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Three Dog Night, Lori McKenna, Stringer, Big Red Machine, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

LORI McKENNA advance streams The Tree.

NATHAN SALSBURG advance streams Third.

STRINGER streams My Bad.

BIG RED MACHINE: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner share four new songs.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "You Own The Night."

METRIC shares "Dark Saturday."

CULTS is covering The Motels' debut LP and share "Total Control" as a teaser.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE work the car wash for "Denise," whom you may know as T'Pol.

DURAN DURAN: Simon Le Bon has denied sexually assaulting a fan, saying her story is "simply untrue".

THE BEATLES: Five Myths about the Fab Four.

NEIL YOUNG has some bad fans. He even issued a statement.

PAUL SIMON is issuing an album of new renditions of songs from across his catalogue, just before his retirement tour ends.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Hotel Transylvania 3, which is currently scoring 62 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Skyscraper, scoring 50 percent. Sorry to Bother You expamds near-wide at 96 percent.

MIRA SORVINO has claimed that a casting director gagged her with a condom when she was 16.

HENRY CAVILL apologized after coming up against sizable social media criticism for an interview in which he appeared to conflate flirting with rape.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON talks about the birth of his daughter.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX & ROONEY MARA  are "so in love," but won't marry. I blame the operating system.

THE EMMYS nominations are announced. Congrats! And here's The Guardian on the snubs. FWIW, I was a huge fan of Twin Peaks decades ago when it was getting snubbed by the Emmys, and have zero issue with it getting snubbed now. The Showtime series was painful, because David Lynch -- God bless him -- is largely done with any sort of conventional narrative.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE will star in Nteflix's Dead To Me.


DIE HARD TURNS 30: It's still the gold standard for action movies, in part because it masters the mundane elements other films handle carelessly.


CATS detect an earthquake.

MALE MICE develop a thicker penis if they grow up around other males, according to scientists at the University of Western Australia.

THE SWARM: An 81-year-old man in Texas is thankful to be alive after being stung by hundreds of bees.

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La Luz, Frank Turner, Rosali, The National, Tom Petty, Zsa Zsa   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman busts out a vintage tune "Write Me a Letter" on a vintage guitar.

LA LUZ stops by WNYC Soundcheck.

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

ROSALI covers Cat Power, Gillian Welch, and Karen Dalton for a Lagniappe Session.

THE NATIONAL plays two new songs, “Quiet Light” and “So Far, So Fast," in Zagreb.

CHILDISH GAMBINO shares "Summertime Magic" and "Feels Like Summer."



TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS share a video for the previously unreleased track "Keep a Little Soul."

ARCTIC MONKEYS cover Elvis Costello's "Lipstick Vogue" as a get well dedication.

INTERPOL talks to Stereogum about Marauder.

YELLOW SUBMARINE turns 50; did you know it inspired churches?

STEVE ALBINI's Food Diary.


JOHN CLEESE is leaving the UK because he's "so disappointed with this country."

TIM ALLEN collects paintings by Tobin Sprout of Guided by Voices.

SHAZAM! reveals Zachary Levi’s costume in a first official photo.

THE JOKER origin movie  -- starring Joaquin Phoenix -- is officially a go at Warner Bros.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON will not run for president of the United States in two years.

ROBOCOP RETURNS will be directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie).

HOW KYLIE JENNER made a 900MM fortune in less than three years.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's  mother Cissy and Dionne Warwick have published a joint statement saying that claims of sexual abuse of Whitney as a child, by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, are “unfathomable”.

KEVIN FEIGE talks things Marvel and Disney.

DISNEY and UNIVERSAL have generated a whopping 61 percent of domestic revenue this summer — Sony Pictures and Paramount are at a mere 2.2 and 4.2 percent.


A STRAY PIT BULL becomes a nanny.

ZSA ZSA, the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ Dies at 9.

PUPPIES AND PARADISE: A winning travel combo.

THE LOST DOGS OF THE AMERICAS: Exhaustive DNA studies find that the dogs of European colonists completely replaced ancient American dogs.

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Dawes, Rev. Sokou, All Songs, Pearl Jam, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NASHVILLE TEENS, with a stompin' cover of "Tobacco Road."

DAWES stops by WFUV.

REV SOKOU & THE SEAL BREAKERS play a Tiny Desk Concert.

ALL SONGS: New tracks from John Grant, Michael RaultWet and more.

THE LEMON TWIGS share "If You Give Enough."

GOLD STAR shares "Baby Face."


PEARL JAM brings out the MC5's Wayne Kramer, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, and Fugazi's Brendan Canty -- among others -- to "Kick Out The James." (NSFW)

LIZ PHAIR talks to PopMatters about her first four albums, the legacy of Guyville, and being an inspiration to today's female songwriters.

WALTER BECKER will be memorialized in his hometown of Forest Hills, NY.

RICHARD SMITH died of complications of alcoholism, his family reveals.

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE CENTURY (So Far), according to Rolling Stone. Prince laughs.

STEEL PANTHER's controversial "p*ssy melter" guitar effect is no longer available, and the company behind it has apologized.


GEORGE CLOONEY was taken to the hospital and released after being involved in an accident while riding his motorcycle.

LUC BEESON: Two more women have come forward to accuse the French filmmaker of harassment.

JUSTIN BIEBER asked Hailey Baldwin's father for her hand in marriage before he popped the question.


GAME OF THRONES: Sophie Turner has a sideline as an Instagram sausage reviewer. ALSO: Prequel rumors.

