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Bon Iver & the Revolution, Foreigner, (Sandy) Alex G, Albin Lee Muldau, Tub Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BON IVER joined THE REVOLUTION on "Erotic City" at Rock The Garden.

FOREIGNER's classic lineup reunited for “Long, Long Way From Home,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Hot Blooded.”

(SANDY) ALEX G plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg for Pitchfork Live.

ALBIN LEE MULDAU plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE POLICE: "Next To You," an early Pate staple.

SCOTT WALKER talks to Jarvis Cocker about David Bowie, diving out of a car that flew off a cliff, etc. 

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE's Avey Tare talks to PopMatters aboutspace and mystery in music.

PRIESTS talksed to Stereogum about playing festivals, politics, etc.

TOP OF THE POPS? What should music TV look like on the BBC in 2017?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dunkirk tops the chart with 50.5MM, much better than last week's 35-40MMe stimates, which must have the WB breathing a sigh of relief.  It's likely to be as successfula s Nolan's Interstellar, especially in overseas markets, which means the Summer release gamble paid off.  Girls Trip placed with 30.4MM, which is great againsta 19MM budget, unusually good for a comedy this year.  Spider-Man: Homecoming shows with 22MM on a 50 percent dropand looks on track to profit worldwide. Its performance was bad news for War for the Planet of the Apes, which took the fourth slot with 20.44MM on a 64 percent slide.  And even worse for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the most expensive indie fim ever (209MM) that rounds out the Top Five with 17MM.  Ouch.  Granted, rights deals covered a lot of this risk, but Ouch.

BEN AFFLECK: Being phased out as Batman?  Affleck denies it. Jeffrey Dean Morgan could be a different Batman.

READY PLAYER ONE dropped a Comic-Con trailer.

THOR: RAGNAROK has a new Comic-Con trailer.

JUSTICE LEAGUE has a new Comic-Con trailer.

WESTWORLD dropped a Season 2 trailer at Comic-Con.

STRANGER THINGS dropped a Season 2 Trailer.

THE GIFTED, an X-Men Universe series, drops a trailer.

MICHELLE PFEIFFER joins Ant-Man and The Wasp.

O.J. SIMPSON has been moved to a special housing area in Lovelock Correctional Center to protect him from inmates possibly looking to harm him in order to make a name for themselves.

JOHNNY DEPP's expenses are further exposed in the amended lawsuit filed by former managers.

EDGAR WRIGHT discusses the music of Baby Driver.

SALVADOR DALI's mustache still survives, an exhumation revealed.

JOHN HEARD, best known as Peter McAllister in the Home Alone movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

A RESCUE DOG enjoys a hot tub.

STUBBS THE CAT, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.

HONEY BEES saved by capitalism.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MINKS that cannot survive in the wild were "liberated" by people who supposedly care about animals.

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Lovin' Spoonful, Seratones, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, Cheetah Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...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.

ELVIS PRESLEY: Stream selected tracks from the three-disc A Boy From Tupelo.

SERATONES play the Mountain Stage. A little bit Nirvana, a little bit Big Brother & the Holding Company.

MY MORNING JACKET plays a full set at the Forest Hills Stadium.

RADIOHEAD played Tel Aviv.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features tracks from Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney and more.

MICHAEL McDONALD shares "Find It In Your Heart."

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

LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington has died by suicide, according to TMZ; he was 41.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his career, living in Nashville, and his new self-titled album.

BILLY BRAGG talks skiffle on Fresh Air.

MITSKI does a Q & A with Stereogum.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Dunkirk, which is currently scoring 95 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is scoring 59 percent; and Girls Trip, scoring 86 percent.

DUNKIRK: Christopher Nolan's recreation of the historic and somehat miraculous evacuation of the Brititsh Expeditionary Force from France is a remarkably tense, "you are here" dramatic experience.  It is perhaps not as harrowing as the Normandy invasion sequence of Saving Private Ryan, but it's in the ballpark for the length of an entire film.  And given this, it may be that the riskiest thing about this movie -- aside from the decision to release a WWII movie in mid-Summer -- is that there is not terribly much in the way of character development.  There is, however, a fair amount of character revealing in the crucible of the event.  Nolan also manipulates time -- as he is wont to do -- ultimately bringing three different, seemingly simple timelines on different time scales together to portray its complexity. It's an impressive, austere film that is probably going to be more appreciated than enjoyed.

O.J. SIMPSON was granted parole and he'll be released from prison as early as October. 

STEVIE WONDER reportedly tied the knot over the weekend with fiancée Tomeeka Robyn Bracy.

CHARLIZE THERON is dating again.

DOCTOR DOOM may be getting his own movie.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE has a red-band trailer online.

THE SNOWMAN has a trailer online.

THE SHAPE OF WAYER has a trailer online.

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING has a teaser online.

FIVE ADORABLE CHEETAH CUBS went public at the Monarto Zoo.

AN ALABAMA MAN shot an 820-lb wild hog in his front yard.

A PARROT as a witness for the murder prosecution.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD discovers a million-year-old fossil.

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Dan Auerbach, Benjamin Booker, Matthew Sweet, Dog and Duck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



PETER FRAMPTON shares a video for "I Saved A Bird Today."

DAN AUERBACH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BENJAMIN BOOKER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MATTHEW SWEET stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

LUNA covers Mink DeVille's "Let Me Dream If I Want To." At CBGB, In 1976.

