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Spoon, Leggy, Inventions, Evans The Death, Lightning Bolt, Koala   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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SPOON plays "Inside Out" and "I Just Don't Understand" for La Bogotheque and Twofer Tuesday.

LEGGY streams their Nice Try EP.

INVENTIONS advance streams Maze Of Woods.

EVANS THE DEATH streams Expect Delays.

LIGHTNING BOLT advance streams Fantasy Empire.

MUMFORD & SONS drop the banjo and, while the band claims Radiohead and Led Zeppelin as inspiration, the consensus about "Believe" is that it sounds like Coldplay.  Impressively divisive.

THE CRIBS have a "Different Angle" ahead of For All My Sisters.

LORD HURON drops "The World Ender" ahead of Strange Trails.

THE WALKER BROTHERS play "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" and "Make It Easy On Yourself" for Twofer Tuesday.

TWEEDY: 19-year-old Spencer Tweedy talks to RedEyeChicago about his hometown, working with his father and why 'dad rock' is a terrible term.

KIM DEAL talks to NME about a new Breeders album, keeping It cottage industry, and patricide.

KURT VILE talks to SPIN about his upcoming LP, All Over The Place.

MODEST MOUSE is profiled on All Things Considered.

AMERICAN SNIPER is officially the highest-grossing film released in 2014.

GHOSTCORPS will be broadening the Ghostbusters franchise, including a male counterpart to the all-female rebooy directed by Paul Feig.

SUGE KNIGHT: The full video of his fatal hit-and-run incident is online and not for the squeamish.

BRUCE JENNER's sex change is back on track.

THE WALKING DEAD companion series gets a two-season order.

SAM SIMON, who wrote episodes of Taxi, Cheers and It's Garry Shandling's Show before co-creating landmark animated series The Simpsons and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at 59.

ALBERT MAYSLES, the documentary film-maker best known for Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter, has passed away at the age of 88. "

EGYPT: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, appealed to the U.S. to play a greater role in helping his country fight terrorism -- as he urged the creation of an "Arab ready force" to confront the Islamic State and similar groups.

LIBYA: Jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State attacked an oil field in al-Ghani, beheading eight guards and kidnapping nine foreign workers. Pro-government forces conducted airstrikes on the airport in Tripoli, which remains controlled by rival Islamist forces.

THE ISLAMIC STATE ­appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those living under its despotic rule. 

A KOALA, just walking down the street Down Under.

AMY THE PIG is the smartest pupil in her dog-obedience class.

THIS COW MOOSE consistently misses the crosswalk in Hadley, ID.

DEER eat birds when you aren't looking.

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Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, Twin Shadow, Houndmouth, Chastity Belt   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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RYAN ADAMS & NATALIE PRASS cover Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser's "She's Like The Wind."

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD Sing Elliott Smith.

TWIN SHADOW advance streams Eclipse.

HOUNDMOUTH advance streams Little Neon Limelight.

CHASTITY BELT advance streams Time To Go Home.

FRANK BLACK drops the demo for  “How You Went So Far."

CARLY RAE JEPSON isn't my bag, baby. But I didn't want you to miss Tom Hanks in the video for  "I Really Like You."

SLEAFORD MODS' Jason Williamson rails against the state of the music biz.

EX HEX talks to The Guardian about fake friends, creating a scene and discovering the power of powerpop.

CHRISSE HYNDE of The Pretenders is working on an "an incredibly frank" memoir that will come out Sept. 8.

LED ZEPPELIN, Live at the Fillmore West in 1969, ftom The Observer archives.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Chappie tops the chart with 13.3MM, but that's well below estimates against a 49 million budget.  Will anyone second guess putting Neil Blomkamp in charge of the next Alien sequel?  Focus places with 10MM on a 46 percent drop. This is likely to be Will Smith's worst performing star vehicle. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shows with 8.6 MM and more than twice as much overseas; it will make a tidy profit against a 20MM budget if it does anywhere near as well as the original. Kingsman: The Secret Service takes the fourth slot with 8.3MM; with almost 250MM worldwide, a sequel is likely.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water rounds out the Top Five with another 7MM and is already well into profit.  Below the fold, Fifty Shades of Grey crosses the 500MM mark, while Unfinished Business debuts in tenth with 4.8 million, as Vince Vaughn sinks like Will Smith, only worse.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's aunt publicly claimed that her niece's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is under investigation for “attempted murder” in connection with the 22-year-old's near drowning.

