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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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