Ten Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

Categories: Coachella

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Chris Victorio/OC Weekly
You tell 'em, Grandpa!
Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and twenties. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

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Doug Stanhope on Bill Cosby: "It's Cute That an Old Man Can Make Words."

Categories: Comedy, Interviews


The fundamental difference between comedy and music is that everyone has made someone laugh. Whether you think you're funny or not, you've told a joke, you've taken a shot to the nuts, or you've made someone so uncomfortable they reacted with laughter just to break the tension. You may have picked up a guitar at a party or beat the hell out of a steering wheel when you just had to drum along, but that moment didn't make you a musician -- and, in the same way, being funny doesn't make you a comedian.

See also: Twenty Common Things that Annoy Standup Comedians

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Please Kill Me author Legs McNeil on His New Book, Music and Chuck Berry

Categories: Fiesta!

Jaime Lees
Legs McNeil at the Chuck Berry statue on Delmar Boulevard

Legs McNeil became one of my favorite authors when I first read his Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk as a young teen. Even if you don't own the book, you've undoubtedly seen its ransom-note-styled spine on the bookshelf of your music-loving friend. It's an assertion that's been made by others many times before, but I'll say it here one more time: Please Kill Me is the definitive account of the early New York punk scene. (Trust me, I've read them all.)

But McNeil's pedigree far precedes my birth. He has many professional accomplishments under his belt, but he's probably best known as the cofounder of Punk Magazine, a New York-based pop-culture magazine famous for documenting the CBGB scene in the 1970s. (Through this, McNeil is also frequently credited with popularizing the word "punk" as we know it.)

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Easter Mass Gets Blasphemous With Ghost at the Pageant 4/20/14

Categories: Snapshots

Jason Stoff
Fans of blasphemy, marijuana and heavy metal were treated to a perfect storm yesterday, as Sweden's Ghost performed at the Pageant on an Easter Sunday that this year aligned perfectly with everyone's favorite pot holiday, 4/20.

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Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 21 to 27

Categories: Out Every Night

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Arcade Fire - Sunday, April 27 @ Chaifetz Arena.
This week, Lil Boosie takes on the Ambassador, Arcade Fire returns to play at Chaifetz Arena, local rapper Nato Caliph presents a showcase at Blank Space and the Faint performs at the Ready Room. From country and indie-pop to psych rock and hip-hop, here are our critics' picks for this week's best concerts.

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Inside Coachella's Insane Drug Culture

Categories: Coachella

Timothy Norris
Coachella kids, some of whom are surely sober.
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday, was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often. 

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is a lush paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.

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Outkast's Do-Over Recaptures the Spirit of '99

Categories: Coachella

Timothy Norris
The less-than-outstanding Outkast last week did so much better for the do-over.

Last weekend was supposed to mark the return of the gangster, when Andre 3000 and Big Boi played the first of 40 festival shows to celebrate the duo's twentieth anniversary. However, things didn't go according to plan. Many fans were turned off or, even worse, bored by the set. How was this possible?

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Scenes From Record Store Day 2014

Categories: Snapshots

Jon Gitchoff
Bruiser Queen performing outside of Apop Records.
Record collectors, music fans and St. Louisans just looking to have a good time were all treated to a beautiful Record Store Day this year, with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. The celebration, which is now in its eighth year, highlights the importance of your local brick-and-mortar record shops and is consistently a good day to get a great deal on some new music for your collection (not to mention sip some beers and enjoy live music).

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Mayor Slay Talks Karaoke: "Nine minutes is a lot of Yes."

Will Mayor Slay drop the mic?
National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind.

The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to keep a diary of our crazy singing shenanigans like we did last year, but we're definitely going to make the most of our mic time.

That's why we're excited that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is singing the same tune!

See also:
- Five St. Louis Karaoke Bars in Five Days: The Diary of a Sing-Along Addict
- The Five Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 18 to 20

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Via Dove EP Release -- Saturday, April 19 @ Off Broadway.
Whoa -- it's a busy weekend ahead, everyone. For starters, it's Record Store Day this Saturday. Get a full rundown of all the happenings in our comprehensive guide to St. Louis Record Store Day 2014, featuring free entertainment at Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl, Apop Records and Slackers. Then, get a load of all the release-party shindigs happening: Dots Not Feathers, Via Dove, the Vanilla Beans and Rulers all throw down new indie recordings, and Tone Rodent drops a new split 7". And there's much, much more. Keep reading to see what's in store.

See also: St. Louis Record Store Day 2014: A Comprehensive Guide

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