AMAL CLOONEY is to teach at New York’s Columbia Law School.

JOHN STAMOS revisited the San Francisco home where his beloved '80s show Full House was set, and went unrecognized.

MADONNA has found a new soul mate: Kanye West.

WARREN BEATTY's film about Howard Hughes may finally make it to theaters: “I would appreciate if you would say Mr. Beatty good-naturedly declined to comment,” he said.

HIGH FIDELITY author Nick Hornby speculates about a sequel.

SAUDI ARABIA expressed "surprise and dismay" at international media reports criticising the flogging of a Saudi blogger for insulting Islam.

WHAT IRAN Won't Say About the Bomb.

LIBYA: Islamic State group jihadists killed eight guards on Friday in an attack on the southern Libyan oilfield of Al-Ghani, a spokesman for the unit tasked with guarding oil installations said.

IRAQI security forces backed by coalition airstrikes have pushed the Islamic State out of a town near a large base where U.S. military advisers are located.

AN OCTOPUS escapes from a boat.

A BABY WOOLY RHINO was discovered after 10K years in the ice.

SNAKES Aren't Scary if You Put Them on Colored Backgrounds.

FIVE TINY KITTENS are lucky to be alive after they were found shivering and sitting in their own filth at the bottom of a garbage can in Langley.

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Talking Heads, Twin Peaks, Lone Bellow, The Church, Goblin Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with TALKING HEADS! Live at the Capitol Theatre, 1980.  Your set list includes: Psycho Killer; Warning Sign; Stay Hungry; Cities; I Zimbra; Drugs; Once In A Lifetime; Animals; Houses In Motion; Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On); Crosseyed And Painless; Life During Wartime; Take Me To The River; and The Great Curve.

TWIN PEAKS just dropped their Wild Onion demos as a free download titled Mind Frames.

THE LONE BELLOW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE CHURCH played for KEXP's VIP donors at The Triple Door in Seattle.

EULA streams Wool Sucking.

THEE OH SEES drop "Web" ahead of Mutilator Defeated.

COURTNEY BARNETT drops “Depreston,” ahead of Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

AL GREEN sings "Let's Stay Together" with Toni Childs, Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, David Sanborn, Melissa Etheridge and more.

ST VINCENT interviews ANDY GILL (Gang of Four). And vice versa.

PALMA VIOLETS talk to NME about their new album, Hindu chanting and being proud pub-rockers.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Houston Press about the Drive-By Truckers opening for country superstar Eric Church, and more. (Thx, LHB.)

LOVE: Arthur Lee is profiled by NME in 1972, courtesy of Rock's Backpages.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Chappie, which is currently scoring 33 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Unfinished Business, which is scoring 7 percent; and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is scoring 64 percent.

HARRISON FORD was in fair condition afrer crashing a vintage plane into a Los Angeles golf course.

SUSAN SARANDON and her much younger boyfriend, SPiN New York co-founder Jonathan Bricklin, have split after five years following a disagreement over a reality show.

LUPITA N'YONGO's stolen (and returned) dress goes into the unsolved mysteries file.

VANILLA ICE will perform at a concert in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma and Bloody Sunday.

THE EXPENDABLES is headed to TV.

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL on the Internet, according to TIME.

PALESTINIAN leaders in the West Bank said on Thursday they would halt the security coordination with Israel which is widely credited with keeping order in the territory and preventing attacks in Israel.

NIGERIA: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead and slit the throats of 68 people -- including children -- in an attack on a village in Nigeria's Borno state, according to survivors and vigilante sources.

SYRIA: Military pressure may be needed to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

IRAN: Aside from Israel, America’s other key allies across the Middle East—such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates—are just as distraught over Iran's pursuit of nukes.

IRAQ: Pres. Obama is becoming increasingly dependent on Iranian fighters as he tries to contain the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria without committing American ground troops.

THE GOBLIN SHARK: You're gonna need an uglier boat.

A CYBORG COCKROACH could save your life.

DOGS enjoyed the snow day in DC.

