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REM, Tweedy, JEFF the Brotherhood, Little Wings, Ultron, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 01, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with R.E.M! Live at the Capital Theater, in Passaic, NJ, on June 9, 1984. Your set list includes: "Pale Blue Eyes"; "Second Guessing"; "Hyena"; "Letter Never Sent"; "Harborcoat"; "7 Chinese Brothers"; "Pretty Persuasion"; "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"; "Gardening At Night"; "9-9"; "Windout"; "Old Man Kensey"; "Sitting Still"; "Driver 8"; "Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)"; "Radio Free Europe"; and "Little America.

TWEEDY perfoms live in the KEXP studio.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD performs live in the KEXP studio.

LITTLE WINGS covers Van Morrison, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen and Lil Wayne at Aquarium Drunkard

OH CANADA: LTOBF brings you its 25th or 35th compilation of bands from the Great White North.

TITUS ANDRONICUS dropped “Dimed Out” ahead of a cameo-laden rock opera, The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

RYAN ADAMS covered Bryan Adams's "Summer of '69" at the Ryman Auditorium.

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

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Jim Reid talks to Consequence of Sound about Psychocandy, sobriety, and his hero, Lou Reed.

KIM GORDON talks about her memoir at The Quietus.

CHUCK PROPHET talks to Paste about his glam-rock LP, Night Surfer.

DE LA SOUL did a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is this weekend's sole wide release, clocking in at 74 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. The original would be tough to top, and while there's plenty of action, director/writer Joss Whedon wisely doesn't try to top the inter-dimensional invasion of the Chitauri.  Indeed, the basic plot is nothing revolutionary.  Instead, he relies on his large, talented ensemble and an often more comedic tone, not unlike his work on Firefly/Serenity. He also throws out a fair number of curveballs.  Some of these twists were likely dictated by the Marvel Cinematic Universe's differences from the comics (dictated by other studios owning the rights to certain characters; others are setting up Phase Three of these increasingly inter-related Marvel movies (even seeing Guardians of the Galaxy will deepen the viewer's understanding here).  Indeed, there are some Easter eggs for the comics nerds, who all "oohed" at the mention of Wakanda. And at least one or two curveballs will be as unexpected as they are emotional.  And these twists generally work pretty well. David Spader does well as the movie Ultron. The comics' Ultron was created by Hank Pym (whom we will not meet until Ant-Man arrives later this Summer), whereas Spader neatly reflects his creation by Tony Stark in the MCU.  There is a preview of Phase Three during the credits, but there's no bonus scene at the very end--again, Whedon wisely deciding not to imitate the original.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR intended to be complimentary with a statement about Mexican-born director Alejandro Inarritu that some have interpreted as racist, the actor's publicist said. RDJr also endorsed Joe and Anthony Russot to take over for the two Avengers: Infinity War films.

ROSIE O'DONNELL's estranged wife claims she wants custody because Rosie drinks and smokes too much.

COURTNEY STODDARD has been offered a million bucks for her sex tape.

BRUCE JENNER plans to return to motivational speaking.

JUMP STREET plans to expand with a female spin-off and a Men In Black crossover.

BEN AFFLECK cameoing as Batman in Suicide Squad?

IRAN: Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report. Also, Iran has been shipping weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels since at least 2009, according to a confidential U.N. report, indicating that Tehran's support dates back to the early years of the Shiite militia's insurgency.

NEPAL: A 15-year-old hotel worker was rescued from the rubble five days after a devastating earthquake.

VIETNAM: 40 years after the war, has the single most positive views on capitalism of any country, with an enthusiasm that is even more widespread than in Germany, India, or the United States.

MAKING A BED With Cats.

SIX DUCKLINGS, saved by a ringtone.

A ZEBRA photobombs a German tourist.

A RESCUED SNAKE pukes up a frog.

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All People. Jose Gonzalez, Sam Fermin, Ryan Adams, Caterpillar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 shares a video for "Virgins."

ALL PEOPLE advance streams Learn Forget Repeat.

RYAN ADAMS streams three songs from a new 7″ called I Do Not Feel Like Being Good, via Spotify.

JOSE GONZALEZ plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SAM FERMIN stopped by WFUV for a set.

CHUMPED covers Sex Bob-omb's “Threshold,” from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

DIAMOND YOUTH drops “No Control” ahead of Nothing Matters.

HOT CHOCOLATE: "You Sexy Thing." Believe in miracles?

BRIAN WILSON talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his latest (and last?) album, the Wrecking Crew, and Love and Mercy.

SPEEDY ORTIZ talks to NME about intra-band tumult, the indie "boy's club," and their sophomore LP.

