Five Songs To Celebrate the Fourth of July

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America is the greatest country in the world. Don't believe me? Then answer this: Where else can a person enjoy the sorts of freedoms we have here? You know what I'm talking about. Stuff like the ability to marry whomever you want, to ensure your tax dollars go where you want them to go, to have brown skin and visit Arizona without fear of being deported, to know your country wasn't founded by assholish white men who lied to and killed the natives AND also enslaved an immeasurable amount of Africans, to select a president knowing nothing as crazy as something like an electoral college will cancel your vote, to be able to walk down the street smoking a plant without being harassed by police officers, to go to the beach and see topless women because making women cover their chests while men don't have to is totally insane and to know you can go to graduate school and not be in debt for the rest of your life.

Answer: Nowhere else. That's where. And you know why? Because USA!!!!

With that in mind, here are five songs to help you celebrate a day when America is even more America than those other days when America is America. (And if that doesn't make sense to you, get the fuck out of my country, you commie bastard.)

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The Six Most Unstoppable Collaborations in Music

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Un-freakin'-stoppable.
By: Drew Ailes
Roosevelt and Churchill. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Marvel and Capcom. Ghostbusters and Hi-C. Throughout history, there have been some truly incredible collaborations that have forever altered the course of humanity. But what about the memorable music combos when two brilliant music artists collide, shooting through the galaxies of both pop and rock? To celebrate the fantastical joint-effort between Too $hort and Lady Gaga that was announced on the red carpet of the 2013 VMAs, we've compiled a list of the six most unstoppable alliances in music.


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The Top Five Black Flag Guitar Recordings

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A recently reunited Black Flag plays tonight and tomorrow at the Observatory, which got me thinking: What songs do I want to hear live? The easy answer is "all of them," but let's face it, I don't want to hear any band do every song they know. Then I started thinking, "Ok, what are my favorite Black Flag songs I sure as hell hope they play?"

This isn't an easy answer seeing as how the group had four singers, one rhythm guitar player, three bassists and six drummers between its initial run from 1976 through 1986. As you might have guessed, each lineup transformed the group into something it wasn't before. Whereas the original lineup with guitarist Greg Ginn, singer Keith Morris, bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Bryan Migdol drew heavily from the Ramones, by the time Ginn, singer Henry Rollins, bassist C'el Revuelta and drummer Anthony Martinez toured in 1986, Black Flag was a heavy blues band that borrowed as much from Black Sabbath and Ornette Coleman than they did the Ramones.

Add the fact that Ginn -- the sole constant -- has reformed his group with second singer Ron Reyes (featured on the Jealous Again EP and the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization) and a new rhythm section (bassist Dave Klein and drummer Gregory Moore aka "Drummer") and you've got a headache as pounding as the second side to the band's 1984 record My War.


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10 Songs to Celebrate the Defeat of DOMA

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According to my Facebook feed, apparently the gays can get married. Or something like that (I didn't read any of those posts). I'm excited not only because legalizing gay marriage is the right thing to do, but because I've learned weddings are the best way to pick up chicks. So, more weddings means more girls, which is totally not gay (not for me, anyway).

Even more importantly, the term "holy matrimony" is single-person code for "massive party" where everyone gets wasted and has a blast. And you know who throws the best parties? The gays, which means gay weddings are going to be fucking awesome.

So hooray to all my homosexual brethren and sistren! You've now earned the right to be as miserable as every one of my married friends. But before you can be miserable, go weeks without sex, get hit with under-the-cover farts, feel the frustration that comes from your husband/wife's lack of dishwashing ability and sit through countless uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinners, you need to get wild.Here, to help you get wild, are 10 gay-friendly songs sure to make any party fabulous.


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Six Alkaline Trio Songs That Should Be Played Live (But Probably Won't Be)

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Every band has "hits," the songs they have to play in concert or no one will pay money to see them. Alkaline Trio is no different.

Thanks to nine studio albums, including My Shame is True (released today), singer/guitarist Matt Skiba, singer/bassist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant have a plethora of tunes that are damn-near guaranteed to make any set list, which means there's a good chance you'll hear "Radio," "Nose Over Tail," "Clavicle," "'97," "This Could Be Love," "Mercy Me," "Crawl," "Cringe" and "Bleeder." While there's nothing wrong with these (in fact, they are some of the band's best material), there are also a bunch of songs that rarely -- if ever -- get played. But they should.

