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Avengers Family Feud

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Avengers: Age of Ultron, the much anticipated sequel to The Avengers is set to hit movie theaters on May 1, which means the cast is making their rounds on late night television. This past Monday, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Evans stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

During the episode, Jimmy Kimmel took a break from being a late night television show host and reprised his role as a (mediocre) game show host for a special addition of Avengers Family Feud. Robert, Scarlett, and Chris H. were on one team, while Jeremy, Mark, and Chris E. manned the other podium. While both teams gave some pretty farfetched answers, Robert Downey Jr.’s team won by a hefty number of points. Their prize? A three seat Avengers themed tandem bicycle. Don’t feel bad for the losing team though, they were each given a $15 gift card to Applebee’s.

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Winter is HERE: Game of Thrones Season 5

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What follows below is a delightfully inexpert recap in preparation for tonight’s episode 2. As a bonus, here’s a very good argument as to why you probably don’t want to invite Jon Snow to your dinner party, even if he is kinda cute in that lost puppy sort of way:

After keeping people tuned in for the long months between June and April with such light fare as True Detective, Going Clear and The Jinx (which absolutely no one saw or spent hours discussing), HBO’s much loved and totally family-friendly Game of Thrones returned last week for its fifth season. If you're playing catch up, here's a quick recap of where we left our favorite (or most despised) characters last season:

Sansa Stark, now a brunette, is hiding out in the Eyrie with her annoying cousin Robin and the unflappable and possibly Most Evil of All Lord Petyr Baelish, aka Little Finger. Baelish has recently killed Sansa’s Aunt and Robin’s mother, Lysa Arryn, by pushing her out the Moon Door, just after he married her. While Sansa is adjusting to her new family situation, her younger sister, Arya, just let the Hound die a slow and painful death at the hands of Brienne of Tarth, who was accompanied by Podrick Payne. Arya dodged Brienne’s attempts to help bring her home, as Arya is now (rightly) suspicious of pretty much every human, and just purchased passage on a ship bound for Braavos, a trip made possible by the special coin she received from Jaqen H’ghar and the phrase “valar morghulis.”

Their half-brother, Jon Snow, is still up at the Wall, where he helped defend Westeros against the onslaught of Mance Rayder’s army of Wildlings, which included his special lady friend, Ygritte, who died in his arms after being shot by a child. Like you do. The Brothers of the Night’s Watch held the Wall until Stannis Baratheon and his army – thankfully without that bloodthirsty pyromaniac Melisandre - arrived to stamp out the invasion from the Free Men beyond the wall. Speaking of beyond the wall, Bran Stark, accompanied by Meera Reed and Hodor, has just made it to the Godswood of his visions, where they were saved by a Child of the Forest.

Meanwhile, in King’s Landing, Lord Varys, has helped Tyrion Lannister steal away in the dead of night in a crate on a ship bound for the Free Cities, as Tyrion has just strangled his ex-lover and shot his father, Tywin Lannister, with a crossbow while the man was on the john. (Let’s be honest, they both deserved it and it was high time Tyrion got to do some ass-kicking.)

Tyrion’s delightfully sinister sister, Cersei Lannister, is once again Queen Regent now that her oldest son Joffrey has been poisoned and her younger son, Tommen, has assumed the throne. She’s still sleeping with her twin brother, Jamie, in case you were at all concerned that had stopped. Tommen is now betrothed to Margery Tyrell, who was engaged to the long-dead Renly Baratheon and was very briefly married to King Joffrey. Girlfriend is like friggin’ Kiss of the Spiderwoman up in here. P.S., her grandmother, Lady Olenna, totes was the one who poisoned Joffrey to death, so there’s that.

Despite the numerous wounds inflicted upon The Mountain during his fight with the now very deceased Oberyn Martell, and to the great misfortune for sane and normal-size people everywhere, The Mountain appears to be Not Yet Dead thanks to the rebel Maester who seems to be rocking some Miracle Max nonsense on the most psychotic enforcer for the Lannisters.

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Image courtesy of funnyjunk.com. [Billy Crystal does not appear in Game of Thrones… yet.”]

