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XTC, Bob Dylan, Andy Schauf, Mudcrutch, Echocentrics, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with XTC! Live on Rockpalast, February 10, 1982. Your setlist includes: "Respectable Street" (still one of my faves), "Towers of London," "Runaways," "Jason and the Argonauts," "Burning With Optimism's Flames," "Snowman," "Ball And Chain," "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)," "No Thugs In Our House" (another fave), "Senses Working Overtime" (ditto), "Making Plans For Nigel," "Living Through Another Cuba," "Generals and Majors," "Real By Reel," and "Life Begins At The Hop."

BOB DYLAN advance streams Fallen Angels.

ANDY SCHAUF advance streams The Party.

MUDCRUTCH advance streams 2.

THE ECHOCENTRICS advance stream Echo Hotel.

HEAD WOUND CITY (incl Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blood Bros, and the Locust) stream A New Wave of Violence.

THE STONE ROSES dropped "All For One," their first new single in 20 years.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave.

THE BEACH BOYS' PET SOUNDS turns 50 on Monday; Pitchfork TV shares a "Liner Notes" documentary about the album.

ANDREW BIRD discusses his latest album with American Songwriter.

THE EMPTY BOTTLE: Staff members and musicians share stories of the venerable Chicago nightclub in a new book. The forward is from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats (whom I've seen there).

RICK ASTLEY talks to The Guardian about retiring in his 20s, Rickrolling, and more.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Money Monster, which is currently scoring 68 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Darkness, which was not screened for critics.

OZZY OSBOURNE was allegedly having an affair with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh, and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, found out about it by retracing the rock star's digital footprints.

WOODY ALLEN dismissed sexual abuse allegations again at Cannes.

CAITLYN JENNER denies rumors that she's de-transitioning back to a man.

LUPITA NYONG'O is in negotiations to star opposite Chadwick Bosemanin Marvel's Black Panther movie.

GEORGE CLOONEY got a practical 55th birthday gift from his wife.

SUPERGIRL is flying from CBS to the CW.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Civil War Within Marvel?

CATS & DOGS, living together...

SHEEP THIEVES Caught; Sheep Faces Blurred to Protect the Innocent?

A PARASITOID WASP has been named after Brad Pitt.

A 13-FT PYTHON was found in the ladies' toilet at Charles Darwin National Park in Australia. No word on the snake's gender.

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Devon Welsh, Numerators, Kveletrak, The Cure, Wombat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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AERIAL EAST dropped a video for the pre-rock-vintage "Crazy Now."

DEVON WELSH (fmr Majical Cloudz) streams his first solo release, Down the Mountain.

THE NUMERATORS advance stream Strange.

KVELETRAK streams Nattesferd, which is not strictly my bag, but probably in Pate bassist Mike Kelly's bag.

THE CURE debuted two new songs in Nawlins.

TANYA DONNELLY shares “Wild Love” ahead of Swan Song Series.

THE AMERICAN BREED does some wonderfully bad lip-syncing in this wonderfully cheap clip for "Bend Me, Shape Me."

YACHT apologized for their sex tape hoax and their earlier non-apology for same.

X"S JOHN DOE discusses his book, Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, at Rolling Stone.

ELBOW: Guy Harvey talks to The Quietus about his favorite albums.

DANNY FIELDS, a 60s and 70s scenester who made punk happen, is the latest of The Guardian's Cult Heroes.

KELLY RIPA talks to People about Michael Strahan's departure from Live! - and what's next for her. 

WOODY ALLEN: Ronan Farrow writes about the powerful PR machine that deters the media from investigating allegations of sexual abuse. But Allen had to sit through a joke about Roman Polanski at Cannes.

CHRIS EVANS is dating JENNY SLATE,his co-star in the upcoming Gifted.

EMMA WATSON denied avoiding tax last night after becoming the latest high-profile name listed in the Panama Papers offshore data leak.

MADONNA will pay homage to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Not a big fan, but I get it.

