The Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems

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The allure of an exotic dancer can be irresistible, and nothing screams, "I want to make it last forever...or just for the night" like penning a song dedicated to the craft of poppin' that thang. Whether you make it rain with dollars or make it hail with quarters (cheap bastards), the sultry shaking of a dancer's hips can be the gateway to the champagne room for some and for others, an ode to the art. Like with this list we compiled for you. Grab your champagne for the campaign and get a little bounce in that bootie with our picks for the Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems.

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The Zombies Rise Again in Santa Monica

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Colin Blunstone of The Zombies (photo by Scott Feinblatt)
It might seem ironic that the 50 year-old band The Zombies would perform at Santa Monica Pier as part of the Twilight Concert Series. However, to suggest that the band is nearing the end of its life would be inaccurate given the brilliance of its performance and the enthusiasm of its reception. Indeed, moans of disappointment rang out over the Internet as numerous people realized that The Zombies had been in town, and they had missed the opportunity to see the band. Such is the strength of their music, and the years have not diminished it.

Though the band is currently pared-down (no pun intended) to two of its original five members, those members happen to be Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. Founder / lead songwriter / keyboardist Argent spoke with the Weekly last week about his inspirations and creative process. On stage, he is simply on fire. When he's not standing up from his keyboard station to set up various songs or encourage collective hand-clapping, he is making his Hammond organ and Kurzweil keyboard sing as if their electronic lives depended on it. As he revealed in his interview, this has always been his approach to performing and recording -- to put his all into every performance so that the music has a life of its own.

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You'd Be Super Insane to Miss SuperNaked

Categories: comedy, music

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We kind of learned the hard way.
The band SuperNaked is super talented, they super rock, and their funny ass lyrics would make your parents super cringe. Since we are super running out of super-puns, let's get into the interview that we had with Lee and Luke of SuperNaked. Oh wait, we thought of one more. You're going to be super bummed if you miss them (along with a super line-up of comics) at The Refinery in Huntington Beach on July 22. OK, we're done.

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Funniest Tweets From the 2014 BET Awards

Categories: LOL, Twitter, music

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It's clear that all Chris Rock needs is a platform in front of an open-minded audience and he will have you at "hello." That's exactly how it went down when the 2014 BET Awards kicked off with Rock at the helm delivering a monologue that slaughtered Rick Ross, took jabs at the Solange/Jay-Z elevator fight, and hilariously defended (of sorts) Donald Sterling. Later on, he also killed with his "monster truck rally" bit and one upped Ellen DeGeneres by passing out Roscoe's chicken.

If you're wondering why we can't stop talking about him, it's because it could be argued that his presence was the best part of the whole BET Awards. Sure, there were some superb performances from Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Usher, and John Legend as well as a fantastic tribute to Lionel Richie complete with a performance by the man himself. But really, Chris Rock slayed--that is all you need to know. In all, the show did drag and probably could've omitted a few acts (such as Robin Thicke crying about how he fucked up on his marriage ONCE AGAIN) but in all, it was as T.I. would put it, "mediocre." You may disagree with our review on last night's show so let's hand it off to the fine and funny folks of Twitter to see what they had to say about the 2014 BET Awards.

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Cookie Monster Opens Up About His Addiction

Categories: music, preview

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The creators of Sesame Street have been entertaining and educating generations of people for 45 years. The television show's blend of humor, music, and fast-paced writing with educational goals dealing with tolerance, self-esteem, and non-violent conflict resolution has earned it numerous awards, including Peabody Awards, Parents' Choice Awards, and Emmys. Currently, the Sesame Street team is taking its act on the road, and this weekend, on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, Sesame Street Live will be performing its new show, "Make a New Friend," at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

The show revolves around a visit from Chamki, a character from Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian co-production of Sesame Street, which is based in Delhi). Evidently, Chamki's friend Grover has made a list of things to do with his friend, while she is visiting; however, with multiple friends to visit (each with his own tempting diversion - like eating cookies with Cookie Monster), it's hard to say what will become of poor Grover and his extensive list.

