[VIDEO] Artist 'Hypocritical Gender' Saws Against the Gender Grain

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Even in the world of art, where people are expected to go against the mainstream, ladies are still paired with specific mediums. Females do the jewelry making, sewing, and scrapbooking while the woodwork and welding are for the boys. Vanessa Gaston of Hypocritical Gender doesn't like this idea, and wants to change our expectations of women and their craft.

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The 10 Best R&B Groups from the '90s

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Not too hard, not too soft.
R&B (NOUN)
1. Short for rhythm and blues
2. A music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip-hop, and dance.

Only you know how the '90s treated you and only you can share pictures of that wardrobe you chose to lace yourself up with. The thing we all have in common when thinking back on the '90s is the music. And when it came time to set the tone to make sweet sweet love, picking the perfect "mood setting medley" was a must. Back before the word "baby" was replaced by "bitch," the variety was beyond bountiful which made it hard to narrow down what jammy jam you'd play after lighting the candles and cracking that bottle of Cisco. (The booze, not the dude.) Thank god for the mix tape, right? And there were plenty of one-hit wonders during this time but we're not going to focus on that, for now. We're looking towards R&B groups that did the most to make us sway, fall in love, sing along, gyrate...all of that. Picking this list was crazy difficult because that era was so kind to our ears with a buffet of tunes that made us feel the softer side of music. And while we gained affection (and ADD) once again while researching this idea, we also managed to line-up some stellar picks. Do these groups have a shelf life or do they stand the test of time? You be the judge and bitch to us later. We'll be here.


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Capitol Kill's "Kelly Thomas" Video is a Sobering, Post-Holiday Punch to the Gut

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While many of us are still savoring the memories of 4th of July weekend--barbecuing, downing beers, chasing tail, and lighting Roman Candles in the streets, now might be an opportune time to rewind back to a sobering moment you may have missed. It was four years ago on July 5, 2011 that Kelly Thomas suffered a beating at the hands of several Fullerton police officers who approached the homeless schizophrenic 37 year-old near the downtown Fullerton bus station following reports that a man fitting Thomas' description was seen breaking into cars in a nearby parking lot. What happened next would leave a scar on the city for years to come. The savage beating, caught on camera led to Thomas' death, a trial for the officers, and a "not guilty" verdict that left many people angry, heart broken his family, and utterly confused.

Today, Thomas' death still inspires people all over the world to speak out against unnecessary use of excessive and deadly force by police officers. And of course that means protest songs. Enter: Capitol Kill. You may have heard the name of the recently formed hip-hop/punk outfit formed by rapper Nu3tron, who we spoke to in our recent cover story with Kelly's father, Ron Thomas. The day we spoke to Nu3tron and his crew, they were busy finishing up this video for their lead single, simply titled "Kelly Thomas," a song that goes into all sorts of gory detail about what happened to Kelly in his final hours of consciousness before succumbing to his injuries on July 10. It was released last Sunday, on the anniversary of the beating. If the song itself doesn't illustrate how seriously people in the streets of OC and beyond view this offense committed by a few bad cops shielded by the law, then the video certainly will.

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VIDEO: Pirates Invade The Belmont Pier!

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Doug the Millionaire in another pickle!
Each year, pirates from each of the seven seas storm the pier of Belmont and invade its shores, dropping anchor and setting up camp. Hundreds of pirates camp out for the weekend selling their wares, eating giant turkey legs, drinking mead and chasing booty.

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VIDEO: An Inside Look at the Furries in Their Natural Habitat!

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The furry subculture has a certain connotation in popular culture for their, ahem, mating habits. But not much beyond this small facet of this vast culture is widely known.

We here at the Weekly enlisted the help of the world's leading television naturalist, Figgy Dobbs, to enlighten us beyond the Bloodhound Gang level of knowledge of this fascinating culture. Mr. Dobbs witnessed these creatures from afar at one of the country's largest furry conventions, located right here in Irvine.

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Video: Revisiting Fullerton's Forgotten Punk Landmarks With Steve Soto

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Steve Soto of the Adolescents shows us where the Black Hole was
We all know Fullerton is known as the epicenter of early OC punk. Probably because the first big bands to come out of the scene all happened to live there-- Social Distortion, The Adolescents, The Detours and The Middle Class. They also lived to raise hell in their hometown at places that any punk under the age of 40 has probably never heard of. Today, Fullerton's forgotten punk scene is all around us. The venues that reeked of sweat, cheap booze and vomit have new identities. They've turned into respectable establishments where people go to worship God and get 2 for $5 fish sandwiches.

In this video, we enlisted the help of Steve Soto, bassist for The Adolescents, to guide us on a ride-a-long tour to visit the buildings that housed the Casbah Recording Studio, a couple historic clubs (one is now a church for Jehovah's Witnesses, the other is a Burger King!) and the infamous Black Hole--a ramshackle apartment/drug den once inhabited by Mike Ness of Social D. It's also the subject of one the Adolescents' biggest hits "Kids of the Black Hole." Come along and get a piece of Fullerton history you can only learn from the punks who lived it.

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Watch Students Compete for Paid Tuition by Playing Video Games [VIDEO]

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It seems like just yesterday that eSports was only a gleam in some Brood War player's eye, but look where we've come. If you work hard enough and have wrists of steel, you can actually be a full-time video game player. No lie. You won't even have to move to Korea. And once competition hits this level, it snowballs as more kids actually seriously train starting at a younger age. With the young talent eSports coming out today, who knows where we'll be tomorrow.

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The Coachella Experience: In Stop Motion Form [VIDEO]

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"The Coachella Experience" is tough to define, because the behemoth annual festival means different things to different people. For some, it's all about a sunset ferris wheel ride. For others, it's about dancing your heart out in the Sahara tent all damn day. For me, it's about beer and Spicy Pie pizza.

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Riding Along With Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol in Long Beach's Cambodia Town

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Before she became the lead singer of the internationally known rock band Dengue Fever, Chhom Nimol lived in a gritty neighborhood most people in Long Beach (not to mention the rest of Southern California) might not realize even exists. It's called Cambodia Town and it boasts the largest population of Cambodians outside Southeast Asia and France. The neighborhood is easy to miss, stretching along the north side of Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Aves.

With the recent release of the band's fifth album, the wonderfully moody and psychedelic The Deepest Lake--which finds the band at the height of their songwriting and performing prowess--we figured it'd be a great time to check out Nimol's old haunts.

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Video Premiere: Kadillak Kaz Gets High on Art in "I'm In This"

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How does Santa Ana rapper Kadillak Kaz spend his downtime? Getting high on culture--and plenty of cannabis. In his latest video for the single "I'm In This" off of his recently released Downtime EP, the former OC Weekly cover boy stares at paint slathered portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X and other cultural icons, staring deep into their eyes and blowing blunt smoke in their faces. Sure, trying to give a civil rights leader a contact high might seem a little disrespectful, not to mention damaging to the artwork. But it's also symbolic of the rapper's hiatus since releasing last year's album, Late Nights, Early Money.

Taking time away from recording music prior to Downtime, which came in early 2015, Kaddy's had plenty of time to sit, smoke, and contemplate his next moves as an artist. He says the time off has been crucial since we last spoke to him after his release from jail following a near conviction on a dubious carjacking charge that almost landed him life in prison.

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