The Best Acts To See At Pitchfork Festival 2013

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Pitchfork Music Festival, in its eighth official year, is still quaint compared to big festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Pitchfork brings about 15,000 fans a day for three days to Union Park, a mile west of the booming commerce of The Loop. As in past years, the 2013 lineup is a buzz-worthy mix of indie […]

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R. Kelly, Björk, Lumineers Rock Bonnaroo

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Björk It was only last year that Bonnaroo introduced a suggested mandate of festival ethics, the Bonnaroovian Code. Its pillars are as follows: Be In Here, Play as a Team, Don’t Be That Guy / Gal, Radiate Positivity, Build It, Leave No Trace, Keep It Alive and Spread the Word. For the most part, Bonnaroo’s […]

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The Top Ten Bands To See At Bonnaroo

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From June 13-16, more than 200 acts will perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. That’s a lot to narrow down, but here are the 10 acts we’re most looking forward to seeing. Paul McCartney In case there’s any question as to how to spend the 9 to 11:30 PM block […]

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Ximena Sariñana

Ximena Sariñana

Before she made it as a musician, Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana was an actress first. The daughter of film producer/director Fernando Sariñana, Ximena collected film awards before debuting her first album, Mediocre, in 2008. Fans in The U.S. found the album anything but “mediocre,” as did those Mexico, where the album reached No. 1. Her […]

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Ensemble

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Ensemble Ensemble is Olivier Alary, remixer to Bjork, who this week is releasing his second album, Excerpts, for Brighton’s Fat Cat label. His self-titled 2006 album – actually his sophomore release, after 2000′s Sketch Proposals on Rephlex Records – featured vocal performances by Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, and no one can forget her haunting voice […]

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Caroline

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Caroline Caroline Lufkin’s voice is capable of aching highs and breathy immediacy, and it’s not hard to imagine why the Japanese music industry wanted to groom her into something like her sister, the pop star OLIVIA. But unlike her older sister, Caroline Lufkin walked away from all that, and for the past few years the […]

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News Roundup: Bob Dylan, Jakob Dylan, Decemberists, Ben Kweller

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Bob Dylan’s historic tour of Asia has been cut short after the Chinese Ministry of Culture denied him permission to play his scheduled April dates in Shanghai and Beijing. Interestingly, a certain swan dress wearing, Icelandic fairie queen might have been the cause. Taiwanese promoter Jeffrey Wu tells The Guardian that Chinese officials have clamped […]

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Kristen Wiig’s Uncanny Bjork Impersonation

Kristen Wiig’s Uncanny Bjork Impersonation

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Björk Sparks ‘Foreign Entertainer’ Ban

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Is Björk a threat to Chinese rule?

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