There's no way of knowing what we'll hear from My Shame is True, but "Kiss You to Death," "Young Lovers" and "Until Death Do Us Part" are bona fide awesome and are worthy of replacing the oft-played "She Took Him to the Lake" and "Private Eye." And, if we are lucky, the addition of new material might force the band to dig into its catalog to pull out a few oldies-but-goodies.

So, here, in no particular order, are six songs that should be added to the band's set list when they kick off their upcoming tour at The Observatory on April 25.

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10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares?

Second, the best material of many (if not most) punk bands is featured on singles, not full-length records. That's why you won't see Minor Threat on this list because even though they are punk rock royalty, their sole album (1982's Out of Step) isn't as good as their EPs. Or, on the flipside, you got a band like Red Cross, whose first EP is
unfuckwithable, but EPs aren't albums and therefore not included in this list.


That said, there are still plenty of full-length punk records that everyone should most definitely hear and more than likely own.

Here, in no particular order, are 10.

See Also:

*10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

*Top 25 Greatest OC Bands of All Time

*Top 10 Band Wally George Band Interviews From the Hot Seat

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Nick 13 Shares His Top Five Halloween Songs and Movies (In His Own Words)

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Everyone has Halloween favorites that give them that appropriately creepy feeling for this time of year. Nick 13 is no different then us and before he goes on stage to deliver psychobilly burst of October Flame, one of our favorite traditions, he has his favorite songs and movies that get him into the spirit. Looking at this list, one can see where a lot of his influences come from and it is no surprise. The sounds the Tiger Army and his own solo projects are clearly reflected in his top five picks. He tells us what they are in his own words.

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10 Old-School K-Pop Bands To Make You Remember Why You Fell In Love With K-Pop

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Before there was SNSD, 2NE1, Big Bang, Super Junior and Wonder Girls, there was S.E.S., g.o.d., H.O.T., Fin.K.L. and 1TYM. Familiar with these names? You must be an O.G. K-pop fan.

Today, the manufactured genre has flooded the global consciousness (perhaps you've heard of a little video called "Gangnam Style?"), but the roots were planted more than 15 years back, when the first crop of fresh-faced boy and girl bands stepped onto the stage in Seoul and captured the hearts (and charged up the hormones) of a teenage generation. The was no autotune, no off-the-wall costumes and dizzying special effects--just catchy tunes, fun dance moves and surprising talent.

 This Saturday, K-pop super-convention KCON comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Before you get a glimpse of how far K-Pop has come, take a look back at where it started by remembering these 10 old-school bands.

See Also:

*Here is What a Stereotypical K-Pop Fan Looks Like
*Why the Hell is Psy So Popular?
*5 K-Pop Songs To Prepare For The S.M. Town Live World Tour III  


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Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show

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Christopher Victorio
Metallica at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival.

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The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.

Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying and powerful as Metallica can be in 2012. With a greatest-hits setlist, a small war's worth of explosives and pyrotechnics, and a huge meadow of fans shouting along, the biggest heavy metal band in the world showed that not only can it win over casual listeners and non-fans, but that it's at its best when trying to do so. Compared to Metallica's four intimate and indulgent 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore last year, the more than two hours of outright rampage last night felt like a well-edited tour de force.

See also:
- More Outside Lands Festival news from
SF Weekly


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HARD Summer vs. Nocturnal Wonderland--Which One is Better?

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*Skrillex Fans: Five Reasons They Suck

*Five Reasons Why Skrillex Should Have Won Best New Artist at the Grammys 

*Coachella vs. Lollapalooza: Which is better?

Summer may be nearing its end, but there is one more key EDM festival match up to be settled: this weekend's Hard Summer vs. Nocturnal Wonderland in September. Again we have two different festivals, with two different approaches to their combination of  EDM gods and indie rock acts. So if we had to choose one, which would it be? As always, everything about these events has to be taken into consideration. Both festivals are two days and cost a pretty penny. Location is key as well as parking, headliners, styles of music, the crowd (who do you really want to party with?) and production value.

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