TIM BURTON would like to make a Beetlejuice sequel, but has no concrete plans.

MORLEY SAFER, who has been with the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes since 1970, is retiring.

GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin has released a new chapter from his long-awaited book Winds of Winter, which is different from the HBO series.

GENDER BIAS IN HOLLYWOOD? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun quietly expanding its investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood.

VENEZUELA: Soldiers fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters as Venezuela's opposition marched to pressure electoral authorities into allowing a recall referendum against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

RUSSIA: The post-Cold War nuclear holiday is over.

GERMANY will increase the size of its armed forces for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the country’s top defense official said on Tuesday, as Russian saber-rattling and terror fears prod Europe’s big, pacifist power to beef up its military.

IRAQ: Video footage obtained by the Guardian shows the grueling firefight between US special forces, Kurdish commandoes and Islamic State fighters this week, in which a US Navy Seal was killed. No boots on the ground though, y'all.

A RUDE WOMBAT eats corn, has epic flatulence.

AN ESCAPED BULL in Arlington, TX, was captured by a lasso-wielding cowboy.

A COW stunned German villagers when it plummeted from the sky and damaged a house.Guess they missed Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

A MAMA GOOSE summoned the police to save its gosling.

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Tegan & Sara, Modern Baseball, Andrew Bird, Bully, Pug Pups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TEGAN & SARA dropped a canine-heavy video for "100x."

MODERN BASEBALL is streaming Holy Ghost.

ANDREW BIRD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES share  “Children of the World” as a single.

THE MELVINS cover The Beatles' "I Want to Tell You."

SPEEDY ORTIZ shares a "Death Note."

ISSAC HAYES croons Burt Bacharach's "Walk On By".

YACHT released a hoax sex tape and ignited a firestorm.

PRINCE had seen a Minneapolis-area doctor on the day before he died, and that doctor was at Prince's Paisley Park compound to deliver test results on the morning Prince was found dead, according to court records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo talks middle age, kids, and writing songs that resonate.

MINOR VICTORIES: Rachel Goswell talks to Stereogum about hearing loss, Mark Kozelek, and Slowdive's future.

OZZY OSBOURNE denied allegations that a relapse into drug and alcohol abuse was the cause of his split with wife Sharon Osbourne.

ORLANDO BLOOM & SELENA GOMEZ found love in the club — for at least one night.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to Variety about reinventing her carrer.

GWYNETH PALTROW's Goop features some pricey sex toys.

KRYPTON is coming to SyFy.

ADORABLE PUG PUPPIES swarm a toddler.

A PYTHON dropped from a hospital ceiling in Tacoma, WA.

CRABS find a new way to ruin sex on the beach.

ANIMALS TRAPPED in the Fort McMurray wildfire were rescued by a rebel pilot.

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Grant Lee Phillips, Peter Wolf, Laser Background, Neko Case, Buffalo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZZARD drops a video for “People-Vultures.”

GRANT LEE PHILLIPS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PETER WOLF stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a mini-set of new material.

LASER BACKGROUND streams Correct.

NEKO CASE, k.d. lang & LAURA VEIRS share their "Delirium."

THE STEF CHURA BAND shares “Slow Motion."

CASSINO BAND shares an "Alabama Song" not written by Brecht-Weill.

THE SPINNERS: "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" and  "I'll Be Around" are your Twofer Tuesday.

SANTANA talks to Morning Edition about the band's always diverse influences and dissects "Black Magic Woman."

CHEAP TRICK: The essentials, according to The A.V. Club.

FATHER JOHN MISTY talks to NME about live performance, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey and more.

MODERN BASEBALL: Putting fresh twists on 90s pop-punk.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE: He's missing and she skipped her TV gig after announcing their split.

EVA MENDES & RYAN GOSLING welcome a second daughter.

THE KARDASHIANS fear what might happen if they don't embrace Blac Chyna, though she's reportedly already set the wheels in motion to become a Kardashian and profit off the new moniker.

