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    August 29, 2014

    Five Things We Learned From the 1999 Source Awards

    This month marks 15 years since The 1999 Source Awards were broadcast nationwide on UPN. While at first glance it may seem inconsequential to note the anniversary of yet another award show, these particular Source Awards were a landmark event for many reasons. Recorded at Los Angeles' Pantages Theat ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    10 Reasons Urban Outfitters is Bad For Music

    By: Jonathan Patrick Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we lurch in, grab what we ... 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 >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday Playlist

    That's right folks, it's Mardi Gras. The day before Lent kicks off with the solemn Ash Wednesday where absurdly excessive partying hits its absolute peak. Of course, whether you're a Catholic or not, Fat Tuesday is a fantastic excuse to cut loose and have the absolute most fun one can have on a Tues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Five Awesome Murals Honoring Dead Musicians

    By: Rae AlexandraThe Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a recent revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Cross-Overs: Five Unforgettable Musicians Who Switched Genres

    This weekend sees the release of the new Tyler Perry film Alex Cross. The movie has been getting a fair amount of attention for not only being a Perry film where he's solely acting, but being his first foray into the action genre. That's correct, with no "Madea" in sight, Perry is attempting to ente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Top Five "Sesame Street" Musical Cameos You Didn't Know Existed

    Yesterday, children's television staple "Sesame Street" entered its 43rd season. Along with providing groundbreaking educational programming that kids have been able to watch with their parents for decades, the show's also provided some of the most surprising musical television cameos in history. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Top 10 Rock Star Backup Vocal Collabortions

    Every now and then, rockstars align to bring us a classic we never saw coming. No matter what the genre, you have plenty of examples of two (sometimes three or more) powerhouses coming together to back each other up with a set of voices that are usually so different that they sound like they were ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    AWOLNATION on Record Store Day at Coachella, and Their First Albums

    Is it musical overload to celebrate National Record Store Day at Coachella? Pop up store Zia Records (located on the festival premises) proved it is not. Although the store drew many bands on the festival lineup for special signings, Record Store Day drew even bigger crowds than usual, with attendee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    3hree Things: A Box Full Of Cassettes And Shame

    Watch out for 3hree Things 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.​I'm not gonna lie. I didn't spend my formative years as a music listener (late-80's/earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Dellue Is Ready To Hit The Hip-Hop Scene With Something New

    ​ It's been a minute since Dellue, a Long Beach-based underground MC, has hit the stage but all that's about to change. With an eye on 2012, the innovative rapper/producer is readying new music and will give hip-hop heads a glimpse of what's to come when he performs this Saturday in Anaheim. A goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    DJ-Producer Duo Nadastrom On Their Punk-Rap Beginnings, The Evolution Of Dance Music, Touring With Skrillex and Working With Scion A/V

    Nadastrom: Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom​ While Redbull and Converse have worked tirelessly over the last couple years to support new independent music, Scion has proved committed to supporting ultra-niche artists from subgenres like grindcore, dubstep and moombahton by taking on a label-like role ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    An 'Ode to Women' From Your Best Friend's Ex--Really?

    ​For Canadian rap-rockers Your Best Friend's Ex, the definition of an ode as a lyrical verse in praise of something inspiring somehow got horribly lost in the mix. Their cheap trick of a first single, "Ode to Women," manages to peddle "I said, bitch, shut your mouth" as a chorus. Feeling poetic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    OC Weekly's 1980 Through 1989 Mixtape

    Run-D.M.C.​We decided to make a new super-cool mixtape for all our loyal readers to enjoy this week. We caught the Reagan documentary on HBO over the long weekend, and it inspired us to reach back to the era of skinny ties, geometric hairdos and personal and musical excess for a set of kickass tun ... 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

    December 31, 2009

    New Year's Eve Party Playlist

    Looking for some tunes to blast at the bash you're hosting tonight? Or maybe to crank up in the car on your way to a slamming soiree? Here's my New Year's Eve Party Playlist, featuring the best from the past year and stone cold classics. Enjoy. Flickr user Sada 1988Click song title for YouTube clip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Christmas Video Classics: 'Christmas in Hollis,' Run-D.M.C.

    Run D.M.C. dropped this chestnut back in 1987 on the must-own A Very Special Christmas, which also features choice tracks by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and others. Two decades later, "Christmas in Hollis" remains the definitive hip-hop track to play during the holidays. Dig the golden-era-of-MTV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Jimmy Fallon: Savior of Hip Hop?

      For some reason, when ?uestlove announced in November that The Roots would cease touring and become the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, there was minor outrage. "Black Thought opening for Jimmy Fallon every night is the cultural equivalent of Miles Davis playing his horn on the ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008
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    August 14, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Discourse With a Graphic Designer

    Friend: i watched the Helvetica documentary last night Friend: RUN DMC is HELVETICA Friend: that's why arial black was so close to it Friend: because arial is the helvetica knockoff Friend: and then someone was asking me about the jeep logo too Me: NURDSPEEK. Friend: and it took me forever to come u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2007

    10 Songs About Christmas

    Jeff Shaw at our sister paper City Pages goes off the beaten sleigh path to bring his readership 10 songs for the season. Ever generous, Jeff's allowed us to share 'em with you: 10 and 9: Two from Tom Lehrer My uncle would never forgive me if I didn't mention Tom Lehrer's scathing, brilliant "Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007

    N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton Turns 20, Gets Deluxe Reissue

    The album that launched Left Coast gangsta rap into white suburban consciousness and mainstream culture, N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, will be reissued Dec. 4 with a bonus live track and covers by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snoop Dogg and C-Murder, Mack 10, and WC to anticipate its 20th anniversary. M ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Cream of Elite

    Sporting perhaps the greatest hip-hop bill ever, Rock the Bells enshrines rap's history—and foreshadows its future

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Pale Spitfire

    Brother Ali raps the undisputed truth

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Get Out!

    Feb. 23 - March 2

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    April 14, 2005

    Alone in the Dark

    Never heard of Writers Block?

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    Sonic Splendor

    Start-up KUOL brings more local rock to the airwaves

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Nothing to Hate

    Sean Costello: lazy, talented, not smegma receptacle

  • Columns

    June 14, 2001

    More Les for Me!

    Dont do the House like you did Lindas Doll Hut

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    The King of Rock

    There is none higher

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    October 19, 2000
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    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?

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Big Respect

    The Up in Smoke tour means hip-hops all grown upand safe

  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Hip! Hop! Shop!

    Black Guys Imitating White Guys Imitating Black Guys: The strange end of the hip-hop revolution

  • Music

    October 7, 1999

    Jon Halperin

    Owner of Newport Beach-based Indie Label Vegas Records