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‘Gangstas’ Author Reveals Rap’s Unlikely Capitalists
2 years ago

‘Gangstas’ Author Reveals Rap’s Unlikely Capitalists

Ben Westhoff’s “Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap” is an exhaustive, and engaging, look at hardcore …
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4 Traditional Country Singers You Must Hear
2 years ago

4 Traditional Country Singers You Must Hear

My father asked me that while we watched a great PBS documentary on The Highwaymen. The supergroup featured Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

It’s a common …
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Michael Nesmith: The Essential Monkee
2 years ago

Michael Nesmith: The Essential Monkee

Now, at 73, Nesmith reminds us again how vital he is to the band’s enduring appeal.

Nesmith isn’t an official part of the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour. He appeared at one …
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Sorry, Alice: 4 Ways Rockers Can Still Shock Us
2 years ago

Sorry, Alice: 4 Ways Rockers Can Still Shock Us

Alice Cooper was giving parents nightmares long before the current crop of rockers tried doing the same. He trotted out electric chairs, gothic torture chambers and other gleefully twisted stage …
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HiT List: Carolla Comes to D’Souza’s Defense
2 years ago

HiT List: Carolla Comes to D’Souza’s Defense

D’Souza, a key force behind “2016: Obama’s America,” spent eight months in a community confinement center, paid a $30,000 fine, did community service and attended weekly counseling sessions following his guilty plea.


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Pop Culture Confessions: Why Chris Isaak Matters
2 years ago

Pop Culture Confessions: Why Chris Isaak Matters

This critic caught rocker Chris Isaak at the Denver Botanic Gardens a few years ago. As summer concerts go, it was as close to perfection as the season permits.

A …
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HiT List: GOP Bashing ‘Alpha House’ RIP
2 years ago

HiT List: GOP Bashing ‘Alpha House’ RIP

“Alpha House,” one of Amazon’s first original programs, is “not a current show.” That’s according to company studio chief Roy Price.

For those unfamiliar with the wild, wild west of …
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HiT List: Is Rape Now Off Limits in Stories?
2 years ago

HiT List: Is Rape Now Off Limits in Stories?

And, sadly, it’s a fact of life. You just shouldn’t show it in fiction lest you anger social justice warriors.

Or even allude to it.

Consider the press’ reaction to “Westworld.” …
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Why Neil Young’s Corporate Rant Is All Wrong
2 years ago

Why Neil Young’s Corporate Rant Is All Wrong

The veteran rocker and the YouTube sensation have little in common beyond some scraggly hairs (hers are plastic). The unexpected video star could still tell Young a little something about content …
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The HiT List: PC ‘Neighbors 2’ Crashes, Burns
2 years ago

The HiT List: PC ‘Neighbors 2’ Crashes, Burns

So the fact that “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” couldn’t equal what “Neighbors” earned two years ago in its opening weekend isn’t news.

The new film’s calamitous drop is, though.

The …
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