CREAM: The Guardian dug up Melody Maker's 1966 preview of the band's first gig.

MEW is profiled at Paste.

DAVE LETTERMAN reflects on 33 years of late nights with the New York Times.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR stays for an interview about walking out on an interview.

MILEY CYRUS, who recently broke up with her boyfriend of five months, Patrick Schwarzenegger, is getting close again to ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth.

PAMELA ANDERSON is a million dollars richer, and Rick Salomon is a lot happier after their divorce went through.

MARK HAMILL shared family pics from Return of the Jedi.

SEINFELD heads to Hulu for 160MM dollars.

FRANCE:  Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Mohammed following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team by jihadists in January, has told a French magazine he will no longer draw the prophet.

SAUDI ARABIA's  king has removed his half-brother as crown prince, replacing him with his nephew, and elevated his son to the position of deputy crown prince, in the most significant repositioning of power among the royal family since King Salman assumed the throne in January.

LIBYA: The Tripoli-based Islamist faction rejected the UN's peace proposal that included recognizing the rival internationally-recognized parliament as "the only legislative authority in the country."

A CRAZY, TENTACLED CATERPILLAR in Peru.

A BULL had an apparently amorous interest in a Florida police car.

CONEHEAD TERMITES invade Broward County, FL. Mepps! Mepps!

A TORTOISE which had part of its legs chewed off by a rat has been fitted with wheels.

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Jack Ely RIP, Jack White, Mikal Cronin, Django Django, Good Riddance, Zebras   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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JACK ELY, a co-founder of the Kingsmen, the man whose unintelligible singing of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie" made it a teen anthem and FBI target, died at his home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an illness. He was 71.

JACK WHITE played unplugged in Fargo, his final show for the foreseeable future.

MIKAL CRONIN advance streams MCIII via iTunes.

DJANGO DJANGO advance streams Born Under Saturn via iTunes.

GOOD RIDDANCE streams Peace In Our Time, their first since 2006.

THE ROLLING STONES drop an alternate version of "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking."

THE REPLACEMENTS rolled out "Whole Foods Blues" on tour.

RICHARD THOMPSON dropped "Beatnik Walking" ahead of Still, produced by Jeff Tweedy.

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY plays "Another Girl" live for the first time. The Beatles never did so.

JONI MITCHELL's rep denies the singer is in a coma.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall is a mom now.

DAVE NAVARRO is dating Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros.

EMMY THE GREAT talks to Hunger about her new EP and upcoming LP. (Thx, Frank Yang)

HILARY DUFF is on Tinder.

AMY ADAMS  is to marry her longtime fiancé Darren Le Gallo this weekend in Los Angeles, multiple sources confirmed to Page Six.

CHRIS EVANS talks Captain America with Entertainment Weekly.

ALICE EVE (Star Trek: Into Darkness) got into social media trouble with comments about Bruce Jenner.

FULL HOUSE: John Stamos calls out the Olsen twins.

THE FHM 100, just in time for Gratuitous Wednesday.

SUZANNE CROUGH CONDRAY, who played the youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show The Partridge Family, has died at 52.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A senior female ISIS agent apparently is a twenty-something female believed to be from Seattle.

NIGERIA: 200 girls and 93 women rescued from Boko Haram terror camps in Sambisa Forest on Tuesday are "not the Chibok girls," Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said.

SAUDI ARABIA announced the arrest of 93 suspects with ties to the Islamic State group who it says were planning multi-pronged attacks on the U.S. Embassy, security forces and residential compounds where foreigners live.

IRAN: A U.S.-flagged ship was recently intercepted by an Iran Revolutionary Guard naval patrol, the U.S. Navy revealed. The Marshall Islands, a small country that gained independence from the U.S.  in 1986, will almost definitely have to rely on the U.S. to retrieve a cargo ship flying its flag that was commandeered Tuesday by Iran's Navy, apparently in Iranian waters.

GIRAFFES, ZEBRAS & OTHERS drink from a water trough.

WHEN SEA LION ATTACKS: A Cali fisherman worried he was going to die after a sea lion attacked, pulling him overboard.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Vampire squirrels are a thing.

THE POCKET SHARK is so rare that this is the second ever spotted.

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Warm Soda, Lord Huron, Todd Rundgren, Elbow, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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JASON ISBELL & AMANDA SHIRES covered Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer" for Letterman.

WARM SODA advance streams Symbolic Dream.

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

TODD RUNDGREN, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, and  Emil Nikolaisen are advance streaming Rundanns.

ELBOW drops "What Time Do You Call This?" from the Man Up soundtrack.

MATES OF STATE have a "Staring Contest" ahead of their You're Going To Make It EP.

