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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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Pomp, Parade, Shows, Illuminations, Etc.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: As performed by Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, members of the Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. Or you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

NOW SHOWING: The holiday weekend's wide releases include The First Purge, which was not advance screened for critics; and Ant-Man and The Wasp, which opens Friday scoring 84 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

RICHARD SWIFT, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter, died Tuesday morning in Tacoma, Washington.  He was 41 years old.

GUY PEARCE shocked an Australian TV audience when he revealed disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was a “handsy guy” on the set of LA Confidential.

JENNIFER ANISTON is dating again, on the qt and very hush-hush.

KATHARINE McPHEE and DAVID FOSTER  are engaged after he popped the question during their European vacation.

TOP GUN 2: Miles Teller has been tapped to play the son of Goose and Maverick's new protege.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR may get an extended cut on home video that will include more of Thanos' backstory.

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. Great story. Compelling and rich. Now on GoPro!

CHICKEN OF THE TREES: Eating Florida's Iguanas.

A MOOSE crashes an Alaskan wedding.

A KANGAROO AND A DOG, hanging out together.

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