rocket to Russia has led me down the following path: What other classic punk records have not aged well?


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Weird Al's 10 best underrated parodies

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It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasing eight music videos in eight days on YouTube.

Since we're in the middle of another Weird Al year, it seems appropriate to look back on his massive back catalog and remember some of the best parodies that may not have stuck in the public's consciousness in the way "Eat It" or "Amish Paradise" did.


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Cause goes sports bar: 10 best comments

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BTW, this is NOT the signage that the Iron Door will be using for the old Cause space.

Yesterday, Cause Spirits & Soundbar's fate was revealed. In September, it'll be outfitted with more TVs and craft beers and fewer walls and local music vending machines as it becomes a sports bar called the Iron Door.

This news did not go by without stirring up some commentary from our readers. Over 180 folks left messages ranging in tone from "There goes the neighborhood," to "Shut up, hipsters," to "OMG I h8 sports bars." Here are our 10 favorite comments regarding Cause's sporty future.

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