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Lone Bellow, Tallest Man on Earth, Albert Hammond Jr, Seapony, Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

BELLE & SEBASTIAN share an extended version of "Perfect Couples."

THE LONE BELLOW played the Newport Folk Festival.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH played the Newport Folk Festival.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR advance streams Momentary Masters.

SEAPONY advance streams A Vision.

THE POLICE: "It's Alright For You." Almost forgot this little gem.

THE MEKONS: Sally Timms talks to Noisey about a newly-released documentary, and the band's upcoming albums.

THE KILLS: Alison Mosshart talks to Paste about previewing new material live ahead of their next LP.

THE TOP 10 PUNK DOCUMENTARIES, according to Paste.

UPCOMING: Releases from Tommy Keene, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies), ad newly remastered versions of all four Faces albums as well as a bonus disc of rarities.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In the wake of a mass shooting in a Louisiana theater, Ant-Man tops the chart with 24.8MM on a 57 percent drop, roughly in line with the first Captain America and second Hulk film.The impact of the tragedy on the weekend receipts is unknowable and ultimately far from the most important thing on a human level.  The debut of Pixels placed with 24MM against an 88MM budget; this will be unlikely to profit in theaters, even with strong overseas receipts.Minions showed with 22.1MM on a 55 percent drop; that's steep, but the flick already has ~760MM worldwide against a 74MM budget. Trainwreck took the fourth slot with 17.3MM on a 42 percent drop and will likely make a tidy profit in theaters.  Southpaw rounds out the Top 5 with a surprisingly good 16.5MM against a 30MM budget.  Just below the fold, the debut of Paper Towns took in 12.5MM against a 12MM budget, which is good news for the teen-lit flick and its studio.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN has died at the age of 22.

MANDY MOORE, the fmr Mrs Ryan Aadms, is now spending time with Dawes lead singer Taylor Goldsmith.

HULK HOGAN was fired by the WWE and scrubbed from its website after a controversial audio clip him angrily using the n-word to describe someone who was dating his daughter surfaced.

KRISTEN BELL left an adorable message in the voice of her Frozen character, Anna, for Avery Huffman, a young fan suffering from a brain tumor.

AMANDA BYNES looked happy and healthy in a rare public sighting.

LEAH & BRANDON JENNER are the proud parents of a baby girl.

CHRIS BROWN left the Philippines after being stranded for three days due to a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled concert last New Year’s Eve.

SNOOP DOGG was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police have said.

THE 50 GREATEST SCI-FI TV PROGRAMS, according to Popular Mechanics. Their troll game is strong.

BELGIUM: Two former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba were arrested by Belgian police in a counterterrorism operation targeting a recruiting network for al Qaeda in Syria.

SYRIA: One year after the West celebrated the removal of Syria’s arsenal as a foreign-policy success, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the regime didn’t give up all of the chemical weapons it was supposed to.

IRAN: As the White House campaign to persuade Congress about the wisdom of its Iran nuclear deal moves into its second week, important components of the complex agreement are emerging that will be shrouded from the public and in some cases from the U.S. government itself. 

CHIMP vs DRONE: Who you got?

ANT-MAN: “It’s a turning point for ants in cinema,” says James Traniello, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of biology.

THE BEEPOCALYPSE is over, thanks to beekeepers.

AN ALLIGATOR found roaming the streets in Upper Manhattan died unexpectedly.

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Lovin' Spoonful, Mynabirds, Red River Dialect, Benjamin Clementine, CPR Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL! The obligatory "Summer in the City" because of course.  But let's do the other big hits: "Daydream," "Do You Believe in Magic," and "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice."  Also, the band gets some orchestral backing on "Darlin' Be Home Soon," which is lesser-known today, but which reached No. 15 on the Billboard charts in 1967.

THE MYNABIRDS advance steam Lovers Know.

RED RIVER DIALECT advance streams Tender Gold and Gentle Blue.

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE advance streams At Least For Now.

LIANNE LA HAVAS advance streams Blood.

LED ZEPPELIN drops an alternate (and decidedly lesser, imho) version of "When The Levee Breaks."

WILD CHERRY: "Play That Funky Music." It's what they do.

