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The 2011 Summer Music Festival Guide

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Summer is quickly approaching. While warm weather makes most of us think beach trips, ice cream, and drinking outside, to die-hard music fans, summer means one thing: Festivals. Here’s a guide to some of the shows this summer.

APRIL

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2011
Apr 15 – Apr 17, 2011
Indio, California (Empire Polo Grounds)

Line up Highlights: Arcade Fire, Kanye West, the Strokes, Animal Collective, PJ Harvey, the National, Bright Eyes, Robyn, Odd Future, Ariel Pink, Interpol, Cut Copy, Crystal Castles, Lauryn Hill, Sleigh Bells, Cee-Lo, Lightning Bolt, the reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Suede, Duran Duran, Erykah Badu, the Black Keys, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, the Kills, the New Pornographers,

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MAY

ATP Curated by Animal Collective 2011
May 13 – May 15, 2011
Minehead, England (Butlins Holiday Centre)

Line up Highlights: Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Lee Scratch Perry, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Broadcast, Black Dice, Meat Puppets, The Frogs.

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2011
May 27 – May 30, 2011
George, Washington (Gorge Amphitheatre)
SOLD OUT

Line up Highlights: Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper & Restless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Of Montreal, Explosions in the Sky, DeVotchKa, Peter Bjorn & John, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, Doves, Calexico, Grizzly Bear

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JUNE

Roots Picnic 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing)

Line up Highlights: The Roots, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Little Dragon, Man Man, Dismemberment Plan, Esperanza Spaulding, Ariel Pink, Yelawolf

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2011
Jun 09 – Jun 12, 2011
Manchester, Tennessee (Great Stage Park)

Line up Highlights:Eminem, Arcade Fire, Greg Allman, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus

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Glastonbury Festival 2011
Jun 22 – Jun 26, 2011 at Pilton, England (Worthy Farm)
SOLD OUT

Line up Highlights: U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Morrissey, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Big Boi, Kool and the Gang, TV on the Radio, Eels, Wombats, Cee Lo Green, Wu Tang Clan, Little Dragon, Robyn Hitchcock

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JULY

Pitchfork Music Festival 2011
Jul 15 – Jul 17, 2011
Chicago, Illinois (Union Park)

Highlights: Animal Collective, Neko Case, Guided By Voices, James Blake, Das Racist, Curren$y,, Kurt Vile, Yuck, The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., Baths, Shabazz Palaces, Twin Sister, The Dismemberment Plan, No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side

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AUGUST

Lollapalooza 2011
Aug 05 – Aug 07, 2011
Chicago, Illinois (Grant Park)

[Rumored] Highlights: Muse, Lykke Li, Kid Cudi, The Vaccines, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Arctic Monkeys

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2011
Aug 12 – Aug 14, 2011
San Francisco, California (Golden Gate Park)

Line up Highlights: Arcade Fire, Girl Talk, MGMT, the Black Keys, the Decemberists, Erykah Badu, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut, the Roots, Big Boi, Major Lazer, Best Coast, Toro Y Moi, !!!, the Fresh & Onlys, Mavis Staples, Wye Oak, Ty Segall, Little Dragon, Junip, Tamaryn, Vetiver, the Joy Formidable, Big Audio Dynamite, Lord Huron, John Fogerty, and the Vaccines.

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Music to Know Festival
Aug 13 – Aug 14, 2011
East Hampton, New York

Line up Highlights: Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, M. Ward, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tom Tom Club, We Are Scientists.

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Reading and Leeds Music Festivals 2011
Aug 26 – Aug 28, 2011
Reading & Leeds, England

Line up Highlights: My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Offspring, Deftones, Pulp, The Strokes, Pulp, The National, Muse, Elbow, Interpol, Friendly Fires

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September

Hopscotch Festival

September 8-10, 2011
Raleigh, NC

Line up Highlights: The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Drive-By Truckers, Superchunk, The Dodos, John Vanderslice, Swans, Yelawolf, Black Lips, Cold Cave, Empress Hotel, The Love Language, Lost in the Trees, Twin Shadow and tons more.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.