KALEY CUOCO & RYAN SWEETING are officially divorced.

BRIE LARSON: The Oscar winner is engaged to Phantom Planet singer Alex Greenwald.

SELENA GOMEZ talks about her dating issues at Marie Claire.

SPIDER-MAN: How Tom Holland stuck the landing for the role. (minor Captain America: Civil War spoilers)

WILLIAM SCHALLERT, a familiar presence on prime-time television for decades, notably as the long-suffering father and uncle to the “identical cousins” played by Patty Duke on the hit 1960s sitcom “The Patty Duke Show,” died on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 93.

NORTH KOREA expelled BBC journos after detaining them over their reporting.

IRAQ: A top U.N. envoy in Iraq said Friday more than 50 mass graves have been found in Iraq territory that was once held by the Islamic State.

AN INDIAN BUFFALO, rescued from a roof.

BRITAIN's FOREIGN OFFICE has a new chief mouser.

THE RUNNING OF THE GOATS got a little out of hand in a Kentucky town.

A FAMILIAR GREAT WHITE SHARK returns to the Jersey Shore, perhaps to visit the (defunct) Sand Bar. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Monday, May 09, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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AC/DC played Lisbon with new lead singer Axl Rose. the full video from the pit isn't great, but the excerpt of "Shoot To Thrill" is alright.

RADIOHEAD released their new LP, A Moon Shaped Pool, yesterday on iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play.

JAMES BLAKE streams his surprise LP, The Colour In Anything, via Spotify.

RYAN ADAMS is streamining the deluxe Heartbreaker on Spotify, incl, outtakes and demos.

THE STAVES advance stream their Sleeping In A Car EP.

GORDI advance streams her Clever Disguise EP.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drop "Dark Necessities" ahead of The Getaway.

AND THE KIDS drop the titlte traack to their next LP, "Friends Share Lovers."

PAUL McCARTNEY: "Birthday." Belatedly.

GAME THEORY may well get a posthumous LP with help from Peter Buck, Mitch Easter, The Posies, more friends, collaboraors...and crowdfunding.

CHEAP TRICK: Rick Nielsen talks to Paste about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rockford, Punk, and more.

PRINCE: Rolling Stone shares an oral histry of Prince in the 90s. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the Prince estate case has authorized genetic testing on a sample of his blood in case it's necessary to determine who's entitled to shares of the estate.

GOVERNMENT ISSUE's John Stapp has died at 55(?) following a bout with stomach cancer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Captain America: Civil War dominated the chart with 181.8MM, with another 496.6MM overseas (where it's been open a little longer in some markets). That's a little lower than the most optimistic projections that assumed this would play as a Avengers movie, but already larger than the entire global runs of Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. It's the fifth-largest opening weekend ever, so the House of Mouse is surely pleased. The Jungle Book finally slips 50 percent to place 21.9MM.  Mother's Day showed with 9MM, which was up 7 or 8 percent from its debut, put is far from profitable against a 25MM production budget.  The Huntsman: Winter's War slides 63 percent to the fourth slot with 3.6MM and a likely loss on the big screen.  Keanu rouns out the Top 5 with 3MM on an even bigger 67 percent slide, but at least the budget here was only 15MM.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE have broken up after more than 33 years of marriage.

ANGELINA JOLIE has started another humanitarian partnership.

MICHAEL PHELPS welcomed his first child, a son, with fiancée Nicole Johnson.

KRISTEN BELL talks anxiety and depression.

ROB KARDASHIAN & BLAC CHYNA are expecting a kid, no shock after the expedited wedding plans.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER: The estanged couple nevertheless enjoyed family holiday in Paris.

THIS JELLYFISH looks unreal.

A HAIRLESS CAT has Voldemort on his butt? Kinda like the first book?

DOGS will staff a French beer company's London pop-up bar.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents, also including raccoons, attack Toronto's new reycling bins.

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