DONALD "DUCK" DUNN, the pioneering bass player whose grooves drove Booker T and the MGs and a slew of sothern soul hits for Stax artists including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and many more, died in his sleep at age 70, while in Tokyo for shows with fellow MG Steve "The Coronel" Cropper and Eddie Floyd. So after a two-minute bio, let's watch the Duck live on Booker T's seminal "Green Onions" and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness." He would later help revive southern soul music for future generations backing The Blues Brothers on covers of songs like Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love." I saw him play with both the Blues Bros. and Eric Clapton; he was fantastic on both occasions.
SPIRITUALIZED played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the whole gig on demand.
MOUNT EERIE is advance streaming Clear Moon.
KIMBRA is advance streaming Vows. ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Patti Smith, Fun, Best Coast and more feature in the latest edition of the long-running series.
SOUL ASYLUM frontman Dave Pirner talks to The Current and drops "Gravity" from the band's upcoming LP. Oh yes.
THE CIVIL WARS put their spin on "Billie Jean." Yes, that one.
WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the Birmingham News about Olive Oyl, Woody Guthrie and the ageism of rock. (On the last subject, I find it hard to believe he doesn't understand the ageism comes from the sociopolitical roots of the genre. Pete Townshend, anyone?)
BEACH HOUSE talk the internet, leaks and their new album with DIY and about sampling, licensing and more with Pitchfork.
R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts the fourth part of its history of the band.
HEARTLESS BAST^RDS are profiled by Orlando Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Avengers repeats atop the chart with 103.2 million smackers. No film has ever earned more than 100 million in its second weekend -- not Avatar (75.6), and not The Dark Knight (75.2). The domestic total stands at 373.2 million, the worldwide total breaks one billion dollars. It will likely become the third biggest grosser ever within three weeks. Dark Shadows was always going to debut in the second spot; it did so with 28 million, a bit below the 30-40 million most trackers expected (and before The Avengers' stunning opening, some had thought Dark Shadows might make as much as 50 million in its debut). Johnny Depp may have to carry this one into the black overseas. Think Like A Man shows with 6.3 million in a remarkably leggy performance, having taken in 82 million against a 12 million budget. The Hunger Games takes the fourth slot with 4.4 million. Its 387 million domestic total is impressive, but The Hunger Games needed 52 days to become the 13th biggest film of all-time; The Avengers will do it in under 14 days. The Lucky One rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH (Thor) and his wife welcomed a baby girl on Friday.
LADY GAGA denies engagement rumors.
STEVIE WONDER: A man claiming to be the singer's nephew has been charged with attempting to extort him by threatening to go to the tabloids and say he's the product of an incestuous relationship between Stevie and Stevie's sister.
WHITNEY HOUSTON's family is launching a reality show -- and maybe Bobbi Kristina's career -- on Lifetime.
SOFIA VERGARA: People claims details of her split with Nick Loeb.
REESE WITHERSPOON showed up in court Friday addressing her father's alleged illegal second marriage and mental incapacity.
YEMEN: US drones killed 11 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, including an Egyptian, in two strikes in Marib. Yemeni officials denied that US troops are in combat in southern Yemen.
HEZBOLLAH leader Nasrallah accused the US and Israel of stoking terrorism in Syria. He also claimed Hezbollah had weapons that could hit any part of Israel.
SYRIA: After three decades of persecution that virtually eradicated its presence, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has resurrected itself to become the dominant group in the fragmented opposition movement pursuing a 14-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
EGYPT: With landmark elections set to begin May 23, many of the country's Christians fear that the next president could turn Egypt into a conservative Islamic state that does not have room for their community of at least 8.5 million.
40 SAFARI PARK BABOONS tear apart a Hyundai. Video at the link.
A GIANT JELLYFISH was caught by underwater cameras recently during deep-sea drilling near the United Kingdom.
A HUNGRY 5-FOOT PYTHON headed for a pizza parlor.
DOG DUO Ashleigh and Pudsey have won ITV's Britain's Got Talent, scooping a £500,000 prize.