WILCO lists their 17 favorite recent albums, including the reissue of Game Theory's Real Nighttime.

FAITH NO MORE ceebrates their contrariness with The Guardian.

THE KINKS visit a hair salon, circa 1964.

NEGATIVLAND's Don Joyce died Wednesday at 71.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Pixels, which is currently scoring 19 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Paper Towns, which is scoring 61 percent; and Southpaw, scoring 52 percent.

MIRANDA LAMBERT claims BLAKE SHELTON was way more into The Voice than her, and she felt like an abandoned wife.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE, a/k/a Harry Potter and the star of The Dogwalker, just turned 26. Here he is working magic on Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady."

KING ARTHUR: Entertainment Weekly looks at Guy Ritchie's upcoming reimagining of the legend.

KELLY RUTHERFORD lost her child custody bid.

JURASSIC WORLD 2: Director-writer Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly confirmed with ETonline that they will script the next installment.

THE REVENANT: Veteran crewmembers who have toiled on director Alejandro G. Inarritu's The Revenant say the director's follow-up to Birdman could turn out to be epic and Oscar-worthy. Some also say that making the film has been by far the worst experience of their careers — "a living hell," as one bluntly puts it.  Leonardo DiCaprio seems to have survived okay.

IRAQ has for the first time deployed soldiers trained by the U.S.-led coalition in their campaign to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

IRAN:The UN's nuke watchdogs will be relying on Iran to take samples at Parchin and other sites for its "possible military dimensions" (PMD) investigation.  USA Today discusses four key questions about the nuke deal.

A DOG saved by CPR.

A FIVE-DAY-OLD SEAL became separated from its mother and stranded in a field of cows.

A CAT rescued from a fire now nurses other animals at the pet hospital.

ARMADILLOS rae spreading leprosy in Florida.

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Richard Thompson, Guster, Antarctigo Vespucci, Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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DUM DUM GIRLS released an alternate video for "Coming Down."

RICHARD THOMPSON performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

GUSTER played Clearwater 2015.

ANTARCTIGO VESPUCCI advance streams the power-poppy Leavin’ La Vida Loca.

SAM PREKOP & ARCHER PREWITT (The Sea & Cake) stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BLITZEN TRAPPER drops "Lonesome Angel" ahead of All Cross This Land. Very Laurel Canyon-y.

MARK LANEGAN: Brooklyn Vegan has his demo for "No Cross," as well as Lanegan and Beth Orton covering Marc Almond's 1988 UK hit "Your Kisses Burn."

FUZZ: Ty Segall's heavy power trio drops "Pollinate" and "Rat Race" ahead of II.

DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip

JASON ISBELL: Making the Ordinary Exceptional.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles delves into the emotions of The Most Lamentable Tragedy with Exclaim.

THE CLIENTELE: Alasdair MacLean is interviewed by Music is Love about influences, peers, and geography. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

WAYNE CARSON,  a Grammy-winning songwriter whose hits included “Always on My Mind” and “The Letter,” died on Monday in Nashville. He was 72.

BLAKE SHELTON & MIRANDA LAMBER: Now it's her turn to leak charges of infidelity.

NICKI MINAJ & TAYLOR SWIFT got into a Twitter squabble over the VMAs, and it has become the pretext for Deep Thoughts.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN has met with top Hollywood divorce attorney, “disso queen” Laura Wasse.

SPECTRE has a boss new trailer online.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS married well before their July 4th ceremony.

CHRIS BROWN's departure from Manila was delayed on Wednesday because of fraud allegations against him and his promoter for a cancelled concert last New Year’s Eve.

CHARLIZE THERON once invited Pres Obama to a strip club.

RUSSIA would take military "countermeasures" if Sweden were to join Nato, according to the Russian ambassodor.

IRAN: National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the existence of so-called “side” agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Rice said the documents between Iran and the IAEA are not public, but the administration has been informed on their contents and will share details with members of Congress in a classified briefing on Capitol Hill. AFAIK, these types of agreements with the IAEA are common.However, the Obama administration’s claim that the Iran nuclear accord provides for airtight verification procedures is coming under challenge from nuclear experts with long experience in monitoring Tehran’s program.

FRANK, the Happiest Dog Ever. (Thx, Zoey.)