THE LEMON TWIGS share "Night Song."

UV-TV shares "Go Away."


RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods.

STEVE EARLE talks to PopMatters aboutfallen heroes, chance encounters, and rabble-rousing.

STEVE ISBELL talks to the Austin Chronicle about his creative resurgence of the past five years, the pressures of success, and the decision to return with his band, the 400 Unit, for The Nashville Sound.

BEACH HOUSE talks to the Creative Independent about the deeply intimate nature of the band’s creative process. (Thx, LHB.)

BURIED HISTORY: Unearthing the influence of Native Americans on rock 'n' roll.


O.J. SIMPSON is up for parole this afternoon. Unsurprisingly preceded by an odd story.


MUPPET MELEE: Brian Henson said that Kermit actor Steve Whitmire was bootedbe cause he made "outrageous demands" and would often "play brinkmanship."

AVENGERS: Steve Rogers may have a different identity in Infinity War (and comics nerds can guess what it is).

HARMONY KORINE shared the soundtrack of his like with Pitchfork.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, ranked by Vulture.

MAD MEN, Ten Years Later. To quote critic Alan Sepinwall, Mad Men "never had a huge audience, but it was the TV equivalent of the Velvet Underground: every TV executive who watched it tried to launch their own prestige drama."

CONFEDERATE: HBO has ordered a series from the Game of Thrones team that takes place in an alternate version of America where the South successfully seceded from the Union.


DUCK & DOG, playing together...mass hysteria!

THE FRIENDLINESS OF DOGS may share a genetic basis with a human disease called Williams-Beuren syndrome.

THOUSANDS OF ROACHES emerge from a manhole, swarm a Philadelphia neighborhood.

SEAWEED-EATING SUPERCOWS tackle climate change.

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Mountain Goats, Chicano Batman, Perfume Genius, Bobcat Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DESCENDENTS share a video for "Without Love."

MOUNTAIN GOATS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CHICANO BATMAN  stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PERFUME GENIUS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE REPLACEMENTS share an early-ish version of "Can't Hardly Wait" ahead of For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986.

RANDY NEWMAN shares "Sonny Boy."

THE WAR ON DRUGS shares "Strangest Thing."

NINE INCH NAILS shares "This Isn't The Place."


EVERCLEAR: "A.M. Radio." Because my brother's Pinto said so

GLEN CAMPBELL: The most underappreciated musician in America?

KENNY ROGERS announces a farewell show with special guests. Gotta know when to fold 'em.

TEGAN & SARA: Children of The Con.

PROG: Dave Weigel talks to Morning Edition about his new book, The Show That Never Ends: The Rise And Fall Of Prog Rock.

YO LA TENGO is bringing back their Hanukkah shows this year, at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.


NAOMI WATTS & BILLY CRUDUP , who star as husband and wife on the series Gypsy, are now dating in real life.

KATE MARA & JAMIE BELL tied the knot over the weekend.

MUPPET MELEE: The longtime voice of Kermit the Frog squared off against executives at Disney on Monday over the company's decision to fire him after almost three decades of bringing that beloved Muppet to life.

MADONNA sought an emergency court order Tuesday barring an auction house from putting an array of her memorabilia up for auction.

JAMIE-LYNN SIEGLER is pregnant and expecting her second child with her husband, Cutter Dykstra.

GEORGE ROMERO: More Than Zombies.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN: Which is his best movie?


A BOBCAT attacks a man and his dog in Arizona.

A RACCOON broke into a car to give birth.

AN EXTREMELY UNRULY GOAT attacks and office. Twice.

GIANT CANNIBAL CRICKETS are massing on the border.

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The Suburbs, Tuxedo, Fragile Rock, Josh Ritter, Dog Rescues Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE NATIONAL debuts "Born to Beg."

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

TUXEDO, a/k/a Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, played a Tiny Desk Concert.

FRAGILE ROCK played a Tiny Desk Concert.

JOSH RITTER returns with "Steamboat."

THE BESNARD LAKES cover Fleetwood Mac's “You Make Loving Fun.”


CROWDED HOUSE, which hit the Top Ten twice in 1987 with "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," are your Twofer Tuesday.

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN tells Pitchfork about his everyday listening habits and why political music writing isn't fun now.

FAITH NO MORE: Roddy Bottum taks to The Quietus about smuggling gay sex up the charts, as well as tragedy, comedy, and his new Edinburgh show Sasquatch: The Opera which he's expecting to be taken "very seriously."

10 ALBUMS That Defined the 90s, according to the NY Observer.

50 ESSENTIAL ROAD SONGS, according to Paste.


R. KELLY is  vehemently denying explosive allegations that he's the mastermind behind an abusive “cult” that subjects women to sex slavery.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 has a second trailer online.

MINDY KALING is currently pregnant with her first child.

JORDAN PEELE & CHELSEA PERETTI have officially become parents.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE stopped to help a terrified tourist who was slashed across the face in a robbery by thugs riding a moped.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS  shares a tender kiss with handsome mystery man.


A DOG NAMED STORM saves a baby deer from drowning.

A BEAR destroyed a Suburban in Steamboat Springs.

DOZENS OF LIVE MAGGOTS were removed from a young Khazakstani boy's ear after he was brought in with a severe earache.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: It's the problem solving.

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