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Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Anais Mitchell, The Devil Makes 3, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM drops a video for the tile track to Get Hurt.

RAYN ADAMS plays a full set at the Newport Folk Festival, including a Danzig cover.

JENNY LEWIS plays a full set at the Newport Folk Festival.

ANAIS MITCHELL & JEFFERSON HAMER play a full set at the Newport Folk Festival.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE plays a full set at the Newport Folk Festival.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "The Look of Love."

GLEN MATLOCK: The Ex-Pistol talks to The Guardian about the plans for his one-man show at the Edinburgh fringe.

ARETHA FRANKLIN has a beef with Johnny Rockets.

RICHARD MARX talks to the L.A. Times about "Right Here Waiting", country songwriting and more.

PRINCE: 20 Things you may not know about the 30-year-old classic.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Lucy tops the chart with 44 million, which is a fine domestic take against a 40 million budget. It's also the biggest non-sequel summer opening since The Fault in our Stars, and the biggest US opening for director Luc Besson (although Besson was producer on the bigger Taken 2). The C+ Cinemascore, however, suggests it won't have legs (esp. with Guardians of the Galaxy opening Friday).  Hercules places with 29 million, a bit troubling against a 100 million budget...but its B+ Cinemascore might boost its chances to compete against Lucy for second next weekend.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shows with 16.4 million. That's off 55 percent from last weekend; it has recouped its production budget here, and 110 so far abroad, but will need about 500 million to break even. (Hint: If you don't see Marvel this weekend, see Apes.)  The Purge: Anarchy drops 67 percent to fourth place with 9.9 million but has 51 million domestic against a 9 million budget. Planes: Fire and Rescue round out the Top 5 with 9.3 million (again, Disney likely cares more about the merch sales for this). Below the fold, Sex Tape is bombing badly is sixth place.  And So It Goes doesn't look much better in eighth.

A MOST WANTED MAN might refer to any of the targets in this adaptation of the LeCarre post-9/11 spy flick, but really it's the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who turns in one of his last typical stellar performance as Gunther Bachmann, the head of an anti-terror unit who spends almost as much time fighting bureaucratic turf wars as he does trying to stop Islamists. Hoffmann excelled at playing characters with an inner core of sadness and loneliness, and Bachmann has almost nothing else beneath the figurative armor he wears on the job. Rachel McAdams steps outside her comfort zone well enough as a leftist lawyer representing a damaged, half-Russian/half-ChechenMuslim with a thousand-yard stare. Willem Dafoe is intense but not overdone as the German banker key to two of Bachmann's investigations. And Robin Wright goes brunette as a tough US official Bachmann doesn't trust.  Rock photog-turned-director Anton Corbijn brings his stark and grim perspective to bear here with good effect; the Hamburg tourist agency must hate him. The story is sufficiently taut for the genre, but it's really Hoffman that elevates this to a film worth seeing.

JAIME KING talks about the struggles she faced during her painful pregnancy and childbirth.

KATE UPTON tells Elle she's been begging for her body her whole life. Obvious punchline here.

KENDRA WILKINSON is reportedly done with husband Hank Baskett weeks after his affair with a transgender model.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX is in early talks to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange.

MARK HAMILL calls his return to the Star Wars franchise an unexpected gift.

WONDER WOMAN: Comic-Con unveiled the first look at Gal Gadot as the Amazon Warrior.

ADAM WEST weighs in on Baffleck.

STEVEN BAUER (Ray Donovan) is dating an 18-year-old.

NORWAY: Norwegian officials said the recent threat of an imminent terrorist attack has been somewhat reduced, backing off from an earlier warning that terrorists from Syria were already on their way to Norway. A former Danish security official criticized Norway's security agency for being so outspoken about the threat.

UKRAINE: Dutch military policemen have been forced to postpone their arrival on the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 disaster after fierce fighting between Ukrainian and rebel forces broke out near the crash site on Sunday.

ISRAEL acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.

