Man vs. Festival: Five tips for staying alive through Warped Tour

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​Earlier this week, a Wichita man died at the Vans Warped Tour in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Although the cause of his death has yet to be determined, it's a safe bet that prolonged heat exposure might have had something to do it (temperatures reportedly climbed over a hundred degrees that day).

Heat, of course, is just one of the hazards festival goers are often faced with at these large, outdoor events. After the jump, you'll find a few tips to keep from frying and dying at the Denver stop of this weekend's Warped Tour at Invesco. Yes, we know most, if not all, of this stuff is common sense, but hey, you never know, it may save a life -- or at least keep you coming down with Hep C.

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Wyclef Jean: Haiti's next president? Here are five musicians we think should run in the U.S.

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​Yesterday, CNN reported that Wyclef Jean has entered himself into the bid for president in Haiti. This doesn't mark the first time a celebrity has run for office, and while we wish him the best of luck, we have to wonder what qualifications he has other than being a member of the seminal '90s group the Fugees.

Since this isn't an election we can actually participate in, we decided to start tallying up a few musicians we'd like to see run here in the United States. Keep in mind, these are the artists we think should run, not ones that we'd necessarily vote for. See our picks after the jump.

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Nick Cave is supposedly penning The Crow remake -- here's five musicians we'd like to see tackle other movies

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​Rumors have been swirling recently that Nick Cave may have signed on to rewrite the screenplay for The Crow remake (ouch that sentence hurts our heads). Cave is a favorite around here for his music, but we're a bit hard pressed to find anyone who's actually made it through a piece of his fiction.

His screenplay credits do include the rather excellent The Proposition, though, so it can't be all bad. While we haven't been able to track down a concrete confirmation on this news we figure it's cool enough to start imagining other pairings.

There have been countless musician/writer crossovers over the years -- which is why we've collected a list of five musicians we'd like to see rewrite old movies. It's all taking place after the jump.

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Kanye West on Twitter: His ten most amusing tweets so far

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​Hours after dissing Twitter in a freestyle at Facebook HQ, Kanye West became a part of the Twitterverse, joining ranks of millions of other users of the micro-blogging service. Since then, he's already produced nearly a hundred tweets, ranging from the inane to, well, the really inane. He's already gotten the hang of hashtags, and any day now, he'll figure out tinyurl, we suspect. To save you from having to sort though all his tweets thus far, we've collected ten of our favorites after the jump.

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Ten print ads for stereos that remind us of the good old days

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Lo-fi, analog and tangible: In the days before digital music files and the ubiquity of iPods -- or hell, at this point, iPhones -- music actually took up physical space, as did the devices that played it. Culled from old magazine and newspapers is this list of ten interesting advertisements for first- and second-generation stereos with claims that just seem, well, cute, by today's standards. In honor of the return of Mad Men, here are ten ads that probably worked well then, but like drinking at the office, aren't quite as acceptable today.

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In honor of San-Diego Comic Con, here are the five worst comic related music videos

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​San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing this weekend, with nerds, dorks and geeks combining forces to create a Mecca of awesome in California. While we're stuck at home twiddling our thumbs and reading, ahem, books, we found our minds returning to comics no matter what we did. So, in honor of this momentous occasion (SDCC, not the twiddling of our thumbs), we bring you a list of the absolute worst comic related music videos we know.

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i-Dosing and five other things parents have no reason to be worried about yet somehow are

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​ It happens to most everyone sooner or later: We have kids, get a little older, start to lose touch. It's understandable. Still, hopefully, we retain our ability to know bullshit when we smell it -- and when we say bullshit, we mean like the kind found in this very grave-sounding, poorly sourced (predictably) and utterly bullshit article in the UK's Daily Mail about iDosing, apparently the latest teen craze.

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Fugazi opening its live archives: Five bands that should follow suit.

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​Have you heard the good/great news? Legendary punk band Fugazi is opening the vaults and releasing recordings of pretty much every live show the band has ever played. As a group with a reputation for incredible live shows who doesn't do a lot of touring these days, that's great news for fans new and old.

No word yet on what it'll cost to download these recordings, but given the act's well-known insistence on releasing music/playing shows at affordable prices, it's safe to say it will probably be affordable, which is awesome. And now that that's out of the way, here's a list of five more great live acts that should follow suit (that aren't jam bands -- those bands already do this, generally speaking).

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$16 million to recover $391,000: The RIAA just blew a lot cash. Here's ten more of the industry's greatest wastes

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​Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much money. It's a hefty cost/reward balance, which goes to show that when you sue a bunch of poor people, you don't end up with a lot of cash.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon is old hat: Here are ten hipster alternatives

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For some time now, Pabst Blue Ribbon has been the predominant staple of the hipster booze diet. It's cheap, it tastes acceptable, but most importantly, it's high in a key nutrient known as "irony," which it derives from its sort-of-patriotic, red-white-and-blue label art, and also from it's having been awarded "best beer in America" in 1893, when apparently there was a lot of really awful beer.

Consider the gentleman above: His vintage tuxedo shirt and penchant for wearing sunglasses when not needed peg him firmly within the hipster subgenus, but his trucker hat is out of date (you can have them back, Ashton Kutcher), as is as beer choice -- because hipsters must project their "individuality" through subtle differences in their uniform culture, the ubiquity of PBR makes it passe. Not to worry. So that you can stay on the cutting edge of tight pants and silly haircuts, we present ten hipster booze alternatives after the jump.

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