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Thursday, Jul 29, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Platinum and gold-disc Tennessee rockers Paramore blast summer crowds with their alt rock, emo, pop punk sound on their headline Honda Civic Tour throughout the U.S. this summer. Get on your bike/hop in your car/race for the bus/catch a train or a plane or a boat—do what it takes to see the band, along with talented Tegan & Sara, hardcore rockers Newfound Glory, and the sweet songs of Kadawatha—perfect for summer. Before you go, enter the Honda Civic Tour Drive Away with Paramore Sweepstakes. (Tour schedule is posted below the jump).


While you’re securing your ride to this must-see summer concert, check out your chance to win a new ride—a sweet Paramore-customized Civic Si Coupe, or a snazzy MASI Speciale Fixed LTD Drop Bicycle, complete with Paramore’s logo and band autographs (feast your eyes on these prizes, here). You might also win the chance to meet-up with Paramore in California, nab an autographed Fender© Telecaster, make off with an autographed Flip Mino HDTM Video camera by Paramore, or snag Paramour Backpack with signed tour program and CD and more. Enter the contest here.


Got those Honda Civic Tour 2010 concert tickets in hand? Got a few minutes to spare while waiting on your ride? Follow the tour, the bands, and the giveaways on Paramore’s Facebook page.



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Friday, Jul 23, 2010
What happens when a notoriously hateful religious group takes their act to Comic-Con? Dozens of clever counter-protest signs from the Comic-Con crowd.

Fred Phelps’ notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the folks who bring their hateful signs and protests to events like military funerals, decided that they were going to take their act to Comic-Con this year. The result: exactly four Westboro protesters showed up while hundreds of Comic-Con attendees bearing dozens of hilarious signs showed up in counter-protest. See all the pics at Comics Alliance.



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Friday, Jul 23, 2010

Just when it seemed as though Insane Clown Posse couldn’t possibly top themselves, their “Miracles” video appears to have been nothing more than a trailer for the world’s greatest infomercial: The 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos has hit the internet by way of over 17 minutes of some of the most curiously constructed foul language this side of a David Mamet play.


The gathering, billed as something of a Wild West with Faygo free-for-all, takes place in mid-August in a place called Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, within spitting distance of Kentucky.


While a 17-minute ad might seem excessive, the lineup boasts so many Juggalo-friendly acts over a four day period, anything shorter clearly wouldn’t have been thorough enough. The roster also includes a handful of “Seriously?!?!?” moments, including Todd Bridges, Slick Rick, Ron Jeremy and ‘80s prop comic Gallagher, who even in his heyday struggled to engage his own audiences in what he clearly believed to be thought-provoking material (“Why do they call ‘em apartments when they’re stuck together?”) when all they really wanted was to see him smash watermelon with a sledgehammer.


There’s also flashlight wrestling, “comradery” and artist seminars, where presumably how magnets work will finally be explained. Suburban kids from Petaluma to Poughkeepsie are packing their makeup kits in rapt anticipation.


Somewhere beyond the grave, Billy Mays is wondering whether he couldn’t have done something to prevent this.


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Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

The nominations for the UK’s coveted Mercury Prize have been announced and include a couple PopMatters favorites like the xx, Foals, I Am Kloot, and Paul Weller. Below is the full list along with our ratings, reviews and videos for each release. We’re betting that London’s the xx is going to nab the ultimate honor, but UK bookmakers William Hill are declaring even odds between the xx and Dizzee Rascal. It just doesn’t feel like Dizzee Rascal’s year, as all the momentum has been with the xx and they’ve got far more critical acclaim behind their self-titled debut than Dizzee’s recent effort.


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Sunday, Jul 18, 2010

Appalachian Voices, a folk group comprised of singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore, cellist/vocalist Ben Sollee, and, most famously, singer/songwriter/guitarist Yim Yames (The Artist Formerly Known as Jim James) of My Morning Jacket, is about to embark on a nine-date tour of the US, starting on July 22nd at the Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky.


Solle and Moore released an album, Dear Companion earlier this year (produced by James), but this month marks the first live performances of this trio formation. 


However, there’s more than just pretty music here—there’s a message, too.  The venture is hoped to raise public awareness about the controversial practice of Mountaintop Removal coal mining, which takes place throughout Appalachia.


According to James’ website, “a portion of the proceeds from the tour will benefit Appalachian Voices, for which the tour was named, an organization devoted to ending mountaintop removal coal mining together with diverse environmental problems impacting the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.”


Be sure to catch them for one of these unique and intimate performances.


07/22/10   Lexington, KY The Opera House US
07/23/10   Knoxville, TN The Bijou Theater US
07/25/10   Charleston, WV Mountain Stage US
07/26/10   Marlinton, WV Pocahontas Opera House US
07/27/10   Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater US
07/29/10   Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater US
07/30/10   New York, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg US
With Special Guest The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
07/31/10   Newport, RI   Newport Folk Festival   US (Yim Yames Solo)
8/01/10       Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival US (Ben and Daniel)



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