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Monday, Feb 7, 2011
The Super Bowl isn’t just the biggest night of the year for football fans, it’s also TV advertising’s main event.

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.


 


 

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Sunday, Feb 6, 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).



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Friday, Feb 4, 2011
Predictions on who will win what in the biggest categories, based on industry hype and a little guessing about the academy’s voters.

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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Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011
As the debut subject for PopMatters' new line of video interviews, Cursive's Tim Kasher discusses why he continually changes his sound, what he thinks of those who can't accept fiction as fiction, and why he'll never be "Weird Al" Yankovic ...

Today, we here at PopMatters are excited to bring you the first in what will be a lone line of video interviews, starting today with Tim Kasher, the Cursive frontman who we caught on the penultimate performance of his solo tour for The Game of Monogamy.


Backstage at Chicago’s historic Vic Theatre, Kasher was candid and open with us, discussing why he chose not to write two more Ugly Organ‘s, how he deals with the frustration of those who feel somewhat betrayed by his songs not being autobiographical, and—after coming clean with soem of his regrets—how getting to open for The Cure was one of the highlights of his life ...



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Friday, Jan 21, 2011

Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds is kicking off 2011 with a brief North American tour behind his latest album, last year’s …and they have escaped the weight of darkness. also provide a chance for Arnalds to show off the new light and visual show that accompanies his performances to a whole new continent in one fell swoop… or at least to 12 cities on a new continent. The tour, which kicks off in Boston on the 24th of January, marks the first round of live appearances in the U.S. by Arnalds in several years. Don’t worry, though – we’re not taking it personally or anything.


Fans can win tickets to each show of his next upcoming of U.S. tours. Just share a link to the show via Facebook and send proof – via a link, screen cap, signed affidavit, etc. – that you did to Arnalds website, where you can, naturally, also find show dates, details on how to win tickets, and videos taking you backstage on the composer’s most recent tour.


Or, you could check out PopMatters interview with him from last summer, here. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.



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