Apr 17, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

The 2010 Coachella Festival kicked off yesterday (April 16) in a chaotic fashion, with massive crowds making it difficult to get onto and off of the grounds and challenging to catch close-up glimpses of the bands. An Icelandic volcano also threw a wrench into the works, making it impossible for artists including The Cribs and Bad Lieutenant to fly from England to California to perform. That said, stellar sets by Vampire Weekend, Them Crooked Vultures and La Roux, among others, made fighting through the crowds and braving the heat worthwhile. More

Apr 17, 2010 Live

Confession: despite my various musical exploits, this is my first year at Coachella. And in spite of various friends' threats to paint a "V" on my forehead and subject me to an unspeakable hazing process (that's standard...right?), I spent the week leading up to the festivities feeling not unlike an over-sugared toddler on Christmas Eve. Day one's notable loot: Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, and Fever Ray. More

Apr 15, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Career suicide, heinous album art, and no regard for their fanbase. Those have been the three themes bandied about most often in early appraisals of Congratulations. More


Studio: Lionsgate
Directed by Matthew Vaughn; Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The only thing Kick-Ass the movie has in common with Kick-Ass the comic book is the premise: New York high-schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a nobody to everyone around him except for his two best friends (played by Clark Duke and Evan Peters) and his father. After he and his buddies are mugged one too many times by a couple of neighborhood hoods, Lizewski takes up the mantle and MySpace page of an amateur vigilante. More

Apr 15, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

Groove Armada's place in the musical echelon might not be as high as it was when "I See You Baby" seemed ubiquitous and big beat electronica was thriving. But as evidenced by this sold-out show at the Henry Fonda Theater, many still love to shake their asses to the music of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay and collaborators.


Who Do You Love?

Studio: International Film Circuit
Directed by Jerry Zaks; Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Abrahams, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, David Oyelowo, Chi McBride, Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, and Marika Dominczyk

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The story of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, who would help launch the careers of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Etta James, falls flat, without igniting the fire that helped make recent music pics like Once and Walk the Line successful. More

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (Season Five Premiere)

(BBC America, Saturdays, 9/8 Central)

Apr 15, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

The Doctor is back and he's in very good hands. Nervous Doctor Who fans can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that, based on the fifth season premiere, Matt Smith will be a charming and spirited Doctor, and new executive producer Steven Moffat will bring a fresh and dark fairy tale-like whimsy to the show. More

Apr 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

First lady of Daptone Records Sharon Jones is back with her fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, swaggering though 12 tracks of classic R&B like the ass-kicking, name-taking mother figure you've always wanted. More

Apr 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There's something odd about music recorded on '80s tape recording equipment being listened to as digital files via laptop computer speakers.(Is that fuzz I'm hearing you or me?) But the confluence of lo-fi cultures seems to really work here. More