Six Reasons Why Bands Break Up

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All illustrations by Curtis Tinsley.
By: Joseph Hess
While Aerosmith still flails around in a body without bones, propped up by the hot air of its backward-cap-wearing fanbase, most sensible bands know when to call it quits. Sure, reunion tours are still a thing, but those tend to happen on the stinking fumes of nostalgia, and they serve to fuel the now-meager drug habits that were once respectable addictions.

Everyone calls it quits at some point. Being in a band is hard work -- coordinating schedules, dealing with flakes and actually hammering out a tolerable song or two is a damn near miracle for some. But those who break through are still destined to quit at some point, and here's why.

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Def Jam's Top 5 Most Underrated Videos

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Jay-Z, Bounce With Him...
Yesterday, in honor of Def Jam's 30th Anniversary this week, we brought you our choices for the Top 5 most iconic Def Jam videos of all time. As great as those are, and believe us they are, it's only right when looking back at three decades of dominance to acknowledge all the less heralded gems in the Def Jam Video Vaults that never seem to get their due. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Most Underrated Def Jam videos of all time!


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Creating Moon Block Party's Spacey Vibe Takes a Lot of Focus

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Phil Pirrone knows you've got to take a chance when the universe presents you with an opportunity. In 2011, the longtime musician and maverick event organizer lived in an apartment in downtown Pomona that required him to contribute to the city's popular monthly Art Walk. With the help of friends, Pirrone threw a huge block party, booking a long roster of bands and securing a shopping-center stage.

"The second we plugged in the PA and put on some music to test it, it was so loud everyone was like, 'What's going on?'" he recalls. About 5,000 people showed up for the first installment of what has become one of the most anticipated alternative music festivals in Southern California: Moon Block Party. The third edition--featuring headliners the Black Angels, Band of Skulls and Black Lips, as well as several up-and-coming local acts--hits Pomona's Fairplex on Saturday.


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Yellowcard's Ryan Key Lifts Himself Up After Tragedy, Writes An Inspiring Album

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Katie Hovland
Yellowcard's Ryan Key never expected to fall in love while on tour in Europe back in 2012. Yet when he met Alyona Alekhina in Madrid, the two became mutually smitten, then practically inseparable. But as Key and Alekhina prepared to take their relationship to the next phase, the Russian snowboarder was injured in a training accident; she was paralyzed from the waist down.

The front man remained at Alekhina's side throughout her time in the hospital, culminating in their marriage while she was still in the ICU. Though her condition has been a challenge, her grit and determination have inspired her singer/songwriter husband. For Yellowcard's ninth studio album, Lift a Sail, Key wrote about the positivity in moving forward in life, even when the most difficult situations arise.

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Def Jam's Top 5 Most Iconic Videos

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LL Cool J's Mother Requested that He Render You Unconscious
This week landmark rap label Def Jam Records celebrates its 30th anniversary.  While the label's always been on the cutting edge of what's happening in hip-hop, tributes to the label's storied history often overlook how many iconic rap videos can be found within the label's catalog as well. It is with our glasses raised to Russell Simmons that we name Def Jam's five most iconic videos of all time.

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Quiz: Musician Movie Cameos

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Anthony Kiedis, Point Break (1991).
Not all cameos are equally coveted: a good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is cleverly disguised or appears so briefly, leaving you puzzled, forces you to rewind. (Was that just Alex Van Halen in Robocop?!) A bad cameo, like Vanilla Ice's dance routine in 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze, is a mockery. Despite which kind of cameo we find, one thing is certain: we always enjoy seeing a familiar face in an unfamiliar territory.

Let's test your knowledge where movies and music collide. Can you correctly name which musician appeared in the following films? Check your answers on the last page.

See also: Quiz: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces


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Ikey Owens, Long Beach Legend, Dead at 38 [Update]

Categories: R.I.P.

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John Gilhooley
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, beloved Long Beach musician, producer and the keyboardist of Jack White's touring band, has died. According to Third Man Records' website, "Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled."

See also: [Photos] Remembering Ikey Owens

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Here Are 10 Products for Sneaking Alcohol Into Concerts

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It's easy to drop serious cash on booze at shows -- especially if you're buying several rounds. What's even more frustrating is that many venues don't have the best selection, either.

But there are multiple products that will help you get around this issue. While we would never condone violating venue policies to avoid paying $12 for a beer, we present here, for your amusement and edification, 10 of the best items for sneaking booze into a concert.

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Relax, It's Okay to Like Weezer Again

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By: Corey Deiterman

"Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life."

Is "Back to the Shack" the return to form he's pining for in its own self-referential lyrics? Not quite. It's maybe the worst out of the recently released singles from their new record, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (in stores now), yet it does a pretty damn good job of sounding like the old Weezer, something the band has consistently failed at for the last decade. Recently the band swung by Fingerprints in Long Beach for an in-store performance with lines around the block.

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Dennis Rodman Showed Up at The Gromble's Show and Sang

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The beauty of the OC music scene is that its so vibrant that you never who will show up to jam with their friends. That could be on the arena or amphitheater level or in the case of Laguna Niguel's own The Gromble, sometimes that means Dennis Rodman comes on-stage and you rock out with a Basketball Hall of Famer.

Yep, that's what happened over the weekend at La Cave in Costa Mesa. A connoisseur of '90s music, the former Chicago Bulls rebounding machine grabbed the mic and growled through a version of Parliament's "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)." This was allegedly after The Worm requested the band play a Sublime because sure, why not? Rodman has a penchant for showing up at bars in the area, after all he keeps a home in these parts, but seeing him take the stage was something new.

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