EGYPT: The Army claimed to have killed 14 militants in shootouts in the Sinai, and to have destroyed 13 more tunnels into Gaza, bringing the total to 1,639 reportedly destroyed by Egypt's military. A rocket fired by suspected Islamist militants in al-Gorah landed in Rafah, killing four children and wounding five other people yesterday.

IRAQ: The military claimed it killed 35 Islamic State fighters in Dhuluiyah, 17 fighters in Tikrit, and seven more in Karma. The military also said it killed a sniper from Kazakhstan in the Hamrin Mountains. The Islamic State destroyed a mosque at the tomb of Jonah and the mosque of the prophet Seth in Mosul.

CONFUSED CORGI meets a wolf cub.

WHAT IS IT? Is it a bat? A huge bug?

A WILD BULL ELK was stressed by people trying to take selfies with the beast.

WOOD FROGS freeze in Alaska...then thaw out and hop away.

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Hoodoo Gurus, Antlers, King Khan, Candi Staton, Cutout Bin, Wind-Up Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with the HOODOO GURUS! Live circa 2012, mostly perfoming their fab debut LP, Stoneage Romeos. Your setlist includes: "(Let's All) Turn On", "I Want You Back", "Arthur", "Death Ship", "Dig It Up", "My Girl", "Zanzibar", "Leilani", "Tojo", "In the Echo Chamber", "I Was a Kamikaze Pilot", plus "Be My Guru" "Bittersweet," "Crackin' Up', "1000 Miles Away," Television Addict," and "Like Wow, Wipeout!"

THE ANTLERS stpped by KEXP to perform tracks from their latest release, Familiars.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CANDI STATON stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

JEFF TWEEDY drops "Fake Fur Coat" ahead of Sukierae.

ADAM & THE ANTS: "Dog Eat Dog." Gonna look real good (yeah, right).

DOLLY PARTON talks to The Guardian about people - amateur and professional - singing her classics, being the toast of Glastonbury and who should play her in the biopic she's planning.

MOGWAI talk to The Quietus about the highs and lows of their near two decades of operation.

JACK WHITE has the look of a Cubs fan.

UNDERRATED POP LPs of the last 20 years.

CUTOUT BIN: From Matthew Sweet to Rhythm Heritage, from Sam and Dave to the Psychedelic Furs, from Gary Numan to gerry rafferty, plus the Jam, Beck, the Black Crowes, the Bangles and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Hercules, currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Lucy, currently scoring 61 percent; and And So It Goes, scoring 15 percent. Wish I Was Here expands to 625 screens, scoring 39 percent.

ZOE SALDANA isn't just pregnant—she's pregnant with twins.

ROBIN THICKE is telling people in his camp his marriage to Paula Patton has collapsed.

CHARLIZE THERON is wearing a ring on her left hand.

KELSEY GRAMMER's  wife, Kayte Grammer, has given birth to their second child, a baby boy named Gabriel.

SHIA LeBEOUF is working out a plea deal in his Broadway meltdown last month.

SHARKNADO 2: The cast shares survival tips. Because Tara Reid thinks a sharknado could really happen.

50 SHADES OF GREY drops a trailer.

UKRAINE: The United States said Thursday it has proof that Russia is firing artillery into Ukraine.

NORWAY: The security police warned of a "credible" threat of a terrorist attack within the next few days against targets in Norway by people connected with Islamic extremists in Syria. The attack was reportedly planned in Europe. Security measures have been stepped up, and both the City Hall and the Royal Palace in Oslo were closed to tourists as a precaution.

ISRAEL: US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. <font id="Zoom"> UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday voiced "outrage" at the placement of rockets in a school administered by the world organization in the Gaza Strip, calling it "unacceptable." <font id="Zoom">According to reports, those rockets were handed over to Gaza authorities, i.e., Hamas. <font id="Zoom">On Tuesday, UNRWA issued a similar statement after employees found a hidden cache of rockets, for the second time within a week, in one of its Gaza schools.

IRAQ: Lawmakers questioned State and Defense department officials over the US' policy in Iraq; they were told there is no military solution to Iraq's conflict but asked why Iraqi requests for US strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham camps since August 2013 were dismissed. A top State official said the US is now flying 50 sorties daily over Iraq, up from one per month in the past.

