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    June 30, 2014

    Funniest Tweets From the 2014 BET Awards

    It's clear that all Chris Rock needs is a platform in front of an open-minded audience and he will have you at "hello." That's exactly how it went down when the 2014 BET Awards kicked off with Rock at the helm delivering a monologue that slaughtered Rick Ross, took jabs at the Solange/Jay-Z elevator ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014


    Honda Center

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    August 1, 2013

    Free Ticket Wednesday: Jessie Ware at the Observatory Aug. 10

    In the shallow pit that is Top 40 pop music lies few hopes of finding something of substance. However, once every couple years something emerges that isn't a heaping pile of overproduced bullshit. In a sea of Ke$ha singles there was Adele. Drowning in Chris Brown and Usher albums, Frank Ocean put ou ... More >>

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    June 23, 2013

    Power 106 Powerhouse - Honda Center - June 22, 2013

    Power 106 Powerhouse Honda Center June 22, 2013 On Saturday night, thousands of hip-hop fans converged on Powerhouse--the yearly celebration of all things current in hip-hop and R&B courtesy of L.A.'s KPWR 105.9 FM. The lineup, headlined by R&B's ever-polarizing star Chris Brown, capped a bill teemi ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    The Funniest Billboard Music Awards Tweets

    With Tracy Morgan hosting the Billboard Music Awards this year, we were all anticipating a few shenanigans to go down courtesy of his sharp comedic tongue. Truth be told, we think he played it rather safe. Broadcasting "live" (yet somehow the East Coast once again saw it before us on the West which ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Songs With Grammatical Errors We Just Can't Overlook

    Yes, we are aware artists use poetic license when they are writing lyrics, but that doesn't prevent us from getting irritated when we hear grammatical errors over the radio waves. Below are ten songs with lyrics that set off our inner grammar-police sirens:

  • Culture

    November 1, 2012

    Hello Kitty: Forever Kitty

    [Trendzilla] Onch Movement teams up with Forever21 to reinvent Sanrio's iconic feline

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    October 9, 2012

    The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Photos We've Seen This Year

    By Daniel Hill Here at Heard Mentality we see literally one shitload of press photos every week. Many of them stick to a template: Gather all band members together, shoulder to shoulder. Make sure no one smiles, ever. Have the artists try to look thoughtful, but also like they are not trying to lo ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in O.C. This Week

    See Also: *Free Ticket Wednesday: She Wants Revenge at the Observatory*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/Video]*Jim Norton Wants to Sleep With You, if You Can Stand His Sleep ApneaMonday, September 17Martin Sanchez (Residency)Detroit Bar Martin Sanchez is an absolutely manic rappe ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    2 Chainz

    The Glass House

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    August 15, 2012

    Let's Talk About the Crazy Names For Musician Fan Bases, Like "Beliebers"

    See Also:*Miley Cyrus Calls Anaheim Resident a "Fucking Creep" on Twitter*Octomom Releases New Topless Album Cover for 'Sexy Party'*Christina Aguilera and YUM! Brands Team Up to Fight Hunger. Seriously?As Jerry Seinfeld might say: What's the deal with all these crazy names for musician fan bases, li ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    World EDM Vixen Hayla to Headline OC Pride Festival

    By: Katrina NattressWorld electronic dance music may not be a genre you hear too often, but Hayla is among its proudest, scantily clad practitioners. Though currently residing in Los Angeles, the multi-talented singer and percussionist draws inspiration from her European and Middle Eastern roots, re ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Adventure Club

    The Observatory

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    June 15, 2012

    Shazam Predicts 2012's 10 Most Popular Summer Jams

    Summer is just around the corner (June 20, to be exact), and with that comes summer mixtapes. There's nothing better than the sunshiny bliss that comes from driving with your windows rolled down, wind whipping through your hair, and upbeat, buoyant music blasting through your ste ... More >>

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    April 22, 2012

    Azealia Banks at Coachella, April 21, 2012

    See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage One assumes that thousands of people shouting, "I guess that cunt getting eaten" in unison has never happened at Coachella before. Yet you could hear just that yesterday during Azealia Banks' set; it was afternoon, and most of us weren't even drunk yet.

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    March 29, 2012

    Tyga at The Observatory, March 29, 2012

    ​TygaThe ObservatoryMarch 28, 2012 Warning: This review contains explicit language, and your children should not read this--too bad you let them attend this concert.If you were at the Observatory to see Tyga perform at his sold-out show, you heard a lot--and I mean a lot--of  "Rack City," ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    What to Do With Music Journalism: Village Voice's Maura Johnston Weighs In

    ​We all know what  Maura Johnston (music editor over at our sister publication The Village Voice) is talking about in this Daily Swarm piece; we deal with all these problems daily here at Heard Mentality. But I think this conversation with Eric Ducker outlines all these challenges in a concis ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Add Another LA Date

