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James Hunter Six, Andy Schauf, SAVAK, Bob Dylan, Opossum   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILD BEASTS drop a video for "Get My Bang" from their new album Boy King.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ANDY SCHAUF plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SAVAK advance streams Best of Luck In Future Endeavors.

THE JULIE RUIN shares a new single, "I'm Done" ahead of Hit Reset.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day

BOB DYLAN turned 75 yesterday. The Strib offered 25 Dylan songs you should hear, 25 Dylan landmarks to visit in Minnesota, and 25 things to know about rock’s greatest songwriter. The Independent picked some favorite lyrics. NME re-upped the backstories fro many Dylan tunes. The Daily Beast ranked his albums. Esquire made the case for his singing. But for my money, I like this 2015 piece by Christoper Caldwell on The Basement Tapes.

TRAGICALLY HIP frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

PAUL McCARTNEY came close to quitting music altogether after the Beatles disbanded in 1970, and called Wings "terrible."

BETH ORTON spoke with Aquarium Drunkard about building her new album’s framework from rhythm loops, the influence of shuffle mode, and why this feels like the album she’s been waiting to make for a long time.

BILL COSBY was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges Tuesday. In a previously-settled civil lawsuit, Cosby admitted to plying teens with booze and drugs before having sex with them, and to having girls regularly dispatched to him by a modeling agency.

ELIJAH WOOD, the former child actor and star of the Lord of the Rings films, claims that Hollywood has been gripped by cases of sexual abuse similar to the Jimmy Savile scandal in Britain — and it may still be continuing.

BEYONCE & JAY Z will soon drop a joint album addressing their marriage.

KRIS JENNER is changing her name back to Kardashian.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL's  drinking and drug use is worse than ever — and now people close to him are convinced he's going to die unless something changes soon.

CHINA's scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works.

IRAN: Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to frustration. An opaque business environment in Iran and political uncertainty in the United States are to blame.

A MAMA OPOSSUM giving eight kids a piggyback ride.

THE SWARM: 20000 bees followed a car around for two days after their queen got stuck in the trunk.

A GOSLING was saved from its mother by a bridesmaid.

A CALIFORNIA PUPPY that was high on heroin and meth when police busted his owner has recovered from addiction and is on the mend, authorities said.

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Nada Surf, Sonny & the Sunsets, Swanning, Speedy Ortiz, Kids vs Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEON INDIAN & FRIENDS cover Prince's "Pop Life."

NADA SURF stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS advance stream Moods Baby Moods.

SWANNING streams Drawing Down The Moon.

SPEEDY ORTIZ drops "Emma O" ahead of the Foiled Again EP.

DEERHOOF shared the surprisingly garage-punky “That Ain’t No Life To Me” ahead of The Magic.

STEVE GUNN drops "Park Bench Smile" ahead of Eyes on the Lines.

COURTNEY BARNETT rocked through “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” and “Pedestrian At Best” on Saturday night.

MATTHEW SWEET: An oral history of the making of Girlfriend.

ROCK AND ROLL IS DEAD, according to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea. And Lenny Kravitz.

BLEACHED is profiled at Aquarium Drunkard.

TEN SURREAL MOMENTS when '90s rock met mainstream television.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST: Disney's live action remake has an early teaser trailer online.

X-MEN APOCALYPSE: Oscar Isaac and director Bryan Singer address the Internet's initial not-great reaction to Apocalypse.

MADONNA responded to critics of her Prince tribute at the Billboard Music Awards.

ANGELINA JOLIE is set to join the London School of Economics as a visiting professor for the new masters course on women, peace and security for the 2016-2017 school year.

ARIANNA GRANDE stares into the harsh face of stardom at Billboard.

PAWN STARS: Chumlee told a judge on Monday he's taking a plea deal that would spare him jail time in a case stemming from the discovery of guns, marijuana and other drugs at his Las Vegas home.

STAR TREK BEYOND director Justin Lin pushed Paramount to drop a lawsuit against a fan-made Star Trek film.

