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Matthew Sweet, Bettye LaVette, Messthetics, McCartney, Dogs vs Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


POP MUSIC: Let's hear M talk about it.

MATTHEW SWEET plays a stripped-down Stereogum Session.

BETTYE LaVETTE stops by World Cafe to chat and sing Dylan tunes.

THE MESSTHETICS: Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Joe Lally join guitarist Anthony Pirog for a Tiny Desk Concert.

PAUL McCARTNEY, incymi, did release those two new songs, "I Don't Know" and "Come On To Me."

LATE BLOOMER shares "Sleeve."

PURLING HISS shares "Out Tonight."


TOMBERLIN shares a video for "Seventeen."

SLOAN talks to WBEZ about the fave songs in their own catalog.

PHIL COLLINS: Pop icon or grouchy opportunist?

RICHARD SWIFT has been hospitalized—his family is currently seeking funds.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Peter & Gordon's Paul McCartney-written proto-folk-rocker "A World Without Love."


DISNEY is buying 21st Century Fox for 71 Billion immediately following the spin-off of the businesses comprising “New Fox” as previously announced.  Sorry, Comcast.

STAR WARS: Are the spinoffs on hold?

EVA LONGORIA welcomed her first child, a son named Santiago Enrique Bastón, with husband José “Pepe” Bastón on Tuesday.

BRADGELINA: Pitt is “very angry” with Jolie for being “controlling of him through their children.”

ARIANA GRANDE & PETE DAVIDSON are movin' on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.

JOSH BROLIN Fears the Summer of Josh Brolin.

WARNER BROS. has begun a strict crackdown on local Harry Potter fan festivals across the country, citing unauthorized commercial activity.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are already getting another reboot.

AMC launches a rival to MoviePass.


DOGS are smarter than cats?

A FOREST RANGER was choked by a python (non-fatally) during an attempted selfie.

THE INTERNET OF COWS: Generations of farmers have relied on knowledge and family expertise to grow food, but the sector is set for a surge of disruption at the hands of made-in-Canada artificial intelligence-powered systems.

MOSQUITOES remember the taste and smell of human blood and often pick on individuals whose blood is “sweeter” to them.

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Bermuda Triangle, Modern Rituals, All Songs, Pool Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



BERMUDA TRIANGLE stops by World Cafe.

MODERN RITUALS streams The Light That Leaks In.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Listeners' favorite new artists of 2018 (so far).

SAINTSENECA shares "Frostbiter," the first single from the forthcoming album called Pillar of Na.


FATHER JOHN MISTY shares a video for "God's Favorite Customer."

PAUL McCARTNEY is releasing two new songs today ahead of an upcoming LP.

NINA SIMONE: The growing legacy of a once underappreciated figure.

WHY SCOTTISH POP is so potent.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Dixie Cups' weightlessly joyous girl-group banger "Chapel Of Love."


CHADWICK BOSEMAN handed his MTV Award to Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 will take place after the fourth Avengers movie.

CHRIS PRATT seems to be enjoying the single life but is not moving too fast in the wake of his split from estranged wife Anna Faris.  Sorry, Ms. Schwarzenegger.

SANDRA BULLOCK feared Harvey Weinstein.

CHRIS HARDWICK & CHLOE DYKSTRA tried to reconcile after their breakup, not uncommon.

DISNEY WORLD is testing dynamic pricing, by which they mean charging you 300 bucks.


BUSTED: A very good dog was having tons of fun splashing around in his inflatable pool – but quickly changed his behavior as soon as he noticed his owner watching.

SCIENTISTS SAY They Can Recreate Living Dinosaurs Within the Next 5 Years. Spare no expense!

RUNAWAY TORTOISE: Not the one from yesterday, a different one.

MONKEY IN DIAPER found clinging to Florida man in stolen car.

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Belly, Jade Bird, Ruen Bros., Nine Inch Nails, Cheap Trick, Horror Plant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

BELLY stops by World Cafe.

JADE BIRD plays a MicroShow at the James J. Hill House.

THE RUEN BROTHERS play WNYC's Soundcheck.

NINE INCH NAILS cover Joy Division and Gary Numan (with Numan) in Vegas, baby.


BEACH HOUSE shares a video for "Black Car."

CHEAP TRICK gets over two and a half hours of discussion on Political Beats, with guest Christopher Scalia.

CHVRCHES talks about collaboration and why they don't consider themselves part of the electro-pop world.


THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Love Me Do," a very early Beatles song that probably still sounded like a progression to American listeners.


HEATHER LOCKLEAR was hospitalized after threatening to shoot herself.

XXXTENTACION, a controversial rapper facing serious legal charges, was murdered by a gunman in South Florida.

BRAD PITT spent Father's day with his kids in London.

CHRIS PRATT and... Katherine Schwarzenegger?

STAR WARS: There may be nine more movies in development.

JON BERNTHAL is returning to The Walking Dead.

MARVIN GAYE is getting a biopic from Dr. Dre, with the family's blessing.

WILL FERRELL is writing and starring in a Netflix comedy based on the Eurovision Song Contest.

