Stop Pretending You Don't Love Phil Collins

Atlantic Records
It's OK, you can admit you once owned a copy of ...But Seriously. We all did.
So I had a whole other article written about Meat Loaf and Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. That's going to have to wait. There are more pressing matters at hand. It's recently come to my attention that there's a petition begging Phil Collins to not come out of retirement.

First, I didn't even know that Phil had retired. It's basically always 1985 around here. No Jacket Required on vinyl is possibly the best $2.99 I've ever spent on anything in my life. If you don't have it, you're missing out.

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Why Goo Goo Dolls Actually Deserve Your Respect

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The Goos live at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass.
I'm fully aware that, since the dawn of the 21st century, the Goo Goo Dolls have been embarrassingly tepid MILFcore. Still, anytime someone name-checks the Goos as a symbol of mediocrity, I can't help but judge them. How can anyone exhibit shameless excitement over a Sleater-Kinney reunion record (groan) while thinking the back catalog of Buffalo's best rock export is anything to be ashamed of?

Let me drop some wisdom on you: The Replacements have some killer songs here and there, but they really only made one great album and no, it's not Let It Be. On the other hand, many of their imitators have cranked out solid album after solid album, frequently overtaking their heroes in the quest for rock's teen angst throne. Chief among those worshiping at the altar of Westerbergian woe are the Goo Goo Dolls. And while you could be forgiven for wanting to pierce your eardrums in protest against their more recent work, you're a damn Philistine if you're skipping out on what came before.

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The Seven Types of Douchebags You Meet at Coachella

Timothy Norris
It really does take many kinds of people to make a world, some good, some bad. And then there's the really bad, and the ugly. And now that Coachella is upon us once again, we're reminded of the ugliest types of people to be stuck in a blazing desert with, and preparing to deal with them is just as essential as packing sunblock in our suitcase.

For those who've never experienced Coachella and are coming for the first time, we've curated here a list of the most unpleasant types of people--we'll call them douchebags-- you'd encounter at the three-day music festival to be wary of. Because that's exactly what they are. Douchebags. For those who have been to Coachella, be warned that reading this list will result in heavy eye rolling and rising blood pressure from the rage of these mentions.

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Why Do Jam Bands Carry Such a Stigma?

By: Leslie Simon
Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, though, and for whatever reason they become instantly polarizing. Whenever the subject of jam bands comes up, it seems to send some people into a frenzy of dogmatic snideness. So why the stigma? Well, to answer that, we've probably got to go back to beginning.

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Ten Questions with That Metal Show's Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson

I grew up in a town where almost every kid wore a jean jacket and worshiped at the altar of Ozzy Osbourne. KNAC blared from garages and Skid Row was played over the loudspeaker at our city's annual carnival. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about metal, which might have something to do with why I find myself watching "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic even though I'm not what anyone would call a metalhead.

Honestly, the longhairs in my town looked for any reason to kick ass and this created a fear of metal fans that lasts to this day. Most dudes (cuz there ain't no girls into metal) I know these days who are into metal are super cool people and not the sorts who want to start fights. Still, when I think of the genre, I think of that older kid who lived around the corner from me. He had a bad teenage moustache and he'd spray the hose at us anytime we walked past his house.

Maybe that's why I dig the show so much. Behind closed doors, I can listen to hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson talk about shredding guitarists and wailing singers without feeling like I'm about to get a beat down.

Hopefully no fisticuffs take place on Friday night as comedians Florentine and Jamieson bring their stand-up act to the Rhythm Lounge in Long Beach. I've seen Florentine before (even hung out with him for a bit although he'd never remember me) and if Jamieson's act is even half as funny as Florentine's, then the show should be the equivalent of watching Slayer play South of Heaven while making out with Lita Ford.

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Hott MT Video Featuring Wayne Coyne Now on the Interwebz!

Ahoy! Hott Mt's song featuring Wayne Coyne has surfaced on the interwebs! It's even more spectacular than we thought.

The local OC band that traveled all the way to Oklahoma City just over a week ago to barge in on The Flaming Lips front man (and give him their album as a birthday present) didn't keep us waiting long before unleashing their sure-to-be-a-hit music video.

"Never Hate Again," featuring Coyne, was posted on Delo Creative's YouTube channel, Saturday. (Delo Creative is the production company responsible for many Flaming Lips YouTube videos.) In the short time "Never Hate Again" has been living in cyber space, it has already received nearly three thousand hits and a slew of comments. One YouTube commenter wrote, "Retardedly good. I love you guys."

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Two Guns to Use Solar Powered Amplifier for Long Beach's Buskerfest

There's stiff competition at BuskerFest this Saturday; 11 bands take to the streets of East Town Village in Long Beach to play unplugged sets for a roving audience, with the goal of garnering the most wooden nickels for the grand prize--a $2,500 vinyl pressing.

Five-piece Two Guns has a secret weapon: an amplifier powered by solar energy, via a generator fashioned out of a six-pack cooler.

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Top Protest Songs Hijacked by Patriots

Woody Guthrie
There are many things we do to celebrate our nation's birth. We drink, of course. We set off fireworks. We eat red meat. And during all of this, we have patriotic tunes in the background. But this year, we suggest you take a closer listen to some of the songs you may put on. Not all are as pro-American as you may think. 
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My Morning Jacket Wants to be Dengue Fever

Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly

Kentucky band My Morning Jacket's foray into revivalism on their latest, Circuital (out May 31),  involve making soul palatable to bros via rock & roll. Actually it's something frontman Jim James has done throughout their career, but on their latest single "Holdin' On to Black Metal," James goes beyond reinventing Motown and Stax-Volt and delves into 1960s Thai pop. 
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Junip's Tobias Winterkorn: Five Favorite Things About the USA


Swedish folk-psych band Junip knows a little bit about traveling the world--their stand-out song "Rope and Summit" is about conquering metaphorical mountains, and between their recent international break-out and singer/guitarist Jose Gonzalez's earlier solo career, they've conquered plenty of literal territory too. There's even two bars in Thailand where "Rope and Summit" gets played every day, says synthesizer player Tobias Winterkorn, thanks to a super-fan and old roommate spreading the good word. But when they visit America, there are certain things they look forward to that they just can't find anywhere else. Winterkorn shares his five favorite things about the U.S.A. en route to his show at Detroit Bar on Saturday.

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