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Eighteen-year-old Steve James

Bribed Bouncers and Fake IDs: Underage EDM DJs Share Their Secrets

Our city’s famous music industry and nightlife scene are notoriously fickle about those under 21. At the same time, the producers playing our clubs are getting younger and younger. It might feel like ages since Animals came out and put then-17-year-old Martin Garrix on the map; lifetimes since the YouTube......
Guns N' Roses kick off Not In This Lifetime tour at the Troubadour

Here's What It Felt Like Seeing Guns N' Roses at the Troubadour

They came on a few minutes past midnight, an hour late, or really fuckin' early (depending on what you think of Axl Rose). For Use Your Illusion-era converts like myself, who watched the band implode on MTV, this was a miracle, something that's "Not In This lifetime," which is the......
With his new film

Quentin Tarantino Isn't Telling You What to Think

Here's a true story about a St. Louis murder that changed America. In 1837, a black freeman named Francis McIntosh stepped off a Mississippi riverboat and blundered into two white cops chasing a drunk sailor who'd called them names. They ordered McIntosh to stop the perp; when he refused, they......
Ari Taymor at Alma; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Ari Taymor on Fame, Growth, and the Lawsuit that Could End Alma

You likely know about the numerous accolades bestowed on Alma and its chef Ari Taymor, but let's run through them again for good measure: Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant in the country, 2013; one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, 2014; James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee, 2015. These are......
Open Mike Eagle; Credit: Photo by Jo Perri

Open Mike Eagle Is Indie Rap's Sharpest, Funniest Social Critic

Only four years ago, Open Mike Eagle eulogized his music career. He was in his late 20s, the father of a year-old son, recently laid off from his job as a special education teacher in South Central. The country was mired in financial crisis and the market for subversive art......
Alivia Hunter; Credit: Drew Barillas

Time to Close the Book on the Tupac and Biggie Murders?

On the 1996 night Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas, Suge Knight was nabbed for violating his probation (for stomping a guy); he spent five years in prison. During this time, Knight's former high school classmate and head of security, Reggie Wright Jr., took over the bulk of Knight's......
Credit: flickr.com/spicybear

Is It Ok to Buy Records at Urban Outfitters?

By Chris Chafin The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent......
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