    ​Sweet! Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band added another show to their LA stop. Now they're also performing on Friday, April 27 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The tour supports Springsteen's 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, out on March 6, and tickets go on sale at all Ticketmast ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Lady Gaga Fans Paying People To Trash Madonna (PLUS: Watch the Video for 'Give Me All Your Luvin')

    ​What is this? Young people have no respect, and I can't believe any of this is condoned by Lady Gaga. But The Lady Gaga Project (Where Little Monsters come together to help Mother Monster with her music and causes) will pay 5 to 10 cents per page hit to disparage Madonna's latest set, MDNA, on di ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Manila Luzon on Her Budding Music Career: 'If Kim Zolciak Can Do It, So Can I'

    ​Manila Luzon, our favorite contestant on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race (and the "next to next drag superstar," aka runner up) was recently featured on HuffPo talking about her music career. Apparently making the leap from lip-syncing into actually singing! Not only is she working with ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Our Favorite Songs In Tribute To The Year Of The Dragon

    ​For those of who you don't know, Monday marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Black Water Dragon. 2012 should bring happiness and success. The year is also favorable for the establishment of family, birth a smart and healthy children. During this period we sho ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Nicki Minaj's New Single Off Her 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' is Awesome/Disturbing

    ​Nicki Minaj's video for her new single,"Stupid Hoe" off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (no, not a re-release) hit the internet last Friday. The album, due out next month, will feature one of Minaj's alter egos, Roman Zolanski. Zolanski is a flamboyant gay man who made an appearance on "Rom ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    The 10 Worst Music Videos of 2011

    ​Every year, the MTV Video Music Awards give the best music videos of the year with a statuette. But personally, we think its way more fun to laugh at the stupid ones. So this year, for your amusement, Heard Mentality will recognize the worst music videos made in 2011 (gold statuettes are, unfortu ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Top 10 Craziest Outfits Worn By Musicians In 2011

    ​Once a year, the normal people of the world take the opportunity to dress oddly in public. But in the music industry, there's no real need for Halloween--every day and every award ceremony is the opportunity for a new (and increasingly weird) costume debut.  We bet you can guess who tops the ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011


    The Observatory

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    December 15, 2011

    Madonna Confirms New Single, Three-Album Deal with Interscope

    Madonna, trying to fit in with her daughter's friends​Madonna's new album -- her first in five years -- will be released in late March. The first single from the record, "Gimme All Your Luvin'," which features Nicki Minaj, will be released the last week of January in anticipation of her Superb ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Six Songs to Work Off the Extra Helping of Grandma's Stuffing and Those Seven Beers You Drank Thursday Night

    ​Look, you ate too damned much during the four-day Thanksgiving break. But it's cool. We've all been there. The good news is there's this little thing called exercise that's going to get you back to who you were last Wednesday. As an avid gym member (the girl at the front desk knows my name), I kn ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Justin Bieber Is Officially the Most Searched Musician Of 2011

    ​, Microsoft's search engine, recently compiled its 2011 search trends for musicians and came up with some interesting results.Their list of the top ten most searched musicians is entirely made up of femme powerhouses (Who run da world?), save for the top slot, which was nabbed b ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Big Sean, Now Really Big

    The Detroit rapper lives the dream on his debut album

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    October 31, 2011

    HARD Haunted Mansion: Skrillex, Major Lazer and Caspa at Shrine Expo Hall

    Timothy Norris/LA Weekly​HARD Haunted MansionShrine Expo HallOct. 28-29, 2011 When I spoke to HARD founder Gary Richards about his goals with the festival series, he made it clear that he wanted to disassociate HARD from the raver scene. His attempts have been semi-successful--though there were no ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Meet Onch, the Designer Behind Nicki Minaj's Fried Chicken Necklace

    ​What's that chained around Nicki Minaj's neck?  Oh, just a hot pink chicken wing. In her latest publicity-fueling move, the hip-hop star wore the piece o' poultry to the iHeartRadio Festival last weekend. The Internet proceeded to go pollo loco, and everyone (hyperbole) needed to know: ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    This Week In Food: Doritos' Dad Dies, Nicki Minaj's Pink Chicken Wing Necklace And More!

    ​We love food. Some of us love food so much we want to wear it as jewelry. Some of us have Doritos sprinkled over our graves. Others dislike food and are totally boring like Anderson Cooper. Read all about these tales of culinary love and hate after the jump!

