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  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Knotfest - October 24-26, 2014 - San Manuel Amphitheater

    Knotfest October 24-26, 2014 San Manuel Amphitheater Thank the Dark Lord the temperature in San Bernardino was only in the 80s on Saturday, as an estimated 50,000 metalheads, campers and revelers flocked to the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore for Knotfest -- three days of camping and a dark carni ... More >>

  • Film

    December 26, 2013

    Grumpy Old Pugs In Grudge Match

    De Niro vs. Stallone vs. your memories of better movies

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    How Z-Trip's Mission To Be a DJ Conductor at Wavelength Festival Almost Didn't Happen

    By: Ian Joulain It's Friday afternoon and Z-Trip looks a bit groggy. Donning a black Vans t-shirt with grey Diesel jeans and sneakers, he orders a Chai tea along with some breakfast. We are at The Coffee Table in Eagle Rock and the DJ/producer/godfather of mashups has been on tour most of summer. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Your Shark Week Playlist

    Have you been feeling the excitement that makes someone want to do everything but get in the water? That's right chums, it's the most wonderful time of the year as Shark Week is upon us! For seven days, the fins fly high and the teeth regenerate as the Discovery Channel brings us the finest in shark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

    By: David Thorpe Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 10 Most Awkward '90s Songs to Listen to in the Car With Your Parents

    For a moment, imagine it's the '90s again -- the era of Bad Boy Records, grunge and Bill Clinton. You're a kid again, and you're on a road trip with your parents. Maybe it's your mom; maybe it's your dad; or maybe it's both. You've been driving for a while. You're bored, staring at the electrical po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    10 Who Have Been or Could be Mistaken for Manhunt Subject Christopher Jordan Dorner

    Thanks to Facebook, fan sites and law enforcement alerts, it seems as if we have seen every known photo and video of Christopher Jordan Dorner created over the past decade or so.But that hasn't stopped lookiloos, his hunters and conspiracy theorists from confusing the 33-year-old with a whole bunch ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2012

    Dom Kennedy

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Dr. Dre To Produce A Film and 5 Other Rappers To Work In Film

    ​Though this isn't his first rodeo in film (he's acted before), legendary hip-hop impresario Dr. Dre will be a producer on the upcoming horror/thriller film, Thaw. How this affects his Chinese Democracy-esque album Detox remains to be seen, but in the interim, this is likely to be the latest proje ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    The Complete (But Quick) Guide to Every Lagwagon Cover

    Since their start in the early 1990s, Santa Barbara-based skate-punk rascals Lagwagon have penned tons of great tracks: "Razor Burn" (the best song ever written about looking like a member of ZZ Top), "After You My Friend" (the best song featuring an elevator music interlude), "Leave the Light On" ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    3hree Things: Random Thoughts About The 2012 Grammys

    Watch out for 3hree Things (usually) every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​ Because a column that usually runs on Tuesdays should run on a Monday. Because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Mike Brown, Lakers Coach, Won't Let Traffic From Anaheim Hills Delay His Game

    ​As you might have heard, new Lakers coach Mike Brown and his wife Carolyn purchased a home in Anaheim Hills.That might sound like a rookie mistake given it's 44 miles to the Lakers practice facility and what seems like three days inching across the freeways if you're headed to the Staples Center ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Celebrity New Year's Resolutions in 2011​​New Year's resolutions are usually either corny or totally boring. However, it's always interesting to read resolutions from celebrities, even if they are pretty much the same corny or boring ones we no-names makes for ourselves. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    "Merry Christmas, Motherfuckers!": Seven Favorite Hip-Hop Holiday Songs

    ​While it doesn't happen too much anymore these days, the hip-hop world has been known to put out a holiday album or two--and sometimes the  too-bright cheerfulness of Christmas carols pairs up extra nicely with the often humorous and/or the sometimes, uh, adult content of the lyrics.After th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Wyclef Jean Can't Run for President, But Can Look Back at His Bid with Nostalgia!​On Friday, the Haitian Electoral Council ruled that Wyclef Jean can't run for president of Haiti since he hadn't lived there for five years. Jean had argued that his appointment as "ambassador at large" since 2007 qualified him for the presidency, and his lawyers ... More >>

