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Kenneth Partridge

Kenneth Partridge's work has appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Village Voice and the Hartford Courant, as well as online at MTV Hive and HowAboutWe, among other sites. He's helped to edit two encyclopedias -- one on Latin music, the other on reggae -- and penned biographies about Louis Armstrong and the opera singer Marian Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his beloved wife and slightly less beloved record collection.

Replacements Reuniting for Riot Fest 2013, Performing in Toronto, Chicago and Denver

The Replacements will reunite for Riot Fest shows in Toronto (Aug. 24-25), Chicago (Sept. 13-15) and Denver (Sept. 21-22), according to a press release that's sure to have fans of the legendary Minneapolis punk band scrambling to make summer travel plans. The group hasn't performed live in 22 years, but according to bassist Tommy Stinson, they never actually broke up. Last fall, Stinson and frontman Paul Westerberg reconvened in the studio for 'Songs for Slim,' an EP recorded to raise money for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in 2012, and the old chemistry was apparently still there.

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Smashing Pumpkins Wrap SXSW 2013 at Red Bull Sound Select Showcase

As Prince blew minds and brought the funk at La Zona Rosa, the Smashing Pumpkins closed out SXSW 2013 with their own exclusive Austin showcase, performing at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage for a crowd of 350. As reports, Billy Corgan and the gang turned in a career-spanning set, mixing such classics as 'Cherub Rock' (watch above) and 'Tonight, Tonight' with cuts from last year's 'Oceania.'

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Prince Closes SXSW 2013 With Epic Performance at Samsung Galaxy Party

Prince closed out SXSW 2013 with a nearly three-hour set comprising hits, surprise covers and typically quotable stage banter, according to numerous sources lucky enough to get in. Backed by the latest version of his New Power Generation -- now with 12-piece horn section -- the Purple Yoda held the stage at Austin's La Zona Rosa until 3AM, stringing together a main set and six encores, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.

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Boy + Kite, ‘Fall’ – Free MP3 Download

Next week, Boy + Kite make like every other rock band on the planet and play SXSW. Fortunately, the foursome hails from Austin, so while they'll watch their hometown become temporarily overrun with hipsters and industry types, they won't have to deal with airport security beforehand.

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Green Day Announce Rescheduled 2013 Tour Dates

The new year is already looking rosy for Green Day fans, as the band has announced a string of rescheduled 2013 tour dates. The pop-punk trio was forced to scrap a series of shows earlier this year, after singer Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab for undisclosed substance-abuse issues, but now, things appear to be back on track, and the group will cruise through North America in March and April 2013.

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Funniest Guitar Faces

The guitar face -- the look axemen get when they're too caught up in the majesty of shredding to worry about how ridiculous they look -- is typically associated with metal and classic rock. Fans of these genres have long embraced guitar solos, which tend to produce the funniest guitar faces, but even in alt-rock and indie, where musicianship is less of a factor, and power chords sometimes take the place of complex noodling, musicians have a tendency to close their eyes, wrinkle their brows and make with the hilarious facial expressions.

Below is a sampling of the funniest guitar faces. We've taken the liberty of cropping out the instruments and focusing on the mugs, so that each pained grimace and euphoric O-face can be fully appreciated. Take a look, have a chuckle and then do your best to forget what you've seen -- otherwise, you may never listen to a Clash or Black Keys record quite the same way.

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