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    September 14, 2011

    Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera--Plagiarism and Female Singers: Who Did it Best?​Nicki Minaj was celebrated for her originality and gusto after being spotted at Carolina Herrera's Spring 2012 runway show sitting beside Anna Wintour in a neon pom-pom-laden sweater. Now designer Jessica Rogers, 21, of SomedayNewYorker, is accusing Minaj and her team of copying he ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Top Five Funny Kanye West Tumblrs

    via Fuck Yeah Yeezy ​Considering the man has long been a meme in his own right, it was only a matter of time before the tumblr community hopped on the Kanye West schtick. And since the whole I'mma Let You Finish thing is pretty much dead and buried, we've tracked down the funniest and most curren ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Katy Perry: Cashing in on that Normal Niche

    Flickr user florencia.tomasConsider Katy Perry--who, a few years before her rapid rise to stardom, was best known as "the girlfriend of that guy from Gym Class Heroes."  Now, Perry sells out stadiums. She's gotten so popular that she's performing at the Nokia Theatre in LA for three nights in ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    NSFW Nicki Minaj Nip Slip on Good Morning America

    ​TMZ posted pictures of Nicki Minaj's nip slip, aired live on Good Morning America's East Coast broadcast. It was probably edited out for the West Coast--but pictures are all over the Internet! Check them out after the jump.

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    July 22, 2011

    Kreayshawn Gets Nominated Best New Artist at the VMAs--and Other WTF Moments This Year

    ​I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Lil Wayne Flirts With Retirement, Nicki Minaj Gets Hit in the Face With a Suitcase

    by minusbaby​Needless to say, it hasn't been a good week for Young Money Entertainment.We all know how notoriously noncommittal rappers can be about retirement (read: Jay-Z) but Lil Wayne has been flirting with the idea for a while--according to MTV, he announced during a radio interview with Ho ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Five Pop Stars More Deserving of Abduction than Joss Stone

    ​Two men were arrested in England this week for trying to abduct the soul singer Joss Stone. Making the case stranger, the suspects reportedly had in their possession a Samurai sword and written plans to kill Stone and dump her into a river. Call us a bunch of softies, but we're perplexed that an ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Britney Spears' Setlist Revealed!

    ​ [via Digital Spy] Here's what to expect when Britney Spears comes to Honda Center with Nicki Minaj on June 24 for her Femme Fatale world tour. There's a bunch of old and new: "Hold It Against Me" and "Till The World Ends" are in there with "Baby One More Time" and "Toxic." Covers include Madonna ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Kreayshawn on That Million Dollar (?) Deal with Columbia/Sony, Being a Femcee and Working with Lil B and Snoop Dogg

    ​UPDATE June 8, 7:51 a.m.: It's official: Kreayshawn has officially signed with Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The 21 year-old will release "Gucci Gucci" via digital retailers on Tuesday, June 14th and prepare her forthcoming full-length debut album, due later this year. ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Leaked: Britney Spears' After-Party Plans

    ​ Britney Spears has had a busy week, announcing a pair of June SoCal shows as part of her Femme Fatale tour and popping up unexpectedly at a club with Nicki Minaj, causing such a stir that six fans collapsed from hyperventilation. Not wanting to miss out on the excitement, we used our connecti ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Britney Spears Confirms Honda Center Date

    ​Britney Spears just announced her SoCal dates with Nicki Minaj. Nervo and Jessie and the Toy Boys will also be opening. Spears will be at the Staples Center on June 20 and the Honda Center June 24. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

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    April 19, 2011

    Is a Sober Lil Wayne a Good Thing?

    ​Little Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher. 

 And yet something doesn't quite sit right. For the man who once composed a lo ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    All Time Low Front Man Alex Gaskarth Talks About Pop Music and Why Rebecca Black's 'Friday' is Terrible

    ​Something about All Time Low's front man Alex Gaskarth is immensely appealing. It's unnerving, especially since I am not a 15-year-old girl. But Gaskarth is charmingly candid, and is much more thoughtful than your idea of a pop-punk singer with highlights. After the jump, read about why he loves ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Why is Lil Wayne a Genius? We Explain His Appeal (Plus, His New Video for 'Six Foot Seven Foot!')​Lil Wayne is a genius, and not simply because he spends seven days a week in the studio, recording some of the most lyrically intricate, metaphor-laced verses in the history of the rap game off the top of his head, no pen, no pad. 

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    January 10, 2011

    [UPDATED Muppets 'Monster' Remix] Kanye West's 'Monstrous' New Video Leaked

    S. Affandi, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons​UPDATE, 12:15 P.M., JAN. 10: Kanye's leaked "Monster" video was made into a Muppets-style "Monster" remix. Check it out below.ORIGINAL ITEM, 8:47 A.M., JAN. 3: After a momentous 2010, Kanye West looks to raise the stakes even higher in 2011. A possibl ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Nicki Minaj and Komen for the Cure Turn Black Friday Pink

    ​Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer awareness organization responsible for the all-pink-everything "Passionately Pink for the Cure" campaign, might have found their newest spokesperson in Nicki Minaj. It only makes sense--the break-out femcee has an unrelenting obsession with the color ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    A Drake Concert Survival Guide​Drake gave fair warning about the volatile nature of his shows when he expressed his apprehension by spitting "Everyone nervous/'Cuz them hipsters gone have to get along with them hood niggaz," on the "Ignant Shit" track off So Far Gone. This Thursday's  show at th ... More >>

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