9NEWS Suggests Medication and/or Therapy for Dealing With Hardcore Punk

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Screengrab via 9News.
9NEWS had a nice little segment earlier this week on how to overcome Fear, the classic LA hardcore band. Psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel stopped by the morning show to talk to Corey Rose about how they hate spiders and whether Lee Ving was being offensive or simply antagonistic in his lyrical output on the band's 1982 masterpiece The Record*.

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Meet the world's only "extreme chiptune dance metal band:" Denver's Rainbowdragoneyes

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EMi Spicer
Eric Brown as Rainbowdragoneyes
The past is all the rage and it has been for some time, including in music, where certain sounds can instantly transport the listener to a different place and time. Particularly during childhood and adolescence, these tunes make up the soundtracks to our lives. To some, myself included, such powerful music came from tiny chips in video game machines that guided us through fantastic and memorable adventures. One long-running, but relatively unheralded, musical methodology called chiptune is tapping into that nostalgia to create experimental music that is surprisingly complex and varied, considering its remarkably simple base ingredients: Namely, something like the eight bits that early gaming consoles were capable of communicating.

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As thriving as South Broadway is today, it wasn't always that way -- the Mayan was almost razed

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These days, South Broadway is a thriving nightlife district that has undergone a cavalcade of changes in the past few years. As much of a makeover as the strip has had, though, not everybody's stoked with the changes. If you've logged on to Facebook, you've no doubt seen posts from some people expressing their displeasure, or if you've been to the area recently, you might've seen how some have taken an even more direct approach to making their point (see the "Keep Lodo Off Broadway" stickers hanging around the Baker neighborhood).

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- Nightlife Scenes From South Broadway
- Midnight on South Broadway
- Ten best pre/post-show eats on South Broadway


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A rundown of the rap world's favorite drugs

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Eric Gruneisen

Drug culture isn't relegated exclusively to rock, obviously. For its part, the rap game is equally loaded with drug references of all kinds, from Promethazine and DMT to LSD and PCP, and likewise addled with its own cautionary tales and fatalities. While there's nothing as concrete to suggest that drugs are integral to making rap music, if nothing else, they have certainly served as one of the many muses. Keep reading for a compendium of drugs and rap and a rundown of where the two converge.

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- Is an addled mind essential to making great music?
- The ten best dis tracks of all time
- The fifty greatest rap groups of all time


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Do drugs make musicians more creative?

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Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer these nagging questions, you have to take a look at rock's red-eyed history and examine both the music made under the dizzy spell of artificial chemistry and the sober work that followed.

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- The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced turns 45
- Elvis meets Nixon to fight drugs
- After Whitney died, pundits got out the soapboxes in record time


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Does Mac Miller owe Lord Finesse $10 million for using his beat for "Hip 2 tha Game"?

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- Five worst moments in musical plagiarism
- #ShitRappersSay on stage in Denver

Hip-hop's perennial debate topic "old school versus new school" got literal recently when legendary D.I.T.C. crew producer/rapper Lord Finesse swung a $10 million law suit at Mac Miller, his record label and the mixtape website DatPiff for Miller's use of Finesse's beat for his 1995 song "Hip 2 tha Game." Although hip-hop artists hopping on other people's beats is as old as the genre itself, from "Rapper's Delight" to, well, infinity -- especially on mixtapes -- Finesse contends that Miller's version of the tune, titled "Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza," launched the kid's career (it did), and that it transcends the normal boundaries of borrowing in hip-hop.

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SXSW: Bringing the Mile High life to Texas

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South By Southwest is the place where you can run into damn near every artist under the sun doing their thing across these here United States all within a week. There are tons of performances, copious amounts of booze and good vibes aplenty. Austin has everything you can imagine to ensure the grandest of times. One thing we were wondering, though, particularly since this is the Mile High City, what about the kind bud? We chopped it up with several artists, who each took different modes of transportation to SXSW, and we put this question to them. The answers are hilarious.

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Taylor Swift: A compilation of her surprised, shocked and awe-struck faces

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Taylor Swift's shocked! Again! As seen in the Hollywood Reporter
Sunday was a good day for Taylor Swift. A glowing profile by 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl, followed by her cleaning up at the American Music Awards; she took home the awards for Favorite Country Female Artist, Artist of The Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Speak Now won Favorite Country Album. This, of course, follows a career that's been as consistently incredible as anyone's in music. So is Taylor used to, blase or even jaded about the success? OH, HELL NO.

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Earworms: What's the song most commonly stuck in your head?

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Yesterday, while I was doing the dishes, I inexplicably got the theme song from Jurassic Park stuck in my head. This wasn't the first time. It happens all the time, in fact, no matter what I'm doing, and it's just the main "catchy" part, not the rest of the song. I don't have a special affinity for the film -- well, other than the fact that robotic dinosaurs are incredibly awesome. But there is something deeper there, probably something even psychological, that causes this to happen.

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Morrissey: master wordsmith or major douche?

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Morrissey has a big mouth.
Morrissey's vocal chords are good for two things: singing awesome tunes and spewing controversial word vomit. Who could forget last week's quote in which Morrissey compared the Norway killings to McDonald's and "Kentucky Fried Shit"?

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