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Courtney Barnett, Franz Ferdinand, Trouble Funk, Jason Isbell, Gator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

COURTNEY BARNETT stops by World Cafe for a chat and some live music.

FRANZ FERDINAND stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

TROUBLE FUNK squeezed a dozen members in for a Tiny Desk Concert.

JASON ISBELL shares two previously unreleased tracks from 2007.

STARS shares "One Day Left."

LATE BLOOMER shares "Listen."


THE CARS debuted 40 years ago this week; Stereogum has your covers.

NEKO CASE talks to Rolling Stone about her house fire, MeToo, and more.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson discusses her favorite albums at The Quietus.

THE BEST LPs OF 2018 (So Far), according to Stereogum.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Dale & Grace's "I'm Leaving It Up To You," the song that was No. 1 when John F. Kennedy was killed.


A STAR IS BORN drops a trailer with Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and David Chappelle.

KATE SPADE's husband addressed his late wife's depression and treatment, the status of their marriage, and their lives as long-time collaborators.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is dating art gallery director Cooke Maroney.

BRENDAN FRASER says the HFPA denied his sex harassment claim.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON crossed paths at a recent party.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Adds Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, and more.

MAVERICK: Val Kilmer reuniting with Tom Cruise for Top Gun 2.

WILLY WONKA: The WB has begun putting together a shortlist of stars for the titular role, and Collider hears it's led by Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover and Ezra Miller.


SERENITY: A 15th anniversary tribute video from Zoic, the show's vfx studio.

JERRY MAREN, who danced into pop culture in 1939 as the tartan-costumed, candy-toting Munchkin leader of the Lollipop Guild in <span class="css-1g7m0tk">The Wizard of Oz,</span> a role that overshadowed a lifetime of quiet offscreen work to bring dignity to dwarfs, died on May 24 in San Diego. He was 98.


AN ALLIGATOR with an eye for exterior decorating?

A RELAXED BEAR sits at a backyard picnic table like a human as he watches the world go by.

A LEECH is pulled out from a man's nostril.

THEY RAISED A BUTTERFLY.  Their dog had other thoughts.

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EELS, Calexico, All Songs, Neil & Liam Finn, Husky Pupper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CREATION:  "Making Time." The same old song (but a good one).

THE EELS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, including some Prince.

CALEXICO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a miniset including a Los Lobos cover.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features The 1975, Lauie Anderson, Sam Evian, and more.

NEIL & LIAM FINN share "Back To Life."


SUEDE shares a video for "The Invisibles."

HOW DAVID BOWIE Invented Ziggy Stardust.

ROGER DALTREY is returning to the soul music that The Who played when the band first got its start.

PEOPLE is an artist collective where Justin Vernon and the Dessner brothers serve as the ringleaders.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Nino Tempo & April Stevens' strange, dreamy rocker "Deep Purple."


THE LEGO MOVIE 2 shares a trailer.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN pleads not guilty to rape and criminal sex charges.

STAR WARS: Kelly Marie Tran has deleted all of her posts on Instagram after months of harassment.

JARED LETO will star in a Joker movie.

JOSS WHEDON is set to executive produce a half-hour comedy series currently in development at Freeform.

HAROLD RAMIS & AMY HECKERLING had a secret daughter.

KATE SPADE was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday morning in her NYC apartment. She was 55.

D-DAY: The anniversary of the invasion of Normandy is marked with five essential stories and some color footage.


THIS HUSKY PUPPY forgot how to bark.

FERAL PEACOCKS  are either having existential crises en masse ... or they really can’t deal with their reflections.


A BUFFALO saves a lizard by flipping a lion. There's video.

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M Ward, Field Report, John Prine, Soccer Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


URGE OVERKILL: Their killer '93 single "Sister Havana" and their even more famous cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" are your Twofer Tuesday.

M WARD plays the Mountain Stage (ft. guest Laura Veirs).

FIELD REPORT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOHN PRINE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BODY / HEAD shares "You Don't Need."


THE DREAM SYNDICATE shares a video for "How Did I Find Myself Here" (ft. John Paul Jones).

NEW ORDER gets over two hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Jon Gabriel.

THE 98 BEST SONGS of 1998, according to Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone.

CLARENCE FOUNTAIN, a foundational American gospel singer and the last remaining co-founder of Blind Boys of Alabama, died June 3 in Baton Rouge, La. He was 88.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs' relentlessly sunny "Sugar Shack."


SUSPIRIA: The remake of the horror cult classic has a trailer featuring Thom Yorke's score.

WRECK-IT RALPH 2 also dropped a new trailer online.

REESE WITHERSPOON is near a deal to make Legally Blonde 3.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE's newest titles can only be passed on to a future son, which means any daughters they might have will not inherit a title.

DOLLY PARTON songs will ground an anthology series on Netflix

NICK MEGLIN, longstanding editor of Mad Magazine, who died of a heart attack on Saturday, aged 82.

