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Nadia Noir

In Like a Lion, Even in L.A.: Our Favorite Songs about Lions

There is an old-wives/Farmer's Almanac weather adage that says March "comes in like a lion, out like a lamb." As residents of Southern California, we are pretty much disqualified from every saying about weather ever, although a few days ago we actually experienced gusting winds that fittingly sounded like the......
What's cooler than cool?

Top Ten Songs About Smoking

If good things come in pairs than bad things just rain down like the ashes of an atomic bomb. If you follow the Catholic faith (or believe in the cruelty of forced asceticism) then you know that today is Ash Wednesday--otherwise known as the first day you give up all......
Prince at Coachella in 2008; Credit: Timothy Norris

Top 10 Prince Girls

If, like ours, your childhood dream was to become (or date) a Prince Girl, you probably watched excitedly while Vanity shimmied in her lacy boudoir undergarments or Apollonia tugged on Prince's heart-strings during Purple Rain....

Ten Best Online Radio Stations (Outside California)

No music fiend that is truly worth his weight in vinyl can go through life only assimilating from local sources of music knowledge--no matter how good the sonic climate is in Los Angeles. For maximum music carnage, a musicophile must "diversify his portfolio." Beyond the infinite black hole of mp3......
Remember Clinton and the sax?

Top 10 Songs About Presidents (in Honor of Presidents Day)

Monarchs, political authority figures, and presidents have been inspiring pissed-off punk rock anthems or passionate, pleased glorification--whether subtle or direct--since human beings could pick up an instrument and pluck or pound out a feeling. And given our whole "Freedom of Speech"deal, Americans express their sentiments doubly so. In honor of......
Get a room (with an iPod hookup)

Top 5 Best New Songs To Make Out To (And The 5 Worst)

Do you remember the first song you made out to? Whether it was a morose mood-killer or a beastly baby-maker, that song is imprinted in your mind, for better or for worse -- 'til death or lobotomy do you part. If you don't want to repeat past mistakes and are......
Credit: Timothy Norris

69 Things for Music Lovers to Do In L.A. on Valentine's Day

Don't sacrifice your Monday night music excursions into our fair city of Los Angeles, just to be a slave to the grueling whip of commercialized love. You can have your cake and eat it too, especially if that cake comes with a plethora of "ingredients" that help you get your......