Santa Ana Police Arrest Immortal Technique for Robbing Bootleggers Before His Show!

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Tech's mug shot
Immortal Technique arrived at the Observatory for his "People's Champions" tour stop last night with Talib Kweli when apparently he saw something he didn't like. According to Santa Ana police, the rebel rapper and his entourage approached two people selling bootleg t-shirts with his trademarked logo outside the venue around 7:45 p.m.

Tech and crew didn't take kindly to that and confronted them about not getting a cut of the money. An altercation ensued with the bootleggers telling police that they got beat down by the group who then jacked their shirts, cell phones, and cash.

See Also: Slideshow of Immortal Technique at The Observatory

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Christian Laettner's Hip-Hop History

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Life. Love. Laettner.
The big story in social media this week, as of midnight Sunday, has been the the release of Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly. But for three hours prior to Lamar's surprise release, the big story was the latest installment in ESPN's critically acclaimed 30 For 30 series, I Hate Christian Laettner. Arguably the greatest college basketball player of all time, Laettner was as reliable at putting points on the scoreboard as he was making enemies in the stands. His charismatic hot-headedness and movie star looks made him something of a basketball super-villain.

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Street Dogs Drop Kick Some Neo-Nazis at St. Paddy's Day Show in Anaheim [Updated]

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Street Dogs
[Update]: This afternoon, singer Mike McColgan issued a statement for the band on their Facebook page about last night's incident. See below on the second page of our post.

The Street Dogs show at Anaheim House of Blues turned into more of a street fight between the band and neo-Nazis. Everything was festive for the St. Paddy's Day concert. Singer Mike McColgan and crew powered through their energized set last night slaying eardrums with incessant punk rock riffs. Revelers dressed as leprechauns while others wore green tees. People moshed, small scuffles broke out but nothing too major. The union-loving band shouted out union members. Only a small number of hands went up, a sad commentary on how beaten down unions are these days!

Good times prevailed onward; that is until skinheads tried to ruin everyone's night. But the Street Dogs weren't about to let that happen--not without a fight.

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Should I Still Watch Leprechaun In The Hood?

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A Lep in the Hood, Presumably Up to No Good.
It's the day after St. Patrick's Day, and that means there's a pretty good chance you said "Top O' The Morning" today to a hangover. Yes, one of the biggest party nights around the world celebrating the existence of the Irish and their many customs and contributions to the arts can lead to many mixed feelings the following day. As much fun as you may have had, some of those great ideas you had yesterday might not seem do great. While you may be right to second, or third, guess some of the things that were floated your way, one idea you should absolutely follow through on is whoever suggested you watch Leprechaun in The Hood.

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Viet Cong Is a Stupid Band Name

Categories: Rants, WTF

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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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Will Madonna Say Yes to A Scottish Wrestler's Prayers?

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Grado, whose entrance is "Like a Prayer"
Everyone loves an underdog story, and few dogs are as under as Scottish wrestler Grado. A charismatic and uniquely looking wrestler, Grado started as something of a cult phenomenon who has since captured the hearts of European wrestling fans, been the subject of a Vice documentary, and was poised to break into international exposure. Unfortunately, his American television debut has hit an unfortunate obstacle.

That obstacle is Madonna.

Strange as it may sound, a big part of the Grado phenomenon is his awe-inspiring entrance. For roughly the past three years, Grado's been coming to the ring to Madonna's "Like A Prayer." While the thought of someone making their grand entrance before a fight to the 1989 Madonna hit may seem silly, the way thousands of wrestling fans react has been no joke.

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Hip-Hop's Five Most Awkward Love Songs

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Big Daddy Kane
As Valentine's Day quickly approaches, plenty of hip-hoppers are either planning that great romantic gesture for a special someone or reflecting on past loves and choosing the right playlist to fit the mood. That's why, this time of year, we're often reminded how many rap love songs are just plain bizarre. For every rapper who'S tried to emulate LL Cool J's "I Need Love" they've wound up coming much closer to his genetically engineered shark memoir "Deepest Bluest." It is with our hands in the air like we care enough to change the station that we bring you rap's most awkward love songs.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finest Musical Moments

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Last week, we at the Weekly were delighted to hear that Hollywood action icon and our former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would be inducted this year into the WWE Hall of Fame. Set to go in as a part of the same class as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, there seems to be an underlying theme of charismatic genetic all stars who happen to have secret musical chops. While Randy Savage's rap career has amassed something of a cult following, Schwarzenegger's impact as a constant inspiration has fallen largely under the radar. Thus, we at the Weekly are happy to present Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finest Musical Moments.


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Puddle of Mudd Singer Wes Scantlin's Ill-Fated Baggage Carousel Ride

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Wes Scantlin issues an apology?
By: Tom Murphy

On Friday, January 16, before a show scheduled for that night at Casselman's, Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin arrived at Denver International Airport, where he promptly hopped on a baggage carousel. That did not end well. "Evidentlyn someone in their group was egging him on to do it," says Seth Daniels, who promoted the show. "They were videotaping it for, I don't know, trytostayrelevant.com. [TSA] told him to get off, and he refused. They didn't arrest him immediately; they warned him: 'Hey, if you don't get off the luggage rack, we're going to arrest you.' He refused to get off, so they arrested him."

Daniels, of Rock Panther Presents, had to hear about the events secondhand, as he was in Albuquerque managing an MMA show. He received a call at about 3 p.m. from someone at the limousine company handling transportation for the band. Initially, Daniels thought it was a joke. "It is pretty funny, but it would just be a lot funnier if it didn't happen to me," he says.

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Have Tunecore and YouTube Found a Sneaky Way to Rip Off Your Band?

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Well Hung Heart
[Editor's Note: Robin Davey is the guitarist for local band Well Hung Heart. He and his wife/bandmate Greta Valenti recently reached out to the Weekly to alert us to an unfortunate situation involving online streaming of their music. We decided to let Davey say his piece and use WHH's situation as a cautionary tale.]

By: Robin Davey

With the recent furor around Taylor Swift's decision to remove her music from Spotify, all eyes are on music streaming and its many pros and cons.

YouTube is often sited as the main place for people to stream music, and also used as an argument in favor of Spotify due to Spotify's system at least paying artist royalties per play, though minuscule in many people's opinion, and it also being a dedicated music platform.

A recent Google alert for my band Well Hung Heart bought up a link to a page hosted by YouTube called "Well Hung Heart - Topic" and on this page was a complete stream of our debut album - with auto-generated album art and title for the video. Each song comes complete with advertising placed on each video, yet we had nothing to do with this being on YouTube.


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