MIKE VIOLA (Candy Butchers, The Wonders) drops "Stairway to Paradise."

FFS: The Franz Ferdinand/Sparks collab drops “Collaborations Don’t Work”.

THEM: "Baby, Please Don't Go" and a French TV take on "Gloria" for Twofer Tuesday.

DJANGO DJANGO talks to NME about mythology, the occult and their new LP.

WHY DO PEOPLE HATE NICKELBACK? NPR investigates.

MP3 BLOGS are still a Thing...just more niche.

SID TEPPER, the man behind hundreds of popular rock and pop hits sung by artists including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, died on 24 April, aged 96.

SESAME STREET dropped “Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon."

FULL HOUSE may be headed to Netflix, but an unauthorized tell-all is headed to Lifetime.

VANILLA ICE defends ADAM SANDLER.

NIKKI REED & IAN SOMERHALDER got hitched.

STANA KATIC (Castle) wed her longtime love Kris Brkljac at a private family monastery on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM are not talking reconciliation, but they don't want to close the door on the marriage either.

JAYNE MEADOWS ALLEN, award winning stage and screen actress, died peacefully of natural causes Sunday night at age 95. Folks will remember her for The Honeymooners, but as a kid, I dug her and Steve Allen on PBS's Meeting of Minds. 

AFGHANISTAN: Thousands of Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in the northern province of Kunduz in an effort to seize control of the provincial capital and outlying districts. Afghan officials have said that several areas of Kunduz are now under the jihadist group’s control.

IRAN: The world is "closer than ever" to reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran but the work is far from over, with key issues unresolved, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister met on the sidelines.

TOURIST FLIPS OFF A MONKEY, Suffers Consequences.

THE LANGUAGE OF CATS: How they're actually telling humans what to do.

A DOBERMAN who ingested nearly three wrist watches is recovering after undergoing a procedure to remove the pieces at the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

A FOX in Chernobyl has made a large sandwich using cold meats and bread fed to him by a radio crew in the area.

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Mac McCaughan, Tallest Man in the World, Metz, Chris Stapleton, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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IRON & WINE oddly features pro wrestling in the video for “Everyone’s Summer Of ’95.”

MAC McCAUGHAN advance streams Non-Believers.

THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD advance streams Dark Bird Is Home.

METZ advance streams II.

CHRIS STAPLETON advance streams Traveller.

SHEER MAG streams their 7" EP.

KING CYST drops “Chinese Wind” ahead of King of New York.

THE SUPREMES: "Come See About Me."

SHARON VAN ETTEN shares the soundtrack of her life at The Guardian.

STEVE EARLE takes on mainstream countery music at the L.A. Times.

CRYSTAL CATLES: Ethan Kath talks to Pitchfork about Alice Glass, "Frail", and the future of the band

THE ROLLING STONES' TOP 10 LPs, ranked by NME.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Furious 7 tops the chart again with 18.3MM, the first movie to top every weekend in April since The Hunger Games. It is also the third film ever to break the bioon-dollar mark.  Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 defies the critics to place with 15.5MM, which means it might actually profit in thearters.  The opening of The Age of Adeleine shows with 13.4MM, which is probably fine against a 25MM budget with an A- Cinemascore.  Home holds onto the fourth slot with 8.3MM, though it's worldwide gross of $299MM is still likely short of profitability as Avengers 2 arrives to invade the family market.  Unfriended rounds out the Top 5 with 6.2MM on a 61 percent drop, but 25.2MM domesticv against a 1MM budget is a fat ROI.

BRUCE JENNER ended months of speculation, revealing that he is transitioning to life as a woman. And a Republican.  The interview got big ratings.

GILLIAN ANDERSON asked CHRIS MARTIN for a date.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON was profiled by Parade.

CHRIS PRATT & JIMMY FALLON sing nonsense karaoke.

GOODFELLAS: The cast reunited for a 25th anniversary gala screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

TRUE DETECTIVE director  Cary Fukunaga syas moviegoers are as responsible as filmmakers for the death of cinema.

UKRAINE's military mobilization is undermined by draft dodgers.

AF-PAK: It now appears American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, the hostages the White House announced Thursday were accidentally killed in a drone strike, were being used to safeguard an al Qaeda senior leader.

IRAQ: The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days. Over 120 Iraqi soldiers and a senior general were killed during the Islamic State offensive.

A PUPPY plays Phil Collins. Compelling and rich.

BOB THE JOGGER was attacked by bears...again.

AN OPOSSUM lured a wildlife rescuer to her dath on the train tracks.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Three people were arrested after the Lawrence County. IN Drug Task Force served a search warrant, discovering, meth, heroin, and a squirrel.

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