Take Out Your Stupid Phones At Concerts If You Want, You Babies

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Laura June Kirsch for the Village Voice
Future in Williamsburg
By: Luke O'Neil
Recently, a writer for Pitchfork attended a Purity Ring concert in Melbourne, Australia. Nice. While such a scenario might normally come coupled with some degree of purple musings about synth textures and beguiling atmospherics, there's little in the way of language about the actual music performed that night, because, as author Nick Fulton writes, he was too distracted by everyone with their dang phones out to properly immerse himself in the experience. Or, translated into Pitchforkian, "It's hard not to wonder if these technophile fans know they are diluting not only their own but other people's cultural intimacy."

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Which Sports Franchises Have the Worst Music Taste?

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Courtesy Scott Stapp
This man is responsible for the worst song about flying fish ever.
By: Luke Winkie

Sports and music go hand-in-hand -- it's pumped out of every stadium in America, we have jock jams, and, like the "San Diego Super Chargers," some of the oldest traditions in professional team sports are inextricably tied to specific songs. It's why the Miami Dolphins will play that godforsaken fight song every single game they play. It's why those organ bleats will ring out in baseball stadiums until the Earth is swallowed by the Sun. These two industries need each other. The rest of us will just have to deal with it.

With that in mind, we've highlighted some teams that have demonstrated some particularly bad taste in recent years.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Joke

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Could Hall and Oates be your next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees?
By: Nick Keppler

Whatever illuminati votes on inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is undergoing its deliberations for the class of 2014. The process apparently includes much backstage lobbying, as induction can lead to a real spike in sales of back catalogs and "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee" looks good on the obituaries some of these people are no doubt expecting to be written soon. But the fact is, entry into the Rock Hall is the most worthless music honor this side of a Grammy Award. Luckily, there's a way to fix that.

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Top 10 Worst Emo Bands Of All Time

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It's safe to say emo music today is barely a shadow of what it once was. Nobody today thinks about the DIY hardcore punk element that the genre was founded on. Now when you hear emo you think Hot Topic, you think whiny pre-teens, and you think terrible sellout radio tunes. Most people either hate or love the genre of emo based on the era they grew up in. Lovers of the first wave generally hate the 1990's second wave, listeners from the 90's generally hate the 2000's era, and people who grew up through the 3rd wave now realize what crappy music they were listening too. Whether you love it or hate it, you might as well laugh at it. Here is our list of the top 10 Worst Emo Bands of All time.

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Douchebag Cab Driver Steals Jameson Burt's Guitar and Amplifier

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The guitar in question
Jameson Burt is known around these parts for his soulful tunes, meloncholly wail and being very, very tall. Sadly, the blues rock musician and former guitarist of Echo Echo, has been the talk of the local music scene for something besides his extreme talent lately.

Jameson had his 1954 Gibson ES 125 guitar, 1970s Fender Princeton amplifier along with a few pedals and cables stolen from him from a "bandit cab" in Los Angeles in the wee hours of the morning on July 31. He has since taken to social media, asking friends and fans to be on the look out for his gear, should it show up on Craigslist, at a pawn shop, anywhere.

We spoke with Jameson via email and he gave us the details of what happened that morning.

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Top 10 Emo Bands of the '90s

Emo wasn't always shorthand to describe Hot Topic pre-teens with black hair spending their parent's money on My Chemical Romance merch. In the 90's, emo went through a revival period looking back to bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace. Today, some music scenes are seeing a revival in emo music as well. Bands like Algernon Cadwalladar, Into It Over It, Tigers Jaw, and Snowing are creating the sounds of the latest emo revival. Like all good things, many emo bands are short-lived. All the bands on this list have either broken up and reunited or have just called it quits all together. Whether you call it post-hardcore, emo, screamo, emotive hardcore, or whiny-teenage music, emo will always be coming in and out of style. Here's our list of the Top 10 Emo Bands of the 90s.

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Frustrated Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala Dissolves The Mars Volta

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Bixler-Zavala feeling left behind...
The ethereal, experimental sounds of prog-rock band the Mars Volta are no more. Loyal fans are awakening to the depressing news after vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala aired out all his frustrations on Twitter last night.

"I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," he tweeted. Sorry folks, it doesn't really get any more directly to the point than that.

Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López were key cornerstones of the band with other musicians coming in and out as revolving members. But it was Rodríguez-López's own musical departure from the Mars Volta that caused the irreconcilable tension.

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Apocalypse Talk: Musician and Celebrity End of the World Tweets

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Jena Ardell
Seems like everyone is trying to cash in on the alleged Mayan Apocalypse, so we thought we'd join them. Here are some mildly amusing doomsday tweets from the rich and famous for you to read before blasting REM's "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" on your way to an Apocalypse party tonight. Remember to drink responsibly and never trust a Mayan.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Upset that Ween Broke Up

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Dean and Gene Ween of Ween

It was a sad day for music fans and weirdos alike as Aaron Freeman, better known as "Gene Ween," announced that his beloved duo Ween were calling it quits. Freeman told Rolling Stone yesterday that he's retiring the character, something that was news to bandmate Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) with whom he formed the band 28 years ago in an eighth grade typing class.

Putting out well-received studio albums since 1990's GodWeenSatan: The Oneness and performing as recently as last New Year's Eve in Denver, their legacy consists of both an eclectic discography and devoted fanbase rivaled by few. If you're late to the Ween party, here's five reasons you should be upset at their end.

5) No More Signature Ween Humor

"Push Th' Little Daisies" (1992)

While Dean and Gene were celebrated multi-instrumentalists, the duo's music is probably best known for their quirky, sometimes disturbing, sense of humor. If your funny bone fits in their Frankenstein, you'll frequently laugh while trying to decern their each song's possibly dark meaning.

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Have You Seen These Tools? Photos Of Creme Tangerine Records Burglars Released

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Miguel Vasconcellos
Happier Days at Creme Tangerine Records

Creme Tangerine Records
in Costa Mesa suffered a second break-in in two months on March 5. The most recent robbery involved two men who broke into the vintage trailer-turned-record store at the LAB Anti Mall in front Urban Outfitters, as well as another shop, according to Creme Tangerine Records' Facebook. They did not report what was stolen or damaged.

Creme Tangerine Records released two images from a nearby surveillance camera showing two men who appear to be wearing sunglasses and hats, walking away from the record store at 3:45 a.m. on March 5. 
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