JEREMY RENNER is joining the cast of Spawn.

HOWARD THE DUCK: Lea Thompson is trying to get Marvel interested in a reboot.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS moves up its release date to compete with Bumblebee and Aquaman.

MAD ABOUT YOU may not get a reboot after all.

HBO vs NETFLIX: Who you got?


A RACCOON had to be dug out for a rescue.

OWLS see the world much like we do.

A BABY WHITE RHINO was born in North Carolina.


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Dave Alvin, Jimmie Lee Gilmore, Ray LaMontagnem The Record Company, Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE KINKS: "Last of the Steam Powered Trains" and "Picture Book," circa 1969, from the album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, for Twofer Tuesday.


RAY LaMONTAGNE stops by World Cafe.

THE RECORD COMPANY stops by World Cafe.

DAVID BAZAN covers Now Now's "Thread."


RADIOHEAD plays "Spectre" live for the first time in Chicago.

THE BEATLES are discussed for nearly three hours on Political Beats with National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke (and they only get through Rubber Soul).

DRAKE claims 7 of the Billboard's Top Ten, breaking The Beatles record (tho this is more a comment on the chart).

BODEGA talks to NME about the sarcastic post-punk of their debut album.

JOHNNY MARR takes shots at the cancelled ‘Classically Smiths’ reunion shows.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in Manhattan.

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS will return as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX.

JOHNNY DEPP is sued for allegedly attacking a crew member on the Biggie Smalls set.

JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS was detained by police Sunday after allegedly getting into a verbal altercation with his wife on an American Airlines flight. 

TAB HUNTER, the chiseled 1950s heartthrob who portrayed Joe Hardy in the Damn Yankees! movie, had a No. 1 record and starred in two outlandish films with the drag queen Divine, has died. He was 86.

GAL GADOT made a hospital visit in full Wonder Woman regalia.


A CHIMP reunites with the human “parents” that raised him.

A FRENCH BULLDOG is saved with an oxygen mask on a JetBlue flight.

A WOMAN AND HER DOG are reunited at a fireworks celebration after the dog went missing for over two weeks.

THE LOCH NESS MONSTER: Scotland has a plan.

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The Suffers, Luluc, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, Prince, TV Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 09, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BIG RED MACHINE: Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) play the Eaux Claires festival.

THE SUFFERS advance streams Everything Here.

LULUC advance streams Sculptor.

DEAFHEAVEN advance streams Ordinary Corrupt Human Love.

PARQUET COURTS cover the Ramones classic "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World."


BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

ELVIS COSTELLO has revealed he was recently diagnosed with “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy” and has cancelled tour dates while he recovers from the subsequent treatment.

IT'S BEEN... 20 Years Since "One Week."

SIDE ONE, TRACK ONE, ALBUM ONE: A Monday morning conversation starter.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Shangi-Las' girl-group masterpiece "Leader Of The Pack" and Bonanza star Lorne Greene's deeply random novelty hit "Ringo."

HENRY BUTLER, a virtuosic musician in the unparalleled lineage of New Orleans pianists, has died at age 69.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ant-Man and The Wasp flies to the top of the chart with an estimated 76MM, toward the lower end of tracking estimates despite a strong Friday that had people thinking 85MM was possible.  Nevertheless, this sequel opens 33 percent above the original and its 85MM foreign gross (despite not opening in some markets due to the World Cup) suggest a nice profit for Marvel, assuming they didn't overspend on marketing.  Incredibles 2 places with 29MM on a leggy 38 percent drop; its continued popularity with family audiences may have slightly dinged the Marvel topper.  It's now the highest grossing animated film of all-time in North America.  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom shows with 28.6MM on a 53 percent drop as it crosses a Billion dollahs worldwide.  The First Purge debuts in the fourth slot with 17.2MM, smack in the middle of tracking estimates and doing fine with 31MM since opening on the Fourth against a mere 13MM budget.  Sicario: Day of the Soldado rounds out the Top Five with 7.3MM on a 61 percent skid.

ANT-MAN & THE WASP: The consensus that this is a funnier and ligher film than its predecessor is a bit off.  To be sure, Paul Rudd gets to make Scott Lang a bit more like Paul Rudd, which makes various scenes more overtly belly-laugh funny.  But the original was a pretty breezy heist flick and the sequel is a more traditional comic book tale -- though one solidly within the sensibility of both the Ant-Man comics and the first movie.  And it's entirely successful on those grounds, with the original ensemble hitting on all cylinders while integrating newcomers (including Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne )pretty seamlessly.  There are two bonus scenes; watch them at your own risk.

STEVE DITKO, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died. He was 90.

STAR WARS: Sources tell Variety that Keri Russell is in early talks to join J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX.

FAST & FURIOUS: Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the main villain in Hobbs and Shaw, the spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

KEVIN SPACEY is under investigation for three new sexual assault claims, it has been reported.


CHANCE THE RAPPER proposed to longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley during a backyard party.

CHRIS BROWN was arrested on charges of felony battery, moments after wrapping up his concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.

MONTY PYTHON's Terry Gilliam snaps at the BBC’s diversity plans, saying: “I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian”

THE SOPRANOS prequel will be directed by series vet Alan Taylor.

A CAT crashes an interview on Dutch TV.

LIONS fatally maul poachers who broke into reserve to hunt rhinos.

RUNNING OF THE BULLS: One gored, four injured.

SPIDERS CAN FLY: Here's how.

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