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The Kills, Amy Klein, Yung, Deerhoof, Urge Overkill, Husky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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IGGY POP dropped a video for "American Valhalla."

THE KILLS performed at Apogee Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

AMY KLEIN (Titus Andronicus) advance streams Fire.

YUNG advance streams A Youthful Dream.

DEERHOOF shares an “Acceptance Speech” ahead of The Magic.

URGE OVERKILL: Their killer '93 single "Sister Havana" and their even more famous cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" are your Twofer Tuesday.

ABBA briefly reunited for a performance at their 50th anniversary party.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Author Bob Mehr talks to The A.V. Club about Trouble Boys.

THE POSIES: Ken Stringfellow talks to the Tri-City Herald about the band's new album, Solid States. (Thx, LHB.)

WILL OLDHAM, a/k/a Bonnie "Prince" Billy, talks to Salon about his creative processes in music and film.

AMBER HEARD has had a “consultation” with renowned feminist lawyer Gloria Allred's California firm Allred Maroko Goldberg.

RICHARD SIMMONS is speaking out after his hospitalization for dehydration over the weekend. 

PACIFIC RIM 2 lands Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega for the lead role.

HILARY SWANK called off her engagement to former professional tennis player Ruben Torres. 

DAN ACKROYD was briefly hospitalized for a minor stomach ailment. Maybe he saw a test screening of the Ghostbusters reboot.

THE PLAYBOY MANSION will be bought by the next-door neighbor.

PETER SHAFFER, the British playwrightwho won an Oscar for Amadeus and wrote Equus, has died at the age of 90.

A HUSKY, blowing bubbles.

HUMAN-PIG HYBRIDS could develop into monsters with human brains.

DID A PARROT hear a murder victim's final words?

BEER FOR DOGS: The bottles may contain something better than alcohol.

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Car Seat Headrest, Moon Hooch, Brandy Clark, Baby Mini-Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 06, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SHURA isn't typically my bag but the video for "What's it Gonna Be?" explicitly works the John Hughes vibe. Plus, it's the day after Ferris Buelle's Day Off.

CAR SEAT HEADREST performed live for WXPN's 16th annual Non-COMMvention.

MOON HOOCH advance streams Red Sky.

BRANDY CLARK advances streams Big Day In A Small Town.

THE POSIES do a little bit of "Black Night" before covering Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos."

PAUL SIMON talks to Morning Edition about Stranger to Stranger and more.

BJORK talks to The Guardian about her new VR work, nature, technology and her habits on Airbnb.

THEY'RE NOT THERE: The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History.

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING PLAYLIST contains tracks that, upon reflection, seem inappropriate.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows tops the chart with 35.2MM...but that's only a little more than half of the 2014 reboot's opening take against a 135MM budget. Even the 69.25MM worldwide total isn't looking too great here. X-Men: Apocalypse places with 22.3MM...but that's a 66 percent drop from its opening. Overseas grosses may be needed to keep the franchise going...and crossing the 400MM mark worldwide suggest they may just make it.  Me Before You shows with 18.3MM which means the teen tearjerker may see profit on the big screen, if the marketing costs were reasonable.  Alice Through The Looking Glass takes the fourth slot on a nasty 60 percent drop in its second weekend. Oof. The Angry Birds Movie rounds out the Top Five with 9.8MM on a 48 percent drop and part of the overall pattern of bad holds this weekend.

MUHAMMAD ALI, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74. Author David Remnick essayed his life. Of course, I tend to remember his song.

AMBER HEARD is suing comedian Doug Stanhope, and others who have not yet been named, for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, arising from his accusation thst she is "blackmailing" Johnny Depp.

RICHARD SIMMONS has been released from a Los Angeles hospital after demonstrating bizarre conduct Friday night.

JACK BLACK: Reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.

STAR WARS ROGUE ONE: An explainer on the much-commented-upon reshoots.

