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Apr 19, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Swedish pop fans rejoice. After a mere four years and four million delays, The Radio Dept.‘s third album, Clinging to a Scheme, is finally completed.

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Apr 18, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 The Dead Weather Camera Obscura Dirty Projectors MGMT Muse Hot Chip Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros The xx Devo

Day two of Coachella 2010 alas offered few highlights. This year Coachella has put way too many great artists on Sunday’s bill, which will inevitably lead to a lot of Sophie’s Choice-like moments of picking between which favorite artists to see. Whereas Saturday’s bill suffered from a lack of must see artists, there was no shortage of artists worth checking out, it’s just that few of them delivered. Matters were not helped by the fact that the best set I saw was also the first set I saw. Almost everything underwhelmed after that.

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Apr 18, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 Muse Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros MGMT Gossip The xx

Muse drew one of the biggest crowds of the Coachella Festival to their explosive Saturday-night set. The band’s recent slew of arena shows around the U.S. and the Coachella crowd’s rapturous reaction indicate that the English trio are finally on their way to becoming as big Stateside as they are in the U.K.

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Apr 18, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 Beach House Camera Obscura Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Hot Chip Muse

Day two started out much like day one, in fulltilt. Despite a bevy of physical ailments left over from yesterday’s marathon, making it to Camera Obscura’s set on time was worth another painful sprint across the field. However day two was light on the heavy hitters, and after the initial close call, I didn’t have to hustle to see sets from Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Hot Chip, MGMT, and Muse.

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Apr 17, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 Sleigh Bells Fever Ray Grizzly Bear LCD Soundsystem Yeasayer Vampire Weekend Echo & the Bunnymen She & Him

Coachella 2010 began under the cloud of an erupting volcano. Several of the European artists playing this year had to cancel their Coachella appearances due to the Icelandic volcano eruption grounding all flights from the U.K. and other parts of Europe. So day one of Coachella was greeted with the news that we wouldn’t be seeing Frightened Rabbit, Delphic, The Cribs (with Johnny Marr), or Gary Numan after all. And only a few days earlier Mew had already cancelled due to illness. So this year’s festival was already starting with some losses, Mew and Delphic probably being the most unfortunate ones. But while there were few artists playing Coachella 2010 who I both hadn’t seen before and was dying to see (Pavement being one of them), the lineup was still rigged with enough great artists so that I had little time to eat and take breaks between bands. Here’s what I saw during day one.

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Apr 17, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 LCD Soundsystem Vampire Weekend Them Crooked Vultures Gil Scott-Heron

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.

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Apr 17, 2010 Live Coachella 2010 Fever Ray Grizzly Bear Passion Pit Yeasayer

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.

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Apr 16, 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.

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Kick-Ass

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.

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