The 2014 Grammys Were Actually Good

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Guaranteed, there's a Grammy-hater contingent out there picking their tight asses and snorting away about how lame the award show was last night. But we watched, and the 2014 Grammys were actually freaking good. And dude, would we lie about how entertaining something is? No way. We're usually snorting away with the best of them.

What follows are a ton of great (thank you very much) reasons why the show was actually well thought-out and finely executed.

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Yoko Ono on John Lennon: "We Understood Each Other"

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As a kid, I rummaged through my parents' cassettes, separating the good from the Billy Ocean. Sometimes, though, I'd come upon a tape that was beyond great, that was nearly perfect. And then I'd listen to it a thousand times while lying on my bedroom floor and eventually let it control my entire future. That's what happened with Double Fantasy. There was something holy and timeless when John Lennon's perfect pop sensibility met Yoko Ono's haunting sensuality.

When speaking with Ono this week about John Lennon's upcoming art show at the Village of Gulfstream Park, she emphasized their dynamic and fitting creative partnership. Yoko was a delight to interview. Easy with a laugh, she was emotionally open and realistic about her experiences. When a bad connection made my voice reverberate oddly, she laughingly made the sound on the other end of the line, patiently waiting for me to figure out how to fix the problem.

Yoko Ono is now 80 years old and still as relevant and productive and experimental as ever. She hit the dance charts with her Plastic Ono Band; just came out with a book, Acorns; curated the Meltdown Festival in London; and remains an intriguing visual artist. But this weekend is all about John Lennon and his artwork. Proceeds from the show benefit Feeding South Florida, Ono said, "because that's what John would have wanted."

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"We Didn't Start the Fire" Expanded Lyrics

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When Billy Joel plays the BB&T Center on January 7 and 11, odds are pretty good according to his recent set lists that his first encore will start with "We Didn't Start the Fire."

The 1989 novelty song that will not get out of your head, as it lists historical names, places, and events in chronological order from the time Billy Joel was born in 1949 until the song was recorded in early 1989. But 25 years have now passed that aren't represented in the song. So we thought we'd help the Piano Man out with new verses that represent the last quarter century. You might as well sing along, since the melody will force you to anyway.


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Musical Wish List for 2014

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Ian Witlen

With 2013 almost in the books, we can sit back and recollect on what a great year it was musically, or we can be greedy and count next year's chickens before they hatch.

We're choosing the latter.

Sure, 2013 had its sweet moments. There were crossover hits that (almost) everyone enjoyed, like everything Daft Punk or Drake, a solid number of fantastic musical acts that performed locally -- from Arcade Fire to Bob Dylan to Janelle Monae -- and not to mention the phenomenon that was twerking. But we expect even more from 2014. And here's exactly what we want the musical gods to give us in the New Year.


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New Party Rules for Millennials

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Ian Witlen
The stage is THAT way. Jeez.

Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party.

And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods but that the fridge will be so packed with Miller High Life that it won't totally close. But then I get there, and there's artisan, sprouted, gluten-free hummus with homemade organic cheese sticks and vegan crackers for dipping. And no one looks like they're having fun.

Meanwhile, partying with Gen Xers is the best ever. There's never any food beyond a bag of Doritos, an old pizza, or Taco Bell someone grabbed at the end of the night. There are bongs everywhere, but people are dancing, and someone's getting a blowie in the bathroom. There's going to be a fight. Not just skinny straight guys throwing shade but a bloody nose, "bitch, I'ma kill you" fight. There's nothing good to drink, but there always something to drink. There is a naked guy at the party, and you're probably going to make out with his friend. You will talk to strangers, and there's always good music.

Rip me to shreds in the comments, but someone had to say it. For the millennials who want to party right, here are some new rules for you.

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Outkast Reunited! Big Boi and Andre 3000 Are So Much Better Together

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Billboard Magazine reported the mind-blowing news earlier this week that Outkast may reunite to headline Coachella in 2014. The internet then cried with joy.

Over the years, organizers of the massive California festival have made a point to facilitate the reunions of other classic acts, like the Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, and the Stone Roses. We're hoping Outkast actually follows their lead. And if not for their enormous fan base, then for the sake of the Atlanta bred duo Big Boi and Andre 3000 themselves. We believe they will benefit from a reformed Outkast as much as their adoring fans.

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The Album Is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

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From the Shangri La art
Tell this guy about the death of the album.

By Michael Corcoran

"The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week.

"If your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and make money, suddenly the album just isn't working anymore," he continued. "We've turned into a nation of grazers. And the artist's job is to constantly be at the smorgasbord. Not to deliver one big meal that is picked at and thrown away, but to constantly provide tantalizing bites to the public."

As if Bob Lefsetz knows anything about "the artist's job."


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Clash of the '90s in Hollywood Promises "a House Party in the Club"

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There are concerts galore and wild parties, too. But it's not every day that you hear about a blowout for which you'd leave your dog un-walked, mom alone on the grocery store line, or boss' calls unanswered. So, when we got wind of the first ever Clash of the '90s party, dedicated to this decade of decadence and described as "a house party at the club," we got the urge to shave our heads like Sinead and get Thug Life tatted on our big bellies.

This '90s everything jam is taking over Cafe Legends in Hollywood. It's the first collab between club promoter and Da-Haps.com owner Eullys "Jewelz" Hinnant III and house party aficionado Craig Edwards. It celebrates those crazy Clintonian years with music, dance, fashion, and even drinks.

The owner of the club got so exited about the idea, he ordered bottles of Hpnotiq and Alizé. Jewelz noted, "throwback bottles and everything." And, you can buy bottle service at '90s prices. What the what?! We're actually digging the neon out from the back of the closet as we type.

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Of Montreal Respond to La Luz's "Terrifying" Van Accident

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By Monica McGivern

Bands living on the edge from little sleep to partying non-stop, is nothing new. Add in a hectic touring schedule, and the potential for danger heightens.

Yesterday morning, we received some sad-glad news about Jacuzzi Boys Hardly Art label-mates, La Luz.

After living through one of "probably the most terrifying experiences" of their lives, we are happy to report all four members of La Luz are "OK" after being in an auto accident that totalled their van.

We reached out to Of Montreal, who was preparing for the Seattle show for which La Luz would've been opening, if not for the crash.

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Arcade Fire Lyrics That Possibly Indicate Other Secret Shows

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When South Florida heard Arcade Fire was making their local debut, no one would have ever guessed the first announced date would be at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

But if you parse through the Montreal band's catalog, you'd remember that their first album included a beautiful ditty called "Haiti." With that in mind, we dug through the rest of their songs to see if we can sniff out locations for potential future secret Arcade Fire (aka the Reflektors) shows.

Although we couldn't find clues revealing their Miami date at Mekka, which went down last night, here are ten other songs which hint at which unusual venue Arcade Fire might be playing one day.

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