The 10 Best Pool Songs

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Matthew Hurst
Hey, girl, you know you need some tunes to go with that tan.
It's officially gotten to that point of the summer when there's only two forms of salvation for OC residents: air conditioning and the pool. Since you may want to put the blazing sun to use once in a while and get a tan, here are 10 songs to jam out to while you're in or around the pool.

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The 10 Best All-Female Rock Bands

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Mary Scanion
L7
At some point, all famous female rock bands of the past several decades have endured a similar barrage of insults: not being able to play their instruments, being dramatic, have too much sex appeal (or not enough) or being feminist man haters. Although most of those accusations are biases and downright sexism, one common similarity among all women rock groups is the tendency to make fun of the guys instead of trying to fit in among them.
Many rock and heavy metal subgenres inherently formed with a communal brotherhood of male fans, segregating many females from the scenes for decades. The few brave leaders who tried to break into the fraternity suffered a rough road of acceptance. This opposition is still seen today even by other female heavy metal musicians, quoting more male influences on their music than women.

Today, there are plenty of female bands who still aren't afraid to stand up and grab your attention. In some cases it ranges from societal statements such as being photographed with hairier body parts to serving time in prison for making political statements with music. Even with advances in civil rights and more depth in musical expression, current female artists are still battling some of the same stereotypes today as their predecessors did 30 years ago. The noise being made has sparked another revival of feminism that as brought back life to some of the greatest female rock groups and continued to inspire the next generation of women musicians.

Here are the top 10 best all female rock and heavy metal bands...

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10 Local LGBTQ Artists You Need to Hear

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Courtesy Ben Weaver
Ben Wevers of The Ben Wevers Trio, Maureen O'Sullivan Jazz Group, and OC Swing Band.
With all the hub-bub surrounding the SCOTUS ruling, what better time than now for Orange County to learn about some LGBTQ artists in our community? Contrary to the belief that anything south of Long Beach is a cultural wasteland as far as LGBTQ identity is concerned, these artists have been thriving and creating awesome music, challenging the misconception that queer artists can only exist in LA, PDX, and NYC. After some digging, texting, and leaving no virtual rock unturned, I searched the corners of the county to bring some of OC's best queer artists right to your fingertips. Get ready to jump out from behind that rainbow filtered Facebook photo and put on your dancing shoes- in no particular order, behold 10 LGBTQ Orange County artists to listen to or see this summer!

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10 Best Musician Cameos in Film and TV

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Alice Cooper in Wayne's World
It's nothing new for actors to want to be musicians and musicians to want to be actors. Unfortunately, few do both well (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino is one of the rare exceptions).

Thankfully, rock stars and rappers can still get their fill of the Hollywood life by popping up (often unexpectedly) in movies and TV shows. Here are 10 of the best film cameos by musicians.

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10 Greatest Female Rock Stars of All Time

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Jim Louvau
Stevie Nicks
For as long as there's been rock 'n' roll, there have been chicks who rock. They're not as plentiful as their male counterparts, but they can have just as much impact.

Here are 10 of our favorite lady rockers.

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10 Ugliest Band Breakups

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This isn't a sight you should plan on seeing anytime soon.
Even the greatest bands have to call it quits at some point. Some of them do it more gracefully than other, but it's way more fun when a band completely implodes and airs their dirty laundry for all to see.

Here are 10 of the ugliest band breakups in history.

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15 Queer/Trans Musicians You've Never Heard Of (And Some You Have)

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Big Freedia, queen of twerk
By: Amanda Savage

It's no secret that the world has grown a bigger conscience when it comes to the understanding and acceptance of the LGBT community, and with that many openly gay, bisexual, transgender etc. musical talents have emerged from their hiding places.

Whether you're gay, curious or just looking for some new music, here are 15 singers, songwriters, producers and musicians who are out and proud and making waves in music.

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Five Memorable Percy Sledge Samples

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Percy Sledge, R.I.P.
Last Tuesday, we at the Weekly were saddened to hear of the death of one of R&B's all time most memorable voices, Percy Sledge. Most famous for "When A Man Loves a Woman," a song adored by any and every living organism with two ears and a heart, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's legacy is sure to be around for as long as there's music. While we at the Weekly knew of his music's success worldwide, we (perhaps foolishly) didn't realize how far his influence and impact resonated overseas as much as it did here. In loving memory, we present five memorable Percy Sledge samples.


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The 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

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Joni Mitchell: One of history's most underrated guitarists.
By: Adam Perry
While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock.

To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a musician has missed out on accolades and commercial success. It means that, for whatever reason, millions of music lovers probably haven't been exposed to a certain musician's talents and thus haven't had the chance to enjoy him or her. So here -- up for potential enjoyment and probably heated discussion -- are ten guitarists I believe are history's most underrated.


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How Rare is a Great Seventh Album? Here's 5 We Like.

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Capitol Records
The Beatles' Album with a Gun Title!

Great bands are called stars for a reason: once we realize how bright they're shining, they may have already burned out into a ball of gas. It's rare we get a listenable fourth album from a group or artist, let alone one who can sustain that consistency for seven whole releases. The same goes for film franchises. Only the sleekest and most inventive ever make the elusive seventh installment (James Bond, Godzilla, Air Bud) but next week we'll see if lightning strikes for the seventh time with Furious 7, the seventh Fast and the Furious film. It is with our hopes pegged on this new flick that we present five sevenths albums that are actually pretty good!


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