DOG? Or wind-up toy?

PYTHON vs ANTELOPE: Who you got?

A PITBULL and a CHIHUAHUA, living together...

ASIAN SUPER ANTS discovered in London.

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Chrissie Hynde, Tune-Yards, John Grant, Squirrel Bait, King Cobras   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JENNY LEWIS recruited Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, and Brie Larson to be "Just One of the Guys."

CHRISSIE HYNDE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

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

JOHN GRANT played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from The Rentals, Zammuto, Perfume Genius and more highlight the latest edition.

SQUIRREL BAIT (a forerunner to Slint, tho we didn't know it when I was spinning their record in Ames) plays "Sun God" in 1985. It may be the only live footage of he band.

T-BONE BURNETT talks to The Guardian about setting "lost" Bob Dylan lyrics to music.

INTERPOL guitarist Daniel Kessler discusses the making of the band's new album, festivals, playing live and tenth anniversaries at Drowned In Sound.

THE BESTRECORDS  of 2014 (So Far), according to the A.V. Club.

DURAN DURAN is suing their fan club.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES: Was their pregnancy unplanned and discovered after they broke up?

ZOE SALDANA is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Marco Perego.

ALAN RUCK & MEREILLE ENOS welcomed their second child together.

ROBIN THICKE & PAULA PATTON are selling their house, so maybe reconciliation is headed off the table.

PEACHES GELDOF died of a heroin overdose, as many suspected.

ANTHONY HOPKINS & EVAN RACHEL WOOD are headed to Westworld on HBO.

UKRAINE: Two Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jets were shot down in an area of heavy fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, near where a Malaysia Airlines jet was blown out of the sky last week, killing 298 people and drawing international dismay.

FRANCE's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars. On Sunday, locals reported chats of "Gas the Jews" and "Kill the Jews", as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as "little Jerusalem".

ISRAEL: Despite a whirlwind round of diplomacy on Wednesday by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the political leader of Hamas rejected a cease-fire.

LIBYA: ollowing the killing of at least 14 people after Ansar al Sharia attacked a Saiqa Special Forces camp in Benghazi, the Saiqa commander called for reinforcements, urging the government as well as all Libyans to stand up against the "terrorist groups."

IRAQ: The Islamic State have told shopkeepers in Iraq to put veils over the faces of their mannequins. The Obama administration knew an attack was in the works three days in advance of the Islamic State’s offensive in northern Iraq, but U.S. efforts to mount a response were hampered by the Iraqi government’s insistence that it could handle the threat, two top U.S. architects of Iraq policy said Wednesday.

FOUR KING COBRAS, protecting a baby.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST FLYING AQUATIC INSECT, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say.

THE SWARM: The mayor of a community just outside Montreal died of anaphylactic shock Sunday after being attacked by wasps while on vacation.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER is recovering after being rescued from an alligator attack in Melbourne Beach.

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Jimmy Webb, Raveonettes, Natalie Merchant, Guilty Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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JIMMY WEBB joined a 23-piece version of the CBS Orchestra foran epic version of his "MacArthur Park," though he stuck to the keys and let Will Lee sing it.

THE RAVEONETTES surprise released Pe'ahi: You can stream it on Spotify while Sune Rose Wagner talks to Drowned In Sound about it.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT played a full set at the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Festival.

NATALIE MERCHANT stopped by WFUV Live for mini-set and chat about life, love and of course, music.

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

DAVID BOWIE plays "Young Americans" for Cavett, looking and sounding too much acquainted with the Thin White Duke.

WILL PLAYLISTS kill the album, or encourage it?

JESSE WARE talks to The 405 about Tough Love.

MERGE's TOP 25 RELEASES, according to PopMatters.

GEORGE HARRISON's memorial tree was killed by beetles.

LOW covers Springsteen's "I'm On Fire."

JUSTIN BIEBER's  trail of liquor and litter at his Beverly Hills condo has set his neighbors off; the police have raised the idea of a citizens' arrest.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN told his former accountant that he "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids," and therefore left the entirety of his reported 35 million dollar estate to his partner Mimi O'Donnell.

