Slash Explains the Difference Between Touring With Aerosmith Today Vs. in 1988

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Photo by Travis Shinn
"I didn't walk into their dressing room with a bag of blow and an open bottle of Jack Daniels; we weren't going to do, those [drugs] were mine!" recalls Slash, laughing. The mono-monikered guitar star is flashing back to when Guns 'N' Roses opened for Aerosmith in 1988. "We had a blast, and it was one of the best professional experiences of my career--having Guns open up for Aerosmith and having our band fucking finally cross that wave. That was just really cool."

Cut to 26 years later, and he's again opening for Aerosmith, this time gone from Guns for 18 years, sober for nine, and with his band of about three years--Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The iconic, large-than-life cartoon character that is Slash hasn't outgrown his rock ''n' roll all night and party every day (and night) lifestyle, though these days, the father of two lives it minus booze and substances. A sober Slash is a busy Slash: "I enjoy what I do and I get bored easily. I need to play. If I'm not on tour, I'm jamming. And if not I'm doing a session; I'm always playing."

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Ask Andrew W.K.: How to Cope With All This Terribly Tragic News

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:]

Dear Andrew,

Thanks for writing your column. It's really helped me lately, which is why I'm writing to ask you about this: It feels like the world is ending. Every time I turn on the TV, there's a new crisis: War, riots, environmental catastrophes, disease, financial collapse, cyber crime, religious rage, not to mention the boring little problems of my own regular life.

In one week, I literally saw the top stories in the newspaper all describing various versions of Armageddon, one after another -- just a big list of apocalyptic events. And it seems like every recent Hollywood movie focuses on some apocalyptic disaster or dystopian vision of the not-too-distant future. If someone would've told me 15 years ago that things would get this bad, I would've found it hard to believe. And now I'm wondering, in 15 more years will they be even worse? What the hell is going on? How can things keep going this way? Is the world ending?

Please help,
Afraid and Paranoid

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The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

Categories: Lists

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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How Mega Rave Electric Zoo Will Try to Keep the Drugs Out

Categories: Electric Zoo

All photos Kaitlin Perry
Electric Zoo
As many as 100,000 EDM fans will descend on Randall's Island this weekend for the return of Electric Zoo. Over three days, the mostly 20-something crowd will hear an impressive roster of DJs that includes superstars David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Victor Calderone, Kaskade, and Sasha.

But first they will have to have their wristbands electronically validated after proving they have viewed — either online or there on site — a video on the dangers of Molly, the Ecstasy derivative responsible for several recent deaths at EDM events. Written and directed by James Manos, Jr., creator of the popular Showtime series, Dexter, and his teenage daughter, Ellie, the two-minute PSA shows a young man getting so high on the dance floor that he ends up alone in a very dark head space.

It's only one of the steps the festival's producer, Made Event, is taking after last year, when two attendees died, and several others were reportedly hospitalized. In the wake of intense media scrutiny and criticism, and after a strong recommendation by the mayor's office, the third day was abruptly canceled.

This year, attendees will be greeted by drug-sniffing dogs and "Amnesty Bins," which offer a last chance to trash the stash, no questions asked.

See also: GIFs: The Anti-Drug PSA All Electric Zoo Concertgoers Are Required to Watch This Year

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Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week 8/27 - 9/2

Categories: Comedy

The Mortified Show takes over Littlefield this Tuesday at 8pm
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have Harvard grads, bitches in plaid, slavery fans, Labor Day plans, and a shame too great to hide. Let's do it. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Celebrating an Album's Anniversary Is Pointless

Categories: Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's Funeral celebrates its 10th anniversary next month. If you think this is a big deal, you are wrong. Don't worry, it's not your fault.

See also: The 50 Most NYC Albums Ever

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Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

Categories: Feature

Woody Guthrie
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinctly apolitical. Contemporary slang and the loosening of certain taboos aside, they could have been written in 2002, 1992, even 1982.

Granted, popular music is supposed to provide some kind of escape from everyday life. However, shouldn't it also sometimes reflect what is going on in the wider world at the time of its release? We are not living in a post-Auto-Tune utopia. Persistent economic problems, a deliberately obstructionist U.S. Congress, NSA surveillance, an expanding underclass -- these are issues that seem ripe for mining by contemporary musicians.

See also: The 50 Most NYC Albums Ever

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How Do I Break Into Playing Shows in a Big City?

Categories: Fan Landers

Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

Hi there Fan,

I'm an independent recording artist in Joshua Tree, California, looking to make my debut after a successful Kickstarter project and my album being almost complete. Canvassing Los Angeles for gigs as an opening act is somewhat daunting, especially since my album isn't yet released. Do you have a word of advice on how to get my promo, such as it is, in front of more people?

Dana Larson

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The Underachievers Recall the Time Cops in Missouri Made Them Take Acid

The Underachievers via Instagram

AK and Issa Dash join together as the Underachievers, a Flatbush-based rap duo signed to Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label. After dropping the excellent Indigoism mixtape in 2013, they've just released Cellar Door. Still buzzing from the reaction to the project, we hit up the indigo kids to talk through their respective Twitter chatter about interacting with cops and acid down in Missouri, an upcoming collaboration with the Flatbush Zombies, and Issa's early morning dance routines.

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Arcade Fire - Barclays Center - 8/24/14

Categories: Last Night

Credit: Emily Tan // See our slideshow of the concert
Better than: Listening to Reflektor.

There was a moment when Arcade Fire began where I was convinced I was seeing the wrong band. Opening with the title track of their newest album Reflektor, it was hard to see the earnest accordion-playing art kids from Montreal under the shiny suits, blinding lights and glam motifs. I've fallen a bit off the Arcade Fire bandwagon since the release of The Suburbs - to me, and I suspect, many others, they will always be the band that wrote Funeral. Though it's obvious that winning a Grammy, no matter how few people had heard of you at the time, is a big fucking deal, seeing proof of Arcade Fire's success on such a massive scale was still breathtaking. Win Butler is now an actual rock star, and his army of bandmates are rightly confident in their ability to keep the crowd cheering for two hours straight. This is the dream of Win and Régine, I guess.

See also: Arcade Fire Opens Its Brooklyn Weekend

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