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Mean Jeans, Free Time, All Songs Considered, Garbage, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MINOR VICTORIES (ft members of Slowdive, Editors, Mogwai and Hand Held Cine Club) drop a video for "Scattered Ashes."

MEAN JEANS advance streams Tight New Dimension.

FREE TIME advance streams In Search Of Free Time.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from the Avett Bros, Deerhoof, The Low Anthem and more feature in the latest edition.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS bust out ZZ Top's "Tush" and "La Grange" in Texas.

GARBAGE runs on “Empty” ahead of Strange Little Birds.

BIG DEAL drops an "Avalanche" ahead of Say Yes.

STEELY DAN turn in a spirited "Reelin' in the Years" on the Midnight Special. IIRC, Don Fagen hates this performance tho.

JODY STEPHENS talks to the L.A.Times about Those Pretty Wrongs and the upcoming top-to-bottom performance of the Big Star 3rd/Sister Lovers album.

THE LUMINEERS talk to Magnet about trying to avoid a sophomore slump.

PJ HARVEY's albums, ranked by Stereogum.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II turns 90; NME provides 10 of the best songs about the Queen.

KELLY RIPA did not show up for her TV show Wednesday and it may just be the first in a string of absences. She was reportedly ambushed with the news her co-host Michael Strahan was jumping to Good Morning America. (And would anyone be surprised if GMA was thereafter expanded, pushing Ripa off-air?)

JENNIFER ANISTON was named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE Divorce Settement Deets.

LACEY CHABERT and her husband are expecting their first child.

THREE'S COMANY may be knocking on the door of the big screen.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and more, dropped a trailer online.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN dropped a teaser trailer online.

NORTH KOREA may have from 8 to 20 nuclear warheads according to The National Assembly Research Service.

RUSSIA has been moving artillery units to areas of northern Syria where government forces have massed, raising U.S. concern the two allies may be preparing for a return to full-scale fighting as the current cease-fire falters, U.S. officials said.

IRAN's foreign minister is shocked that the US does not believe that despite its ballistic missile tests, and its supreme leader's threatening speeches, and its support for Syria's dictator … his country really just wants peace and harmony.

PUPPIES vs MIRRORS: Who you got?

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? Dunno, but he was nabbed by police in Toronto.

FOUR MEERKATP PUPS have emerged from their den and are now available for viewing by visitors to the San Diego Zoo.

GIANT OWLS menace Exeter.

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Nada Surf, Mount Moriah, Mayer Hawthorne, Thirsty Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL McCARTNEY brought out KRIST NOVOCELIC for some "Helter Skelter" in Nirvana's hometown.

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

MOUNT MORIAH plays for World Cafe from its base in North Carolina.

MAYER HAWTHORNE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a sesshion.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE's Chris Collingwood, under the solo name Look Park, drops “Aeroplane” ahead of Look Park.

50 FOOT WAVE (ft Kristin Hersh) shares "Bath White," the title trcak to an upcoming EP.

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: "Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)."

BEACH SLANG frontman James Alex talks to SPIN about recording his band’s second album.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY's Munaf Rayani ranks the band's albums for Noisey.

CATE LE BON is profiled by The Record.

AC/DC's longtime lead singer Brian Johnson issued a lengthy statement about his health and uncertain future with the band (on the 36th anniversary of his joining the band).

ELIZABETH BANKS showed off her new look as Rita Repulsa in the upcoming Power Rangers film reboot. (FWIW, the social media response I saw was decidedly mixed.)

WILLEM DAFOE: The former Green Goblin takes a mystery "good guy" role in Justice League.

SUPERHERO MOVIES: Swallowing the industry's star power?

CASTLE seems to be blowing up, despite "couples counseling" for its co-stars.

AMBER HEARD & JOHNNY DEPP's apology video wwas mocked by Australia's deputy prime minister.

JAMES FRANCO talks to New York art critic Jerry Saltz about why Saltz and others why the art world has been so hostile to Franco and other celebrities who try to enter it.

DENMARK, a once-tender embrace of refugees fleeing conflicts on the continent’s doorstep has evolved into an uncompromising rejection.

A THIRSTY BULL serves himself a drink.

BILLIONS OF CICADAS will swarm the Northeastern US next year (but won't peak until 2021).

A BADGER that has been partying a little too hard has checked into an animal shelter to dry out.

