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Leon Bridges, Constant Mongrel, Philly Folk Fest, Whales & Dolphins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

LEON BRIDGES plays solo acoustic for The Current.

CONSTANT MONGREL streams Living In Excellence.

THE PHILLY FOLK FEST included performances from Gina Chavez, Toronzo Cannon, and Scottish instrumental trio Talisk.

JOHNNY MARR shares "Jeopardy."

STEVE PERRY talks to World Cafe about leaving Journey, coming back for love, the legacy of "Don't Stop Believin'," and more.


JOHN LENNON & GEORGE HARRISON, recording ‘How Do You Sleep?’ in previously unseen footage.

CAT POWER Has a Lot to Be Proud Of. Now She Knows That.

DICKEY BETTS' brain surgery was successful.

JACK WHITE gives 30K to help restore the house from The Outsiders.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Association's heavily orchestrated folk-rocker "Cherish" and  ? And The Mysterians' genuinely insane garage rock classic "96 Tears."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The House With A Clock In Its Walls tops the chart with 26.9MM, a bit more than projected and reflecting better performance over the course of the weekend. A very solid start against a 40MM budget for a family film directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, Death Wish) of all people. A Simple Favor places with 10.4MM, actually climbing a notch on a potentially leggy 35 percent drop. The Nun shows with 10.3MM (meanining second and third could swap when the actual receipts come in) ona 44 percent drop, as the flick breaks the 100MM mark domestic and nears 300MM worldwide. Last week's champ, The Predator, skids into fourth with 8.7MM on a perilous 65 percent drop. Crazy Rich Asians again rounds out the Top Five with anothe r6.5MM on a 25 percent drop; the 30MM rom-com has grossed over 200MM worldwide.


JUSTIN BIEBER & HAILEY BALDWIN must not be married yet, because they're lawyering their prenup.

RHIANNA was appointed ambassador for her native Barbados.

CHRIS PRATT denies Hollywood is anti-Christian.

ROBERT REDFORD regrets saying he is retiring from Hollywood.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN, 14, defends her friendship with Drake, 31.

RUPERT GRINT talks about life after Ron Weasley.


WHALES & DOLPHINS, playing together...

BUNNIES only flop over when they feel safe.

A TEXAS SHELTER PUP finds a home working with dispatchers at the City of Borger’s communication center.

A WOMAN can't recall how that dead turtle wound up where it did.

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Byrds, Loretta Lynn, Restorations, Tim Hecker, Tom Petty, REM, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS! To everything there is a season, and when the leaves start turning, my thoughts turn to this rare live threefer of "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Bells of Rhymney" and "Mr. Tambourine Man", introduced by... David McCallum? There are more screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  There are even more dancers when they cover "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."

LORETTA LYNN advance streams Wouldn't It Be Great.

RESTORATIONS advance streams LP5000.

TIM HECKER advance streams Konoyo.

TOM PETTY: Hear the previously unreleased song "Gainesville."

R.E.M. shares a live BBC take on "Orange Crush."

RICHARD SWIFT: Hear the posthumous "Sept20."

WIILIAM SHATNER & HENRY ROLLINS sing "Jingle Bells." Really.

COUSTEAU: "The Last Good Day of the Year." Or close to it.

BOB DYLAN: More blood, more tracks.

TICKETMASTER denies reports it partners with scalpers and  double-dips on resale ticket fees.

ARON HODEK is a pretty ace bassist for a 7-year-old.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Four Tops' astonishing soul classic "Reach Out I'll Be There."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The House With A Clock In Its Walls, which is currently scoring 58 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Life Itself, which is scoring 11 percent; Fahrenheit 11/9, scoring 92 percent; and Assassination Nation, scoring 67 percent.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN is set to play Tom Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series.

JORDAN PEELE will be hosting The Twilight Zone on CBS's streaming service.

VERONICA MARS has officially been picked up at Hulu.

DISNEY CEO BOB IGER opens up about his plan for a Netflix rival, ESPN's politics problem and how MeToo has changed his company.

JAMES BOND 25 is now set to be directed by True Detective's Cary Fukunaga.

IT'S ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP, not the animal you own.

TERRY is a catnapper, meaning he naps with cats with disabilities.

RACCOONS bust into a Toronto woman's home and stare her down while defiantly eating her bread.

GIANT PANDAS have a vocal repertoire that comprises more than a dozen distinct grunts, barks and squeaks, most of which amount to some version of "leave me alone."


