Best Concerts of 2012: The Growlers at Propaganda, Lake Worth

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Ian Witlen
With 2013's breath already warm on our necks, most music scribes are reflecting on the year past. We contemplate the good and bad bits of the year, we compile our "best of" lists, and we (sometimes subconsciously) set our new standards for the next year. 

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Your average music journalist is a jaded individual. We go to shows for a living: the occasion of concerts fades, the impact of jarring sound systems and buzzing crowds fails to stir any sort of sensory response after a while, and the ease of losing oneself in a performance is gone pretty quickly. It grows increasingly difficult to find yourself in the haze of a show. But, in 2012, the rather unexpected performance by the Growlers at Propaganda, Lake Worth, proved to be memorable enough to earn a space at the top of my favorite shows of 2012.

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Five Bands That Sucked More with New Singers; Misfits' Michele Graves Plays Propaganda

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It's pretty common for fans of the Misfits to shit on anything the band did following the departure of Glenn Danzig. All things considered, the re-animated Misfits was a totally different Frankenstein's monster than the original lineup, but we here at County Grind are secure enough to admit that there really is no such thing as a "guilty pleasure," and as such we submit that the Misfits albums featuring Michale Graves' velveteen croon were really fun records! They've got chugging guitars, pounding drums, plenty of horror film references, and more "whoa-oh-ohs" than you can shake a clenched fist at. 

And besides, there are plenty of legendary bands that continued to make records and tour with a fresh face on lead vox that sucked exponentially more relative to their previous lineups than the Graves era Misfits. Just to prove that point, here's a completely useless list to distract you from whatever constructive things you had planned to do on the internet today. 

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Fort Lauderdale Zombie Walk 2012: Five Favorite Undead Looks

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Christina Mendenhall 
If you missed the premiere of The Walking Dead last night, we're bringing you some brain eating, membrane covered zombie realness from Friday's Fort Lauderdale Zombie Walk to make up for any unsatisfied blood lust ya got. 


Swarms of rotting souls invaded the Green Room to get undead. Professional makeup artists were on hand to kill the masses with face paint. 
Black Friday's DJ Mike LinderSMASH led the way, wrangling walkers by way of a chainsaw. The smell of gasoline was preferable to the aroma of rotting flesh. 


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Jack White's B Show at L.A.'s Boyle Heights: a Tourist's Tale (Photos)

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Paul Rubenstein and Christian Clarke
Can Jack White save music? No, Jack White cannot save music. Generally, the public's taste just isn't that good. But he can save my type of music. And he is. 

I landed at LAX on Friday afternoon, and as per out-of-state residency requirements, my first stop was In-N-Out burger. I met up with my old buddy, Jeopardy Paul, and proceeded to dig in. Animal Style juices running down my chin, I checked a text on my cell phone. It was from @ThirdManRRS. It said, "Jack White B show. B there. B square. Mariachi Pizza. Boyle Heights. 3:30 p.m." The time of the text was 2:34 p.m. I didn't even know where Boyle Heights was, let alone a Mexican pizza joint. The Double Doubles went in the trash, and we ran to the car. 

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25 Gorgeous GIFs From Lollapalooza 2012

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Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You
[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Day One: The Music
[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Day Two: The Music
[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Day Three: The Music
[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012: The People


BY REED FISCHER  

Ready for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GIFS?! This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The heat, the monsoon-like storm on Saturday, and even the lobster corn dogs all exceeded what the human body can take on a regular basis. But it was still a glorious three days for music and social behavior. Gimme Noise photographer Erik Hess' lens pointed every which way and captured these 25 GIFs featuring the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Fun, and so much more.      
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Top Five Crappiest Concert Moves We Saw at Lollapalooza 2012

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Erik Hess
Whether it be spoiling a film to a friend ("Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time! Oh, you didn't see..."), bringing a fussy baby to any public place ever, or using the term "bro" or "dude" as punctuation at the end of your sentences, all of these actions deserve the response of three words: You're an asshole.

We could quote Dennis Leary and list off the many a-hole actions people make in life, but instead of quoting that asshole, we're making a list of our own. At our recent visit to Lollapalooza, it became clear what it means to suck at a show. Though we had a wonderful time, there were certainly a few people out to ruin our fun. Here, we document the five grandest annoying gestures we spotted this past weekend in Chicago. These activities make you a total jerk, and not just at Lolla, but at all festivals. Try to avoid them at all costs.

Side note: Calling people assholes makes you an asshole. We get that.

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Todd Rundgren's Musical Revival Camp: Ten Things We Learned Besides Guitar

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When experiencing something as phenomenal and unusual as Todd Rundgren's Musical Revival Camp, you learn a few things. 

After spending a spectacular late-July week at the Full Moon Resort in New York's lush Catskill Mountains, I also gained some perspective on life. The camp is all about fellowship, fun, and, well, yeah, hanging with Todd, one of the quintessential rock musicians of the past 40 years. He's a great guy, a great host, and a real hoot to boot. 

What follows are several indelible impressions of our week in the mountains that bear repeating, insights that could only be revealed as the result of spending five fantastic days in the presence of a real rock icon.
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Unreleased Prince Song "Lust U Always" Leaks -- Listen While You Can

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You ever get all dancey in your kitchen? Everyone's sweaty, their limbs are flailing about in awkward and sexy ways, and you think to yourself, "Man, I wish I a new Prince song that sounded like an old Prince song on my iPod," before pressing play on "Erotic City?" Well, you're in luck, friend. A 54-year old YouTuber who goes by the handle WallyGroove leaked an unreleased track from 1982 called "Lust U Always." Thanks to Antiquiet.com for the post and WFMU for the tweet, we were able to listen to and now share this "new" song by the Purple One. 

Antiquiet notes, "According to PrinceVault.com, 'Lust U Always' was originally recorded in 1982, around the same time that sessions for the 1999 LP were going on. While the track was never used for any Prince record, His Royal Badness did end up offering it to Mr. Robert Palmer in the late '80s but the singer turned it down." Click play on this bad boy quickly, in case someone in Minneapolis removes it from the interweb. Add to your iPod with pleasure. 


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Hukilau's Tahitian Thursday at Five Points Lounge

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Christina Mendenahall

Polynesian culture is an easy fit for Fort Lauderdale. It's a city long associated with leisure that came into its own around the same time as the newfound middle class found fascination in the late '50s and early '60s with tiki idols, puffer fish, and the natives of the Pacific Islands. 

Such things can be easily chalked off to retro kitsch or considered the province of pop artist Shag and certain custom car enthusiasts, yet for others, there's an allure that emanates from that far-flung chain of islands where isolated civilizations thrived for centuries using nothing more than their strength and a profound respect for land and water. 


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Campaign Songs That Might Even Give Newt Gingrich a Shot at the Presidency

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Just kidding about the title. Gingrich will never win.

Campaign songs aren't anything new. In 1960, JFK used Frank Sinatra's optimistic "High Hopes" during the elections. In 2000, George W. Bush attempted to use Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" (that is, before Petty wouldn't back down on not letting him use the song), Survivor's suing Gingrich for using "Eye of the Tiger," and David Byrne sued Charlie Crist for using "Road to Nowhere." And those last ones are just a few of the many Republicans who've been rejected by the music community.

We decided to shine some light on a few noteworthy campaign tunes, good and bad, left and right. And we're not only talking about Gingrinch's Abba's "Dancing Queen" ringtone here; we're thinking about it. The following list honors today's GOP primary elections in Florida. To whoever wins, may you still ultimately be a loser. 


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