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Too $hort resurfaces, kicking it with kicks of all ilks

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Don't forget: Life is...Too $hort.

Every once in a while it happens, and this time he comes courtesy of Sneaker Pimps' buy-trade-swap event at Mighty on Saturday, Aug. 11. Read more »

Guilty! Sexy! No No No ...

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Help, I hate it, but I'm a slave to the forthcoming Girls Aloud single (Sept 3 release).

It's killing me. No official vid yet -- but here's the recordholders for most consecutive UK top 10s debuting the song at T4 on the Beach. Read more »

Qawwali giant Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remembered, revived

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Anticipating the 10-year anniversary of qawwali vocal legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's death on Aug. 16, San Francisco label Six Degrees recently released the Pakistani giant's latest dub-laced collaboration, with London producer-composer Gaudi, Dub Qawwali. Read more »

Lee Hazlewood: July 9, 1929- August 4, 2007

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In honor of the late Lee Hazlewood, here is Edward E. Crouse's unfiltered conversation with the great singer-songwriter, from the Guardian in 1998:

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A duet over the phone with Mr. Hazlewood.

By Edward E. Crouse

LEE HAZLEWOOD writes, produces, and sings ambrosial pop songs. Ambrosial in both senses: the Greek (what the gods ingest) and the American (that picnic mystery made of canned fruits in heavy syrup and whipped cream). Read more »

Reggae on the River: “We tried”

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By Molly Freedenberg

Remember way back when a group of disillusioned Burners decided to challenge the status quo by forming their own version of the Burning Man Organization (BORG)? They called it BORG2, and they planned to unseat BORG 1 – or at least inspire a change in its art funding policies – through their “anything you can do, I can do better” approach. Read more »

Tim McGraw's balls

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Blessed be to the advances in technology that allow alert concertgoers to capture performers at their most uncouth.

Most recently, Faith Hill upbraided a front-row fan for gettin' too gropy with hubby and tourmate Tim McGraw's private parts (TMZ has the video here). And of course there's the now-famous Beyonce tumble (TMZ has it here).

Who needs concert videos when the between-songs shit is so juicy? Read more »

Beatle Watch Day 2: "Across the Universe" viewed with mixture of dread and fear

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By Robert Bergin

Last week, Sean Manning posted about a bunch of lame-o’s protesting the usage of Beatles anthem "All You Need Is Love” in a diaper commercial. Read more »

Grinderman at Slim's: a top three on Tuesday

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My top three performer-audience mano-y-mano, mi-show-tu-show moments at the Grinderman performance at Slim's on July 27:

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3) A toss-up between the umpteenth time this dude in front of me yelled, "STAGGER LEE!" causing his long-suffering female companion to gently pat him on the shoulder and say, "Yeah. OK. We all know now," and the moment Nick Cave inadvertently insulted another rabid fan bellowing for old Bad Seeds songs by calling him short and bald. Read more »

Daft Punk makes it harder, better, faster, stronger...

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By Sean Manning

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The palpable current of body heat and the nervous tension of thudding beats caused some of those packed in front of the stage to lose inhibition and go into freak-out mode, while others busted a move with their glow sticks, or simply resorted to ecstatic screaming. Read more »

Au NOW!

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Is there a Grizzly Bear rooting round my trash or an Animal Collective doing my fricking dishes? Nah, it's just the sound of Au (pronounced, all you phonetics phans, as "ay you"), the Portland-bound solo project of Luke Wyland. Me likes their newly released self-titled disc, a gentle melange of bells, strums, and psych-folk meander.

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Au plays Thursday, Aug. Read more »