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    Madlib Muses on Methods Behind His Madness

    Sometime around 1985, an 11-year-old Otis Jackson Jr. sampled his first song. Plucking an album from his dad's collection, he tinkered with "Sucker" from Doing It To Death, a 1973 record by James Brown's old funk outfit the J.B.'s. Inspired by pioneering hip-hop producers like the 45 King, Marley Marl, and Ultramagnetic MCs' Ced Gee, the kid was trying to figure out how they managed to make beats without a band.

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    Peter Hook Revives Joy Division Live -- and Wow!

    Thirty years after Ian Curtis' suicide and Joy Division's subsequent break-up, the band's legacy stillmeans both magic and misery for its three living members. Most of the magic comes from how their art has been remembered: the Manchester, England-bred group's ominous, stirring songs set the blueprint for morose post-punk, and their thin discography continues to be prized by critics. The fact that Curtis, a 23-year-old enigma of a vocalist, hanged himself as his band was gaining success helped fortify a mythological aura, too. Meanwhile, the misery stems from Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris losing a cohort so early, and Curtis' death then throwing a pall over their remaining careers.

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    The 10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range

    Now in its fourth year, Rock on the Range 2010 fit 38 bands with hard rock and metal leanings into the two-day fest, packing the yellow and gray-tinted expanse of Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, with thousands of fans. Headlined by Godsmack and Limp Bizkit, the concert contained all the details that define the festival atmosphere: a wave of empty plastic Budweiser bottles, belligerent local sports fans, bad tattoos, crass t-shirts, people looking for weed in the men's bathroom, a smattering of bare breasts, and bizarre characters (like the guy wearing only boots, a robe, and Spongebob Squarepants underwear). Music-wise, here's our take on what made this noisy weekend worth the visit. See our photo gallery of the Fest here >> BEST GRATUITOUSLY PROFANE AC/DC COVER: PUDDLE OF MUDDWhen Wes Scantlin hits a stage, expect curse words to flow without pause.

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