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Arcade Fire, John Prine, Marlon Williams, Sheer Mag, Rhino   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Lennon's "Mind Games" at their Lollapalooza warmup party at Metro.

JOHN PRINE & FRIENDS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

MARLON WILLIAMS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

SHEER MAG stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE WAR ON DRUGS shares "Pain."

THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

RONNIE WOOD was diagnosed with lung cancer in May and says he feared for his life before undergoing a five-hour operation to remove part of his lung.

WAVVES: Nathan Williams discussed his past heroin use, shoplifting, and his cat on ESPN.

aLICE COOPER shares the soundtrack of his life at NME.

NEIL YOUNG's lost 1976 album Hitchhiker is out September 8.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Dark Tower topped the chart with 19.5MM against a 60MM budget, at the low end of expectations andulikely to have legs, based on savage reviews and a "B" Cinemascore.  Bad news for both McConnaughey (whose had three misfires now) and Idris Elba (still looking for that yuge breakout role).  Dunkirk placed with 17.6MM on a leggy 34 percent drop.  The Emoji Movie showed with 12.4MM on a 50 percent drop (not as big as last weekend's 62 percent) and close to recouping its production cost.  Girls Trip, however, continues leggy in fourth with 11.4MM on a 42 percent drop and 85.4MM total domestic against a 19MM budget.  The debut of Kidnap rounded out the Top Five with10.2MM, which isn't bad for a filthat sat on the shelf of bankrupt Relativity and was sold to Aviron for 3MM.  Below the fold, the wide expansion of Detroit landed in eighth place with 7.3MM against a 34MM budget -- an early realelase of Oscar bait that did not work as well as Dunkirk.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN wanted to shoot Dunkirk without a script, but was told that was crazy.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3. will be the last with the original lineup.

CHRIS PRATT & ANNA FARRIS are legally separating after eight years of marriage.

DANIEL CRAIG changed his mind about another Bond movie after Sam Mendes quit? Possible, I suppose, but I'd think the ginormous truckloads of maoney had something to do with it.

KATY PERRY & ROBERT PATTINSON got super cozy Saturday night.

ALADDIN: The live-action remake gets its Jafar.

THE KARATE KID: Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are heading back to the dojo for the Tube Red.

A WILD RHINO, charging down an Indian highway, set to country music.

A GIANT PIG went on the lam near I-5 in Washington State.

BOREALOPELTA, discovered accidentally by Canadian miners, is one of the most spectacular fossil finds of all time.

A TEXAS MAN was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said Friday.

FLAME THE CAT, adopted by firefighters, has his own mini helmet and fire pole scratching post.

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John Hughes, The Districts, Downtown Boys, Alex Williams, Motorhead, Elephant.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

THE DISTRICTS advance stream Popular Manipulations.

DOWNTOWN BOYS advance stream Cost Of Living.

ALEX WILLIAMS  advance streams Better Than Myself.

MOTORHEAD posthumously covers David Bowie's "Heroes."

LIARS share "Coins In My Caged Fist" and "The Grand Delusional."

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

PETER BUCK: The fme R.E.M. guitarist talks to Stereogum about Filthy Friends, Automatic For the People, and more...

STEVE ALBINI talks to The Quietus about avoiding publicity, bearing witness to the rise of Britpop and harbouring an irrational hatred of Billy Joel.

PINK FLOYD's 165 songs, ranked by Bill Wyman.

THE KIDD CREOLE, a member of the pioneering ’80s rap group Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, has been arrested and charged with murder.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Dark Tower, which is currently scoring 21 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Kidnap, scoring 43 percent.  Detroit expands wide scoring 93 percent.

ROBERT HARDY, known for his role in the Harry Potter movie franchise and as the star of the TV series All Creatures Great and Small, has died. He was 91.

DEATH WISH: A version of the 70s classic directed by Eli Roth and starring Bruce Willis, has a trailer online.

TOM WOPAT, who played Luke Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard, has been arrested for indecent assault and battery in Massachusetts.

SUGE KNIGHT was indicted for an alleged death threat against famed Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

GENE SIMMONS thinks JUSTIN BIEBER is a spoiled brat who needs to get a life — and yet he also wishes him well.

JEREMY RENNER apparently is a devoted dad and an incredible house-flipper.

THOR:RAGNAROK's big joke was written by a Make-A-Wish kid.

AZIZ ANSARI talks to GQ about quitting the internet, Master of None, and more.

AN ELEPHANT stops a potato truck for a snack.

THE CAMEL SPIDER: It's not a spider and it's also not a scorpion. It's a cousin to both.

GRIZZLY BEARS: They will rip your face off. The More You Know.

SOME BROOKLYN DOGS aren't getting vaccinated.

