Award ceremonies are intended to celebrate the best and brightest talent, yet the shows themselves are often dull, lengthy and awkward. Although this year’s Grammy Awards clocked the highest ratings in decades (RIP Whitney), we were again reminded why we don’t really pay attention to these things. Especially this one.


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The Bonnaroo lineup is madness: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish headline with The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Skrillex, Foster The People, The Roots, Alice Cooper, Black Star, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Phantogram, The Black Lips, The War On Drugs, EMA, Kurt Vile, Yelawolf, Bad Brains, Danny Brown a whole bunch more on the roster.

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Jazzfest 2012 is coming up: The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, John Mayer, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Bon Iver, My Morning Jacket, Bunny Wailer, Steel Pulse, Levon Helm Band with Mavis Staples, The Funky Meters and so many more.

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This Week: Lou Reed and Metallica – you decide for yourself; Portland’s Blouse is sugar and synths; Brian Wilson and the few remaining Beach Boys finish an album after 45 years; James Ferraro goes automated; The Soft Moon’s new EP: sinister, intense, dark.

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