Why Everyone's Streaming Music and Everybody's Happy

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A vintage Columbia House ad from some hellish year in the past.
By Reed Fisher

Remember the first time you listened to music using a computer? This is a moot question for people under the age of twenty.

I was at a friend's house sometime in the mid '90s. He loaded a program called Winamp on his computer, and played one of a dozen or so MP3 files he had. It was the 1985 Falco synthpop masterwork "Rock Me Amadeus." Did I chastise him for daring to listen to compressed audio through computer speakers? Was I pissed that he didn't have to special-order a CD single and drive miles to drop $14 on it? I was absolutely not whispering, "This is the end" under my breath.

It was one of the most incredible days of my life.

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Children's Albums Are Bad for Children

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Recess Monkey: Bad for Kids
In Washington State, where I live, marijuana is legal and sold in special stores. This poses an interesting quandary for parents. Do you: (A) raise pot in the vein of beer when discussing it with your children, or (B) embrace the federal standard and advise that they abstain from it altogether, until its legality is the law of the land?

The answer is (C): Sit your toddler down in her car seat, and let Kacey Musgraves explain.

See also: The Kids Are All Right: RFT Music experiments on children

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The Ultimate Musician Movie Cameo Quiz

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Anthony Kiedis, Point Break (1991).
Not all cameos are equally coveted: A good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is cleverly disguised or appears so briefly, leaving you puzzled, forces you to rewind. (Was that just Alex Van Halen in Robocop?!) A bad cameo, like Vanilla Ice's dance routine in 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze, is a mockery. Despite which kind of cameo we find, one thing is certain: We always enjoy seeing a familiar face in an unfamiliar territory.

Let's test your knowledge where movies and music collide. Can you correctly name which musician appeared in the following films? Check your answers on the last page.

See also: Quiz: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces

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77 Things I'd Rather Do Than Listen to a 77-Song Wilco Rarities Box Set

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Alpha Mike Foxtrot, the upcoming Wilco rarities collection.

I have an issue with Wilco. It's a personal beef. My problem is this: Wilco is considered a Chicago band and the band members encourage this bullshit fallacy.

Wilco is from St. Louis, goddamnit.

See also: Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist

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Living Like Kings Multimedia Exhibit Links Chess and Hip-Hop

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World Chess Hall of Fame

When it comes to chess, hip-hop is king.

That's one of the ideas behind the World Chess Hall of Fame's new exhibit Living Like Kings: The Unexpected Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture. Exploring the connections between the game of kings and what is arguably music's most strategic lyrical genre, Living Like Kings demonstrates the creativity needed to achieve checkmate on a number of levels.

It doesn't hurt that Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA is one of the exhibit's most passionate backers, either. The influential rapper and producer is the director of outreach at the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and recently visited St. Louis to celebrate the opening of Living Like Kings.

See also: Circus Flora's "The Pawn" Makes All the Right Moves

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The Musical Side of My Little Pony: Meet the Shake Ups in Ponyville

photo courtesy of the band
Meet Twi-fi Sparklecaster and Professor Savvyshy of the Shake Ups in Ponyville.

St. Louis has no shortage of tribute bands. Elevation channels U2, the newly formed We Bite! personifies the Misfits, and at least ten acts impersonate their big-name heroes every year during An Under Cover Weekend. Plus we've got countless cover bands like Dance Floor Riot and the VCRs that expertly play the best hits without sporting the crazy costumes and makeup.

But what the Gateway City doesn't have is a tribute to My Little Pony, that '80s toy bastion of friendship and sparkles. Thankfully, that temporarily will be remedied this weekend when Indianapolis power-pop band the Shake Ups in Ponyville performs during Crystal Fair, St. Louis' own MLP convention. Hooves up, Bronies!

See also: I Watched Four Hours of Brony EDM So You Don't Have To

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Here Are 10 Products for Sneaking Alcohol Into Concerts

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The Wine Rack bra.
It's easy to drop serious cash on booze at shows -- especially if you're buying several rounds. What's even more frustrating is that many venues don't even have great selections. But there are multiple products that will help you get around this issue. While we would never condone violating venue policies to avoid paying $12 for a beer, we present here, for your amusement and edification, ten of the best items for sneaking booze into a concert.More »

Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard Tells Playboy Euclid Records is Best Record Store in USA

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Mabel Suen
Euclid Records

A St. Louis record store really is giving us a reason to read Playboy for the articles.

Playboy.com recently talked to Guided by Voices vocalist/songwriter Bob Pollard about his five favorite vinyl shops across the country, and Pollard put St. Louis' own Euclid Records at the top of the list. In his appraisal of the long-time institution's multi-city, multi-floor goodness, Pollard says, "Recently opened a store in New Orleans as well, which is great also. All jazz on second. I never have enough energy to go through everything in one trip, and I always spend too much money."

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Good News: It's OK to Like Weezer Again

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Photo by Emily Shur
"Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life."

Is "Back to the Shack" the return to form he's pining for in its own self-referential lyrics? Not quite. It's maybe the worst out of the recently released singles from their new record, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (in stores today), yet it does a pretty damn good job of sounding like the old Weezer, something the band has consistently failed at for the last decade.

See also: Weezer to Perform at Plush As Part of Rock & Roll Marathon in October

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AC/DC's Angus Young Honors His Brother Malcolm, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

The family of AC/DC's founding member Malcolm Young has confirmed the rocker is being treated for dementia, which has forced him to leave the band.

"Malcolm is suffering from dementia, and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," Young's family said in a statement, according to People.

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