Six Picks for the Week of April 11-17

Game of Thrones Read Reviews
Series premiere Sunday at 9pm on HBO

HBO’s latest series is an epic adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s beloved A Song of Ice and Fire series of books. Game of Thrones, premiering Sunday, is a 10-episode medieval-inspired fantasy tale that follows the bloody attempts to gain control of the Iron Throne of the continent of Westeros, where seasons can last for decades. The series stars Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring) as Eddard “Ned” Stark, Peter Dinklage as fan favorite Tyrion Lannister, and Kit Harrington as Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow. Fans of large swords and beheadings should set their DVRs now as the preview of the first 15-minutes of the show proved that in Westeros, heads will roll.

Don’t lose your head at the official website.

Scream 4 Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

’90s nostalgia is back as director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson’s horror franchise returns to theatres. Scream 4, opening Friday, sees Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returning to her hometown of Woodsboro on the 15th anniversary of the original Ghostface killings to promote a new self-help book. Naturally, survivors Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) and now-sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) are in the mix, as are younger stars Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Lucy Hale, Aimee Teegarden, and Shenae Grimes. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes drama during the making of the film; Williamson and Lauren Graham departed after Scream 3 writer Ehren Kruger was brought in to rewrite.

Beware the Ghostface killer at the official website.

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters Read Reviews
New album in stores Tuesday

The Foo Fighters are back Tuesday with their first new release after their 2009 greatest hits album. The already critically acclaimed Wasting Light features front man Dave Grohl reuniting with legendary producer Butch Vig (Nirvana’s Nevermind, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream), Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (who plays bass and accordion on “I Should Have Known”), and ex-Foo Fighter (and touring Nirvana guitar player) Pat Smear, who hadn't recorded with the band since 1997’s The Colour and the Shape. If that weren’t enough, Hüsker Dü and Sugar’s Bob Mould contributes guitar and backing vocals to “Dear Rosemary.”

Spend an everlong time at the official website or stream the entire album below:

Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio Read Reviews
New album in stores Tuesday

Brooklyn’s very own TV on the Radio return with their latest full-length album. Nine Types of Light, released Tuesday, follows 2008’s acclaimed Dear Science. Advance word is favorable, with the party line being that this effort is the band’s most accessible to date. This may leave hardcore fans a little miffed, but they can spastically dance their anger away with the INXS-esque single “Caffeinated Consciousness.” The band are doing a scant few intimate shows this month in Brooklyn and San Francisco to celebrate the release of the new album.

Let the light lead you to the official website, or stream the entire album at Rhapsody.

Record Store Day
Saturday at various record stores worldwide

The fourth annual edition of Record Store Day kicks off Saturday, and vinyl and music fans will be out in droves at their local independent record stores to collect limited-edition releases from a wide spectrum of the music landscape. Whether it’s a Built to Spill 7" picture disc live cover of Grateful Dead’s “Ripple,” a Duran Duran 7" for song “Girl Panic!” with a David Lynch remix, or a Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” 10" with rare takes, there’s a little something for everybody.

Get spun round (like a record) and see what’s available -- and where you can get it -- at the official website.

Coachella Music Festival
Friday through Sunday at Empire Polo Field, Indio, California

After an overcrowded and chaotic 2010 festival, Coachella returns with something to prove. Starting Friday, and lasting through the weekend, attendees will don special wristbands that will prevent non-ticket holders from entering a one-mile perimeter around Indio’s Empire Polo field. Headliners this year include Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, and The Strokes. Exciting acts include The Chemical Brothers (maybe they’ll play some of their excellent Hanna score), Tame Impala, Animal Collective, Big Audio Dynamite, Erykah Badu, The Radio Dept., (The London) Suede, PJ Harvey, and so many more. Stay hydrated and wear tons of sunblock ... or stay home and watch the entire thing on YouTube.

Choose your bands wisely at the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
Hop 41 $21.7 million; 2nd week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Britney Spears: Femme Fatale 65 1st week at #1
Top-Rated TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
American Idol [Wed] (Fox) 24.2 million viewers; week of 3/28-4/3

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Comments (4)

  • floor and decor  

    Dang, that sounds totally amazing!

  • Liam  

    Can't wait for Game of Thrones. The real worry is that George RR Martin will never finish the books and hence the TV series also never will be. Mr Martin takes his time getting books done, has many distractions and does not look a picture of health (no offence).

  • Max  

    uh. tomboy.

  • Mitch Tough  

    Game of Thrones doesn't LOOK all that interesting to me, but so much hype and fanboy interest has made me want to at least catch the first episode or two. #1 on the 6 picks??? OK! We'll see....

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