KANGAROO vs AIRPLANE: Who you got?

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Shearwater, Frightened Rabbit, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATHER JOHN MISTY has been busting out a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" on tour. (NSFW, obvsly)

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

FRIGHTENED RABBIT played a set at Rough Trade NYC.

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN palyed for World Cafe via San Francisco.

TWIN PEAKS drops the vintage-sounding “Holding Roses" ahead of Down In Heaven.

ISLANDS share “No Milk, No Sugar” and “Fear” as a twofer ahead of two new LPs.

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

ANDREW BIRD talks to All Things Considered about the family influence on Are You Serious.


RECORD STORE DAY: A victim of its own success? (Thx, Frank Yang.)

IRON VIRGIN: The Scottish glam rock band that time forgot.

AMBER HEARD avoided a conviction for illegally taking her dogs into Australia by recording a creepy or funny (depending how you look at it) apology video with husband Johnny Depp.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEKIS are expecting their second child.

EMPIRE co-stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey tied the knot in a secret island wedding.

THE JUNGLE BOOK cast posed with their animals.

THE 13 MOST STYLISH MEN Right Now, according to GQ.

JURASSIC WORLD: The sequel finds its director.

DORIS ROBERTS, a veteran character actress probably best known for playing the Mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died at 90.

ISRAEL: Police now say they are certain that Monday’s explosion on a bus in Jerusalem was a terror attack. Jerusalem’s police commissioner says there’s “no doubt” about it.

LIBYA: Five of the country’s functioning oil fields were shut down in the past few days and their employees were evacuated from fear of ISIS attacks.

SYRIA: The Islamic State group has captured more than a dozen villages and hills during a fresh offensive in northern Syria, opposition activists said Saturday. The IS territorial gains bring the extremist group close to the main highway that links the capital, Damascus, with the country's largest city of Aleppo.

IRAQ: The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year.

CATS: We All Know That One Couple.

PRAIRIE DOGS may get plague vaccinations via drones.

APES can solve some brain-teasers faster than humans.

THE LOCH NESS MONSTER discovered, sort of.

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Lucinda Williams, Lumineers, Metric, Chimp with AK-47   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES dropped a video for "Crazy Macy," their first single since 1992.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE LUMINEERS played a mini-set for World Cafe. Hey!

METRIC performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

PAUL McCARTNEY played "A Hard Day’s Night" and "Love Me Do" for the first time solo in Fresno, CA.

ANDY SCHAUF shares “The Worst in You” from his forthcoming album The Party.

MARTI JONES & TIM LEE (The Windbreakers) cover The dB's classic, "Neverland." With Beatle Bob cameo.

THE REPLACEMENTS: PopMatters excerpts a chapter from Trouble Boys covering Paul Westerberg's youth.

PRINCE was hospitalized with the flu, but bounced back with a dance party.

ANDREW BIRD talks to Salon about his new album, Chicago's '90s music scene, democracy and guns.

AXL ROSE officially will fill in for ailing AC/DC singer Brian Johnson on the Australian hard-rock group's "Rock or Bust" tour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Jungle Book tops the chart with 103.6MM, blowing away industry estimates of roughly 70MM. It's the second-largest April debut evah (behind Furious 7). Director Jon Favreau has been hit-and-miss, but there's no mistaking where this one lands. Barbershop: The Next Cut placed with 20MM, matching its reported production budget; it should, with good reviews, make a modest profit. The Boss showed with 10.2MM, falling a hard-for-comedy 56 percent and endangering its profitability before the home market.  Batman v Superman takes the fourth slot with 9MM on an ugly 61 percent drop; that said, the DC epic has grossed 800MM worldwide, which is probably profitable or close to it.  Zootopia rounds out the Top Five with another 8.2MM and is 75MM ahead of BvS worldwide.Below the fold, Criminal flopped with a 5.9MM debut against a 31MM budget; this has been as bad a year for Lionsgate as it has been a great year for Disney.

CHRISSY TEIGEN & JOHN LEGEND welcomed their first child, a daughter named Luna Simone Stephens, on Thursday.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR: Team Iron Man visited Kimmel with another new clip.

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN discusses his unplanned parenthood with Megan Fox.

THE BIRTH OF A NATION dropped a teaser trailer online.

THE AMERICANS: Vox spent five months watching the making of FX's period spy drama.

