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Lollapalooza Packs Up For Another Year: What Did Day 3 Bring?

Tags: The Cure - Robert Smith - Cat Power - Alt-J - Jake Bugg - Lollapalooza

"If they pull the plug on this song, you'll have to keep on singing," ordered The Cure's Robert Smith, preparing to play 'Boys Don't Cry' at the end of an ecstatically-received, hit-filled set. The British New Romantics showed that despite mainstream's music current trend for dubstep and electro, the punk roots of music will always hold dear for fans who can still identify with the frontman's penchant for melancholic ballads, backcombed hair and blood red lipstick.

The Cure
The Cure Showed Their Ability To Still Draw An Enthusiastic Crowd.

Rob Carroll at Plan!tNorthwest described the rockers set as "a fitting headliner to bring Lollapalooza in for a soft landing" with minimal interaction between band and crowd , whilst The Guardian vow that "Robert Smith's ultra-expressive face gives us the most passion and raw emotion from any performer we've seen over the past three days."

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Bonnaroo Festival 2013 Lineup Announced: Our Top 5 Picks Beyond The Headlines

Tags: Tom Petty - Sir Paul McCartney - Mumford And Sons - Bjork - Cat Power - ZZ Top - Kendrick Lamar

This year’s Bonnaroo Festival takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 13-16 and the lineup is boasting some pretty heavyweight talent, with the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons and Sir Paul McCartney stealing the headline slots. Beyond the draw of the top billing, though – who should you go and see if you manage to bag a ticket to Bonnaroo 2013? Here’s our Top 5 Bonnaroo Bets.

1. Bjork – We can’t remember the last time there was an opportunity to see Bjork in such a superb festival setting (okay, we probably could, if we cast our minds back a little but it’s far from a frequent occurrence). The eccentric Icelandic songstress always puts on a fabulous show, both visually and sonically, setting fire to all of your senses, whether you are a hardened Bjork fan or simply wandering past the stage, wondering what the hell might be going on.

2. Cat Power – OK. This one comes with a warning. When she’s on form, Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) will provide you with one of the most emotionally charged, cathartic live music experiences that you’re likely to experience. On a bad day, though, it can be torturous to witness. All part of the Cat Power charm, of course, but a gamble, nonetheless.

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Angel Haze Features on Remix of Cat Power's Manhattan, released today (listen)

Tags: Cat Power - Angel Haze - Ryan Hemsworth

Remixed by Ryan Hemsworth and featuring guest vocals from Angel Haze, Cat Power's Manhattan - off her latest album Sun - has a new twist, released today. Listen to the remix here:

 

Cat Power plays New York Terminal 5 tomorrow night (Tuesday, Jan 29) with Angel Haze opening, as part of her current US tour. Re-scheduled UK and European dates are still to be confirmed.  Cat Power is also nominated for the 'Best International Female' award at this year's BRIT awards, taking place February 20th.

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BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?

Tags: Amy Winehouse - Emeli Sande - Bat For Lashes - Paloma Faith - Jessie Ware - The XX - Alt-J - Mumford And Sons - Muse - One Direction - Tom Odell - AlunaGeorge - Michael Buble - Laura Mvula - Rihanna - Cat Power - Alicia Keys - Lana Del Rey - Adele - Brit Awards

This year’s Brit Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world is finally starting to accept that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have diverse musical tastes? Or are the organisers of the BRITS simply trying to spark controversy? have they lost the plot? Or is this an honest reflection of the mindset of a 2013 British music buying public? Let’s take a look at the evidence, and scrutinise some of the more baffling categories…

British Female Solo Artist Nominees – One of the more sensitive and contentious issues, here, in the British female solo artist category. Of the five nominees, only four of them were alive this year. We understand that Amy Winehouse has a lasting legacy in British pop music. We understand that she was – and, in many ways remains - a tour de force. But, for the sake of the awards, we simply have to ask, at the risk of sounding flippant, what has Amy Winehouse done for British music in the last 12 months? Sadly, nothing. Her posthumous album (released in December 2011, we should add), Lioness: Hidden Treasures was politely and quietly denounced for being little more than cuttings from the studio floor. We simply can’t get our heads around her inclusion on this list. With Bat For Lashes throw in as the ‘alternative’ wild card, to lend a touch of outsider cool to the category, it’s between Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware to catch this one, we reckon. 

Watch Jessie Ware's video for 'Sweet Talk'

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Top 10 Celebrity Weddings of 2012: From Nutty Nuptials To Classy Ceremonies

Tags: Justin Timberlake - Amber Tamblyn - David Cross - Questlove - Matthew Mcconaughey - Camila Alves - Drew Barrymore - Carey Mulligan - Natalie Portman - Ryan Reynolds - Blake Lively - Giovanni Ribisi - Cat Power - Dick Van Dyke - Jessica Biel

There must have been something in the air this year because we literally had too many celebrity weddings to choose from for this list (sorry Alec Baldwin, you can stop reading now, you got bumped), and it was a tough job whittling it down to 10. So, who DID make the grade in our run-down 2012’s best nuptials?

10. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross

What was the highlight of actress Amber Tamblyn and actor David Cross’ wedding? Well, sadly, even Tamblyn’s stunning gown couldn’t upstage the antics of their unofficial photographer, Questlove. The happy snapper not only DJ’d at the wedding, but also decided to take a number of pics of the happy couple and stick them on his Instagram account. The Roots drummer revealed pretty much everything from the bride’s arrival, to the cutting of the cake, using the hashtag #weddinginthewoods. So, Amber and David – you just about made the grade, but you have your crazy DJ to thank for it.

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