Grantland's World Cup Portal
If you're a regular reader of the sports and pop-culture site Grantland or listen to the Men in Blazers podcast, you already know that Bill Simmons' handpicked crew knows its way around the soccer pitch. There will be plenty of places to get scores and match recaps online, but Grantland's coverage of the World Cup in Brazil will go much deeper.
If you don't have time to invest in getting to know each team, the site's quick YouTube previews of some of the contenders might be all you need heading into the big tournament.
Six Apps to Fuel Your World Cup Fever
With all eyes focused on Brazil and the start of the World Cup, it's time to get some apps in order so you can follow the action. Whether you're stuck at work, trying to sneak a peek at the scores, or have taken most of June off so you can support your favourite team, Mashable.com has gathered up some of the best apps for keeping track of the biggest sporting event of the year.
Video of the Week: Solids -- Live on KEXP
With a startling wall of sound for a two-piece act, Montreal noise-rockers Solids have been making a reputation for themselves as a must-see live act. Grounded with a distinctive '90s edge, Xavier Germain-Poitras (guitar) and Louis Guillemette (drums) bury their melodies underneath a mountain of distortion. The duo plow through songs with a edgy wallop that bands twice their size would kill to have. Check out their live performance at KEXP's studios.
Solids play their second gig in Winnipeg on Thursday, June 12, at Union Sound Hall, where they'll open up for locals Mise en Scene. Animal Faces are also on the bill. Tickets are available for $10 at Music Trader, The Urban Bakery and Ticketfly.com
Stream of the Week: DJ Jazzy Jeff
If all you know about Philadelphia's DJ Jazzy Jeff is that he co-starred in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, you're missing half the story. More than Will Smith's faithful sidekick, both on the show and in their hip-hop group, DJ Jazzy Jeff (a.k.a. Jeffrey Allen Townes) is a world-champion DJ (1986), a skilled producer and diehard music lover.
Jazzy Jeff has managed to parlay his success on the show and affiliation with Smith into a long-running DJ career that still sees him criss-crossing the globe. He has been an inspiration to a whole generation of DJs and continues to wow crowds with his quick cuts and deep knowledge of hip hop, soul and, more recently, house music.
Locals DJ Fin-S and Jamil the DJ will open the show. Tickets are $20 at The Urban Bakery, Music Trader and Ticketfly.com.
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