THE ROCKETEER is flipping gender and heading to television.


A SHERIFF wrangles a giant toilet snake with her bare hands.

A 100-YEAR-OLD-TORTOISE missing for a week is found a mile away after a 0.006 mph getaway.

A GIANT HORROR PLANT that causes severe skin burns has spread to Virginia.

GIANT SEX-CRAZED MOTHS are on the prowl for partners.

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Neko Case, Welles, The Sea and Cake, Bats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat  Oh yeah? Oh yeah.

NEKO CASE performs live at KEXP.

WELLES stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE SEA AND CAKE stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic.


EELS share a video for "Rusty Pipes."

STEVE MILLER: Some People Call Him the Space Cowboy. I Call Him Mr. Steve.

STEVE ALBINI won the first-prize at the 2018 World Series Of Poker Seven Card Stud event after returning from a European tour with his band Shellac .

NICK KNOX, the furrow-browed drummer for the great punk band the Cramps, died Friday at 60.

MATT "GUITAR" MURPHY,  guitarist for the Blues Brothers and noted sideman for blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim, died Friday at the age of 88.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Mary Wells' Smokey Robinson-written "My Guy," one of the iconic early Motown hits.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Incredibles 2 romped atop the chart with a stunning 180MM; it's the best opening weekend for an animated film ever (beating Finding Dory) and the eighth best opening weekend ever (the third best of  2018).  It grossed only 51MM overseas, but did not open in many markets due to the World Cup.  Can it make 500MM with another Jurassic World coming Friday?  Now that's a cliff-hanger.  Ocean's 8 places with 19.6MM on a 53 percent drop, on track with Ocean's 13, but will that be enough to continue trying to revive the franchise?  Tag shows with 14.6MM against a 28MM budget, and is probably disappointing.  Solo drops to the fourth sloy with 9MM on a 42 percent drop that's not bad when losing over a thousand screens, but this one still has to hurt Disney, even as it celebrates Pixar's smash.  Deadpool 2 rounds out the Top Five with 8.8MM; it's close to 300MM now, but that's considerably less than the 363MM the original made -- was it the release date, or has the novelty worn off? Hmm.

CHRIS HARDWICK is losing his gigs after an ex-girlfriend claimed he sexually and emotionally abused her.


GIULIANA RANCIC will return as co-host of E! News this September.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY cashiers its showrunners.

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE gets another 15 minutes.

MARTIN BERGMAN, the movie producer behind films like Scarface and Sea of Love, has passed away at age 92.


A COLONY OF BATS protect books in Portugal's historic Joanina Library.

FAT DOGS and people have similar views on food.

A 23-FT LONG PYTHON devours an Indonesian woman whole.

A GRANDMOTHER kills a bobcat with her bare hands.

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Wilson Pickett, Dawes, Lera Lynn, Priscilla Renea, Dog Night   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

DAWES advance streams Passwords.

LERA LYNN advance streams Plays Well With Others.

PRISCILLA RENEA advance streams Coloured.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA covers David Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things."

DIRTY PROJECTORS share "That's a Lifestyle."

STEAM: The one-hit wonder with a synced take on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

JOHNNY MARR on embracing politics, his emotions, and his signature sound.

DAVE MATTHEWS: A Critical Reappraisal?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the time when Louis Armstrong, of all people, ended the Beatles' reign at No. 1 with... "Hello, Dolly!"

D.J. FONTANA, the longtime drummer for Elvis Presley who helped pioneer the backbeat swing of rock and roll, died Wednesday. He was 87.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide relaeses are Incredibles 2, which is currently scoring 95 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Tag, which is scoring 60 percent; and the update of Superfly, scoring 52 percent.

INCREDIBLES 2 lacks the James Bond scale of the original, but still was a lot of fun, for those of you who like fun.  The family stuff is entirely relatable -- and better executed than in any Fantastic Four movie by miles.  The outright comedy involving baby Jack-Jack's multiple uncontrolled powers is all quite funny.  The action scenes, if a bit smaller, are all well-executed -- and the artistry of the animation during Elastigirl's fight with the villainous Screeslaver is striking.  The villain, btw, has a point about how technology disconnects us from real experiences; it's not a new point, but then again, the ideas in the first movie weren't novel, just really well executed. And this one executes at a high level, just not quite as high.  If you liked the characters and interplay of the original, here's more quality time with them.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGAN MARKLE reportedly are honeymooning in Africa.

CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY is firing back at ex-wife SOPHIA BUSH after she said she felt pressured to marry him while both starred in One Tree Hill.

DAVID SPADE is honoring his sister-in-law and designer Kate Spade after her suicide at age 55. 

CAPTAIN MARVEL will be the next face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe heading into Phase Four.

"ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, a film centered on the gang murder of a pregnant woman, will be directed by and star two men who excused Weinstein’s predatory behavior, and will co-star a man convicted of brutally assaulting a female film executive.

DOG NIGHT AT THE BALL PARK takes a foreseeable turn.

A CLAIRVOYANT CAT predicted who will win the World Cup opening match.

ALASKAN HUNTING RULES are... controversial.

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