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Let These Rappers In Pastel Be Your Spring Style Inspiration

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-By Ariel Morriar

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to start shedding off that gloomy winter wardrobe and replacing it with more soft and bright colors—like pastels!

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20 Most Influential Metal Guitarists Of The Modern Era

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-By Doc Coyle

Compiling a list of the most influential modern metal guitar players is intimidating. There was no way to do this without pissing a bunch of people off. I did my best to quantify which guitar players’ mark was being felt the most by the up and coming generation of new bands and musical movements in the realm of all things heavy. Whose legacy stood the test of time? Why is player “A” more influential than player “B”? Is there empirical evidence to support these arguments? These are the burning questions. There are some tremendously phenomenal players who did not make this list because their significance will not be known for some time. There are some players who made a big splash initially, but stature has waned in recent years. There are some genres like Black Metal where I had difficulty pinpointing 1 or 2 specific players that stood out among the slew of pioneers.

It (arguably) all started when Tony Iommi lost his fingers in a machinist accident, but metal guitar has come a long way in 50 years. Enjoy this list in all of its imperfect glory!

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20 Classic Artists Who Were Ridiculously Young When They Made Their Masterpiece

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By Frank Donovan 

We don’t mean to bum you out, but damn—some of our favorite musicians were shockingly young when they released albums that have gone on to become American classics. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson–they ALL would have had to pay that under 25 car rental fee, even after they had made their magnum opus. It’s not fair, we say, they didn’t have the internet to distract them.

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10 ‘Mad Men’ Musical Moments That Will Take You On An Emotional Roller-Coaster

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-By Frank Donovan

Tonight is the beginning of the end, fellow Mad Men fans. And if you’re like us, you’re anticipating higher highs and lower lows than ever as the final seven episodes of the series air this spring. As we well know, the show is not for the faint of heart–It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride that we sort of wish weren’t scheduled right when the Sunday night blues tend to hit. We blame the soundtrack.

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Say Your Prayers: The 20 Most Hilariously Blasphemous Band Names Ever

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-By Frank Donovan 

Easter is upon us— a time of year when those of the Christian faith celebrate the ressurection of Jesus by exchanging chocolate eggs left by an oversized bunny. Yeah, we don’t get it either. But if you think that’s out there, get a load of these hilariously un-PC, un-church friendly, unholy band names. From Jesuseater to Anal Blasphemy, it’s safe to say that all of these blasphemous names are pretty NSFW…

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The Decibel Tour Kicks Off In LA With At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, + Vallenfyre

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-By Doc Coyle

I have a love/hate relationship with Decibel Magazine. In their early days, they afforded God Forbid, my ex-band, one of our first and only magazine cover stories. Since then, Decibel found their niche, and their direction crystalized to focus on the crusty, dank world of the extreme underground. In the 10 plus years since their inception, my tastes have diverged over ground, and I would often quizzically look at their Top 40 albums of a particular year not knowing half the bands, feeling it was maybe caked with pretense informed by the Hipster-ization of the Metal world. (My ignorance may have been mostly to blame). With that said, I have always respected their stance and recognize their stature as the preeminent authority on Grindcore, Noise, Sludge, Doom, Black Metal, Death Metal, Stoner Rock, Post Metal, and everything in between. The line-up for this year’s tour was perfectly curated to reflect the magazine’s taste with At The Gates, Pallbearer, and Vallenfyre all landing the top 10 of 2014’s Top 40 list and Converge topping 2012’s list.

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The Top 18 Heavy Metal + Hard Rock Cover Songs Of The Modern Era

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By Doc Coyle

I love cover bands. I can’t help it. We’re supposed to look down on the bar band in the corner banging out “Don’t Stop Believin” or “Livin’ On A Prayer” for the zillionth time. But, I am helpless to their charms when they are really good, like the seasoned pros in New Orleans and Nashville or Steel Panther when they do their cover show in Hollywood. I have my own damn cover band I like them so much.
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10 Bands You Thought Were One Person

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-By Frank Donovan

Listen up–’cause we’re about to save you a lot of embarrassment. There are some bands out there with names that mislead us into thinking they’re solo acts. But they’re NOT. When groups are named for the lead singer and/or said lead singer is the only prominent member among rarely seen bandmates (think Sade), things get confusing.

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10 Reasons Why The High-Waisted Bikini Should Be The Official Swimsuit Of 2015

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By Frank Donovan 

Gone are the days of barely-there bikinis and Baywatch style high-cut one pieces. Today it’s all about harkening back to 1950s bombshells with high-waisted bikinis. We gotta say we’re totally on board with this look, especially when it’s completed with cat-eye sunglasses and a red lip a la Taylor Swift. In fact, after noticing so many of our favorite singers rocking retro swimwear everywhere from the pool to the stage, we’re declaring high-waisted bikinis the official swimsuit of 2015.

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