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Polar Vortex

Over the last week, the polar vortex has left most of the U.S. dealing with frigid cold and an unbearable wind-chill. It was so cold, in fact, that many companies and schools closed down. It resulted in days of #PolarVortex trending on Twitter, with people sharing their experiences ("FROSTBITE"); non-experiences (one Californian tweeted, "This morning [I] had to switch from an iced latte to a hot latte."); and parodies ("Poehler Vortex," as a shout-out to Amy Poehler). It also made the video above — of boiling water being shot out of a squirt gun into freezing temperatures, resulting in snow — go viral. And you know what happens when things go viral? People get hurt. At least in this case, where it's estimated that at least 50 people were hospitalized after trying to replicate the video at home. This is why we can't have nice things.

Read more... April live events preview

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It's almost April, which will hopefully bring some spring weather (without the relapses into winter that filled up March here in CT). April will also bring some pretty great live events, plus April Fools Day, National Welding Month and National Karaoke Week (my favorite!). Check out the preview of April live events below!


Coachella: For the first time, the festival will span two weekends, starting April 13 and going through April 22. Top headliners include Radiohead, David Guetta, Florence and the Machine, Gotye, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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Nickelback: Nickelback is teaming up with Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days for their latest tour, which kicks off April 10 in Moline, IL.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash: The trio is back again with a US tour starting April 17, continuing all the way through September.

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2012 Coachella lineup announced

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The lineup for this year's Coachella festival was just announced, and it sounds like it's going to be a doozy! For the first time ever, the festival will span two weekends, with dozens of performers April 13-15 and 20-22.

Radiohead will be the main event, headlining the festival and closing out both Saturday night lineups. The Black Keys will take on both Fridays, and hip-hop legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will close out the weekends, performing both Sunday nights. Other big names performing throughout the festival include Bon Iver, David Guetta, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

If you're looking for tickets, TicketNetwork has three-day passes for both weekends. For more information about the festival and a full list of performers, check out Coachella's official site.

Festivals attract mostly in-state ticket buyers

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With summer here, a lot of people are opting to go to music festivals, and why not? Many of them are three or four days long, and in that time, you often have over 100 bands to choose from. They're a good deal for the price.

I looked at three festivals – Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits – to see where ticket buyers are coming from. I already knew, by looking at other concert data, that people tend to stick close to home when choosing what they want to see.

It makes sense, given the recession, plus rising gas and airfare prices. However, I went into this research expecting the opposite to happen with festivals. Unlike tours, I saw festivals more as destination events: something people plan an entire week-long trip around.