TOP GUN IN REVERSE: A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was barrel-rolled by a Russian jet over the Baltic Sea during a routine flight in international airspace, U.S. European Command said Saturday, but Russia disputed that account.

NORTH KOREA attempted and failed to launch what experts believe was an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Friday in defiance of U.N. sanctions and in an embarrassing setback for leader Kim Jong Un, drawing criticism from major ally China.

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT finally voted to allow airlines to share passenger information with EU states.

EGYPT: Thousands of people protested Friday against a controversial agreement that saw Egypt cede control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, despite warnings by authorities that such unrest would be met by force.

SYRIA: The opposition told AFP Friday it was willing to join a transitional government with diplomats and technocrats from Assad's government.

A CHIMP with an AK-47. It's like these dudes never saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

A "TIGER WHISPERER" died after she was attacked by a rare species of big cat Friday at the Palm Beach Zoo.

THE MEN WHO STARED AT GOATS: Lawmakers themselves couldn't seem to believe that Friday's House Armed Services hearing on waste in Afghanistan involved discussing a herd of Italian goats.

A HERD OF BISON went on the loose in southern Juneau County, Wisc.

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Yardbirds, Wire, Adam Green, Rufus Wainwright, Impatient Airedales   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE YARDBIRDS! Live circa 1967, featuring someone the announcer calls "Timmy Page."  Your setlist inlcudes "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," "Over Under Sideways Down," and "I'm a Man."

WIRE advance streams Nocturnal Koreans.

ADAM GREEN advance streams Aladdin. (NSFW).

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT advance streams Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets.

JOSH KELLEY advance streams New Lane Road.

TONY JOE WHITE drops “The Middle of Nowhere" ahead of Rain Crow.


THE GUITARISTS OF DAVID BOWIE: Guitar Player's tribute includes old and new material from Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson, Carlos Alomar, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Adrian Belew and many more (except Robert Fripp, sadly).

JASON & THE SCORCHERS are the latest of The Guardian's Cult Heroes.

THE PIXIES: Ten of Their Best.

TWELVE GREAT SONGS With Just Three Chords...tho none of these featured in Pate's infamous Three-Chord Medley (which tended to include "Wild Thing," "Hang On Sloopy," "Louie, Louie," "My Best Friend's Girl," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and "Summer Nights," among others).

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Jungle Book, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol'Tomatometer; Barbershop: The Next Cut, currently scoring 88 percent; and Criminal, scoring 14 percent.

BLAKE LIVELY & RYAN REYNOLDS are expecting their second child.

EVA MENDES & RYAN GOSLING are expecting their second child.

KELLY CLARKSON and her husband, music manager Brandon Blackstock, have welcomed their second child.

ELLIE KEMPER is pregnant and expecting her first child with her husband, Michael Koman.

TAYLOR SWIFT nabs Vogue's cover story.

GWEN STEFANI got a big break in her divorce, thanks to Gavin Rossdale, because we've learned he's now on record with the judge walking away from millions of dollars to which he's legally entitled.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM were caught canoodling at a cancer immunoterapy launch event.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN, estranged but expectant parents, are renting a house together.

SELENA GOMEZ talks to GQ about David O. Russell, lupus, creepy dudes, and more.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH will voice The Grinch.

JAMES CAMERON now threatens to make four Avatar sequels.

DICK TRACY may get a sequel after more than 25 years.

AMC may allow trexting in some theaters, because civilization isn't declining fast wnough already. UPDATE: AMC retreats.

YEMEN: Witnesses say attack helicopters from a Saudi-led coalition struck al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen, where the group has exploited the conflict between Shiite Houthi rebels and government forces to expand.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Battlefield successes enjoyed by Western-backed forces in Iraq and Syria have done little to stop the expansion of the terrorists to Europe, North Africa and Afghanistan.

IMPATIENT PUPS honk the horn to get their owner's attention.

A TEAM OF SNIFFER DOGS set up at a British airport at a cost of 1.25 million pounds ($1.7 million) have proved adept at discovering small amounts of cheese and sausages but not so good at finding smuggled drugs, a report said on Thursday.

CAN BEAVERS make California wet again? What say you, Det. Drebin?

A LARGE RABBIT named Dolly Parton who disappeared from a Salt Lake County farm has suddenly reappeared.

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