RINGLING BROS says goodbye to elephants, eventually.

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Tom Waits, Phox, Punch Bros, The Austin 100, Geico Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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SLEATER-KINNEY played "Price Tag" for Seth Metes.

PHOX played a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

THE PUNCH BROS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE AUSTIN 100: NPR's streaming SXSW preview.

TOM WAITS, Live at the Ivanhoe Theater, circa 1976.

THE VIOLENT FEMMES drop "Love Love Love Love Love" --their first in 15 years--ahead of a Record Store Day EP.

VETIVER jangles "Loose Ends" ahead of Complete Strangers.

IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized

LUNA: Dean Wareham talks to Farewell Happy Fields about the reunion. (Thx, Frank Yang)

GLEN CAMPBELL's family fights over control of his affairs. Ugh.

ABBA Museum Gets Four Life-Size Figures.

PRINCE, as a high school jock.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON posted a third trailer online.

ROBIN THICKE's "Blurred Lines" trial provides an inside peek at the financial success of the song credited to Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.

GREG GUTFELD is leaving Red Eye, the best show on FNC; The New Yorker pays tribute.

THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS nominations are out.

ALEC BALDWIN theorized that  suspended anchor Brian Williams exaggerated his experience in Iraq as a way to appeal to NBC Nightly News' "pro-military, conservative" audience.

THE OSCARS may revert to five Best Picture nominees. Maybe expanding the field doesn't work if you don't nominate mass appeal films.

DANIEL VON BARGEN (Seinfeld,The Silence Of The Lambs, O Brother, Where are Thou?, Basic Instinct) passed away after a lengthy illness. He was 64.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A Vietnamese national has been extradited to the United States from Britain after being charged with travelling to Yemen to receive training at an Al-Qaeda camp.

SOUTH KOREA: The U.S. ambassador was attacked by someone shouting an anti-war slogan in the country's capital today while giving a speech.

GEICO's unskippable online ad should not be skipped.

A LION shows why you should always lock your car doors in a safari park.

DYING YOUR CAT = Dying Cat. The More You Know.

UPWARD FLYING DOG: Doing Yoga Wrong.

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Susanna Hoffs, MusicNOW, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Aero Flynn, Pope, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SUSANNA HOFFS sings "Eternal Flame" at a karaoke bar.

MusicNOW is advance streaming a 10th anniversary comp featuring Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Robin Pecknold, and more. But be careful you don't end up listening to the Ace of Base LP at the link.

SARAH BETHE NELSON advance streams Fast-Moving Clouds.

AERO FLYNN advance streams a self-titled LP.

POPE advance streams Fiction.

VAN MORRISON and the late BOBBY WOMACK collaborated on a version of “Some Peace Of Mind.”

MY MORNING JACKET shares "Big Decisions" ahead of The Waterfall.

MODEST MOUSE drops "Of Course We Know" ahead of Strangers to Ourselves.

ELO: Because I "Can't Get It Out Of My Head."

SUPERCHUNK talks about The Replacements.

PURITY RING talks to Stereogum about their new aesthetic, their dynamic as writing partners, and their self-appointed classification of “future pop.”

SOUL ASYLUM is profiled at The Current.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND: Shara Worden talks to Paste about her fifth LP, This Is My Hand.

BILL COSBY: Another Jane Doe from the 2005 civil case against Cosby speaks exclusively to BuzzFeed News.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's family denies they're shooting a reality TV show.

HILARY DUFF talks about her views of love post-marriage and what she thought about Aaron Carter's famous declarations of love.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL share a birthday Instagram. She's 33.

STAR WARS spinoff director Chris Weitz had some comments about the standalone while out promoting Cinderella.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Ten men, nine of whom are Asian, have been charged by police investigating child grooming and sexual exploitation in Rochdale.

IRAN rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

IRAQ: A U.S. military official who briefed news media about Iraq's upcoming offensive to retake Mosul provided inaccurate information but should never have publicly discussed war plans anyway, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday.

A CAT learns to speak, freakily.

COYOTES roam fearlessly in suburban New York.

STONED RABBITS: A DEA agent claims that if a bill regarding edible medicinal marijuana passes in Utah, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time.

AOSHIMA ISLAND: Six Cats for Every Girl.

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