ROBERT MANDAN, the veteran television actor who starred as Chester Tate, the philandering husband of Katherine Helmond's character, on the ABC daytime-serial spoof Soap, has died. He was 86.


A PUP interrupts a soccer match, gets play-by-play.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A New York state teenager captured video of the drama that ensued when he found a squirrel that had somehow gotten into his brother's bedroom.

RABID BATS a concern in St. Paul.

SERVICE DOG LINDA gets photo in yearbook, graduates from fifth grade.

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The National, Stephen Malkmus, Parquet Courts, Alvvays, Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 04, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE POSIES do a little bit of "Black Night" before covering Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos."

THE NATIONAL plays Primavera.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PARQUET COURTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALVVAYS plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

ST. VINCENT shares “Fast Slow Disco.”


JENNY HVAL shares a video for "Spells."

THE THE: Matt Johnson tells The Guardian how his brother's death motivated him to write again after 18 years.

THE BEATLES' WHITE ALBUM DEMOS, examined by Rolling Stone.

SHIRLEY COLLINS discussed her memoir All in the Downs with Drowned in Sound.

THE BEST CONCERT FILMS, according to Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Solo repeats atop the chart, but with 29.3MM on a 65 percent drop. That percentage wouldn't be a disaster in a post-holiday weekend, if the holiday weekend hadn't been so weak.  Now it looks like this franchise spinoff might not clear 200MM domestic, which would be less in its entire run than the opening weekends of Episodes VII and VIII. The R-rated Deadpool 2 was serious competition, placing with 23.3MM; its overseas grosses almost guarantee a third installment if Ryan Reynolds wants to do one.  The debut of Adrift shows with11.5MM, which slightly beat projections, but is iffy against a 35MM production budget.  Avengers: Infinity War takes the fourth slot with another 10.4MM; its overall performance may ease the pain of Solo for Disney, but expectations are expectations. Book Club rounds out the Top Five with 6.8MM on a leggy 32 percent drop, with a 47MM total against a reported 10MM budget.

STAR WARS: Buried in this Deadline box office write-up is word that The Last Jedi badly missed its merchandising target, which also bodes ill for Solo.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH fought off a gang of four muggers as they beat up a defenseless Deliveroo cyclist.

ROSEANNE without Roseanne?

BILL MURRAY on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein.


HALLE BERRY and OLIVIER MARTINEZ need to get their divorce on.

BRIAN De PALMA says he is writing a horror film inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.


A MAMA DEER nudges her fawn out of the middle of the road.

HUMANS & MASTADONS Coexisted in Florida, New Evidence Shows.  So not much has changed.

AN IDAHO TEACHER who fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students after school has been charged with animal cruelty.

FOXES: Nagaokakyo's shoe thieves found.

A POPULAR BEAR was shot dead in Germany rather than tranquillized after a storm allowed dozens of animals to escape zoo enclosures.

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Marshall Crenshaw, River Whyless, Angelique Kidjo, Opossums   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 01, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



....with MARSHALL CRENSHAW!  Live at The Ritz, July 6, 1985.  Your setlist includes: "Blues Is King," "Whenever You're On My Mind," "Shake Rattle And Roll," "Our Town," "Maryann," "Right Now," "The Distance Between Me And You," "Someday Someway," "Little Wild One," " I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)," "Yvonne," "There She Goes Again," "Cynical Girl," "Shake Up Their Minds," and "Soldier Of Love."

RIVER WHYLESS advance streams Kindness, A Rebel.

ANGELIQUE KIDJO advance streams a cover LP of Talking Heads' Remain In Light.

SUGARLAND advance streams Bigger.

ERIN RAE advance streams Putting On Airs.

JIM JAMES shares a new song about social media, "Throwback."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

MICK JAGGER's dorky dad comments on his teenage son's Instagram are adorable.

TRACYANNE & DANNY: The indie duo turning grief into guitar pop.

"FUNKYTOWN" topped the charts this week in 1980.  Here's how we all got taken there.

25 CLASSIC NYC ARTISTS that didn’t make NME’s top NYC albums of all time.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Angels' girl-group classic "My Boyfriend's Back."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Adrift, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Action Point, which was not advance screened; and Upgrade, scoring 85 percent.

MEGHAN MARKLE: Stories about her Mom and Dad.

MAVERICK: Tom Cruise drops a first look at the Top Gun sequel.

COLIN TREVORROW has spoken publicly for the first time about his departure from the director’s chair for Star Wars: Episode IX.

NXIVM: The sex cult that preached empowerment.

FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk says he's "close to broke" after his agent's accountant is charged with embezzlement.

A MOTHER OPPOSSUM carries her furry family of baby opossums while taking a stroll down a Boston sidewalk.

RALLY GOOSE: A Baseball Story.

THE EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK is doing something for the first time in its 70-year history: opening park borders to paid hunters.

AN ALBINO PEACOCK in a tiny West Sussex village is terrifying residents as he wanders into their gardens looking for love.

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