AUSTRIA: A leftwing, independent candidate has narrowly prevented Austria from becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right head of state after a knife-edge contest ended with his opponent conceding defeat.

IRAQ: Clashes have been reported near Falluja hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of a military operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State.

IRAN: Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Revolutionary Guards’ elite unit al-Quds Force, said if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order to destroy Israel, the Iranian military could do so in less than eight minutes

KIDS vs DOGS: Who you got?


WHEN SHARKS ATTACK: An 11-year-old girl and a  57-year-old woman were attacked of the Florida coast in recent days.

LIONS were shot dead after a man stripped naked and jumped into a lion enclosure at a zoo in Chile.

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The Heavy, The Hotelier, Claire Cronin, Cat Santcuary   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA played "Boyfriend" unplugged for Fallon.

THE HEAVY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. How do you like them now?

THE HOTELIER is advance streaming Goodness.

CLAIRE CRONIN is advance streaming her album with Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich, Came Down A Storm.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Peckhold did a Reddit AMA.

MAC DeMARCO talks to SPIN about staying friends with fans and wearing bondage masks.

VINYL SALES are bigger than YouTube royalties for British artists.

BEASTIE BOYS co-founder John Berry, who left the group before it found major label success, has died following a long battle with frontotemporal dementia. He was 52.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Angry Birds Movie tops the chart with 39MM; more important is the overall global take of 143MM, as Sony has spend somewhere between 300-400MM on this flick, once marketing is included.Sony undoubtedly hopes for a franchise/universe here in the mode of Despicable Me, with all of the further merch opportunities.  Captain America: Civil War places with 33.1MM and cracks a Billion worldwide; how good that is depends on whether you see this as being an Avengers movie in disguise, or a threequel like Iron Man 3. It's budgeted more like the former and may perform somewhere in-between. But either way, its a yuge amount of money, and far ahead of Batman v SupermanNeighbors 2: Sorority Rising shows with 21.8MM, far less than the 49MM opoening of the original...but alright, given its 35MM budget.  The Nice Guys takes the fourth slot with 11.3MM, right about where tracking numbers predicted, and probably short of profitability before tthe home market (which is sad, given the terrific reviews it has received).  The Jungle Book rounds out the Top Five with 11MM and has made more money worldwide than both of director Jon Favreau's Iron Man flicks.

STAR TREK BEYOND dropped a second trailer online.

THOR: RAGNAROK adds Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban and Tessa Thompson to its cast.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's estate canceled a planned duet between Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer. 

MICHAEL KEATON is back in final talks to take on the villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Holy Former Batman!

EWAN McGREGOR will play a dual lead on Fargo next season.

ALAN YOUNG  — who answered to the name “Willburrrrrrrrrrrrr” on Mister Ed, the wacky 1960s sitcom that revolved around a talking horse — has died. He was 96.

BILL HERZ, the last surviving crew member of Orson Welles’s mock “War of the Worlds” newscast, which terrified American radio listeners in 1938 with vivid bulletins warning Newark residents to evacuate as invading Martians incinerated central New Jersey, died on May 10 in Manhattan. He was 99.

AFGHAN TALIBAN leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a US air strike, US officials say.

A CAT SANCTUARY for your wedding? O....K...

WILD ANIMALS are not your pets; don't act like they are. The More You Know.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Snake venom evolved to kill specific squirrels with shocking precision.


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Power Pop, PUP, Beth Orton, Monkees, Highwaymen, Paul Simon, Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."

PUP advance streams The Dream Is Over.

BETH ORTON advance streams Kidsticks.

BIG THIEF advance streams Masterpiece.

THE MONKEES drop "Me & Magdalena," which was written for the band by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard.  

FATHER JOHN MISTY channels the spirit of yacht rock on “Real Love Baby."

THE HIGHWAYMEN never released this cover of Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings."

DECORATIONS share “At Your Leisure" ahead of Have Fun.

PAUL SIMON releases "The Werewolf" ahead of Stranger To Stranger.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

TWIN PEAKS picks their favorite 70s records.

