Music "Festival Style": Now at a Mall Near You, Unfortunately

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If you think summer festivals are mainly about the music, you're naive; they've become one of the year's most highly-anticipated fashion shows. Say what you want about the styles -- the floppy hats and the garlands and those gosh darn spirit hoodies -- but music festivals most certainly have a "look."

Once upon a time, these fashions were about expressing your creativity with outfits you put together yourself, no? Now plenty of mall retailers are dominating the game, selling everything from desert-style fringed crop tops to flower crowns. Here are the five most obvious offenders, from low-key to ridiculous.

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Felony Lewd Conduct Charges for New Found Glory's Steve Klein: What We Can Learn

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Steve Klein of New Found Glory was recently accused of lewd acts with a minor.
Former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein is the latest in a string of recent arrests and accusations that highlight a rare but underrated hazard in underground music: exposure to dangerous people. That's not to say all artists are as dangerous or deviant as Klein is accused of being. Fans who are lucky enough to meet their favorite musicians usually have a positive experience, sometimes even unforgettably so. Still, the economic, social and statistical realities of the music industry can sometimes foster a bad egg or two.

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Snoopify Is a Disaster That's Only Getting Worse

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By Jennifer Swann
Since launching in May, Snoop Dogg's Snoopify app has transformed millions of otherwise boring Instagram photos into virtual g-thangs, with the help of digital "stickers": blunts, cash money and chicken n' waffles.

According to a recent press release from its promoters, it boasts 3 million downloads and averages some 100,000 user-posted photos daily.

Though the app is free, the "stickers" aren't: 99 cent "packs" include the 7 Days of Funk (headphones, keytar, metallic sunglasses), the Riff Raff (gold bars, a neon wristwatch, snake pendant) and the Sticky Icky (40 oz., hair net, stripper, eye drops). 

The really insane one....


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Rappers and Ravers: Quit Glorifying Drugs That Kill

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Ivan Minsloff
Are ravers the modern day hippies? There are plenty of parallels, from the flower imagery to the PLUR mentality. Then, of course, there's the idea of using drugs as a path to enlightenment. (Or at least, amazing vibes.)

But when it comes to drugs there's a key difference: The hippies were safer. From their weak-ass pot to their LSD, their preferred recreational drugs were less likely to kill you.

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Seven Weird Things Rock Stars Have Put Their Penises In

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By Luke Winkie
We've built a culture that breathlessly responds to the reckless id of horny rock stars. It's either another colorful facet of pop culture or the crumbling of our basic human values, depending on how you look at it. What we do know, is that gross white men sticking their penis into esoteric things is a tradition that is not going to change for quite some time. So while we're living in this phallic age, we might as well do our best to evaluate it. Below, you will find a host of weird things rock stars have allegedly put their penis in. We're judging style, hilarity, memorability, improvisation, and of course, immortalization.


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Who's Up For a Drunks With Guns Tribute Band?

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Let's face it: St. Louis loves itself some tribute bands. An Under Cover Weekend sells out every autumn, and KDHX puts on several well-attended tribute benefits a year. We've even got competing Beatles tribute bands in town. That's the only reason why the following news is not a complete shock.

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On Pop Music and Violence Against Women

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Jaime Lees
My R. Kelly necklace

***ABUSE / RAPE TRIGGER WARNING***

I can't stop thinking about Rihanna. Her single, "Stay," came out a year ago this month and it's still omnipresent. I'll hear it on the radio, in the grocery store and played on the jukebox at a bar by some sad bastard with no concept of appropriate public drinking tunes. The song won't go away, and neither will my conflicted feelings about Rihanna, her life and her music. Just like many others, the thing I most associate with Rihanna is the horrible act of documented domestic abuse she endured at the hands of her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, in 2009.

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Bob Dylan's Super Bowl Ad: Selling Out, or Sign of the Times?

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By Erik Thompson

The decades-old debate about what constitutes "selling out" in music has grown to become a tired one. The music industry itself has irrevocably changed. Music has become so ubiquitous in advertising, movies, TV, and video games, that drawing any type of line in the taste-making sand over what selling out truly means in this day and age is ultimately a futile and foolish endeavor.

Yet Bob Dylan's appearance in a Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl last night proves that there are still plenty of fans with their pitchforks (and clever hashtags) ready to skewer any musician that they believe has crossed over that illusory line from respectable artist to corporate shill.

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Check Out This Awesome Prince Fan Art

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Redefinition is one of the things true Prince fans have loved about him all these years. From his many different backing ensembles, his nicknames (or lack of a name), and his emergence on social media, the only thing that stays the same is that nothing stays the same. After the Super Bowl, his purple highness will appear on New Girl, and help Zooey Deschanel redefine the possibilities of sitcom television.

What better way to show some appreciation than to take part in some creative interpretation of Prince's appearance? Some of the finest Prince fan art can be found and purchased on Etsy, and you can sample it below.

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Found: Kentucky Knife Fight's Stolen Van, Obliterated

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R.I.P. The Rage Cage (2009-2014)
It happened on Tuesday morning, around 10 a.m. Kentucky Knife Fight vocalist Jason Holler had gone to walk his dogs at approximately 9:15 in the morning; when he returned from that, his van was still parked where it belonged, on the 3200 block of Indiana Avenue. This was the last time the vehicle was seen alive.

Holler then left to run an errand, which took about an hour. "By the time I got back it was gone," he says ruefully. "Makes me think he or they were waiting for me to leave, which is a creepy thing to consider."


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