KARL URBAN talks to IGN about why he almost didn't return as Dr. McCoy for Star Trek Beyond, his favorite episodes, and why he's a fan of Gene Roddenberry's series.

ANTHONY HOPKINS joins the cast of Transformers 5, in case you were wondering how picky he is these days.

D-DAY: The anniversary of the invasion of Normandy is marked with five essential stories and some color footage

SYRIA: A U.S.-led coalition fighting against Islamic State in Syria air-dropped weapons to rebels in the town of Marea in northern province Aleppo on Thursday, a rebel commander and monitoring group said.

IRAQ: A 17-month U.S. effort to retrain and reunify Iraq's regular army has failed to create a large number of effective Iraqi combat units or limit the power of sectarian militias, according to current and former U.S. military and civilian officials.

A BABY MINIATURE HORSE chases a person.

DOGS IN BANDANAS: A World Record?

FOXES stand accused of damaging a doctor's brake lines, but I think we all know squirrels masterminded it.

SNAILS use just two brain cells to make decisions, just like me.

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Led Zeppelin, Allen Tousaint, Diarrhea Planet, Colvin & Earle, Cheetah   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 03, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with LED ZEPPELIN! Live on TV in Denmark, 1969. Your setlist includes: “Communication Breakdown,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” and “How Many More Times."

ALLEN TOUSSAINT's posthumous LP, American Tunes, is streaming at NPR.

DIARRHEA PLANET advance streams Turn To Gold.

SHAWN COLVIN & STEVE EARLE advance stream Colvin & Earle.

ELI PAPERBOY REED advance streams My Way Home.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

PRINCE died from an accidental overdose of self-administered fentanyl, a type of synthetic opiate, officials in Minnesota said Thursday.

THE BEACH BOYS: All Songs Considered posted a mini-documentary on Pet Sounds at 50.

TEGAN & SARA talk to the L.A. Times about leaving the sutltifying politics of indie music for Pop.

VAN MORRISON: Ten of His Best. Mostly avoids the obvious, too.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which is currently scoring 30 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Me Before You, currently scoring 50 percent; and Popstar: Never Stop Stopping, scoring 83 percent.

JOHNNY DEPP apparently had a confrontation with one of his own bodyguards as he stayed out swigging champagne with a mystery blonde until 4 a.m. A Depp assistant claims Heard doctored texts she produced to support of her claim of domestic abuse.

JULIE ANDREWS & THE MUPPETS are launching a children's show on Netflix.

MICHAEL BAY responded to Kate Beckinsale's claim that he didn't find her all that attractive.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK, ostensibly estranged, spend more family time in Italy.

TURKEY: President Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday a U.S.-backed offensive against ISIS in northern Syria was largely being carried out by Arab rather than Kurdish fighters, in a sign of tacit approval for the operation near Turkey's borders.

IRAQ: First they imposed tough restrictions on Internet usage and cellphone networks in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. Now Islamic State militants appear to be targeting another staple for residents there: satellite television.

IRANIAN students threw a graduation dance party. It cost them 99 lashes each. Less than footloose. Iran remained the leading state sponsor of terrorism despite sealing a nuclear deal with world powers, the State Department said in its annual survey of worldwide terrorism released Thursday.

A CHEETAH with a GoPro.

A MOOSE gave birth in a Lowe's parking lot.

SNAKES getting it on fall from an attic.

A NEW PRAYING MANTIS is named after Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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Sleater-Kinney, And The Kids, Moonface+Sinai, Savoy Motel, Lobby Joe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PARKER MILSAP delivers a country cover of Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh (It Takes a Train to Cry)" in a bonus World Cafe video.

SLEATER-KINNEY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

AND THE KIDS advance stream Friends Share Lovers.

MOONFACE & SINAI advance stream My Best Human Face.

SAVOY MOTEL shares "Souvenir Shop Rock" and so do I, because you know who cares what's of the flip side? I do.

OF MONTREAL drops “it’s different for girls,” which is New-Wavey, but not Joe Jackson-y.

THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS: "O-o-h Child." Anyone up for a dance-off?

THE ROLLING STONES: Rich Cohen Tells The (90s-era) Stories You've Never Heard.

DAVID BOWIE: Consequence of Sound reconsiders The Man Who Fell to Earth 40 years later.

EDDIE MONEY's former drummer is suing him for wrongful termination.

MINOR VICTORIES: Rachel Goswell and Stuart Braithwaite talk to Rolling Stone about forming a long-distance supergroup.

AMBER HEARD reportedly produced pics from December 2015 and texts from 2014 in support of her claims of domestic violence by Johnny Depp.

TAYLOR SWIFT and Calvin Harris are going their separate ways after 15 months.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON are ready to take the next step — make that steps — in their relationship.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE's child custody battle is winding down with son Rocco visiting Madge in NYC.

BRIE LARSON is the front-runner to play Marvel's Captain Marvel (as opposed to the original Captain Marvel, who now is associated with the Shazam! title).

SHARKNADO 4 has a trailer online.

UKRAINE has been trying to break free from its communist past, and the campaign is changing the face of whole cities.

GERMANY: Speaking to German reporters in the de facto capital of Tibet's exiled government, the Dalai Lama apparently said that "too many" refugees are seeking asylum in Europe.

LOBBY JOE, a lobster, was released back into the waters on Canada’s east coast, after travelling thousands of kilometers on a journey that had cost hundreds of dollars.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER was charged by an elephant while on safari. There's video. 

40 DEAD TIGER CUBS were found in a freezer at the Tiger Temple in Thailand.

BABY SEALS are endangered by selfies, so cut it out.

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Andrew Bird, Psychic Ills, Mourn, Ryley Walker, Giant Gator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHARLES BRADLEY sings "Ain't It a Sin" in a bonus World Cafe video.

ANDREW BIRD plays a stripped-down Tiny Desk Concert.

PSYCHIC ILLS advance streams Inner Journey Out.

MOURN advance streams Ha, Ha, He.

RYLEY WALKER shares “The Halfwit In Me” ahead of Golden Sings That Have Been Sung.

DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

LUNA: A homecoming for the band and its devoted following.

RONNIE WOOD has become a father again, to twin girls, two days before his 69th birthday.

SURFER BLOOD guitarist Thomas Fekete has died of complications from a rare form of cancer.

KIM GORDON, contrary to early reports, was not attacked by a coyote at Whole Foods in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

AMBER HEARD screamed to JOHNNY DEPP in the middle of their argument last week, “Stop hitting me!!!”, but was more than 6 yards away, according to two witnesses. OTOH, sources tell ET that Heard told some close friends that Depp injured his hand punching a wall during an argument they had in Australia last March 2015

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE is reportedly in crisis and facing reshoots, according to Page Six, though disney claims it always anticipated reshoots (and sadditional shooting is not uncommon in big films).

EMILY BLUNT will play Mary Poppins in a sequel to the 1964 classic film; Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will also star as a new character, Jack, the street lamplighter.

EMELIA CLARKE wants to be the first female James Bond.

MARK SALLING (Glee) has been dropped from the film Gods and Secrets after being indicted on Friday for receiving and possessing child pronography.

VENEZUELA: Former senior military officers have criticized the chaotic rule of President Maduro, in a sign that he may be losing the support of the armed services, previously a linchpin of his stability.

SWEDEN: 13 of Sweden's 100 largest municipalities have begun offering separate public swimming hours for men and women.

TURKEY: A court has convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, through social media postings and handed her a 14-month suspended sentence.

A MASSIVE ALLIGATOR strolls along a Florida golf course. Because Florida.

BANGKOK: Authorities armed with tranquilizer guns are still trying to capture dozens of tigers at a controversial Buddhist temple in Thailand after monks allegedly set some free to delay the process.

CAPYBARAS are turrning up all over Toronto.

MEERKATS settle rivalries with eating contests.

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