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Diet Cig, Amy O, Bowie, Twin Peaks, Hamilton Leithauser, Dolphins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



FILTHY FRIENDS shared a video for "Despierta."  New vintage indie!

DIET CIG played a Tiny Desk Concert.

AMY O advance streams Elastic.

DAVID BOWIE: Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed: David Bowie 1966-2016.

TWIN PEAKS shares "Shake Your Lonely" and "Sun And The Trees."

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER covers the Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere."

FOUR TET shares "Planet."

WEAVES share "#53."


NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City."

DONALD FAGEN: The economics of music streaming have the Steely Dan co-founder hitting the road at 69.(Thx, Jay!)

SPIRITUALIZED's Jason Pierce talks to the Quietus about the band's past and future.

LINDA PERHACS: The psych-folk legend  is set to release her third album, I’m A Harmony, with guest stars.

THE CARPENTERS: 10 of Their Best.


MINDHUNTER: David Fincher’s new Netflix show has a trailer online.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX gets a new writer.


SHARKNADO: How the kitch franchise lands its C-List cast, and how it almost included Pres. Donald Trump.

SOFIA VERGARA has a unique workout problem.

BOOBY MOYNIHAN and Brynn O'Malley welcomed their first child together.

WILL & GRACE: The reboot will retcon the series finale.




A BALD EAGLE, rescued by Maine lobstermen.

A HEDGEHOG touched off a family feud. Dinsdale!

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MTV, The Killers, GbV, Shovels & Rope, Dream Syndicate, Dog+Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 36 yesterday. The first few minutes included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more.

THE KILLERS play a 10-song set in Vegas for Kimmel.

GUIDED BY VOICES streams How Do You Spell Heaven.

SHOVELS & ROPE, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

BRENT COBB, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.


DAVID CROSBY shares "Sell Me A Diamond."


THE OLD 97s cover T. Rex's "20th Century Boy" for The A.V. Club.

SLOWDIVE's Neil Halstead talks to The Creative Independent about putting the band back together.

PATTI SMITH remembers Sam Shepard.

THE SMITHS: Rob Shieffield ranks all 73 songs.

THE 15 BEST ARCADE FIRE SONGS, according to Paste.


THE DARK TOWER has been roiled by clashing visions and brutal test screenings.

JAMES FRANCO talks about battling depression.

RYAN REYNOLDS, on creative cursing, pushing the envelope, and feuding with Hugh Jackman.

BLAKE LIVELY doesn’t have a perfect celebrity relationship, according to Blake Lively.

IAN McSHANE is joining the Hellboy reboot.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME has a trailer at Vulture. That's a new Sufjan Stevens song, too.

BLACK AMERICA, in the works at Amazon, envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny.

CONFEDERATE: A leading historian argues the new project from the Game of Thrones creators could shock us by exposing how little of the Confederate future we avoided.


THIS DOG hadn't seen a kitten before.

A TEXAS CALF looks like Gene Simmons of KISS.

CATERPILLARS are being killed by a zombie virus that makes them explode.

A CHEAP SEX TOY helps scientists study turtles.

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Big Thief, Wild Reeds, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Primus, Tiger Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SPOON plays "Can I Sit  Next to You" for Colbert.

BIG THIEF, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

THE WILD REEDS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

PRIMUS returns with "The Seven."


JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth.

MERLE HAGGARD's torch is carried by roots rockers and old-school acts, but his place in mainstream country is less secure.

AFGHAN WHIGS frontman Greg Dulli talks to Salon about keeping it "fun" after death of a beloved bandmate and 30 years of touring.

DAVID BOWIE's unseen photoshoot for his debut LP.

THE 15 BEST DELTA BLUES SONGS, according to Paste.


SAM SHEPARD, reluctant movie star and playwright whose workss redefined the landscape of the American West and its inhabitants, died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky. He was 73. A spokesman for his family announced the death on Monday, saying the cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

JEANNE MOREAU, the sensual, gravel-voiced actress who became the face of the New Wave, France’s iconoclastic mid-20th-century film movement, most notably in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, died on Monday at her home in Paris. She was 89.

JESSICA LANGE is profiled by the AARP.  Get Off My Lawn.

CASEY AFFLECK's wife of 9 years, Summer Phoenix, is filing for divorce, and according to her the split's been a long time coming.

TILDA SWINTON was considered to play Pennywise in the remake of IT.

TOTAL REQUEST LIVE is returning to MTV.  I am reminded of this recent podcast from Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson about what the TRL cultural space meant to them.

HBO was hacked, "which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of [their] programming."

SUICIDE SQUAD 2: The WB continues to have trouble finding a director.


A TIGER CUB debuts in China

HAMLET will soon be the most famous cat in NYC.

A BIRD hammered through a power pole in Snohomish County, WA.Also, the owls are not what they seem.

FUNGUS GNATS have inundated southeastern Vermont.

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