DARYL HALL on people crying cultural appropriation: He can't go for that.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Musicradar about Hollow Meadows, broken bones and rare guitar finds. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

DON'T LOOK BACK: Bob Dylan and the invention of the rockumentary.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include The Angry Birds Movie, which is currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, currently scoring 65 percent; and The Nice Guys, scoring 91 percent.

DANIEL CRAIG reportedly turned down £68 million for two more James Bond movies; Bond sources have independently confirmed to BBC News that Craig hasn’t made any decision about his future as 007, and that “no decision is likely to be made for a while”.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON is launching a series of movies based on the works of Robert Ludlum, the best-selling author behind the Jason Bourne spy franchise. 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE wants to scare the studio regarding more X-Men movies.

OZZY OSBOURNE has ended his relationship with stylist Michelle Pugh in hopes of saving his marriage to Sharon, according to Page Six.

MORLEY SAFER, a CBS television correspondent who brought the horrors of the Vietnam War into the living rooms of America in the 1960s and was a mainstay of the network’s newsmagazine 60 Minutes for almost five decades, died from pneumonia on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

GHOSTBUSTERS: The reboot has a second trailer online.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE has a new TV spot online.

PEAK TELEVISION: There are more great shows in production now than ever before - but it's never been harder to make one.

ISLAMIC STATE militants are gearing up for a "campaign of terrorist attacks" in France that are likely to see explosive devices placed around areas with large crowds, the head of France's DGSI internal intelligence agency has warned.

A MOOSE plays wind chimes.

A BABY OPOSSUM was rescued from a toilet in San Diego.

A GERMAN SHEPHERD was finally rescued by police in Galt, California after living on the median of a highway for five weeks.

LADY SPIDERS demand gifts from their gentleman callers - or else they eat them.

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Richard Ashcroft, Kyle Forester, Dannika, Xiu Xiu, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HAR MAR SUPERTAR drops a video for "It Was Only Dancing (Sex)."

RICHARD ASHCROFT played the Camden Roundhouse.

KYLE FORESTER advance streams his self-titled LP.

DANNIKA streams For Peaches.

XIU XIU Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks.

OKKERVIL RIVER shares “Okkervil River R.I.P.” ahead of Away.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Peckhold covers Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me" in a short film.

JOY DIVISION: Ian Curtis died 36 years ago yesterday, which put me in the mind for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

WHEN RUN-DMC MET AEROSMITH And Changed Music Forever.

WIRE: Colin Newman and Graham Lewis spoke to PopMatters about their working process, the new record, and the impact of history.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson tells SPIN to let go of the word "should," embrace outsider status, and stay grounded in the face of success.

MERCURY REV: Ten of Their Best.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN has caused a shakeup at Warner Bros.

OZZY OSBOURNE went missing in late April, just weeks before reports circulated that he had allegedly cheated on wife Sharon with hairstylist Michelle Pugh.

ROBIN WRIGHT fought for the same pay as her co-star House of Cards Kevin Spacey.

EVA LONGORIA is set to marry her fiancé, José “Pepe” Baston, in Mexico this weekend.

BARTOLO COLON has been living a double life that gives new meaning to his nickname “Big Sexy” — siring two secret love children with a woman while married to his devoted wife of 21 years.

CHLOE SEVIGNY talks about sexual harassment in Hollywood.

BILL BACKER,  a lapsed lyricist whose classic 1971 commercial taught a fractious world of potential Coca-Cola consumers to sing in perfect harmony and was featured in the finale of Mad Men, died on Friday in Warrenton, Va. He was 89.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is successfully radicalizing Americans. How do we stop them?

IRAN: Parliament is demanding unspecified compensation from the United States for its involvement in "spiritual and material damage" for the past 63 years, Iranian state news reported Tuesday.

A RACCOON was removed from a 10th floor balcony.

A BAND OF DRUNK ROOSTERS was captured in Westport Domain.

A BOBCAT CUB was saved by a homeless trio and didn't rip their faces off.

A 72-YEAR-OLD fought off crocodiles by throwing wrenches and spark plugs at them as he battled to save his drowning friend after their boat capsized near Darwin.

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