Musicians Fight Back Against Facebook's "Real Name" Policy

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Dave Herrera
Skinny Puppy's Cevin Key, probably deleting his Facebook page.
Recently, Facebook started a merciless crackdown on users who don't use their real names on their personal profiles.

As a result, numerous drag queens and musicians have had their pages taken down.

See also: Is the YouTube Free-For-All Over?

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Why Isn't Janet Jackson in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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By Brittny Pierre

So what if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a bunch o' hooey? People still care about its inductees, and it's perhaps the highest achievement a musician can have on his resume.

Or her resume. Of course, the Hall is very light on women, not to mention women of color.

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Mineral's Van Broken Into Outside of Flamingo Bowl, Thousands Stolen

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In what is becoming an alarming trend in St. Louis, Texas emo band Mineral, currently in the midst of an otherwise successful reunion tour, had its van broken into during the group's time in St. Louis on September 16. Following a show at the Firebird that went without incident, the members of the band traveled to the Flamingo Bowl to celebrate the birthday of vocalist Chris Simpson. When they left the bowling alley they found that their van had been broken into and most of their valuables had been stolen.

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Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

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Epic Records
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Impala is currently fielding accusations that its song "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" rips off Argentinian singer Pablo Ruiz's "Océano." This is a song that the members of the band have likely never, ever heard. We'll see if their lawyer can make that case.

Over the years, music-plagiarism accusations have hit some of pop music's most popular artists. Here are eight of the highest-profile cases.

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3rd Bass Rapper MC Serch Almost Moved to St. Louis on an Italian Opera Scholarship

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MC Serch
This year marks 25 years since The Cactus Album, the debut release by legendary New York hip-hoppers 3rd Bass. Released on Def Jam, backed by Russell Simmons' Rush Management and produced in part by the Bomb Squad (best known for its work with Public Enemy and Ice Cube), The Cactus Album boasted impressive hip-hop credentials. Not bad when you consider that MC Serch and Pete Nice were the first white rappers, other than the Beastie Boys, to earn such credibility in the hip-hop scene.

None of it would have happened, however, had Serch taken the voice scholarship that the St. Louis School of Music offered him after high school.

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"Twerking," "Dubstep" and Other Dumb Music Words Now in the Dictionary

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Photo by Erik Hess
Thankfully, Miley Cyrus finally convinced the Oxford folks to define "twerking."
As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language.

Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary.

But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob" or "friend zone." The musical terms making official Oxford and Merriam appearances are just as facepalm-worthy. (Add "facepalm" to the list too.) And while "EDM" isn't one of them, it can't be too far off.

See also: Why I Can't Take "EDM" Seriously

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Here's a Weird Video of the Mountain Goats Singing Black Flag Backstage in St. Louis

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North Carolina-based folk-rock band the Mountain Goats is currently gearing up for its first full-band show in a year, as part of Merge Records' 25th anniversary festival that runs from today through this Saturday. In anticipation of the big event, drummer Jon Wurster recently posted a very odd video to his Facebook page, in which the three-piece is seen dancing and singing an a cappella version of Black Flag's "Beat My Head Against the Wall."

See also: The Mountain Goats and Water Liars at the Gargoyle, 4/21/12: Review and Setlist

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Yeehaw! Missouri Ranks As No. 3 State Where Life Is Like a Country Song

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Estately
Save a horse, ride a cowboy. Or, you know, just hop into your pickup truck.

Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy.

We've been burned in the past with weird data factories claiming to have the pulse of the country. Anyone remember when the Echo Nest swore that the most popular band in Missouri was the Shins? Yeah, that was kind of crazy. (We think our very scientific discovery about the least popular bands in the states was way better.)

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Felice Brothers Robbed in St. Louis; This Is Getting Ridiculous

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Both the accordion and the fiddle you see here were stolen.
The members of New York folk-rock outfit the Felice Brothers are only the latest musicians to be victims of crime while in St. Louis. The group had its gear stolen before it even took the stage for its June 30 show at Off Broadway.

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Suspect in Shooting of St. Louis Musician Now in Police Custody

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Booking photo provided by the STLPD.
Charges have been filed against 22-year-old Christopher Brown of the 3600 block of Gasconade Street in connection with a shooting last week that took place near the Broadway Oyster Bar in Soulard.

On June 20 at around 2 a.m., trumpet player Adam Hucke was at the bar, where he performed with Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu-City All Stars, when he was struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet. The injury was not life-threatening, and Hucke was released from the hospital the same night.

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