Limp Bizkit Are Better Than Whatever Crap You're Listening to Right Now

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Erik Hess
By: Nicholas Pell
What I'm about to say, I say with no trace of irony: Limp Bizkit are pretty awesome. In fact, so far as I can tell, they were the last good thing alt-rock radio had to offer.

Let's talk about their musical merits. I know that Fred Durst got a little whiny there sometime around Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. No doubt. But while Fat Freddy D's raps aren't the greatest, his screams have always been on point. Durst vocalizes the guttural rage of the disaffected suburbanite. You laugh at such things, because you're from a nice suburb, not some decaying post-industrial shithole, and so is everyone you met while studying psychology at Vassar.


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Music Hasn't Gotten Crappy These Days, But You Have

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The kids are all right.
By: Gina Tron

"This music is garbage. They aren't even using real instruments," my mom said. It was 1994, and I was happy that my favorite song at the time --
"The Sign" by Ace of Base -- was on the radio. She would try to expose me to the music that she liked, which was all good music: Stevie Wonder, the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd.

All that music I love today, but I wasn't open to it then, because I already resented her for hating on my music. I felt stupid, and so I vowed to never hate on the music of the younger
generation, even if I didn't understand it.


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QUIZ: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

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Jena Ardell

Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo.

In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, designed an extremely condensed typeface named Onyx that became very popular among advertising type in the 1940s because it allowed more characters to be used when space was limited or costly.

Cut to present day and any 90s kid will identify Powell's Onyx typeface as "Nirvana font", thanks to typesetter Grant Alden. According to nirvana-legacy.com, Alden was paid $15 to assist the graphic designer originally hired to create the cover art for Nirvana's Bleach in 1989. Nirvana's signature smiley face, drawn by Cobain, is another "mental shortcut" to identify the band.

Time to test your typography knowledge and the following bands' branding skills. Can you identify these famous acts by their typefaces? Answers provided on the last page.


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Hulkamania is Back! Here's a Shirt-Ripping Playlist, Brother!

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It looks like all that training, saying your prayers and taking your vitamins has paid off as this week the immortal Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE. Kicking off this week's edition of "Raw," the Hulkster arrived to a thunderous ovation, celebrating not only his homecoming but the launch of the WWE Network, the company's 24 hour channel of both original content as well as an on-demand service of their entire library of pay-per-views. In honor of Hogan coming back to host the upcoming Wrestlemania 30, as well as the ability to now look back at three decades of Hulkamania at the drop of a hat rip of a t-shirt, we've assembled this musical look back at the Hulkster's musical endeavors, in case you need a playlist that answers the question "Watcha Gonna Do, Brother?!"


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Disliking Kanye West Doesn't Mean I'm a Racist

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By: Chris O'Shea
It's OK to be a white person who is frustrated by Kanye West. That might seem obvious, but the aftermath of West's epic Twitter rant against Jimmy Kimmel necessitates it be reiterated. The feud is nothing more than the clash of two pop personalities, but it became something much bigger than that. On Twitter and elsewhere, Kimmel was labeled as being emblematic of racism in America. Ergo, white America criticizing West correlates to racism. This is not only wrong, it gives defenders of West an easy way out of a complex issue.


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What Famous Musicians Say About Their Fans, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

We like reading quotations just as much as we like quoting musicians. Here's what a handful of famous faces say about the people who make their careers possible: their fans.


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Bizarre Things Riff Raff Says, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Love him or hate him, Horst Christian Simco, a.k.a. the rapper RiFF RaFF, says some entertaining things. You almost have to respect someone who constantly seems in character. RiFF RaFF takes his persona very seriously. In July, he announced he was suing the creators of the movie Spring Breakers for 10 million dollars for sampling his life without his permission, referring to James Franco's character, Alien. For a deeper look inside the most enigmatic rapper of the moment, we suggest you take a gander at this recent in-depth cover story by our sister paper L.A. Weekly. But for now, join us a for a little slice of absurdity, courtesy of some choice RiFF RaFF quotes in illustrated form.

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Ponderisms From Famous Musicians, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell


We like reading quotations just as much as we like quoting musicians. Here are some rhetorical questions famous musicians have asked themselves.

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10 Songs With Hidden Messages When Played In Reverse

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Styx's infamous backmasking message
Christian McPhate
For years, uptight people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backward. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of hidden messages on CBS Evening News in 1982. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd were also implicated in promoting Satanic messages that "can manipulate our behavior without our knowledge or consent and turn us into disciples of the Antichrist." Furious, politicians demanded that TG&Y and Woolworths, the grandparents of Wal-Mart, place warning labels on the records.

Here's some of the more infamous backmasking messages for your not-so-virgin ears.

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Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boners Are Not Okay

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We're not saying this guy is a boner sidler, but his t-shirt illustrates the problem.
Gentleman, this is a public service announcement.

We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing together for thousands of years. It's nature.

But there's a right way and a wrong way to go about this, and a lot of you are doing it the wrong way. R. Kelly may have said that there's nothing wrong with a little bump and grind, but you have got to stop putting your boners on us.

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