16; uh, I mean what does ‘mainstream’ mean? I think every genre of music has its own mainstream. headlining bands. I mean, I really like The Black Keys, and they’re pretty mainstream now. I mean “Howlin’ For You” and “Tighten Up” are played on the radio at least twice every time I tune into 98.7 or KROQ. It has dulled down those songs for me a lot, but I still like their other work a lot. The radio does have a tendency to run things into the ground, like Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”. Oh my god. I really liked that song when it came out, and now I can’t even listen to it because it just got ran into the ground. I mean, I don’t listen to a lot of pop music, I’m not really into most of the artists that won awards at last weekend’s AMA’s. I’m not really into Nicki Minaj, or Katy Perry, or Taylor Swift, but I have nothing against them personally. I mean, I’m actually a little jealous of them. They’re making millions for being who they are. Which is cool, I guess. And a lot of music from my childhood was ‘mainstream’ for the time. Like No Doubt, and ‘Nsync, and Third Eye Blind…and don’t forget Nirvana. Like mainstream has its ups and downs, like once a band completely sells out. I don’t listen to them personally, but for example Korn. As far as I remember they were kind of a metal/rock band and last time I heard them on the radio they had some weird electronic shit going on in their music…that’s selling out. But for the most part, as long as an artist stays true to themselves, keeps their music to their style, and don’t let the media affect them too much, I think ‘mainstream’ is just a way for us to be ethnocentric. So what if you like a ‘mainstream’ band? That’s cool. Everyone’s into their own shit.