Ed Sheeran Goes Full John Mayer on SNL


First things first: Ed Sheeran's Saturday Night Live portrait makes him look like Hobbit Spice and it's impossible to quit staring at it. Secondly, it's exciting for an artist of Sheeran's stature to use the SNL stage to premiere new material instead of dropping it via YouTube or Twitter or whichever social network he'd choose for instant gratification and clickable domination. A creepy as hell headshot may have come out of it, but Sheeran's SNL debut was a fruitful one for him that established crossover appeal--or at least it justified Sheeran's presence on the playlist of anyone over the age of 18 who needs to lay off the greatest hits of Jack Johnson and John Mayer for awhile.

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/14/14

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Taking Back Sunday co-headline Best Buy Theater with The Used this week on Tuesday & Wednesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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The Best Way to Experience Coachella? From the Couch

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By Lilledeshan Bose

For the first time in a decade, I opted out of Coachella. There were a bunch of reasons: maybe it was the weak lineup, maybe I'm going through concert fatigue (three shows a week for 10 years can do that), maybe (gasp!) I'm really just too old for the neon and the Native American appropriation that happens in the desert for six days each April.

If my husband weren't going I would've totally forgotten that the festival was happening this weekend. Still, in keeping with my propensity to hashtag everything instead of actually being in the moment, I figured I should check out Coachella's live streaming YouTube channel to see what I was missing out on.

As it turns out, #Couchella2014 was the best idea I've ever had. Let me break it down by listing the pros and cons of NOT going to Indio this year.

See also: Here's How Much Celebrities Are Getting Paid to Wear Stuff at Coachella

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Here's How Much Celebrities Are Getting Paid to Wear Stuff at Coachella

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By Paul T. Bradley

Perhaps you've heard about all of the crazy sponsorships celebrities are getting to simply show up to Coachella and wear clothes.

Glee actress Lea Michele is said to receive $20,000 from Lacoste to wear the French fashion label's clothes, while Spring Breakers star Vanessa Hudgens is getting paid $15,000 by McDonald's to attend the three-day event, reports New York Daily News. Since Lacoste and McDonald's are set to throw their own respective parties, it's likely their deals include attending those bashes.

But that's just the beginning! Our VIP tipster Bradley T. Paulson brings us a whole rash of super celebs who have gotten way crazier sponsorship deals. 

See also: The Five Funniest Coachella Craigslist Ads For Hookups and Casual Encounters

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The Five Funniest Coachella Craigslist Ads For Hookups and Casual Encounters

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Looking for love
There's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat that gets you hot and heavy, or maybe seeing some of your favorite bands all in one weekend gets your juices flowing. Or, most likely, you're in your twenties so you're perpetually horny by default.

But who has the time and energy to charm that cutie in front of you during the Replacements' set? You have three short days here, so you gotta cut to the chase. Smart festival goers who think with their head hop on over to Craigslist for their festival, er, festivities.

Here are five of the most...interesting personal ads on the site from those looking for a little festival fuck.

See also: Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

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Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

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Timothy Norris
By Adam Lovinus

Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together like wine and cheese. Which is why we'd like to recommend a few pairings for those so chemically inclined, a fine list of musical acts coupled with good stuff sure to provide complementary and contrasting flavors for your mind's palette at this year's festival.

Now of course, all of this is at your own risk, we don't endorse any of it, and the author is speaking strictly from a SWIM's (someone who isn't me) sense of experience here cobbled together from the stories of others. That said, the festival is two weekends. Plenty of time to get a solid drug collection together.

See also: Staying Sober at Coachella

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Staying Sober at Coachella

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When night falls at Coachella, the sober come out to play
By Mary Carreon

Did you know that, for some people, Coachella represents a big ol' Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?

Since 2009, New Orleans couple Bob Johnson and Jane Smith (not their real names) have led 12 step meetings on the festival grounds for those who, like themselves, are in recovery. They call their group Soberchella.

But one wonders: Is there a harder place to be sober than at Coachella?

See also: Coachella Ticket Prices Are Skyrocketing

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REMINDER: Hunters, PUP, & Big Ups Play Village Voice Brooklyn Night Bazaar Saturday

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Hunters, Photo via Biz 3
Hey there! It's late Friday and you're thinking about your weekend probs, so it would be a GIANT mistake on our part if we didn't remind you of this incredible show night we're putting on with our friends at Seaport Music Festival: Hunters, PUP, and Big Ups are playing tomorrow night! There will be food and drinks and art and vendors of all sorts too. There's more info (and videos from each of the bands playing) after the jump. Get on it.

See also: Hunters, PUP, and Big Ups to Play Village Voice Brooklyn Night Bazaar Show

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Coachella Ticket Prices Are Skyrocketing

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If you don't have tickets yet for the first weekend of Coachella -- which starts this afternoon -- don't bother.

As you can see from the SeatGeek chart above, prices on the secondary market (places like Stub Hub and eBay) are absolutely out of control right now

See also: Music Festivals Are Environmental Disasters

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Make These Hall and Oates Inspired Cocktails

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Photo by Juan Patino
On Tuesday night a couple hundred beautiful people/industry types gathered on the rooftop penthouse of The Kimberly Hotel and were plied with free Woody Creek vodka. There was free food too, and the types of wild, clear nighttime views of the Chrysler building and Manhattan that immediately make you feel like somebody. The people on hand were there weren't there for that, though. They were there for John Oates.

See also: Managers for the "Hatfields and McCoys" of Rock Were Honored Last Night at Barclays

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