As for Theon Greyjoy, we last saw him fully embracing his role as the castrated servant to Ramsay Snow, now known as Reek. [Author’s note: forget what I said about Petyr Baelish being the most evil. Ramsay Snow runs away with that dubious distinction.] Ramsay seems to be plotting something extra sinister, as he has asked Reek to reassume his role as Theon Greyjoy, Prince of the Iron Isles, a farce that resulted in the slaughter of many Iron Born at Moat Cailin. And regardless of whatever horrible things Theon has done in teh past, we all feel more than a little sorry for him, given the fact that the poor man’s mind is now so folded inside out it’s like personality origami. We’ll have to see what becomes of the poor sod.

In Essos, the continent neighboring Westeros, we see Daenerys Targaryen resigning herself to rule Mereen as a legitimate Queen, and also locking away two of her beloved dragons after one of them flambéed a poor goatherd’s child. She’s marched her army of the Unsullied all over that godforsaken continent with the help of Ser Jorah Mormont and Ser Barriston Selmy and it took at least three conquests for her to understand you can’t stomp into a place and remove all the structures of power and law and leave it thinking everything will be copacetic. The learning curve is steep with this one… and the most murderous of her dragons is still on the loose out there somewhere, which could pose a small issue for our beloved Khaleesi.

Major Onsales This Week:Drake, Ed Sheeran, and More

Drake

Following up on his successful set at Coachella, Drizzy announced a brief set of tour dates called the Jungle Tour. Onsales for the dates are this Saturday.

Ed Sheeran

The onsales never seem to stop, but who's complaining!? Sheeran has another handful of tour dates with tickets up for grabs today, including three stops in Florida: Orlando, Tampa, and Miami.

Mumford and Sons

Folk-rock band Mumford & Sons has added a small number of solo tour dates to compliment their festival appearances and Gentlemen of the Road sets with My Morning Jacket. Onsales are today.

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U2 Fans Unite on Social Media

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U2 fans across the globe are uniting in an attempt to hear rare or never before performed music, when the Irish rock band embarks on their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour next month. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, U2 fans took to Twitter and Facebook to request songs they would like to hear in concert. While the movement isn’t being facilitated by, nor has any affiliation with, U2, the person or group behind the campaign is keeping things structured with specific guidelines to adhere to when requesting songs.

While fans are allowed to request as many songs as they want, they may only include one song per tweet. Also, all tweets must include the hashtag #U2Request and cannot include any additional text, unless it is another hashtag pertaining to U2, such as #U2 or #U2IETour. Folks are also encouraged to favorite and retweet other people’s song requests. According to the campaign's Facebook event page, voting will wrap up on May 14, the day of the first concert, and all of information collected will be published; presumably so fans (and hopefully U2) will see what the most popular requests were. To check out the full list of guidelines check out the turquoise image attached to the tweet below:

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Top Rolling Stones Song from Every Decade

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Fifty-three years is a long time to stick with anything - or anyone - and with the launch of their 2015 ZIP CODE Tour, The Rolling Stones show no signs of letting up. The tour, scheduled to support the remastered edition of 1971's killer Sticky Fingers, will see the band playing stadiums across the U.S. So in honor of Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie hitting the road again this summer and fall, we're looking back at the best Stones songs through the decades.

1960s - "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) from the album Beggar's Banquet

Sure, they came on the scene with much more family-friendly fare in 1962, but the Rolling Stones quickly separated themselves from that other group from across the pond as the "bad boys" of British rock. "Sympathy for the Devil" perfectly captures just how much they embraced their reputation while staying true to their blues-inflected rock roots. Iconic not only for its musicality but its subject matter, the song had folks clutching their pearls across the globe. After already causing a stir with earlier sexually "explicit" (for the day) tunes like "Let's Spend the Night Together" and rumored Satanism in the group, "Sympathy for the Devil" was a bit of Mick thumbing his nose at critics. Allegedly, the tune was also inspired by the works of Baudelaire, which underscores just how bright the members of the Stones really are - Jagger was a student of business at the famed London School of Economics until that whole music thing really took off.

 

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