Royal Blood Shatter The Walls of the Observatory

Courtesy of Phrankenstein
In 2014, when Royal Blood dropped their debut album, the earth shook. This is why--with just two instruments, Ben Thatcher (drums) and Mike Kerr (bass/vocals) inject tender (and freaking sexy) vocals, scuzzy riffs, and pounding (yet methodical) drums. Their self-titled album doesn't just earn a + or heart shaped click on your Spotify or Apple Music accounts. Their entire album snuggles its way into its own private playlist. Yes, it's that savage.

Seeing this duo live was invigorating. Before they took the stage, fans stood with feet glued to the floor as Bass Drum of Death and Wakrat kicked things off. A man in the middle of the mosh pit stood with black shades, worn responsibly for flashing lights neurotically bounced throughout the venue in every color of the rainbow.

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Why CDs May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl

By: Chris Kornelis

James Russell's mother told him that his first invention was the "automated battleship" he built when he was 6. By the time he was 13, he was fixing toasters, irons and fans at a local appliance store in his hometown outside Seattle. The summer before he left for college, he was hired to set up a radio station -- transmitter and all -- something he'd never done before. He'd never even seen an antenna that big.

"That's why I am an inventor," says Russell, now 83. "I can envision how it should be."

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The Term "EDM" Needs to Stop. Right Now.

Eric Gruneisen
By: Amber Taufman

I love electronic music. I love the sound, the artists, the parties, the people, the scene -- in fact, I'm into pretty much everything about this particular genre of music. But there's one thing about electronica that I'm really, really not into. At all.

It's the term "EDM." I hate it.

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How to Not Get Groped By a Frat Guy

Timothy Norris
Ladies, let's not stand for this.
This disgusting letter was sent to Georgia Tech's Phi Kappa Tau members to teach them to hook up with drunk co-eds at parties. With lines like, "if anything ever fails, go get more alcohol" it reads like a date rape manual.

But while frat parties have long been gross, the reality is that girls will keep showing up to such events as long as there is EDM and blue UV vodka. And so we offer step-by-step suggestions on how college gals can respond to this stupid manual -- and shut down these smug, collar-popped asshats.

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Walter White's Mixtape: The Best Songs About Meth

Even experts need to kick out the jams while they cook up the rock
By: Tom Cowell
Where there be drugs, there be songs. The Velvets will rhapsodize their smack, Redman will tell you How to Roll A Blunt... musicians just can't help writing odes to the junk that messes 'em up. But where is the Meth songbook? The charts aren't exactly packed with serenades to the meth experience. Maybe crystal doesn't have the same rock n' roll cache enjoyed by your cocaines and your heroins (facial scabs and bad teeth don't get you a Rolling Stone cover). But by some estimates, the speedy little crystal is America's third favorite drug (after booze and weed). So let's give meth its moment in the musical sun. We did some digging and found the 10 best songs to enjoy whenever you want to kick back, smoke rock and break very bad.

See also: Breaking Bad's Best Musical Moments

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Molotov Respects the LGTB Community and Not The "Putos"

Josue Rivas
Molotov at Staples Center, 2013
Most people know the word "puto" means "faggot" in Spanish. However the word has another meaning, something more like a coward...think Joe Arpayaso.

Surprisingly, Molotov--probably one of Mexico's most influential bands of all time--released a statement on their Facebook page clarifying the meaning of their controversial song "Puto."

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Musicians Talking About Drugs, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell

Musicians are knowledgeable in a lot of subjects, particularly narcotics and barbiturates. Some use drugs to escape their feelings; some use drugs to "enhance" their music; and others use drugs to kill themselves. (Isn't Rock 'n' roll glamorous?) We illustrated our favorite five quotations from musicians who have something to say about drug use. Just say 'No', kids.

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Hear Jim Morrison Explain Why Being Fat is Beautiful


By: Nick Greene
From Blank on Blank, animators of historical tapes and interviews, and PBS, comes this engorging 1969 interview with Jim Morrison. Former Voice writer Howard Smith visited Morrison at the Doors offices in November, 1969. While there, they got on the subject of food and, well, watch the video for yourself.

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Songs With Grammatical Errors We Just Can't Overlook

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Jena Ardell
They're coming to get you...
Yes, we are aware artists use poetic license when they are writing lyrics, but that doesn't prevent us from getting irritated when we hear grammatical errors over the radio waves. Below are ten songs with lyrics that set off our inner grammar-police sirens:

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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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