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Top Five Songs Sure to Help You Get Some Sleep

Categories: Top Five, music

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Closing (your eyes) time...
There are many reasons that one may not be able to sleep. And sometimes, the typical options--drugs, prayer, crying--just aren't enough to help you get some shut eye. Well all have work to finish, deadlines to meet, and it's hard do accomplish those tasks when you're a zombie all day long. For those of you that battle the insomnia demons, we've come up with a playlist that should lull your ass straight into dreamland.

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The Hawkline Monster Reminds Us That We're Still Just Animals

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Mike Vitale is an eclectic consumer, from the idiosyncratic writings of Richard Brautigan, whose book, "The Hawkline Monster" is the genesis of his bands name, to the Beach Boys he remembers singing along to in fifth grade and the classic musical that infused his days in choir. Those influences permeate the original songs he's created on his band's debut album, "We Create and We Are Created."

One musical inference that most likely isn't in Vitale's lexicon is Johnny Paycheck. But had he not followed instructions in one of Paycheck's songs--taking his job and shoving it up his boss' ass--it's quite possible his band, and its record, wouldn't exist.The 35-year-old Long Beach resident opted to jump full-title into music after chucking his job at a successful internet web hosting company in 2008.

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Top Five Videos with Cheerleaders in Them According to Jonathan McDaniel

Categories: TV, Top Five, music

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I miss Gwen Stefani!
Funny man Jonathan McDaniel is back reprising his role as German Vega for the second season of the VH-1 smash show "Hit The Floor" on Monday May 26th. And since some of you can't get enough of this man (and why would you want to?), he's also dropping a new album that'll be available on iTunes Tuesday May 27th called "Born a S.T.A.R." Over here at the Weekly, we love Mr. McDaniel and figured since he has more than enough interaction with sexy cheerleaders on his show, who better to ask then him to point out some videos where these lovely, flexible, and gifted ladies are represented? Exactly. There's no one better. That's why we hit him up for his picks for the "Top 5 Videos with Cheerleaders in Them."


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Perry Farrell and Nothing's Shocking Are Still Converting the Masses

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What has most distinguished Perry Farrell's career is his willingness to experiment and take chances. Over the past 15 years, he has strayed from the unique rock of his groundbreaking band Jane's Addiction to mix genres like rock with dance music in projects like Perry Etty vs Joachim Garraud. Despite the amazing musical journey that Farrell has taken over the last 30 years, on May 8-10, he, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney will celebrate the recent 25th anniversary of Nothing's Shocking, the first Jane's Addiction studio album, with a performance of the entire album in the intimate space of the new Las Vegas venue, Brooklyn Bowl. And while some of the old vanguard Jane's fans will be in attendance, so will neophytes.

Santa Ana native Cindy Arebalo has been a fan since a trip to Lake Havasu in the early '90s, where she and her friends listened to Jane's Addiction's sophomore masterpiece Ritual de lo Habitual for the entire weekend. When she returned, she bought her own copies of Ritual and Nothing's Shocking, and she has not stopped listening to them since. She raised her daughter, 23 year-old Alondra Shields, on the music. Naturally, she too became a fan, and now Shields is accompanying her mother to one of the Las Vegas performances, where she will be properly baptized. To clarify what, exactly, Shields is being baptized into, the Weekly spoke with Farrell. The day after he returned from taking his Lollapalooza musical festival to South America, where he had been introducing hundreds of thousands of Argentines, Paulistanos, and others to their first alternative rock performances, he recalled the humble years.

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Jeff Bridges and The Abiders - The Coach House - April 24, 2014

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Photo of Jeff Bridges & The Abiders by Scott Feinblatt
Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
The Coach House
April 24, 2014

The patrons who had come to see Jeff Bridges and the Abiders were an eclectic bunch: teens in Converse, cowboys and bikers, middle-aged upper middle class folks, and jet set Hollywood types. The colorful and expansive (yet cozy) venue filled to capacity within a half hour of opening time so that guests could snag good spots along the expansive barbeque benches that occupied most of the floor space.

Bridges stepped up and greeted the crowd at eight o'clock. At this time, the first of the random yahoos began contributing their Lebowski references to the evening's sonic environment. Bridges introduced his daughter Jessie as his opening act, and she and her accompanist took the stage. For the next 40 minutes, she warmed us up with a series of introspective songs that ranged in styles and carried the audience from joyful to wistful places.

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