Mötley Crüe: The Most Scandalous Band in Rock History

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The most remarkable thing about Mötley Crüe's farewell tour is that it's taking place in 2014 and all four members -- singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx, and drummer Tommy Lee -- are participating. None of them is in jail, in drug-induced comas, or dead -- or at least, not still dead. (More on that later.) In the L.A. rock band's 33-year history, the Crüe has been involved in scandals so insane that if they happened now, TMZ's servers would crash and Perez Hilton's head would explode.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, one that looks a bit like Sunset Strip, to uncover why Mötley Crüe is the most scandalous rock band of all time.

See also: Nikki Sixx: "Lady Gaga Is Like Madonna on Steroids and Elton John With Boobs and High Heels"


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The Black Dahlia Murder Explains Death Metal

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The Black Dahlia Murder is a death metal band that will grace Revolution Live tonight with its dark presence. The band is named after one of the most infamous unsolved cases in California history and one of the most gruesome mysteries of all time. The Black Dahlia case took place in the 1940s, its victim being 22-year-old Elizabeth Short who was bisected and displayed naked in a vacant parking lot. It's all pretty horrifying.

With this in mind and just in time for Halloween season, we spoke with lead singer of the band, Trevor Strnad, right before its show in Boston. He brought up "dead baby jokes" and described death metal as a "killer" genre.

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Jeezy Heads to Revolution Live, Tuesday, October 21

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It's been close to a decade since your favorite trapper's favorite trapper, Young Jeezy, made his solo major label debut with 2005's Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Many consider the album a classic because it helped bring Atlanta trap to the mainstream. His witty dope-boy rhymes like, "The game flows through my veins, man I can't understand it/Infatuation with the birds, I watch Animal Planet," can make you laugh on queue with his "Ha Ha!" ad lib on that Fat Joe song.

Back then, he didn't consider himself a rapper, he was a motivational speaker; and he did not do concerts, he did seminars.

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Florida Flow Fest: Movement Arts Festival Celebrates Body, Mind, and Spirit

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It's an offbeat event perfectly suited to the offbeat city of Lake Worth, a three-day festival of colorfully-clad dancers, acrobats, jugglers, martial artists, and mistresses and masters of movement arts of the most exotic kind, gathered in the city's waterfront park to spin and bounce and twirl through the day and into the night.

Last year's Flow Fest was New Times' pick for Best Festival 2013. This year's incarnation, its fourth, has been dubbed "Synergy," and founder and guiding genius Cass Tannenbaum says it includes new workshops (some free to the public) and new categories of performance rarely seen in these parts.

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The Violet West Brings the Psychedelic to Artoberfest in Lake Worth

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If you're like us, chances are you're still in deep recovery mode from Saturday night's Respectable Street's 27th anniversary shebang. You've had a few days to pull yourself up by your party bootstraps and get ready for another rocking block party. The Fourth Annual Artoberfest this Saturday will have 16 bands performing on two stages with 50 local arts and craft vendors on Lake Worth's J Street.

Sponsored by Aces High Tattoos, the event will feature an outdoor stage South of Lake Avenue and an indoor stage at Propaganda. With so many bands playing, it's impossible to see it all. But one thing's for sure, if bombastic psychedelica with a heavy helping of blues is your thing, then catch an act you might have missed at Respects amidst last weekend's 27 bands, Delray Beach duo the Violet West.

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Safe in Sound Festival Brings Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, and Ear-Bursting Bass

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Do you like bass? Are you so dedicated to the lower register that you'd haul your own 150,000-wat rig around the country, then shove the ear-bleeding sounds of Adventure Club, Destroid, Flux Pavilion, and more through the speakers and totally wreck lives?

That takes a lot of effort, and most people can't do that, but the engineering minds of PK Sound can, and they did. You just have to like bass enough to come check it out at Cinema Club this Saturday, Oct. 4.

See also: Adventure Club on Who's a Screamer and Saying "Fuck Cancer": A Video Interview

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Lil' Kim -- the Real Queen Bee -- Performs Saturday at the Manor in Wilton Manors

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Everyone is so busy with their highfalutin proclamations of bad bitchery that they seem to have forgotten about the original bad bitch of hip-hop, Lil' Kim.

While the planet is seemingly caught in an infinite feedback loop of kvetching and swooning in equal measure about Nicki Minaj's outrageous behavior and body modifications, we must not forget how integral Lil' Kim was in forging that particular bit, a bit Minaj essentially bit directly from Lil' Kim.

Truly, the self-proclaimed "Queen Bitch" herself is the Beatles of outrageous women in the game. For those of you who have lost touch, forgotten, or failed to recognize the alpha that is Lil' Kim, let's consider a few things.

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Respectable Street Celebrates Its 27th Anniversary This Saturday

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By Olivia Feldman

Bring your black T's, tight jeans, and a few extra packs of American Spirit cigarettes: Respectable Street is celebrating 27 years of debauchery, dancing, and drunkenness with another blowout block party. And you're cordially invited.

The Respectable Street staff knows how much its patrons love the combination of live music venue and super-stomped-upon dance floor, so this Saturday it will offer an open bar from 8 to 9 p.m. and free pizza (you read that correctly). There will be a Ping-Pong ball blast at midnight for a chance to win cash and prizes, along with 27 bands performing on five stages.


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Nonpoint and The Return of Nu-Metal

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By Daniel J. Stout

Dust off those old Jncos and Adidas shell-toes! Word around the water cooler is: nu-metal's making a comeback.

The signs are there: Limp Bizkit releasing a new album on Ca$h Money, an upcoming fifth Slipknot LP, media coverage of a band called Issues (presumably after the Korn album of the same name) who count amongst its ranks a DJ and an R&B-styled vocalist, and most recently, Nonpoint's global release of The Return on Metal Blade Records, perhaps the heaviest heavyweight label in the metal world. It has been a long road from the local stage at Zetafest to half of a million Facebook fans.

In 2000, that ilk was making what might have been seen as a meteoric rise. These bands were signed to major labels, played on the radio, and touring the world. The raging sky was the limit... Or so they thought.

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Meet Jeremy Treetop Window at Radio-Active Record's Cassette It Together This Saturday

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South Florida's a very transient place, especially within the local music scene. Most of the time you'll find us reporting on talented acts leaving our parts, seeking greener pastures in places like New York City, L.A.. and, as of late, the songwriter capital of the world, Nashville. It's not everyday we get the news that a killer musical unit has decided to take up residence in our parts. Let's face it, Brooklyn, we ain't.

Due to the stellar lineup playing Radio-Active Record's ode to the magnetic tape of yesteryear, Cassette It Together, this Saturday, we caught wind of a scuzzy, tripped-out, garage-rocking band called Jeremy Treetop Window. It comes highly recommend by Cassette It Together event organizer and Radio-Active's second-in-command Nat Smallish, who used the words "fresh," and serious "up-and-comers" to describe this boisterous, freewheeling five-piece who hail from Central Florida.


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