Put the Damn Phones Away: How Social Media is Ruining Concert Culture

Categories: Rants

Josh Chesler
One of the less terrible iPhone photos I've ever taken at a concert, and it's still awful. Yours are probably just as bad.
Almost every concert I go to, I spend the better portion of at least two songs attempting to take a semi-decent photo with my iPhone. Whether it's actually getting published with a review of the show or simply going on Instagram is irrelevant, the point is I actually miss a portion of the concert I'm attending in order to get a less blurry photo of the performance happening on stage.

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Viet Cong Is a Stupid Band Name

Categories: Rants, WTF


Tonight, Viet Cong, this year's new indie darling band, will be playing at the The Echo in LA. Tomorrow, they'll be playing at the Soda Bar in San Diego. On March 14, they will not be playing at Oberlin College, because the university's promoter decided to cancel their show after Vietnamese-American students complained that the band's name was offensive.

Since that decision was made a few days ago, there's been a lot of discussion about it. You can read a good wrap up of everything's that happened at SFGate or AV Club.

This is not an article about what's happened. No, it's an article about why Viet Cong is such a stupid band name to begin with.

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Famous Musicians Talking About Internet Trolls, In Illustrated Form

Categories: Interviews, Rants

Jena Ardell
The Internet is a magical place. Where else can news and education co-mingle with memes of Scarlett Johansson falling down? Aside from the sophomoric celebrity-humiliation that occurs, the Internet also enables people to be anonymously vicious to one another.

Prior to the Internet, people had to write hate mail to their least-favorite celebrities and musicians. Now, they can just leave hateful comments directly to them. Here's what famous musicians have to say about that:

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MTV VMAs: A Sexual Retrospective

Jena Ardell
We're not sure why parents are in an uproar over Miley's VMA performance since sexual content has been a staple on MTV for over twenty years. Let's look back on controversial VMA performances from twenty and ten years ago.

See also: The Funniest 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Tweets

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Top Five Worst Places to Get Your EDM News

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
The Typical "EDM Fans"

With EDM garnering so much spotlight in the music world lately, plenty of media outlets, businesses conglomerates and showbiz types have turned to EDM as if it just came out of nowhere. Popping up all over the US through music festivals, YouTube sensations, blogs and sold out amphitheaters, it's understandable why everyone (including us) seems to be vying to capture a piece of this audience nowadays. However, whenever you have an influx of reporters, bloggers, TV anchors and social media whores delivering content about the genre, there are always going to be a few attempts that really make us cringe. Whether its an out-of-touch news anchor, or a hipster blog that's long on party pics and short on content, there are some outlets that any EDM lover worth their kandi bracelets should avoid like the plague. For that reason, we've put together a quick list of the top five worst places to get your EDM news.

See Also:
*Zedd Tells Us Why He Dislikes the Phrase "EDM"
*Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z
*[Updated] Top Five Codes of Conduct For Opening DJs at EDM Shows

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Needs Help, Will Anyone Provide It?

Categories: Rants
Recently, it has come to light that Bobbi Kristina Brown (for those of you who for whatever don't know who she is, that's the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown) started to follow in her famous parents' footsteps at the age of 14, when she was only a freshman. According to a classmate from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Bobbi Kristina was very nice, but was known as a hard partier.

The source told Hollywoodlife.com that young Bobbi Kristina didn't seem to have "much supervision" and "was living life on the edge." It's only been a few weeks since her mother's death, but it seems like Bobbi Kristina seems to be partying harder than ever, which is saying something if you are familiar with her past.

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Korn's Jonathan Davis Says Obama Is an "Illuminati Puppet"

Categories: Rants, Say What?

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Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn, says he feels Barack Obama has "basically dragged this country down into the worst it's ever been," and calls the president an "Illuminati puppet."

The nu-metal band, who played Los Angeles last night, released their latest, a "dubstep" album, The Path of Totality, Monday (Davis told Billboard Korn was "dubstep before there was dubstep").

Featuring production by the genre's boy wonder, Skrillex, the record includes the song "Illuminati." The track puts forth the conspiracy theory that Obama's decisions are dictated by a secret society called the Illuminati, which Davis says he's studied.

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