Billy Zoom of X Diagnosed With Cancer

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Billy Zoom performing with X at the Observatory
For the better part of the past decade, iconic punk rockers X have spent their time on the road, teasing, yet not releasing any new material. Despite the band's renaissance and connection with a new generation, there's some bad news to come from their camp today. Guitarist Billy Zoom has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer ahead of the band's shows at the Observatory this weekend. Zoom will play as the band will play each of their four albums (Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World) during this four night stint.

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Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival" Irvine Line-up Announced

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The Roast Master is in the house!
The good times are about to roll once again so grab your sunscreen and beer money because yesterday Funny or Die announced a list of dates and full line-up for their third annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year's event is co-headlined by Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, and depending on the location, your funny bone will be further tickled by a rotating line-up of major players like Nick Kroll, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Dave Attell, Tim Minchin, Rachel Feinstein, and OMG so many more!

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KROQ April Foolishness 2015 Line-Up Announced

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Tom Petty said "waiting is the hardest part" and he wasn't wrong. But now, the wait is over on this year's roster for KROQ's 7th annual April Foolishness. Announced early this morning on the Kevin & Bean show, we're here to break the better than good news to you in case you didn't have the pleasure of waking up way too early to hear about it yourself. Yeah, we're total sweethearts but truthfully, we're not even half as sweet as the news we heard about this big event.

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Woman Dead After a Possible Overdose at HARD Summer Identified as Emily Tran of Anaheim

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The woman who died Monday morning after attending this year's HARD Summer has been identified as Emily Tran, 19, of Anaheim.

An autopsy was pending for Tran, who died at an El Monte hospital after attending the electronic music festival at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.

Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said her death was being treated as a possible drug overdose, noting that hospital officials said the woman had apparently ingested methamphetamine. Final results of an autopsy could take weeks, pending the results of toxicology tests.

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Funny or Die: Oddball Comedy And Curiosity Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced

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Doug Gifford
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Coming off the success of last year, Funny Or Die's "Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival" is back! Being held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre September 13th and 14th, the comedic line-up will sincerely blow any and every comedy lovers brain right out of their head!

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Festival Supreme 2014 Lineup Announced

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The lineup for Tenacious D's second annual Festival Supreme in Santa Monica was just announced! This year, the fest takes place on October 25 at a new location, the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds. It also includes sets from Metalocalypse, Cheech and Chong, Nick Kroll, and of course, the greatest band in the world--Tenacious D. Full lineup and ticket info after the jump.

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Suspicious Fire at the Muck Causes Major Damage [Updated with Arrest]

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A view of yesterday's damage
[Original Post: Monday, May 5. 7 a.m.] Apparently someone out there has a burning desire to fuck with the Muck. A fire was set at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center outdoor amphitheater in Fullerton on Monday, resulting in major damages and loss of historic property. The incident is under investigation.

This is actually the 7th suspicious fire at the Muck in the last month, according to Fullerton Battalion Chief John Stokes. Damages from the blaze include the loss of a newly refurbished Yamaha piano-- original to the Muckenthaler family ($12,000 value), burned theater curtains, $1,500 worth of damages to the stage dance floor, and over $5,000 in damages to a donated passenger van that was used to transport art supplies. The fire caused approximately $25,000 in damage, according to a statement released by the center yesterday evening.

See update on apprehended suspect after the jump

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Duane Peters Pleads Guilty in Domestic Violence Case

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Duane Peters pleaded guilty yesterday to a domestic violence charge involving a run-in with his live-in girlfriend at their Long Beach home. Superior Court Judge Laura Laesecke immediately sentenced Peters, 52, to a one-year domestic violence counseling program, 60 days of community service and five years of probation.

Sounds like he got off pretty light, though he was also ordered to stay away from the woman for 10 years, according to the District Attorney's Office. Peters originally entered a plea of not guilty when he was charged with one felony count of willful infliction of corporal injury in late February. Neighbors intervened after hearing a commotion shortly before midnight Feb. 7 and restrained Peters until police arrived. The woman suffered moderate injuries, according to authorities.

See also: Full coverage of Duane Peters Domestic Violence Case

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John Pinette Dies at 50. The Comedy World Mourns.

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We had the pleasure of interviewing comedian John Pinette for the Weekly a few weeks ago and we just wanted to express our condolences to his family and say that we are also deeply saddened about the news of his sudden passing.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that stand-up comedian John Pinette died Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Station Square. A supervisor with the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Mr. Pinette had been suffering liver and heart disease. Examiners did not perform an autopsy, as Mr. Pinette's personal doctor signed off on his cause of death. Authorities suspect no foul play.

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The 6th Annual KROQ's April Foolishness Line-Up Announced

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OMG this line-up is INSANE!!!!

Over the years we have waited with baited breath to see who would be on the April Foolishness show hosted by KROQ's Kevin and Bean and this year was obviously no exception. Promising to release the info today, we got up early to get the news on who would grace the stage at this year's event just for you and boy oh boy, we are so glad that we did!

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