Ten Album Covers Improved by Cats

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Laila Derakhshanian
We listen to a lot of music here at Heard Mentality. Sometimes, that music is accompanied by art that you can actually observe for hours. And sometimes, that art is not so desirable, or aesthetically pleasing (ahem, Prince--even if you did "produce, arrange, compose, and perform" all your songs). So we decided to improve these album covers by photoshopping the cutest things in the world on them. Enjoy! More »

Pacific Festival OC: Get 50 Percent Off VIP Tickets!

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We interrupt our regular programming to promote today's Voice Daily Deals promo--not because it was brainstormed by our company, but because it's a pretty sweet deal. For $75, you get a VIP pass to the Pacific Festival: OC. The one-day music fest in Oak Canyon Ranch has more than 50 bands in the lineup, with Snoop Dogg headlining.

Steve Aoki, Black Lips and Cut/Copy will also be there. If you know that general admission tickets are $95, you'd think this $75 VIP deal
was pretty sweet, too (and now you do!).

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Drag Queens Turning Lip Syncing Into An Art Form (Happy Pride Month, Everyone!)

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Drag queen Manila Luzon

Lip syncing has always been, in the minds of common folk, one of those faux pas we only see when a member of the Real Housewives collective tries their hand at so-called "singing." (Believe it or not, those microphones in hand are as dead as a clueless possum trying to cross the 405 freeway against the flow of traffic.)

But in the world of gays and their fruitflies (think "girls who like boys who like boys"), lip syncing is a treasured pastime. Every week all across metropolitan America, thousands of people flock to gay centralias and check-in to clubs and bars for Drag Night. From New York City to San Francisco, from Chicago to Austin, Drag Nights have become inclusive events where lip syncing talent showcase their best renditions and gays of all circles and cliques come to D.M.L. (drink, mingle, and laugh)

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Robert Plant and Band of Joy Announce North American Tour

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Recently, Robert Plant has been as active with his solo/Band of Joy work as at any time in his 40-plus-year career. Band of Joy, his Grammy-nominated current project, are hitting the Midwest and Western parts of the U.S. for a number of tour dates beginning in April. They're scheduled mostly for large venues, including a performance April 23 at the Greek Theatre in LA.More »

The Go! Team to Release Album Full of Collaborations

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​This should put a little swing in your step. Yesterday, Pitchfork Media reported that the pep squad of British pop, The Go! Team, are embarking on an international tour to support their forthcoming album Rolling Blackouts. The LP, which features a menagerie of guest collaborations, is slated for a Feb. 1 release Stateside. As an added bonus, the hallowed online rag posted a clip of the song "Buy Nothing Day," which features an appearance from Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino.


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Pocketbooks, Rejoice! (Some) Cheaper Concert Tickets Expected in 2011

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There's some good news for concert lovers who thought that skyrocketing ticket prices meant they'd forever be stuck at home watching their favorite bands and artists through blurry footage on YouTube.  

Promoters say they plan to make shows more affordable in 2011, the AP reports. This past summer was a bust for the concert biz as ticket prices were set too high in a craptastic economy, leaving many seats unfilled. Planners either had to cancel shows or offer last-minute super sales.  

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Heard Mentality, Now on Facebook!

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 Now that we have a page on Facebook, it will be so much easier for you all to find out what's going on in the OC music scene and beyond!

What will you get out of being our Facebook friend? Our everlasting love and a chance to win merchandise, concert tickets and music.

After the jump, find out how we're bribing you to be our friend.

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A Perfect Circle Officially Off-Hiatus

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A Perfect Circle, 2004: Josh Freese, Jeordie White, Maynard James Keenan, James Iha, Billy Howerdel
After six years of being on hiatus, "supergroup" A Perfect Circle is officially--no, seriously officially this time--working together again. More »

Hooray, The Lakers Win 16th NBA Title!

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Kobe Bryant at the Honda Center
It was a long hard fight, but the Lakers finally prevailed. After the jump, Snoop's LA Lakers 2010 theme song. Just because.

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Top Five Fan Remakes of Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

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Don't ask about Heard Mentality's current obsession with Lady Gaga; just know that we spend sleepless nights watching her videos and trying to figure out where she gets outfit ideas that seem regurgitated but fresh at the same time.

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Hey -- at least we're not the only ones with a Gaga obsession. There are over 600 remakes of "Telephone" on Youtube! After the jump, check out the best fan remakes we could find, which include soldiers in Afghanistan acting like the Village People, a fey Canadian boy, an overweight, balding middle-aged man and a gaggle of über-cute teenagers.
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