10 Reasons Deftones Remain Relevant

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After over two decades, these guys are still making music, and here's why they matter.
The 21st century proved a tough battlefield for many '90s alt-metal and nu-metal bands. Corpses of deceased and irrelevant nu-metal bands line the depths of Internet radio (and the side stages at many music festivals looking to draw crowds in their 30s and 40s), but a few bands are still going strong from the time period.

Among those brave few is Sacramento-based five-piece Deftones, who happen to be rolling through Orange County for a sold out show on Friday. There's no question that the band that started in 1988 still remains relevant today. Here are 10 reasons why.

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Top 10 Musicians Whose Artwork Doesn't Suck

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You'll never guess who created the artwork featured in our #1 spot...
Art begets music and music begets art; we're pretty sure that's in the Bible. Musical ability and visual art skills usually coincide, but rarely does someone carry enough talent in both media to be recognized for each art form--unless celebrity is involved.

We'll be the bad guys and say it: some musicians' artwork could spawn a career in the arts and some musicians' artwork is recognized because the person who painted it is famous and an art gallery wants to profit. Not to knock creative expression, but have you ever seen a painting by Paul Stanley? Yikes. Ditto for Ringo Starr's digital artwork and for Courtney Love's And She's Not Even Pretty series (that we discredited after watching her process), which is a shame because she creates great titles (i.g.: "Suicide Fuck Bomber," "I Can't, I Can't, I Didn't, I Didn't," and "Valentine Menstrual").

What makes judging artistic ability difficult is that art is subjective. We might never fully appreciate Kazimir Malevich enough to salivate over a black canvas, but that doesn't stop someone from paying $60 million dollars for one of his works.

While it's true the artist will forever be more famous than his art, we've curated a list of contemporary musicians whose work we'd actually hang on our walls--even had Jane Doe on Etsy painted it in Minnesota, not David Bowie.

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10 Awesome Things Bands Do at Concerts

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Taylor Hamby
Isn't it nice when the artist directly interacts with the crowd?
Concerts can be a truly amazing experience. When one of your favorite bands puts on a great performance, it can make for a mind-blowing night.

While there is a wide variety of ways for bands to make concerts awesome, there are a few things that we personally enjoy seeing at shows. Here's 10 of them.


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10 Annoying Things Bands Do at Concerts

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Kathryn Millard
There's nothing better than seeing one of your favorite bands play live. There's also nothing worse than seeing one of your favorite bands play live when they put on a terrible show. For all the things we love about concerts, there are several things bands do that we really can't stand. Here are 10 things bands should just stop doing when playing live shows.

See also: 10 Dick Moves to Avoid at Concerts

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What's Up With Songs That Compare Women To Foods?

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Warrant's Cherry Pie.
We find it a disturbing that male musicians constantly compare women (or their body parts) to foods, specifically fruits and candies. While it's flattering to be compared to edible products with a high glycemic index, it's also becoming unoriginal and while these songs are entertaining, they are mildly sexist and/or misogynistic.

Perhaps the popular 19th century nursery rhyme 'What Are Little Boys Made Of?' has ingrained the notion that girls are "sugar and spice and everything nice."

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, "honey" has been documented as a term of endearment from at least the 14th century. As women, we've come to expect our significant other to call us by a pet name, which--you guessed it--is usually a sweet.

Being someone's "honey," "sweetie pie," "muffin", or "baby cakes" might not seem so bad if you consider some foreign options. In France, you may be called a petite chou (little cabbage), in Germany you may be called Mausebär (mouse-bear) and if you're Hispanic, your family may already be addressing you as gorda or flaca (fat or skinny).

Here are the Top Ten Songs That Compare Women To Foods. No, The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" didn't make the cut, sorry.

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10 Songs About Gettin' Freaky In The Back Seat

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Keep your eyes on the road, Ludacris.
A car is essentially a couch on wheels; it's the perfect (ie: only) atmosphere for you and your loved one or Tinder date to spend some quality time if you live with your parents/roommates/overly affectionate cat. Or maybe you're just an exhibitionist and get your jollies by pulling over on the side of the PCH to take care of business. We don't judge here. Just do it safely.

Here are 10 songs about having sex in your car, or someone else's car:


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Top 8 Skinny Shaming Songs

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Meghan Trainor video.
We're not one to follow asinine, trendy linguistic trends (sorry, not sorry: yes, we are, brah), but we love how fired up everyone is over so-called "skinny shaming," and justifiably so. For those who don't know: skinny shaming is when a person who isn't skinny insults a person who is skinny and it's become prevalent in today's pop culture.

In the wake of recent, semi-controversial hits like Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," the following terms have saturated the media: size oppression, reverse sexism, skinny-prejudice, reverse fat-shaming, and anti-feminism.

Like skinny shaming, these terms create wonderful headlines, but only convolute the real issue behind these insulting lyrics: nothing about bashing another person's body type is empowering or will change your own body image. It may feel good for a moment, but haters are still going to wind up unhappy with themselves (and their body types) in the end.

Skinny shaming lyrics are more often just women shaming, and isn't that something the artists -- especially the female singers -- should be ashamed of? We don't need encouragement from celebrities to make women feel like they need to compete with each other, when the media already makes women feel they need to look like the celebrities du jour.

Here are the Top 8 songs that disrespect skinny girls:

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10 Best Music Videos To Inspire Your Road Trip

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The best road trips are usually the most improvised. (It's about the journey, not the destination, right?) That being said, there's still time to plan an impromptu trip this Labor Day. We think these music videos will inspire you to grab a friend, or two, or five--so that the cost of gas is cheaper--and hit the road! We even provided travel suggestions based on each video. Consider this a jump-start to your playlist, and don't forget to send a postcard!

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Top 12 Music Videos With Celebrity Cameos

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Jenny Lewis knows one way to make a music video go viral: feature a handful of celebrity starlets... disguised as dudes. Lewis debuted 'Just One Of The Guys' this week as the first single from her upcoming album, The Voyager. The song is an ode to womanly woes, like the figurative ticking of the biological clock. The music video features Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Tennessee Thomas as crossdressers who wear terrible Bieber tracksuits.

Lewis softly croons at a languid speed that channels Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval: "No matter how hard I try, to be just one of the guys / There's a little something inside that won't let me / No matter how hard I try to have an open mind / There's a little clock inside that keeps tickin'..."

The video prompted us to reminisce about other artists who have incorporated celebrity cameos into their music videos in the past.

Now, before you get all Internet-troll-like on us, please note that we refused to include "cameos" of actors who were not yet famous at the time of the video release, ie: Courteney Cox in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" or Alicia Silverstone in any video for Aerosmith. Opinions are subjective, but our list is not. These really are the best cameos, and most will put a goofy smile on your face. Drum roll please...

Here are the Top 12 Celebrity Cameos in a Music Video:

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The 10 Best Female Rockabilly Singers of All Time

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Sparkle Moore
They're talented, brassy, and bursting with a sexual energy that defied the repressed conservative manner of the '50s. The women of the early era of rockabilly had brains, heart, and the ambition for success, but it's a time-tested truth: it's hard to be a woman in the music business. As you'll read, the careers of many of the early pioneers of rockabilly did not run smoothly, but despite obstacles made giant strides in performing and recording music, making enormous contributions to the genre and inspiring younger generations of performers after them.

While there's many more fine female rockabilly musicians where these came from, here's a look at some of the trailblazers whose music has stood the test of time, as well as the best new musicians rocking the genre today.

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