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POLL: Would you go to a vegetarian Coachella to get The Smiths to reunite?

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File photo of Morrissey in concert

Smiths fans and Morrissey devotees love to get their hopes up that Coachella will be the event/venue/happening that will get the singer and guitarist Johnny Marr back together to reunite the legendary '80s British band.

But the odds of that happening is about as good as Morrissey competing in Nathan's hot dog eating contest,  according to his people.

"The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite – ever," Morrissey's publicist told Rolling Stone Tuesday.

Marr's manager also threw a wet blanket on web rumors that the group, which broke up in 1987, would get back together

"It isn't happening. We are fully focussed on preparing Johnny's new album for release and booking shows for 2013," Marr's manager told NME on Tuesday.

Smith was asked about Coachella last week by an Australian newspaper. Apparently the festival was willing to move Heaven, Earth, and meat-based products off the polo grounds to appease the 53-year-old rock star. 


Coachella 2013 dates announced, tickets on sale this week

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Coachella 2013 doesn't care that you haven't recovered from the last one. "What have you done for me lately," it wonders. And with that, next April's dates are released, and advance tickets go on sale this week.

Testing the boundaries of the festival/festivee relationship, Coachella wants to see how serious its rockers are to the recently expanded two-weekend relationship. 

Are you ready to commit a year in advance? It thinks, confidently, that you are. 

It remembers how you hesitated, and then it was too late. It remembers how wrong you were to think car camping would always be there for you. It remembers how you felt knowing your wristband was on another's arm. It wants you to never go through that again.

In Coachella's own words:

We are excited to announce Coachella 2013 will again be held over two consecutive weekends. Advance passes go on sale beginning this Thursday, May 17th, 2012 10:00 am PDT through the following Thursday, May 24th, 2012 10:00 pm PDT. This advance sale will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Purchase Plan. New for 2013, the price you see is what you pay — prices reflect all fees included. The general on sale will happen early next year. 


Live review: The Weeknd brings sex music for party people to Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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The Weeknd perform at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Cinco de Mayo.

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Drake appeared at the Weeknd concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Cinco de Mayo.

“Hey, man. Do you like the Weeknd?”

It seemed like the most rhetorical question imaginable, considering I’d been among the few hundred people lined up early at the gate of the Hollywood Forever waiting to get into the hottest show of the L.A. 2012 spring concert season.

The guy asking the question was in his early twenties at best, clutching a half-empty case of beer and visibly drunk. With an equally inebriated friend in tow, they’d just crashed to the front of the mob when the gate opened. He looked at me in earnest, waiting for my reply. When I just nodded, he smiled broadly.

“Then let’s go!” He yelled as he joined a clutch of people making their way through the gate and sprinting towards the stage on the other side of the cemetery. An exasperated security guard was left yelling at the people flying past her to please stop running in a cemetery already.


Concert review: Tanlines bring breezy beach party to the Echo


The Brooklyn duo Tanlines are Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm, who dig deeply into the 80s new wave.

Over the last decade, Brooklyn’s music scene built a reputation for cultivating cool, experimental art-rock, personified by bands like TV On The Radio and Dirty Projectors. Often producing music that could be termed “difficult” by the masses, they helped set a tone that Brooklyn was a haven for musical artists looking to make something challenging yet still critically acclaimed enough to receive positive reviews on sites like Pitchfork and Stereogum.

But as the second decade of the new millennium rolls out, lush synthesizers and perky electronic dance beats are quietly replacing that spirit of abstract experimentalism. Due in no small part to James Murphy and his band, LCD Soundsystem, aggressively dosing their brainy alt-rock with dance music aesthetics, his label DFA has gone on to become the new sound of New York nightlife. Culminating in LCD Soundsystem’s sold-out farewell shows at Madison Square Garden (documented in the movie Shut Up And Play The Hits), Brooklyn is now home to a new set of emerging acts like Bear In Heaven and Rewards that owe more to Depeche Mode than Sonic Youth.