The seven best songs about resurrection for Easter

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Easter is upon us. The holiday celebrating the death and resurrection of the Christian messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Pontius Pilate washed his hands, the Roman emperor Tiberius probably heard nothing about the incident from a far-off province of the empire. To Pliny the Younger, Tacitus and Josephus he was not much more than a footnote. But here we are, just shy of two thousand years after the execution of Christ and, as the late Bill Hicks noted, celebrating the event with chocolate candy and bunny rabbits hiding eggs in the night. As a perhaps more fitting tribute to the capacity of the offspring of divine beings to return from the dead, here is a list of some of the best songs about creatures that have returned from the grave.

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The ten best stoner metal bands

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No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you're into that slow burning, hazy sound or a faster heavier more intense variety, there are as many ' stoner' metal bands as there are strains of marijuana. The following artists are best heard in a more mellow state of mind; but be warned, while some of these bands might look stoned in appearance, they all possess similar sound waves and patterns that heavy are enough to shatter your glass bong. So burn a bowl of your best stash, and turn your speakers up loud for the following. Here's our list of the Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands.

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The seven best band tour documentaries

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From the Kids Like Us trailer.
The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like for a Western indie band to draw crowds in the Middle East post-Arab Spring got the Backbeat crew thinking about other intriguing tour documentaries. Here is the list of seven must-watch for any music enthusiast. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments.

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The five best places to hear traditional Irish music every week in Colorado

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Comparing a traditional Irish music session to a typical jam session is more than misleading; it's just plain false. A casual jam session could easily consist of an unplanned meeting of friendly musicians who just happen to be carrying around instruments, and it could feature extended riffs on any number of improvised or cover tunes. The Irish session (more accurately, seisĂșn in Irish Gaelic) is much different.

Sure, there's an element of spontaneity to the tradition of Celtic fiddlers, pipers, guitarists and other musicians meeting to play live music, but it's far from casual. Traditionally, the Irish session has stood as a connection to a musical tradition that spans centuries. The players stick to a very specific set of tunes, whether they're ballads, jigs, reels, hornpipes or polkas. A musician's chops have to be consummate -- there's not piddling around on a serious jig played in a breakneck tempo. The Irish session is a tradition unto itself, and it's alive and well in several Celtic bars in the Denver metro area. If you've got faith in your skills as a player, you're welcome to show up and try your luck. As we prep to casually become Irish for a weekend of drinking and abandon, we've rounded the top five local sessions that are liable to connect a Coloradan to the storied musical ritual of the Irish session.

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The ten best thrash-metal bands

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Slayer guitarist and expert yeller Kerry King. Photo by Brandon Marshall
Thrash metal flayed disco band Kiss before bingeing on high-speed guitars, rapid double bass drum and foul lyrics. The emergence of thrash in the early '80s poked fun at a fan base of metal historians worshiping at the altar of eyeliner. These thrash bands did the world a favor and took metal in a much-needed direction, helping the genre develop into the massive beast that it is. Here are the top ten thrash-metal bands of all time.

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The Miley and Bieber Method: How to prove you're a grownup to a jury of your peers

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Timothy Norris for LA Weekly. Slideshow
In honor of Miley Cyrus's gig at the Pepsi Center tonight, we here at Team Backbeat would like to honor the Princess of Twerk by providing a comprehensive guide for child stars looking to go rogue.

So you're a Barely Legal former child star. Welcome to adulthood! Legal cigarettes, voting and porn await you! But dag-gone, you've built your whole career on singing PG-rated love songs to your teddy bears. What are you gonna do? How can you let the world know that you are legally legit? Here are some novel ways to shed the baby fat and jump-start a new life.


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Crack is wack: The ten best musical motivational messages from 1980s and 1990s

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Remember back in the day when you got home from school all psyched to watch some sweet, violent cartoons only to find that the dreaded After School Special? Buzz kill. It was even more of a bummer when our musical heroes took it upon themselves in the '80s and '90s to urge us all to lay off the reefer, stay in school, and practice safe sex. C'mon, Dr. Dre! We knew damn well you smoked weed!

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The ten best male jazz vocalists of all time

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While Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme made singing jazz standards part of their repertoire, some consider them to be more from the crooners school. Here we've put together a list of the ten of the best male singers who excelled in jazz, whether it be scat singing, vocalese or just having an incredibly distinguishable voice. Keep reading for the ten best male jazz vocalists of all time.

See also: The ten best female jazz vocalists of all time

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Ten metal bands to watch in 2014

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Animals As Leaders are one of the ten metal bands to watch this year

Even though metal has smoked and drank its entire life, it will never die. This year, metal embarks on another era opening up the swinging saloon doors for new inebriated metal degenerates to steal the show. Below the radar, most of these metal bands have what it takes to break into the spotlight, all they need is a little radar love. Here are the ten metal bands to watch this year.

See also: The ten geekiest metal bands

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The ten best Christian metal bands of all time

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Over the years, Christian metal bands have played in a variety of styles, from death metal to metalcore to '80s metal. Some artists in this realm often wish that critics and fans would focus less on the religious aspect -- claiming it detracts from the music -- while others embrace the Christian themes expressed in their songs. The result is a sound that you might never guess is based on a love for Jesus. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best Christian metal bands of all time.

See also: The ten geekiest metal bands of all time

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