Jennifer Lawrence's Sudden Pop Dominance Is Legit

Categories: pondering

By: Jesse Sendejas Jr.

Sometimes in life, we normal human beings must shelve our own insecurities and recognize that some among us are simply good at anything they attempt. Like that song from the Annie Oakley play, they can do anything better. Some of us recognize these people with awe and admiration, while others choose to hate.

These are the prevalent reactions to Jennifer Lawrence, Billboard-charting singer. Her sing-song contribution to the Mockingjay Pt. 1 score is "The Hanging Tree," which entered Billboard's Hot 100 at No. 12, ahead of multiple entries by chart whores Ed Sheeran and Iggy Azalea. The seriously depressing tune from a movie about teen genocide came in higher than recent comeback attempts by Fall Out Boy and Fergie. The Oscar-winning actress's vocal turn has now charted higher than "Yellow Flicker Beat," Lorde's Golden Globe-nominated song from the movie's original soundtrack.

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Our Favorite Beck Quotations, Illustrated

Jena Ardell

We like reading quotations just as much as we like quoting musicians. So we illustrated our favorite five quotations from Beck. If you haven't been following Beck's career closely, here is where's it's at (couldn't help ourselves): He is currently on a small U.S. tour and will release TWO new albums; one is acoustic and expected to be released this fall. Beck is also the new face for Yves Saint Laurent's Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. You can listen to his new standalone single "Defriended" on his website.

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Musicians Talking About Themselves, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell

If there's any subject musicians love to talk about more than music, it's themselves. We illustrated our favorite five quotations from musicians who had some odd things to say about themselves.

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Famous Musicians Talk About Body Image, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell

We like reading quotations just as much as we like quoting musicians. So we illustrated our favorite five quotations from musicians. This week's topic: BODY IMAGE.

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If Metal Songs Were Mixed Drinks (These Would be the Ingredients)

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There's nothing more synonymous with Metal than booze, so we've concocted some adult mixed beverages whose ingredients were inspired by some of our favorite Metal songs. Since no one on staff is a licensed bartender, we asked actor and metal aficionado Steve Sharkey, who moonlights as a bartender at the infamously rowdy karaoke bar The Gaslite in Santa Monica, to help make these drinks drinkable. Cheers Metalheads!More »

NYE EDM Festivals in 2012: Which One Was the Best?

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EDM fans ready for NYE

Who would have thought five years ago that super star DJ's like Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Andy Moor, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Nero would be headlining separate major EDM festivals right here in California on New Years Eve? Since Insomniac Events and Go Ventures ended their partnership, the infamous Together As One NYE massive which was held in LA for 13 years has ceased to exist and major EDM events and festivals have been popping up in the surrounding cities for the past couple of years. This weekend we took a stab at attending OMFG! NYE at the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday December 30th and then rushing back to OC for White Wonderland at the Anaheim Convention Center Monday December 31st in an attempt to compare which party was the best! Take a look at our notes and decide for yourself.

See Also:
The Top Five EDM Parties on New Year's Eve
White Wonderland 2013 @ Anaheim Convention Center (Semi-NSFW)
Go Ventures Officially Cancels Together As One, Draws Heat From Falsely Advertised Performer

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Famous Musicians Are Just Like Me and YOU! (We Have Proof)

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We always get a kick out of tabloid magazines disguising celebrities' mundane activities as accomplishments to prove they're just like average people. By loosely applying inductive reasoning to these senseless stories, we are able to feel good about ourselves. Example: When we see a photo of Cameron Diaz shopping for her own groceries, we perceive ourselves shopping for our own groceries; therefore, we assume Cameron Diaz's life is just as unglamorous as ours. (Which would explain why people enjoy viewing mindless slideshows about celebrities cleaning up after their dogs).

So we scoured Twitter and gathered recent tweets from famous musicians tweeting about normal life events to prove these celebs are just like me and you. You won't believe what unamazing things musicians do when they're not being rockstars:

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Who Has the Better Lineup: Electric Daisy Carnival or Electric Zoo?

With the union of some of the world's most famed dance music talent gathering this week at Electric Daisy Carnival, we couldn't help but take a closer look at two of the largest EDM festivals in the United States and compare who has the best line-up. Is it the 16th annual EDC, returning to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a second year in a row? Or the Electric Zoo giving EDC a run for it's money with it's fourth annual installment at Randall's Island Park in New York City? Take a look at our notes decide for yourself who wins this East vs. West battle of dance music.

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Where Are the Female MCs in OC?

Categories: Hip-Hop, pondering
Ms Krazie: All we got?
When considering the hip-hop scene in OC, one question arises over and over again. Where are the women on the mic? Of course, there are other elements to the culture -- DJs, B-girls, etc -- but these days MCs are front and center. When women from outside OC come to do shows, the local talent that serve as opening acts are usually, if not always, male dominated. If there's a panel discussion, women artists usually make the trek from Los Angeles to balance the perspective.

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Marilyn Manson's 'No Reflection' Latest to Mirror Images of Violence Against Women

As agent provocateur Marilyn Manson prepares for the May 1 release of his latest album Born Villain, a recently released music video "No Reflection" by the rocker is ghoulish and controversial. The scene is a dinner party and Manson plays host to women clad in white. Something goes terribly awry as everyone toasts and imbibes on a toxic drink. The women begin vomiting up blood and turning violent. The one closest to Manson throughout drinks again from a cup as he tries in vain to stop her. Once the fate is sealed, a gooey kiss is given and the rocker proceeds to drown her head in toilet water. The dinner party literally turns dead as all but Manson lie motionless.

Is the whole music video a metaphor for addiction, as some have interpreted? Or the latest in a series of releases fetishistic of violence against women? More »