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What we're watching (all times EST): WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, fifth round (Golf Channel) at 12:00 p.m. Daytona 500 at 1:00 p.m. (FOX). Chicago at Anaheim at 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN). Indiana at Minnesota at 1: 00 p.m. (ESPN) and Wisconsin at Ohio State at 4:00 p.m. (CBS) in men's college basketball. NBA All Star Game at 7:30 p.m. (TNT).
The music catches up with the comedy: "SNL's recent musical performances have been such big pop-culture news that SNL itself has satirized them. After Lana Del Rey's iconic bungling of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" on the show back in January, Kristen Wiig was on "Weekend Update" as Del Rey, skewering the singer's oddly aloof persona and the ferocious criticism her performance inspired on the Internet. Then, two weeks after Bon Iver seemingly went out of its way to embody every doddering soft-rock cliché during its listless SNL appearance, Justin Timberlake impersonated the band's leader Justin Vernon and played an even sleepier version of "Holocene" in a memorable sketch. As for the YouTube-endorsed lobotomy-pop duo Karmin, which was soundly mocked after appearing in the February 11 Zooey Deschanel episode, there's been no SNL parody yet, probably because Karmin is practically an SNL parody already. All of this has given SNL a curious reputation of late for bad (or at least polarizing) musical performances. Even Bon Iver, which has the best critical and commercial pedigree of this latest batch of SNL musical acts, looked a little unprepared for the show's spotlight-or, at the very least, nobody in the band seemed to recognize that playing something slightly more upbeat (like Bon Iver's rousing opener "Perth") would have played better on television than the deathly cheeseball ballad 'Beth/Rest.'" [AV Club]
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