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    Earlier this month, Blink-182 announced that they would have to drop out of a run of shows in South America and Mexico due to Travis Barker getting surgery on an injured finger. Twenty One Pilots stepped up as a replacement for the pop-punk trio, and they performed their first festival date in lieu of Blink at Lollapalooza Argentina on Saturday night. To pay tribute to the band that was supposed to be playing the fest, they covered “All The Small Things.” Check out video below.

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    Mo Troper, the Portland power-pop musician whose most recent full-length MTV was our Album Of The Week, puts out covers with some regularity. A couple months ago, he offered up his take on Chris Bell’s “I Am The Cosmos” and a little while after that he had his hand in a Ducks. Ltd cover of the Feelies. This weekend, he’s shared a home-spun version of the Beach Boys’ “Wonderful,” written for Smile and included on 1967’s Smiley Smile.

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    “The best teenage band since Squirrel Bait.” Making that your Bandcamp bio is one way to grab the attention of discerning underground rock fans with an ear toward history. The Chicago trio Lifeguard clearly know their way around the classics, at least if your definition of “classic” includes the frantic, noise-wrecked punk offshoots of the ’80s — like, sure, Squirrel Bait, the Kentucky melodic hardcore band whose hearty and rhythmically complex records helped lay the foundation for entire genres. Watching Lifeguard onstage at Chess Club for an official SXSW showcase Friday, I noticed more than a little Mission Of Burma in their sound too, as long as we’re discussing the forefathers of scraping, dissonant art-punk.

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    Would you believe that Google's mass firings from January are still going on? Google's reported mishandling of its biggest round of layoffs ever has employees up in arms, and they're doing everything from walking out on the job to sending angry letters to management.

    First up, European Googlers are just now being laid off due to the January announcement. Reuters reports that more than 200 workers were laid off from the Zurich, Switzerland, branch of the company this week. The employees at that office walked out for a second time in protest of the move and even offered to take pay cuts or reduce working hours to stave off the job cuts. Google's layoffs seem driven by a desire to placate the stock market, though, so it's no surprise that these offers fell on deaf ears.

    Many of the Swiss workers that walked out in protest are members of the IT workers union Syndicom, and a union spokesperson told Reuters, "Our members at Google Zurich and all employees joining the walkout are showing solidarity with those laid off. They are bothered by the non-transparent nature of the layoffs and are especially disappointed that Google is laying off workers at a time when the company is making billions in profit every year."

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  5. Microsoft appears to be testing a built-in cryptocurrency wallet for Edge, according to screenshots pulled from a beta build of the browser. The feature, which the screenshots say is strictly for internal testing, was unearthed by Twitter user @thebookisclosed, who has a history of digging up present-but-disabled features in everything from new Windows 11 builds to ancient Windows Vista betas.

    This is only one of many money and shopping-related features that Microsoft has bolted onto Edge since it was reborn as a Chromium-based browser a few years ago. In late 2021, the company faced backlash after adding a "buy now, pay later" short-term financing feature to Edge. And as an Edge user, the first thing I do in a new Windows install is disable the endless coupon code, price comparison, and cash-back pop-ups generated by Shopping in Microsoft Edge (many settings automatically sync between Edge browsers when you sign in with a Microsoft account; the default search engine and all of these shopping add-ons need to be changed manually every time).

    According to the screenshots, the crypto wallet is "embedded in Edge, making it easy to use without installing any extension," and it can handle multiple types of cryptocurrency. It will also record transactions and the value of your individual currencies as they fluctuate. An "explore" tab offers news stories relevant to cryptocurrency, and an "assets" tab will let you stare lovingly at your NFTs. The wallet is "non-custodial" (also called "self-custodial"), meaning that you have sole ownership of and responsibility for the passwords and recovery keys that allow access to your funds. Microsoft won't be able to let you back in if you lose your credentials.

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    Earlier today Courtney Love published a Guardian op-ed decrying a history of “sexist” gatekeeping at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It echoed complaints from Alanis Morisette of a sexist production environment at last year’s ceremony. Lots of artists in the Rock Hall are either indifferent toward or actively repulsed by the institution. Todd Rundgren called it a “scam,” and even if Philip Selway says otherwise, it spoke volumes when Thom Yorke and the Greenwood brothers did not show up for Radiohead’s induction. Even Jann Wenner, who co-founded the Hall and presided over it for years, is now a vocal critic.

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    If you have some upcoming travel planned, today's dealmaster can save you a nice chunk of change on some trusty travel companions. Bose's super-comfortable QuietComfort 45 noise-cancelling headphones are currently on sale for $280 ($330), while Apple's two most widely recommendable iPads, the iPad Air (10.9-inch, 64GB) and iPad Mini (8.3-inch, 64GB), are on sale for $500 ($560) and $300 ($400), respectively. Both iPad deals match the lowest prices we've tracked for these models. Do note that you'll receive the discount at checkout on Amazon's iPad Air deal.

    Apple iPad Air, 10.9-inch 64GB for $500 ($560)

    Apple's iPads are the best tablets you can buy, and the latest iPad Air is the best for most people. In our review, we noted that, in addition to the beautiful screen for media consumption, the M1 processor also gives it more power than it has any business having if you need to do a little bit of work. It's also a well-equipped device for video calls, utilizing a 12 MP front-facing camera with Apple's Center Stage technology to digitally assist in keeping you the main focus on video. Pair this with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard compatibility, and it becomes harder to justify spending hundreds more on an iPad Pro.

    Apple iPad Mini, 8.3-inch 64GB for $300 ($400)

    The iPad Mini fills a similar role at its price point, and with $100 off the typical price, that value only deepens. It uses USB-C to charge, supports the latest Apple Pencil, and has Touch ID built into the power button. It doesn't have a matching Magic Keyboard, but you can always pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard. As we note in our review, it does well to emulate a mini version of the latest iPads and their newest features. Just note that an 8.3-inch screen can be a bit cramped for multitasking or hours of work. Otherwise it's a great device for consuming media, sketching, or jotting down notes.

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    One of the most anticipated sets of this year’s SXSW was the sole appearance by PinkPantheress, the young UK star who blew up on TikTok by singing softly and dispassionately over decades-old garage and drum ‘n’ bass tracks, whose Ice Spice collab “Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2” recently crashed the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. PinkPantheress is already responsible for several truly great pop songs, “Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2” included, but it sounds like her show in Austin did not live up to the hype.

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    The platonic ideal of South By Southwest is stumbling upon a band you’ve never heard and finding a new favorite for life. The reality is that most bands are average, and there’s more noise than signal within the overwhelming selection of performers at Austin’s annual industry bacchanal. So whenever it actually happens — when you wander into a room and are gobsmacked, delighted, electrified — it’s to be celebrated, not to be taken for granted.

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