To Write Love On Her Arms Bridges the Gap Between Music and Suicide Prevention

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Courtesy of To Write Love On Her Arms
TWLOHA is one of the music scene's biggest nonprofits of the last decade.
Just under a decade ago, you couldn't have a successful emo or pop punk music video without at least one To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) shirt. As much as they were a nonprofit organization assisting people who were struggling with depression and suicide, they were also a bit of a fashion statement.

Much like those Livestrong wristbands you've long since forgotten about, TWLOHA isn't much of a fashion statement anymore, but the movement and message are continuing as strong as ever. At nearly every major festival across the country, you'll still find the TWLOHA tent standing strong, offering clothing (for sale), support and information to anyone who cares to hear it.

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Big Freedia is the Queen Diva, You Already Knowwwwww

Fuse TV
Oh you want me to give you something? Ok, I got this.
What is bigger than big? That's easy, it's Big Freedia. Big personality, big vocals, and a big ass badonka to shake for the masses. Stage persona aside, Freedia is dishing a lot of her life on Fuse with Freedia: Queen of Bounce and with the finale episode coming up this Wednesday, we got the New Orleans-bred bounce rapper on the horn to talk about all things regarding the show, her life, and of course, on dat azz.

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Sarah Colonna Doesn't Do Skype Sex

What, am I an accident?
Comedian and best-selling author Sarah Colonna is at it again with her first hour long special, I Can't Feel My Legs, premiering on Comedy Dynamics Tuesday, October 27th. Sarah is offering up candid, relatable hilarity and we're here to suggest that you set those DVR's now. After watching her special ourselves, we can't help but to feel we want to know her better. And what better way to do that than to hit this quick witted woman with a random round of quick questions? Yes. That was rhetorical.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Real quick, I was just noticing with I Can't Feel My Legs and Has Anyone Seen My Pants it seems like you might have a lower torso fetish.

Sarah Colonna: I know right? I didn't even think about that honestly, I just thought it was a funny title. Later on I was like, oh pants, yeah. I actually named it before that song "I Can't Feel my Face" came out and now I feel like I copied that but, that's OK.

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Sal Vulcano REALLY Hates Continental Breakfast

I cannot get with the words of today like whip, nae nae, bae, and fleek. It'll never happen!
When four guys grow up together there is a chance that they will jokingly harass each other at some point. When it comes to The Tenderloins (Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn aka truTV's Impractical Jokers), that chance raises to 100%. If you've never seen the hidden reality show, it basically revolves around the four friends taking dares and pranks to ridiculous levels. Never one to turn down a great challenge or a good laugh, we talked to Vulcano before this troupe hits Club Nokia on October 23rd for two shows of hilarity. Since we know he's is up for anything, we figured he wouldn't mind explaining a few things to us like his nickname, his tweets, and his phobias. We even got some awesome bonus info on his mama and we already like her. A lot.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): My dad is also from Staten Island and if I didn't mention that he'd disown me. He also thinks he's down with Wu-Tang Clan so, yeah. He'll claim you.

Sal Vulcano: He should! [Laughs.] That's great! All of our friends and family, you know, the people who don't make the negative stereotypes live there too! We gotta all stick together. I think Staten Island is contributing a lot to the comedy world right now too. We're having a little comedic renaissance.

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Demi Lovato Is Confident

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Jena Ardell
Forget about Demi Lovato's Disney past, the girl's got pipes! And kudos to her for publicly overcoming a laundry list of demons. The songstress's loyal fan base of 'Lovatics' played a significant role in her recovery.

Lovato's 5th studio album, Confident, drops today, October 16. Lovato will be performing during AMP Radio's sold-out 'We Can Survive' show at the Hollywood Bowl on October 24. The show benefits Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also features The Weekend, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas and 5 Seconds of Summer.

The lyrics to Lovato's single "Cool For The Summer" may imply a little girl-on-girl action, but the tabloid reports romantically linking Lovato with actress Ruby Rose are false:

"Rumors are rumors, and people are going to spread them," Lovato told Complex Magazine. "You can believe what you want, but no, I was not in a relationship with her."

