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by Eric Allen Been

8 Feb 2011


The upcoming album release schedule just got a lot more appealing. On Monday, art-rockers TV on the Radio announced that their hiatus is officially over and they will be releasing a new LP this spring entitled Nine Types of Light. Specific details about the Dear Science follow-up are currently scarce, but the band is planning to hit the road to support the album. On April 13, they’ll kick off the tour at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 18. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.

by Cynthia Fuchs

8 Feb 2011


New means of transmitting “news”, of making resistance and protest visible via Twitter, email, and cell phone footage—have been highlighted during the ongoing crisis in Egypt. And yet, if boundaries of identity and community are not in fact national or even state-secured or supported, then no one seems quite accountable for or even very careful about transgressing. Frontline: Digital Nation shows how advancing technologies not only bring faster and changed ways of processing, communicating, and conjuring ideas, but also produce gaps in experience and expectations.

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by Jessy Krupa

7 Feb 2011


Possibly more entertaining than anything the NFL can come up with, this year’s crop of commercials featured everything from a helpful beaver to Justin Bieber. Despite their variety, most of the spots fit into one out of a few categories. Here’s the best of the groups.

Movie Trailers

Most of these movies are months away from hitting theatres, but that didn’t stop filmmakers from seeking future moviegoers. Animated parrot flick Rio and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 stood out amongst early looks at movies including Kung Fu Panda 2, Captain America,Rango, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Thor, Mars Needs Moms, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Fast Five, Battle: Los Angeles, and Limitless.

 

 

by Eric Allen Been

6 Feb 2011


James Murphy is apparently sticking to his plan to retire LCD Soundsystem as a touring band. Over the weekend, the dance-punk band announced on their website that they will be playing their “last show ever” on April 2, 2011, at New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.

According to the statement, “for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly three hours-playing stuff we’ve never played before”. 

“If it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!,” the message concludes. 

The seminal post-disco band Liquid Liquid is set to open the show and LCD Soundsystem requests all attendees wear white, black or black and white attire. Details for pre-sale tickets will be on lcdsoundsystem.com on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and general onsale tickets begin on Friday, Feb. 11. 

Here’s hoping LCD’s official video blogger Jay Green covers the festivity (check him out in all his glory in the accompanying clip).

by Jessy Krupa

4 Feb 2011


Album of the Year

Eminem’s Recovery vs. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.

The Academy loves albums whose songs mostly carry into one cohesive theme. Even though Arcade Fire’s concept album about adulthood is a critical darling, the trophy is going to Eminem. His triumphant return to both the top of the charts and top of critics’ lists will be unbeatable.

 
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