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Missing out on Lollapalooza? Watch it here

- August 1st, 2013

If you are among the millions of music fans that are chapped over the fact that you’re missing out on Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, fear not.

The venerable music festival, which runs tomorrow (Aug. 2) through until Sunday, has just released its live webcast schedule, and it’s jam-packed with some damn fine acts. Friday, you can catch the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, the Killers and Nine Inch Nails. Saturday, you can tune in to see the Lumineers, the Postal Service and Mumford & Sons, while Sunday ends with Vampire Weekend, the Cure and Phoenix.

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And all of this for free. And we all know, free is good. The full sked of artists and times (which are all local), as well as the webcast can be seen at the bottom of this page. While you’re at it, feel free to comment on all the bands you’re taking in!

Enjoy! I know we will.

Friday

2:30pm – Smith Westerns
3:30pm – Icona Pop
4:15pm – Crystal Castles
5:15pm – Imagine Dragons
6:15pm – Queens of the Stone Age
7:30pm – Band of Horses
8:30pm – The Killers
10:00pm – Nine Inch Nails

Saturday

2:15pm – Ben Howard
3:00pm – Court Yard Hounds
4:00pm – Local Natives
5:00pm – Ellie Goulding
6:00pm – The National
7:15pm – The Lumineers
8:30pm – The Postal Service
10:00pm – Mumford & Sons

Sunday

2:30pm – Alex Clare
3:45pm – Wild Nothing
4:30pm – Two Door Cinema Club
5:30pm – Alt-J
6:30pm – Steve Aoki
7:00pm – Vampire Weekend
8:15pm – The Cure
10:15pm – Phoenix

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Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend to headline Lollapalooza: report

- March 20th, 2013

The Lollapalooza music festival headline acts have been leaked, and it includes Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the lineup will also include the Killers, Phoenix, the Postal Service and the National.

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The long-running fest, still considered one of the best in the world, takes place at Grant Park in Chicago on August 2 – 4.

The official lineup announcement will take place next month, with early bird tickets set to go on sale next Tuesday. Similar to last year, over 100 artists are expected to grace eight stages over the three days.

Earlier reports had a wide variety of acts rumoured to possibly play, including the Cure, the Flaming Lips, Blur, MGMT and Jay-Z (see the “concert bill” poster that made the Internet rounds last month below).

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Before they hit the stage at Lollapalooza, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and the Postal Service will also be playing the Coachella Music Festival, (which yours truly will be covering live from California), which runs from April 12-14.

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Frank Ocean added to Grammy lineup

- January 31st, 2013

It seems Frank Ocean’s banged up hand will be fully healed in time for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B superstar will play at the 55th annual event, along with newly added performers Maroon 5 and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Ocean hurt his hand after an altercation with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles recording studio parking lot last Sunday.

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Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammys, so it will make for an interesting red carpet if Brown decides to show up.

Other performers include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jack White, fun., the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, and Ed Sheeran & Elton John.

Six acts are tied for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.

Jack White added to Grammy Awards lineup

- January 24th, 2013

The lineup continues to expand in rapid numbers for next month’s Grammy Awards.

Grammy nominees The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White are all scheduled to take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Song of the Year nom Ed Sheeran is also tapped to duet with six-time Grammy winner Elton John, and country stars Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will also pair up for the 55th annual event.

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Other performers already announced include The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, fun., Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

White, who has nine Grammys on his bookshelf already, is nominated in three different categories: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album (“Blunderbuss”) and Best Rock Song (“Freedom at 21″ – watch below).

The show airs Feb. 10 from 8-11:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Yours truly as well as fellow scribe Mark Daniell will be giving instant reviews of each and every act on Grammy night. Follow us on Twitter: @johnwillms and @markhdaniell.

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Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Green Day explode onto charts

- October 3rd, 2012

For Mumford & Sons, it could be considered sales of biblical proportions, and for Gwen Stefani and co., it’s no doubt a huge disappointment.

The English folk rockers latest offering, “Babel,” hit the chart big time on both sides of the border this week,  hitting No. 1 with ease, while No Doubt‘s first studio album in 11 years, “Push & Shove” whimpered in at No. 5 here in Canada, with measly sales of 8,000.

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M&S’s “Babel” accomplished the top Great White North billing with healthy sales of 75,000, making it the best debut of 2012, while south of the border the album rung up 600,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan number crunchers.

Other first week appearances included Toronto’s own DJ extraordinaire Deadmau5 at No. 2 with “Album Title Goes Here” (13,000), and Green Day‘s first of three consecutive releases, “”¡Uno!” (12,000), at No. 3.