  • Film

    May 13, 2010

    'Just Wright' Is Just Wrong

    Here's hoping another movie might one day find better use for the easygoing vibe between Queen Latifah and Common

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2009

    Playlist: Songs about Southern California

    ​The sun finally reappeared today and I decided to play tourist. I've been promising my family pictures of where I live for the past two weeks. I'm from Florida. My parents have never been to California. Only one of my three younger siblings has visited the state. So, I got on my bicycle and clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Travis Barker: More Hip Hop than Hip Hop

    ​Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has had plenty of side gigs over the years. Box Car Racer and 44 both featured other Blink members, while a duo called TRV$DJAM included his friend Adam Goldstein. Known as DJ AM, Goldstein, of course, was with Barker in a Learjet crash that killed four people in ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009
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    September 3, 2009

    New Detroit Bar DJ Night a Lot Like Old Detroit Bar DJ Night

    ​Busywork, the old no-cover weekly Wednesday dance night at Detroit Bar, has been replaced by Pistol, the new no-cover weekly Wednesday dance night at Detroit Bar. The similarities don't end there.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 2/12

    Rock Paper Scissors Tourney, 7 p.m.The thrilling competition in which any child could partake, only gets better when you're a drunk adult.Taco Beach Cantina, 211 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA; 562-983-1337Meet the Artist: Philip Burke, 7 p.m.Meet legendary artist and Rolling Stone political illustrator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    TONIGHT: Not a Whole Lot, It Seems

    I've been scouring these Internets of ours looking for a cool show to recommend tonight, and I can't find...anything. Well, anything other than the Free Moral Agents Monday night February residency at Detroit Bar that we wrote about it last week. That's a good show. But other than that?Nothing at th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2009

    Doin' It Well

    LL Cool J

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Old School Hip-Hop: Back from the Dead

    I've been a Sirius Satellite subscriber (hello alliteration) since the night before Howard Stern broadcast his first censorship-free show. But in that time, I've come to love certain aspects of the other channels and have recommended this product to everyone from friends to my parents.Sirius and XM, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    On-Sale Saturday: LL Cool J, Bone Thugs, More

    Not a ton of stuff this week--but we've already had Britney Spears and Snoop, so what more do you want? There are some good new ones: the ridiculously ripped LL Cool J, for instance. Find 'em after the jump!

  • Music

    June 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008

    A Bloggy Valentine: 20 Songs About Love

    By Jeff Shaw at our sister paper, Citypages. Love is a many-splendored thing and all, but it's also dependent upon a relationship's context -- and so is the associated music. You don't want Al Green's "Let's Get Married" to stream through the car speakers during your third date, you don't want your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    Busywork, Detroit Bar, October 31, 2007

    Muscles from Melbourne: kinda weak. Halloween: It's really more for adults than for kids, isn't it? It astounds me how much effort grownups put into their costumes, simply to have ridiculous amounts of fun getting wasted as they take mini-vacations from their own personae. The overflow gathering a ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2007
  • Film

    April 12, 2007

    New Reviews

    Lonely Hearts; Pathfinder; Perfect Stranger; Slow Burn

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Highs, Lows & Heavenly Blows

    More than three decades on, Sly & the Family Stone stand fresh

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Style Wars

    Supernatural sets world records

  • Film

    July 27, 2006

    Show Me the Mommy

    Cuba Gooding Jr. spars with Helen Mirren in Shadowboxer

  • Music

    November 4, 2004
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    July 29, 2004
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    December 25, 2003
  • Culture

    August 14, 2003

    Its a Mans World

    Raise your phalli for Spike TV

  • Features

    January 2, 2003
  • Columns

    August 22, 2002
  • News

    June 29, 2000

    The Shock is Off

    Up in Smoke asks and answers: What happens to rap when its hard edge is draped with a little glitz?