Six Ways to Avoid Getting Robbed on Tour

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Although musicians are infamous for walking out on bar tabs, trashing hotel rooms, and hijacking chuckwagon sandwiches from gas stations, there is one thing they deserve: the ability to torture society with their particular brand of art. Sadly, it happens all too often that bands' tours are derailed or canceled altogether as a result of the actions of opportunistic criminals. Bands' vans are broken into all the time on tour. And while it's likely artists will continue to be the targets of such a devastating crime, we've come up with a few helpful suggestions to prevent bands from being robbed on tour.

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Six Reasons You Need to Flyer Your Shows

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So easy, a monkey could do it.
Social media takes the heat for a lot of things. Some people insist that it's responsible for diluting activism and killing personal interaction. Others may recall the recent viral Craigslist post about the restaurant that blamed its slowing service on social media and smartphones, while some scientists have even drawn a connection between Facebook use and depression.

But put aside the emerging evidence that social media is ruining our ability to be legitimately social, and let us focus on something that's more immediate in our lives: The internet is screwing up music. While some people could jump to the conclusion that the age of rapid-refreshing and buzzy sites is making music too accessible and disposable, social media has a much more sinister and direct effect. Namely, people are relying on message boards and Facebook invites to spread the word about shows and concerts.

To combat this baffling notion that posting an event on the internet is half the battle, here are six reasons why people who don't flyer for shows shouldn't be allowed to book them.

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Six Songs About NYC That Make People Hate NYC

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There have been thousands, maybe millions, of songs written about New York City. You'll receive no argument from me that it's a special, special place. It's captured the imagination of imaginative young people around the world, and is responsible for something like a quarter of all the quintessential American artifacts. Part of that is the population density, sure, but there's no need to understate the broader influence. It's the most important city in the nation, and those who would argue that fact are simply out of ammunition.

All that said, there are plenty of things hilariously un-self-aware about that sanctified New York art. For all those great songs written from boroughs there's a whole lot of chaff. As a resident of Austin, Texas, I can confirm that some of those anthems you hold near to your heart have us laughing behind your back. It's time to clue you in. Here are the songs about New York that make people outside of the city hate New York.

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The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

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Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music blasted out of New York, Los Angeles, and London in the mid to late '70s. In film and on TV, portrayals of punk are often misguided or straight laughable (Hello Quincy! Hi C.H.I.P.S! Hey, CBGB movie!) But sometimes they get it kinda sorta right. Here now, our list of 10 punk movies we can live with. (Note: not included here are punk documentaries, only feature films.)

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The Top 10 Robyn Collaborations

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Screenshot of Robyn & Neneh Cherry's "Out of the Black" video
Robyn and Röyksopp,-- a pair of acts self-described as "most killingest pop star on the planet" and "two-headed Norwegian monster" respectively -- are bringing their tremendous live show to Pier 97 this week, in support of their first collaborative EP Do It Again. It's not the first time Robyn has teamed up with another act on her glorious, fierce and often heavily emotional dance-pop records, though. From Snoop Dogg to Neneh Cherry, here are Robyn's 10 best collaborations, ranked.

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Fantastic Five: The Legacy Of The Wild Style Breakbeats

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When the movie Wild Style was released in 1981, it helped spread the culture of hip-hop across the world. But while Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy's flick has become a cornerstone of hip-hop history, the story of the breaks that were used in the movie has been shrouded in mystery. Instead of calling on the popular breaks of the day, Ahearn and Freddy plotted to record a set of brand new breaks -- a move that somewhat confused the principal deejays appearing in the movie and had record collectors adding another holy grail to their wants lists (a fact exacerbated by only 100 white label copies ever being put into circulation).

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The 10 Best Songs by Bad Musicians

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Stopped clocks are right twice a day. Geoffrey Arend is married to Christina Hendricks. Performance artists get federal funding. Canada is south of Detroit. People wear Google Glass and think they look awesome. Some things you just can't explain, like how really shitty bands occasionally luck into recording splendid songs. To wit, here are the 10 greatest songs ever recorded by not-so-great musicians:

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The Approved 4th of July Playlist for Real Americans

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This 4th of July weekend, when you're throwing your dogs and your burgs and your watermelons and your corns and your sausages and your Budweisers on the grill, someone at some point is going to pop some tunes on the old jambox to really get the Que cranked to 11. But, given the importance of the weekend to anyone who cares about true independence, only certain artists are appropriate to play. Here now is the approved 4th of July playlist for real Americans. Play anything else and risk deportation.

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Five NYC Artists With New and Upcoming Releases

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New York's hot, sticky summer is here and with it some fresh new tunes. Below are a few of our picks from local music makers we're listening to this season.

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Six Musicians Who Should've Been Pro Wrestlers Instead

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Did you watch the most recent Wrestlemania? I didn't. I also haven't had a Mountain Dew in seven years. I guess this means I'm finally an real adult, which means I should do the mature thing and write a list for an audience of people who are mostly hung-over and sitting in cubicles. Instead, I'll be tackling the topic that's obviously been on everyone's minds: music acts that should have been performing on the wrestling mat instead of the stage.

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