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INMusic Festival Wows Record-breaking Crowd

Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon deliver wildly disparate spectacles as thousands gather for Croatia's premiere music festival.

Ana Yorke
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Guessing the 2012 Grammys

Predictions on who will be honored on “music’s biggest night”, based on a mixture of rumors, critical acclaim, and the academy’s voters.

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Kings of Leon: 14 November 2011 - Melbourne, Australia

With no shortage on stadium-ready, fan-approved hits in their repertoire but, when promoting a record comprised largely of softer, meandering tunes, how would the band find both a balance and a groove?

Joshua Kloke
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The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.

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The Year in Music: October 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in October 2010.

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It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Mach Schau

Call it "mach schau", soul, or the “swing” without which Duke Ellington warns us “it don’t mean a thing”, the physically felt component of live performance is perhaps easiest defined, if not in its absence, then in its failed attempt.

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When Over-the-Top Hits the Spot: 2010 Grammy Awards

Overblown set pieces, fiery performances, and category wins that no one saw coming -- yes, this year, the Grammy Awards decided to be interesting.

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Wet Hot American Festival: Lollapalooza 2009

Certain things in Chicago are predictable... if it’s Lollapalooza weekend, the weather is gonna stink. PopMatters covered the fest, shooting video interviews and avoiding heatstroke.

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Kings of Leon - "Sex on Fire" (video)

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Kings of Leon + We Are Scientists + The Whigs

Kings of Leon’s southern-influenced garage rock has morphed into an arena-sized sound that translates into one hell of a performance.

Andrew Martin
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Kings of Leon: Only by the Night

A return to their Southern Strokes roots with a banal serving of typically unemotional, formulaic stadium rock for hipsters who could care less.

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Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon is no longer an upstart band with a quirky past. These days, they’re seasoned pros, dutifully punching the clock. The question is, can they still clock in with conviction?

Tony Sclafani
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Kings of Leon: Because of the Times

Kings of Leon hits the mark then gets greedy.

Vladimir Wormwood
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Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak

Even if their lyrics are sometimes unintelligible, these swampy Southern rockers haven't run out of things to say on their rollicking sophomore offering.

Stephen Haag
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Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood

So I suppose it goes without saying that Youth and Young Manhood is most definitely not one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years; it wouldn't even earn that title if the timeframe were whittled down to the last 10 days.

Scott Hreha
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