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This Week in Live Music: Animal Collective, Chet Faker, Elbow, BANKS, and More

Ever wonder what a “traditional drum-off” is? Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith had a drum-off showdown last week on the Tonight Show, and it was predictably epic. You gotta watch. OK, back to the task at hand: live music for your ears, eyes, hearts, and souls.

This Week in Live Music: Kid Cudi, Foals, Panda Bear, and More

WIth the abundance of music festivals taking root over North America it’s increasingly difficult for festival promoters to distinguish their massive celebrations from others just like it in other cities. But Riot Fest is managing to do just that.

This Week in Live Music: James Blunt, Charles Bradley, and More

Your heartfelt Internet story of the week comes from LA, home to a band called Vulfpeck. As Vice points out in this absurd-but-true tale, Vulfpeck realized that by asking fans to stream a silent album while they were sleeping, they could cash in on the streams.

What to Expect at the Bay Area's Top Summer Music Festivals

The music festival gods look kindly upon San Francisco year-round, but the summer schedule overflows with outdoor music celebrations. The list below is by no means comprehensive — these are the heavy-hitters — and it’s still another reminder that Bay Area live music junkies are likely the most spoiled lot in the world.

This Week in Live Music: Ingrid Michaelson, O.A.R., Oysterfest, and More

Summer is coming — ok, it's basically here — and you'll need chill-out music recommendations. I GOT YOU. Put these albums on your radar now: Real Estate’s Atlas, Woods’ With Light and With Love, Chad VanGaalen’s Infiniheart, and Mac Demarco’s Salad Days. Trust us. Chill with us.

This Week in Live Music: Franz Ferdinand, GZA, Manchester Orchestra, and More

Apropos of nothing, we give you this absolutely surreal 1983 video of Prince & The Revolution performing various signature tracks before Prince had shown up on national radars. That's gotta be near the top of the Internet treasure trove list. OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming:

This Week in Live Music, Fauxchella Edition

Fauxchella. Nochella. Norchella. Shrapnella. Call it whatever. The point is, we benefit.

This Week in Live Music: Haim, Neutral Milk Hotel, Future Islands, and More

Skipping Coachella this year, but dreading the idea of missing all your favorite bands congregating for the biggest, raddest party known to California?  Fear not, for Fauxchella has arrived again to save your FOMOing souls.

This Week in Live Music: Fitz and the Tantrums, War on Drugs, Dan Croll, and More

Making summer festival plans? Yes, Coachella is right around the bend, but remember there's so much more to be had around the country: Governor's Ball in NYC (June 6-8), Jazz Fest in New Orleans (April 25-May 4), Lollapalooza in Chicago (August 1-3) and, of course, Bonnaroo in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee (June 12-15). Time to rack up those miles.

This Week in Live Music: Kraftwerk, London Grammar, and More

Tip of the day for music fans: if you're not on Reddit's music discussion board, you're missing out. We recommend tuning in on Fridays when Redditors post provocative discussion topics and questions. Bookmark it and set your calendar reminders and let the world know why your opinion matters more than anyone else's. 

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