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Beck: On the scene at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom

A few months back, I had the distinct pleasure of receiving a phone call from Beck. The connection wasn’t great, though I chalked that up to the fact that he was calling me from a parallel universe—one that was not wholly unlike the one I exist in, but both slightly more contemplative and way more funky.

We discussed the artists, albums, and songs that have informed his life, and more than once he brought up British death metal band Carcass (whose Surgical Steel was one of my favorite albums of 2013). He seemed mostly charmed by their insane-sounding song titles (“Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites” was a favorite), but based on Beck’s show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, he also digs Carcass because, when given the chance, he likes to shred. READ FULL STORY

Bonnaroo surprises: Skrillex, D'Angelo, Mystikal and more

Nearly every festival has its surprise performances, but Bonnaroo routinely does them better than any other.

The walkability of the grounds, for one, allows impromptu performances and all night parties to thrive — even those stuck on the furthest campgrounds can hear every word from the What Stage. If it sounds good, they can walk over. If it doesn’t, well, actually, they’re pretty much up a creek; there’s no escaping the sounds of the festival.

Skrillex seemed to have fulfilled his Bonaroo obligations after a two-hour Friday night set and Saturday SuperJam that raged until 3 a.m. and included guests Lauryn Hill and Janelle Monae. But three hours later, when he climbed into the DJ booth atop the Kalliope Stage — those who’ve been to Burning Man might (or, given your Burning Man, condition might not) recognize the mobile stage; it and the famously decked out VW Bug, “Big Red” made the trek East this year — and kicked off a sunrise set, festival-goers came out by the thousands. Some emerged in PJs, some in party clothes, but everyone danced until breakfast.

Skrillex’s one-hour set was by far the biggest surprise production, but there were several noteworthy ones throughout the weekend:

D’Angelo who famously chose Bonnaroo in 2012 as the venue for his first live U.S. appearance in 12 years, came out during ?uestlove’s curated Superjam. He didn’t play any of his own material but he did cover classics from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles to a fever-pitched crowd, with assists from members of The Roots, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Time.

Chromeo filled their alloted 7:30 slot Saturday evening, then returned unnanounced later that night to Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn’s billed “Robe Rage with a Surprise DJ Set.” Picture: festival goers clad in tie-dye and robes (and sometimes tie-dyed robes) plus Chromeo in an over-the-top Christmas Club replete with Christmas lights, reindeers, and Santa decor.

And perhaps my favorite — because I really didn’t see it coming — was at RedBull’s Music Academy Stage. The four billed hours offer little by way of description (my calendar says, “Late Night Programming”) but we passed through right when Mystikal came out and let me tell you, nothing gets you to change your plan for the evening like hearing “Shake Ya Ass” rolling live through the hills of rural Tennessee before the sun comes up.

Robin Thicke dedicates 'Get Her Back' to Paula Patton at Billboard Music Awards

Apparently, those rumors of Robin Thicke’s very public attempt to woo back estranged wife Paula Patton were not unfounded — the singer did indeed unveil his new song “Get Her Back” at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.

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The Michael Jackson hologram appeared at the Billboard Awards, and it was weird

For a guy who passed away nearly five years ago, Michael Jackson sure seems busy lately. His second posthumous album, Xscape, just hit stores (and is refreshingly not embarrassing), and Sunday night he appeared — via the miracle of modern hologram technology — on the Billboard Music Awards to perform “Slave to the Rhythm.”

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Miley Cyrus teams with Flaming Lips for Beatles cover at Billboard Awards

Miley Cyrus was out of commission for a spell, which kept her away of eye-popping costumes and attention-grabbing headlines for a few weeks. (How did the Internet not sink into the ocean due to a dearth of Cyrus-related material?)

But now she’s back, touring Europe, happily grinding against anatomically correct blow-up dolls, and dropping in on Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards via satellite to deliver a cover of the Beatles’ “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” with some help from the Flaming Lips.

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On the scene at Coachella day three: Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris, and yes, a thousand more cameos

The 2014 Coachella will be memorialized as the year of the cameo. If Saturday elicited surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Puff Daddy, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Sunday’s guest list attempted to up the ante—with a no-RSVP-needed guest list that included Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Deborah Harry from Blondie. By the time nightfall descended on the Polo Grounds in Indio, A-list musicians were practically popping up out of the Port-A-Potties. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Coachella day two: Pharrell, Skrillex, Muse, Lorde -- and a parade of guest stars

By Saturday night, the Coachella Valley Music festival starts to feel like being favorably trapped inside a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Most options led to auspicious surprises, if you could withstand the cyclone winds choking the Polo Fields. At midnight, Nas performed the entirety of his seminal ’90s album Illmatic, accompanied by former nemesis-turned-ally Jay Z. Puff Daddy even bopped out to perform “Hate Me Now.” READ FULL STORY

Crossing Rocket From The Crypt off my musical bucket list in Brooklyn

At this point in my career as a guy who writes about music, I have crossed off almost everything on my bucket list or allowed for the fact that it is impossible to do some of those things. For example, I always wanted to see Metallica—one of my favorite bands of all time—in as small a room as possible, and I did in fact get to do that last year. On the other hand, I allow that my window for interviewing David Bowie has almost certainly closed (and my chance to talk to Kurt Cobain was gone before I ever got started).

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Lady Gaga live at New York's Roseland Ballroom: Dispatches from the edge of glory

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“Can you believe this place is 95 years old?” Lady Gaga asked the Sunday night crowd at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom, prompting — what else? — shrieks of adoration from her devoted fans. “What an old bitch.”

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SXSW: Rick Ross takes a victory lap, 2 Chainz closes out the weekend

The Syracuse hardcore band Perfect Pussy won the lion’s share of SXSW’s cool-kid attention. Destruction Unit put on some of the week’s most raucous shows. Bigger bands (well, relatively) like Speedy Ortiz, Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts, and F—ed Up went above and beyond to put on a slew of killer parties.

But who cares about that crap, because Rick Ross has the No. 1 album in the country!!!! Did you know that Rick Ross has the No. 1 album in the country? If you didn’t, he and his hype man at the Fader Fort last night made sure to remind everyone over and over. And over.

As has been the trend for a few years now, Big Rap turned SXSW into its own game. The festival’s closing night drove that point home: Ross celebrated his chart-topping new record Mastermind by headlining Fader, A$AP Mob and Mobb Deep capped their own busy weeks at 1100 Warehouse, and 2 Chainz took over a showcase at Brazos Hall.

Clearly, it was a rap-heavy schedule, and that’s not even counting Jay And Kanye’s Samsung event Wednesday night or the shows by Future, Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, B.o.B., Nas, and, um, Ludacris.

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