A BABY ELEPHANT busts a move.

A CAT awakens from his neutering, is not amused.

CROWS are massive jerks. And stare unamazed.

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Kurt Vile, UMO, Big Talk, Spill, All Sounds, Chameleon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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KURT VILE drops "Pretty Pimpin'" ahead of b'lieve i'm goin down.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA visited WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

BIG TALK advance streams Straight In, No Kissin'

SPILL advance streams their self-titled debut EP. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features tracks from Wilco, Sports, Palehound,  Night Beds and more in the latest edition.

LEMON PIPERS: "Green Tambourine."

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks about his psychological damas and his new rock opera with Esquire. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE ZOMBIES (including the original members) will be touring Odessey & Oracle in the US this Fall.

DEF LEPPARD dismissed reports that US Presidential candidate Donald Trump will introduce the band at an upcoming live show. 

LYDIA LUNCH, still raging, rages against the commercialization of pop at The Guardian.

BLAKE SHELTON & MIRANDA LAMBERT: Did they divorce due to infidelity? Or was it that she didn't want kids

MELANIE GRIFFITH & ANTONIO BANDERAS finally divorced.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM finally divorced

THE MTV VMA nominations went to these folks. 

BENICIO DEL TORO has the offer to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

E.L. DOCTOROW, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 84 and had homes in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, N.Y.

THE 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS, according to world film critics surveyed by the BBC

THE ISLAMIC STATE  is transforming into a functioning state that uses extreme violence — terror — as a tool.

IRAN: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very disturbing”. 

A CHAMELEON pops bubbles

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A "drunk" squirrel caused hundreds of pounds of damage at a private members' club in Worcestershire.

SNAILS slug it out in world championship racing.

A GRIZZLY BEAR pushes a woman trapped in a glass cage of emotion for a Japanese game show. 

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Titus Andronicus, Desaparecidos, Philadelphia Collins, On An On, Cockatoo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BON IVER unveiled two new, untitled songs at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival.

TITUS ANDRONICUS advance streams their epic rock opera, The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

DESAPARECIDOS, Live In Concert.

PHILADELPHIA COLLINS advance streams the Derp Swervin EP.

ON AN ON advance streams And the Wave Has Two Sides.

FOALS drop “Mountains At My Gates" ahead of What Went Down.

DRINKS is "Laying Down Rock" ahead of Hermits On Holiday.

QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and " Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

PAUL WELLER: The Modfather is profiled by Magnet.

PAVEMENT: Scott Kannberg, the band's rhythm guitarist, talks to Salon about the clattery early days.

THE BEST OF 2015 (So Far), according to the Toronto Sun.

AC/DC's fmr drummer Phil Rudd was released on bail on Monday after being arrested in New Zealand on a charge of breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence for threatening to kill a former employee.

BLAKE SHELTON & MIRANDA LAMBERT have split after four years of marriage.

AMY SCHUMER is interviewed by GQ.

NICOLE KIDMAN is profiled by Vogue.

CHRIS BROWN's close friends were in on the home invasion robbery.

TRUE DETECTIVE: Was it ever good?

GEORGE COE, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.

CHINA is planning a city the size of Kansas.

SYRIA: Jihadist groups in Syria, including the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, have established "Al Muhajirun" as a new front for foreign fighters. The alliance is intended to unite foreign jihadists and serve as a counterbalance to the Islamic State.

IRAN: The United Nations Security Council has unanimously endorsed the nuclear deal struck between Iran, the United States and five other world powers. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) criticized the administration for backing the UN vote on the deal before Congress reviewed it. Iran's parliament also has concerns, if you believe state-run media.

SAUDI ARABIA: The nuclear deal that will lift tough sanctions on Iran is mobilizing Saudi Arabia to turn the tide against its regional rival in Yemen and Syria before it makes an economic recovery, military officials and analysts say.

SOCCER COCKATOO: Let's go to the video.

NUT-BASHING MONKEYS offer clues about human evolution.

SHEEP perform King Lear.

WOULD YOU LIKE FISH WITH THAT? Breakfast at the Graham Center at Florida International University’s main campus was interrupted when the aquarium in the center’s food court burst Thursday morning.

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