EMMA STONE & COLIN FIRTH, co-stars of Woody Allen's 44th feature, Magic in the Moonlight, discuss ghosts, skinny-dipping, and that time Stone live-texted Bridget Jones to Firth.

LUCY LAWLESS joins the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

MANIMAL: The cult 1980s TV show is headed to the big screen.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES have a new teaser trailer online.

ISRAEL: American air carriers suspended flights from the United Stated to Israel "for a period of up to 24 hours" after the FAA issued a warning in response to a rocket strike near Tel Aviv's main airport, officials said. As the conflict entered its third week and the death toll on both sides climbed, the U.S. pressed Hamas to accept an Egyptian cease-fire proposal. But militants in the Palestinian territory showed no sign of letting up on rocket fire.

UKRAINE:  The U.S. government believes that pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realizing it was a civilian passenger flight, U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday. Russia has shown no sign of backing off its shipments of arms to separatists in Ukraine despite these allegations.

TURKEY: The deputy of the opposition CHP party showed news media yesterday copies of official records confirming that Syria-bound trucks stopped in January by unwitting local authorities in Adana were carrying rockets that Turkish intelligence was supplying to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.

IRAQ: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is losing political support for his bid for a third term from core backers, including the country's Shiite religious establishment and ally Iran, say Iraqi officials. Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.  In Mosul, the Islamic State ordered Christians out, robbed them at checkpoints, and then reportedly set fire to a 1800-year-old church.

A GUILTY DOG atones for stealing a baby's toy.

A RED KING CRAB...but blue.

DEADLY GIANT HORNETS are rumored to have landed in the UK.

SNAKES in a Playground.

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Sharon Van Etten, Josh Ritter, Fresh & Onlys, Spoon, Yoga Pets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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MARK LANEGAN's video for "Sad Lover" is pretty driving.

SHARON VAN ETTEN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

JOSH RITTER played a full set at the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Festival.

THE FRESH & ONLYS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SUNO DEKO streams the Thrown Color EP.

SPOON drops "Inside Out" ahead of They Want My Soul.

WEEZER goes "Back to the Shack" ahead of Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: Did Jeff Mangum really talk to Phawker?

HALL & OATES talk to The Guardian about their long career.

DEV HYNES is profiled by Sasha Frere-Jones at The New Yorker.

OVERLOOKED ALBUMS of 2014 (So Far), according to Pitchfork.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR tops the Forbes list of Top Earning Actors. Again.

JONAH HILL officiated at Adam Levine's wedding.

VAMPIRE CANOODLING? Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Twilight's Nikki Reed are officially dating.

JUSTIN BIEBER is testing his probation with loud parties.

KANYE WEST tells GQ he's a porcupine and a blowfish.

FARRAH FRANKLIN, a fmr Destiny's Child singer, was arrested for disorderly conduct after waking up on someone's front lawn.

JUSTIN THEROUX talks about The Leftovers at Elle.

RUSSIA presented a combination of conciliation and bluster on Monday over its handling of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet, with President Vladimir V. Putin seemingly probing for a way out of the crisis without appearing to compromise with the West.

ISRAEL:  The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary" - raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks.

SYRIA: The Islamic State beheaded a man in Raqqah; blew up some houses in Deir Izzour; clashed with the Islamic Front and rebels in Damascus; battled regime special forces around the Sha'er gas field in Homs, where some 60 soldiers were killed; and fought against the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo, where the IS is massing reinforcements for attacks on Ayn al Arab.

IRAN has moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal reached with six world powers last year, according to a monthly update by the U.N. nuclear watchdog obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

IRAQ: The Islamic State now controls or threatens key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, generating fears that the Al-Qaeda splinter group could turn off the taps to the Shiite south of Iraq, sparking a massive humanitarian crisis.

PETS INTERRUPTING YOGA: Let's go to the video.

THE MAYFLY HATCH along the Mississippi River was big enough to be seen by Doppler radar.

A CANADIAN BEAR tries to eat a Danish...tourist.

A COW charged cyclists at a charity event.

 

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