Here's what Lovato has said about her self image and revived self confidence. Quotation above via

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Why The Gentleman Jerry Rocha Is Not Into Gentlemen's Magazines

Leave some for everyone else.
There's a lot to be said about being a gentleman when it comes to comedian Jerry Rocha. Before his special "Gabriel Iglesias Presents: The Gentleman Jerry Rocha" airs this Saturday October 17th, we gave him a jingle to see exactly what we would be signing up for. From his definition of the word he put in his special, to nudes, Twitter, acting comics, and friendship, we hit him with it all and since he passed our test, we'll for sure be tuning in. And after you read this, we think you'll want to also.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Your press release says you're a gentleman depending on how you define the word "gentleman." I'm gonna need to know how you personally define the word "gentleman" so I can properly form an opinion.

Jerry Rocha: I mean, it's kind of a joke because when I was a kid, one of the wrestlers that was popular was "Gentleman" Chris Adams. I thought that was such a cool name so I always wanted to name a stand-up special that. Also, I talk about a lot of irreverent things and there are a lot of tragic dating stories in there too so I thought it would just kind of fit perfectly.

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Punk 101 With NOFX's Fat Mike

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Jena Ardell
What do Big Mike and Betty White have in common? They both attended Beverly Hills High School. And, yeah, that's where similarities between the two end. There's a fat chance Fat Mike will reach White's current age of 93--but we hope we're wrong.

Fat Mike is pure punk. "Why be sober on tour? Why play sober?" Mike told A.V. Club. "Why do a job sober if you don't have to? And being a musician is really one of the only jobs that you're really pushed into performing drunk. People expect it. People expect rock stars to be wasted, and if you're not it's a disappointment." Oi! Someone call Dr. Drew.

You can catch NOFX tomorrow, October 10, during It's Not Dead Fest at San Manuel Amphitheater at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater. Over 35 punk bands will be performing, including Bad Religion, Agent Orange, Fishbone, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, and The Vandals.

Here's what punk rock means to Fat Mike. Quotation above via

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Raunchy Randomness with Jim Norton

He'll never love himself as much as I hate myself.
When east coast phenom Jim Norton is in our fair town, we take notice. And not to be bias should too. This weekend at the Irvine Improv, Norton is showcasing his svelte new look along with an arsenal of new material and if you are in the mood to do some hardy laughing without hardly getting offended, this man's set is right up your alley. We got together with little Jimmy (seriously, have you seen this man lately??) at the last minute and hit him with a round of randomness and what he gave us in return, well, it was nothing short of riotous.

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Beach House On Authenticity and Inspiration

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Jena Ardell
We hope you were able to snag the limited 'Loser Edition' vinyl version of Beach House's latest album, Depression Cherry. We were so hypnotized by the clear record housed in that velvety, red flocked sleeve that we almost forgot the record played music.

Beach House is all band, no drama. Band members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally both look and act the role of chilled-out hipster superstars. Their sound is so melodic we can only assume their physical presence in the band was meticulously crafted to disappear, leaving you on a cathartic spiral of good vibes.

Here's what Legrand and Scally have said about authenticity and inspiration. Quotation above via

Beach House is performing four sold-out shows at the Honda theatre this December. Tickets are still available for their show at The Observatory on Dec. 7.

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Getting Random With Paul Reiser

It's better to not even go there.
We're wild about Paul Reiser around these parts (please note we didn't use the cliché "mad" about) and with his return to TV via the FX series "Married" and his upcoming role in "Red Oaks," we couldn't be more pleased about getting our fix of the legendary comedian. He's also been gracing the stand-up stage as of late and you can catch him this time around at the Irvine Improv for one night only this Thursday, October 1st. Instead of going straight Q&A like the last time we talked to Paul, this time we got random with Reiser to see how he'd fare. Color us schooled because this old school dude had new school skills and he let us have it. Literally and figuratively.

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