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The day job intrudes, but I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LUCKILY, it was a pretty slow "news" day, even if it wasn't a slow news day.

Anyway, Things:

MAROON 5 will be the halftime performers at the 2019 Super Bowl.

JULIE CHEN, a/k/a Mrs. Les Moonves, will remain the host of Big Brother.

BRAD PITT has been spending quite a bit of quality time with his kids amid a contentious custody battle with Angelina Jolie.

JOHN OLIVER and his wife Kate Norley are the proud parents of a second son.

KRISTEN BELL sparks up in front of her sober husband.

SPACE JAM 2: LeBron James has set Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) to produce the sequel.

SUKI WATERHOUSE shot someone while filming a movie.

MARVEL is reportedly working up an all-femalle superhero TV drama with the writer of Wonder Woman.

CHEVY CHASE is 74, sober, and ready... but no one wants to work with him

I should be back for the full platter headed into the weekend. Knock on wood.

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David Byrne, Tune-Yards, Ryan Culwell, Horses and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


O'JAYS: "Backstabbers."

DAVID BYRNE plays Forest Hills Stadium.

TUNE-YARDS also plays Forest Hills Stadium (opening for Byrne).

RYAN CULWELL streams The Last American.

CLOUD NOTHINGS share "Leave Him Now."

J MASCIS shares "Everything She Said."

CAT POWER covers Rhianna's "Stay."

MATTHEW DEAR features TEGAN & SARA on "Horses."


LANA DEL REY shares a vdeo for the nearly 10-min opus "Venice B*tch."

KING CRIMSON gets over two hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats, with guest Dave Weigel of the Washington Post and author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock.

TALK TALK: Spirit of Eden turns 30, earning retrospectives from Under the Radar, Stereogum, and PopMatters.

JASON PIERCE Struggled to Make a New Spiritualized Album. And He May Do It Again.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Supremes' big-beat classic "You Can't Hurry Love."


CAPTAIN MARVEL has a trailer online.

LOKI, THE SCARLET WITCH and other Marvel characters may help launch Disney's streaming service.

JULIE CHEN walks the talk.

ASIA ARGENTO threatens ROSE McGOWAN with a lawsuit.

STORMY DANIELS has details you can't unsee.

ALEC BALDWIN seemingly confirmed the news that his niece Hailey Baldwin secretly married singer Justin Bieber.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH & SOPHIE HUNTER are expecting their third child together.

SESAME STREET: Although this comes up every other year or so, Bert and Ernie are still not gay.


SPOTTED HORSE, spotted dog. And the runner-up.

A HORSE IS A HORSE, of course, of course -- even when that horse is filing a lawsuit.

VENOMOUS SNAKES are being spread by Hurricane Florence.

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Phoebe Bridgers, Noname, Mary Lattimore, Lady & the Tramp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEELY DAN: "Josie" and "My Old School" for Twofer Tuesday.


NONAME streams Room 25.

MARY LATTIMORE covers Hiroshi Yoshimura, Juliana Barwick and Brian Eno for a Lagniappe Session.

LAURA CARBONE and THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART share "The Flowers Beneath Your Feet."


DAVE GROHL joins... TROMBONE SHORTY to play Nirvana's "In Bloom." It's only the second time he has publicly played it since Kurt Cobain's death (the other being Nirvana's induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame).

JOHN LYDON talks to Salon about The Public Image Is Rotten, the universe and everything.

JOANNA NEWSOM is profiled by Turning the Tables.

ELTON JOHN's TOP 50, ranked by The Guardian.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Donovan's psychedelic love song "Sunshine Superman."


THE EMMY AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats.

SEAN PENN has thoughts on the MeToo movement. Dude.

SOON-YI PREVIN also picked a bad week to talk about Woody Allen.

BRYAN SINGER further picked a bad week to have it come out that he's in negotiations to direct Red Sonja.

TOM ARNOLD & MARK BURNETT got into a fight before an Emmys party.

DR PHIL sang with Good Charlotte. Really.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS drops a trailer online.

FIRST MAN: From the moon to the big screen.


LADY & THE TRAMP: When real life isn't exactly like the movies.

FLYING GOATS, being relocated from Olympic National Park to the Cascades.

A HUSKY has a complicated relationship with a toy.

BEAR vs DOG: Who You Got?

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