THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...
...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere. His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up onstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over"). The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.
ALICE MERTON visits The Current.
BLACK MOTION plays a Tiny Desk Concert.
NATION OF LANGUAGE shares "Wounds Of Love."
COURTNEY BARNETT shares "Rae Street."
ANGEL OLSEN shares her rendition of Laura Branigan's "Gloria."
LUCY DACUS covers Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars."
R.E.M. are releasing their 1981 demo tape 'Cassette Set' for the first time.
NPR MUSIC's 26 Favorite Albums Of 2021 (So Far).
THE BEST ALBUMS of 2021 (So Far), according to KCRW.
BENNIFER plan to live together.
BRITNEY SPEARS feels “hopeful” amid people recently resigning from her conservatorship team.
MARILYN MANSON turned himself in on New Hampshire assault charges.
McCARTNEY 3, 2, 1 has a trailer online.
MR. CORMAN, a series starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has a trailer onlne.
BRIAN DePALMA & STEVEN SPIELBERG's Star Wars beef.
CHICK VENNERA, a prolific actor and voice actor perhaps most recognizable for his scene-stealing disco dance performance atop parked cars in the 1978 hit comedy Thank God It's Friday, died from cancer Wednesday at his home in Burbank.
A DOGGO, driving an electric car.
A PUPPER, a balloon.
CATS & DOGS, living together... and again.