QUIZ: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

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Jena Ardell

Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo.

In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, designed an extremely condensed typeface named Onyx that became very popular among advertising type in the 1940s because it allowed more characters to be used when space was limited or costly.

Cut to present day and any 90s kid will identify Powell's Onyx typeface as "Nirvana font", thanks to typesetter Grant Alden. According to nirvana-legacy.com, Alden was paid $15 to assist the graphic designer originally hired to create the cover art for Nirvana's Bleach in 1989. Nirvana's signature smiley face, drawn by Cobain, is another "mental shortcut" to identify the band.

Time to test your typography knowledge and the following bands' branding skills. Can you identify these famous acts by their typefaces? Answers provided on the last page.


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Set Your Boners to Hyperdrive: Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show Coming to Santa Ana!

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Photo of Audrey Deluxe by Maarten Deboer
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, comic book geeks and science fiction nerds were among the least likely social groups to be associated with sexuality. However, anyone who has attended a comic book or sci-fi convention in the past 10 years, give or take, has observed that flesh, cosplay, and nerd chic have become as part and parcel of the cons as getting autographs from artists & celebrities, buying campy memorabilia, and geeking out over trailers to upcoming superhero movies. That being said, on Saturday, July 12, the girls of Devil's Playground Burlesque, in association with Yadi, will be taking all Orange County comers -- nerdly fetishists as well as civilians -- to the next level of galactic experience with their Star Wars-inspired show, "Star Girls."

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Musician Quotations as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

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Jena Ardell
Sometimes famous musicians say profound things otherwise only conjured by fortune cookie writers. We wouldn't mind finding these pearls of wisdom the next time we crack open a fortune cookie. Moo shoo gai pan with a side of lo mein, please!

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Michael Jackson Fan Art You Really Must Own

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Nesting Doll Set by artmatryoshka on etsy.

It's hard to believe Michael Jackson tragically left this earth four years ago. This year, why not honor Jackson by splurging on handmade art instead of getting emotional while watching This Is It with your cat? Here are our favorite etsy items:

Hide your MJ in this impressive Five-Piece Nesting Doll Set by artmatryoshka (above) because you're bad, you're bad... you know it.

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Chris Hardwick Gives Us Plenty Of Reason's To Get Geeked That Nerdist Is Coming To Anaheim

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Hardwick makes "nerd" culture BEYOND cool.

For those of you who think that "geek culture" isn't hip or cool, Chris Hardwick over at Nerdist.com is making his mark by taking what some label as "nerdy" and parlaying it into super stardom. In-between bringing in some of the most notable guests in podcasting history on the Nerdist Podcast along with his boys Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, Hardwick splits his time holding down a successful career doing stand-up, writing, acting, hosting "Talking Dead" on AMC, and traveling around to conventions to immerse himself in the culture that he truly loves whether you think it is "cool" or not. This Friday March 29th the boys from Nerdist are heading to the City National Grove of Anaheim to record a live podcast and before it all goes down, we talked to Chris about the ins and outs of convention life, why Bill Murray is so awesome, and why his podcast stands apart from the rest.

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Guitar Geek Festival To Take Place This Weekend In Anaheim

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While many of musicians, studio types, instrument and accessory vendors from across the globe descend upon Anaheim for NAMM, there's another music expo that's taking place as well. Deke Dickerson is presenting his 10th annual Guitar Geek Festival in Anaheim this weekend, which will be the last time that it is presented in conjunction with NAMM. Though the festival is a passion project at this point (Dickerson told the LA Times that he's been losing money every year since it's inception, but he would be open to doing a smaller one in L.A. in the future), it's always served as one of the cooler offshoots from NAMM that showcases some of the best axemen and women of the past and present. More »

It's Jawbreaker Day, and We Got Chris Bauermeister and Adam Pfahler To Do An Interview Together

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Last year I introduced you to the wonderful delight that is Jawbreaker Day (if you forgot, click here). 

A synopsis: Jawbreaker was a band that released the album Dear You in 1995. On the record is a song called "Sluttering (May 4th)." Jawbreaker has a devoted fanbase and the Internet is prime real estate for nerds doing nerdy things. Put the two together and May 4 becomes Jawbreaker Day.

For this year's extravaganza, I tried to track down all three members of the band (singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister and drummer Adam Pfahler). As you'll see if you keep reading, I got the rhythm section, which is pretty cool for super fanboys such as myself.
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11/11/11: Nigel Tufnel and 311 Duke it Out

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While people around the world are celebrating This is Spinal Tap hero Nigel Tufnel's day (yes, we expect to be greeted by "But this goes up to 11!"  everywhere), we're rooting for the underdog and championing bro rock band 311's right to claim 11/11/11 as well. (It is another kind of "311 Day"). Why?

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Geek Out With Rock's Backpages

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Lou Reed in 1973. If this was fat in the '70s, it's no wonder we're all considered obese now.
The online music-journalism archive Rock's Backpages is 10 years old this month. If you've never heard of the site, it's probably because a) you're not a music geek or b) you don't want to have to pay to read interviews online--even awesome, historical ones, such as Bob Dylan's first interview with Columbia Records from 1961, Lester Bang's incredible interview with Lou Reed (in which he says Reed has a "nursing-home pallor and fat girdles at his sides") or Rush's 1978 interview with NME.

But this month, the site is giving away 30 exclusive features for free: 10 definitive interviews, 10 previously unpublished exclusives and 10 audio interviews from its vaults. All you have to do is enter your email address. Check out the list of what's available after the jump.

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BlizzCon 2011's 15 Hottest Babes

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Another year, another BlizzCon, another slew of hot babes in seriously killer costumes with tons of painstaking detail. This year's BlizzCon took place at the Anaheim Convention Center on Oct. 21-22.

Click here to see our entire slideshow of the happenings at BlizzCon 2011. But in the meantime, here are our picks for the top 15 hottest babes of BlizzCon 2011 after the jump.  More »
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