We Need To Talk About Tim McGraw Slapping A Fan In Atlanta

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Tony Nelson
Tim McGraw in more relaxed times
Seeing Tim McGraw in concert today isn't the spectacle it was in 1996, when he was riding high on being one of country music's biggest superstars. McGraw may have settled down slightly in his later years, but fans at the Atlanta stop of McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour earlier this week saw a much different side of the typically good-natured and happy artist.

When an overenthusiastic fan made a grab near the crotch of McGraw's pants during a performance of "Truck Yeah," the singer slapped away her hands, and then, as TMZ reported, "bitch slapped" the woman on the side of the head before he finished out the show.

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Steely Dan's Best Songs About Gambling

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Danny Clinch
What Donald Fagen and Walter Becker really want to know is, do you feel lucky?

That most notoriously unsentimental of bands, Steely Dan, are coming back to North Texas. (Well, the North Texas area. Kind of.) Comprised essentially of two men, singer Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker, the band has shuffled unapologetically through its band members over the years, drawing primarily on the likes of top-notch session musicians for classic albums like Countdown to Ecstasy and Aja.

It's appropriate, then, that gambling is such a prominent theme in their catalog. After all, playing the odds can make for one cold, cruel experience. So in honor of the Dan's visit to WinStar Casino just over the border in Thackerville, Oklahoma this Friday, here are 10 of their best songs about the vice.

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8 Surprisingly Feminist Country Songs Written By Dudes

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Rachel Parker
"Accidental Racist" or not, Brad Paisley is as progressive as they come
We all know that country music, by and large, isn't the most progressive of musical genres. With loudmouth GOP musicians like Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr., it's easy to forget that country music isn't all about trucks, America and hating President Obama. Believe it or not, there are surprisingly progressive lyrics hiding behind some of country radio's most popular songs in the last 20 years.

Still, the popularity of "bro-country" has put the spotlight on the way that the genre treats the women. The women of country music have always been making waves with controversial songs about women's rights (see Loretta Lynn's "The Pill" as an example), but their male counterparts have also been recording sneakily feminist songs for the past few decades. These eight are some of the best.

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Erykah Badu's Most Lovably Eccentric Moments

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Danny Hurley
All hail the weirdness of Erykah Badu
Dallas doesn't get to call itself home to tons of living legends, but nowhere else in the world has the privilege of calling itself the home of Erykah Badu. As one of the most influential figures in modern R&B and one of the most interesting people alive, Badu is almost as famous for her antics as she is for her music.

Ahead of Erykah Badu's performance at the WinStar Casino in bustling Thackerville, Oklahoma this weekend, we've compiled this handy list of the Badu-iest stunts from Erkyah Badu. Who knows, maybe if we're lucky we'll have a new entry for the list come Saturday night.

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The 10 Worst Queen Songs

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Still from "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Although Queen has remained hugely popular worldwide for over four decades, the band's albums have always proved rather spotty. As a matter of fact, it can be especially challenging to make it through any of Queen's 14 studio efforts. For every great song ("You're My Best Friend," "39," "Sheer Heart Attack," among others), there are five pretentious clunkers.

Ever since frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, the remaining members have shuffled in several guest vocalists to keep alive those memories from Queen's '70s heyday. Seeing that the Adam Lambert version of Queen plays tonight at the American Airlines Center, here ten of the worst songs from the band's storied (but sometimes frustrating) career.

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The 10 Best Songs from Awful Musicians

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Stopped clocks are right twice a day. Geoffrey Arend is married to Christina Hendricks. Performance artists get federal funding. Canada is south of Detroit. People wear Google Glass and think they look awesome. Some things you just can't explain, like how really shitty bands occasionally luck into recording splendid songs. To wit, here are the 10 greatest songs ever recorded by not-so-great musicians:

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Bruce Dickinson Was Wrong About Punk Music

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Todd Owyoung for Riverfront Times
BRUUUUUUUCE!!!
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," he also said a few harsh words about punk rock, referring to it as rubbish and saying that the lack of talent in punk was an excuse to call it performance art. He goes on to state, "Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.'"

Not totally untrue. The problem, however, lies in his words that immediately follow that thought:

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The Willie Nelson Duets We Would Love to See Happen

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Stephen Masker
Who needs a duet when Willie's got Trigger? Well, we do actually.
Seeing that the legendary Willie Nelson is performing at his annual 4th of July picnic this Friday, we at DC9 thought it time to do some wishful thinking about dear Willie. The guy has always loved doing duets. He's performed songs with (among others) Snoop Dog, Steven Colbert, Julio Iglesias, Kid Rock, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Ray Charles.

As anyone can see from the above list, Nelson doesn't mind mixing in the unexpected collaboration. Interestingly, he always seems to get it right even when the duet partner is well outside the country mainstream. We think Mr. Nelson would do well with duets with just about anyone. Here are some choice suggestions that we'd love to see happen.


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The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

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Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub-genre -- known as "bro-country" -- is lending it far too much credibility right now.

Booze, chicks, jacked-up pickups, extreme redneck sports, spring break -- artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and even Blake Shelton are leaning way too heavily on such themes in their music these days, and the entire trope can be summed up in one word: douchey. Yet bro-country isn't the only brand of 'baggery currently afflicting Nashville. No, douchebags are a diverse lot, and here are the 10 biggest 'bags currently cranking out (s)hits in Music City today:

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6 Punk Bands We Need to Stop Talking About

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We really, really don't need to discuss Social Distortion. Really.

I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem from some sort of deep-seated masochism -- the same way I used to force myself to watch My Super Sweet 16. Without fail, the conversation switches to traveling, music, or some other trite nonsense and the question arises:

"Oh, what kind of band are you in?"

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