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The Bangles, Gang of Four, JEFF the Brotherhood, Beach Slang, Mimic Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BANGLES!  There's no better way to start than with these live takes on "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-bubblegum of "In Your Room" on the Everything album, which yielded their final No.1 hit, "Eternal Flame."  The draw from the 60s is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a bit, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.

GANG OF FOUR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD play a mini-set including a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Cinnamon Girl’ and Flower Travel Band’s ‘Satori Part II’ live in the KEXP studio.

BEACH SLANG played a Tiny Desk Concert.

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

TURN TO CRIME advance streams Actions.

BRITT DANIEL (Spoon) joins SWEET SPIRIT on “Have Mercy.”

ALISON CRUTCHFIELD (Swearin') covers “Special To Me,” a Paul Williams-written song that Jessica Harper sang in the 1974 cult-classic horror-musical Phantom Of The Paradise.

MEN WITHOUT HATS: You can dance if you want to.

THE ROLLING STONES: The Grisly Death-And-Drugs Filled Story Of Sticky Fingers.

SLEATER-KINNEY: Carrie Brownstein tells Drowned In Sound why the band originally went on hiatus, what Carrie thinks the impact of Riot Grrrl is over 20 years on, if this will be their last album and why we should never, ever trust a lyric website….ever.

WIRE, ranked by Stereogum.

LEMMY: Ten of the Best.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Age of Adeline, which is currently scoring 54 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Little Boy, which is scoring 8 percent.  Ex Machina expands nationwide at 89 percent.

ADAM SANDLER's newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, had a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, leave the set.  Had they never seen a Sandler movie before?

CHRIS EVANS & JEREMY RENNER apologized for making tastless jokes about the Black Widow during the Avengers 2 press junket. Or Evans apologized, while Renner was sorry if people were offended.

TOM HARDY is interviewed by Details ahead of Mad Max: Fury Road. He talks fatherhood, acting, mystique and more.

BRADLEY COOPER was spotted on a Broadway date with top model Irina Shayk.

SPIDER-MAN will get animated by The Lego Movie team.

BLACK MASS, featuring Johnny Depp as gangster Whitey Bulger, has a trailer online.

AF-PAK: A grim-faced and apologetic President Obama announced Thursday that two CIA drone strikes on al Qaeda compounds had accidentally killed captive American aid worker Warren Weinstein, an Italian hostage, and two terrorists who were U.S. citizens.

EGYPT and Bahrain will conduct joint military exercises aimed at influencing the political process in Yemen.

SYRIA: The US-led coalition conducted seven airstrikes in Syria between Apr. 21-22, one near Hasakah and six near Kobani. SOHR estimates that the US-led air campaign has killed 2,079 people, including 66 civilians, since its inception in September. A report claims that Al Nusrah's Khorasan Group has regenerated after taking significant losses early in the Western air campaign.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents knocked out power to low income senior citizens for three days.

MASSIVE KILLER HORNETS could invade the UK this Summer.

MUD-WRESTLING PIGS at a Wisconsin church's summer fundraiser has been halted after 81K people signed an online petition pressed by animal rights activists who raised concerns about animal abuse.

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Jose Gonzalez, Laura Marling, Bent Denim, Jacco Gardner, Wolf Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAC McCAUGHAN drops a video for "Wet Leaves."

JOSE GONZALEZ stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

BENT DENIM advance streams Romances You.

JACCO GARDNER advance streams the trippy, baroque Hypnophobia.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA drops “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” from the album Multi-Love.

EYELIDS: Decemberists and a fmr GbVer drop the Peter Buck-produced "Bound To Let You Down."

STEELY DAN turn in a spirited "Reelin' in the Years" on the Midnight Special. Introduced by...Bill Cosby.

BEST COAST: Death, Defiance, and Bart Simpson.

DAVID BOWIE thinks Lulu, the widely panned Lou Reed/Metallica collab,is a "masterpiece."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS' Patterson Hood talks to the Monterey Herald about being over the Southern rock label. (Thx, LHB.)

DAVID COVERDALE: He's the classic tight-trousered, big-haired rock lothario. But these days he watches Downton and chases bear cubs round his garden.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR walks out on an Avengers 2 promo interview: "It's just getting a little Diane Sawyer."

SANDRA BULLOCK was named People's "World's Most Beautiful Woman" for 2015.

TOM CRUISE talks about hanging off the side of an airplane.

FULL HOUSE: The Olsen twins just found out about the reboot.

BRUCE JENNER was spotted wearing a floor-length striped dress Tuesday outside his Malibu home.

HILARY DUFF's estranged husband isn't giving up their son without a fight.


THE BREAKFAST CLUB: A first-draft script and other mementos were discovered inside Park Ridge's Maine South High School.

THE MUPPETS new TV show is a mockumentary-style series that goes deeper into the Muppets’ personal lives, and promises a “more adult” show than previous incarnations of the franchise.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The Pentagon’s map assessing the so-called Islamic State’s strength has only two categories: territory held by ISIS currently, and territory lost by ISIS since coalition airstrikes began in August 2014. The category that would illustrate American setbacks—where ISIS has actually gained territory since the coalition effort began—is not included.

IRAQI security forces fought to rout Islamic State militants from the western city of Ramadi on Wednesday, slowly regaining some ground from the militant group, security and local officials said.

YEMEN: The White House is hoping that tensions in the waters off of Yemen, where a flotilla of Iranian ships and U.S. vessels are now located, can “de-escalate,” communications director Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

A BIG WOLF SPIDER is squished, but many babies survive.

A DOG backed up traffic by driving a tractor onto the M74 motorway near Abington in Scotland.


TWO CHIMPS were granted a writ of habeas corpus by a NY judge, effectively giving them a measure of legal standing that previously only applied to humans. It begins.

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Buzzcocks, Violent Femmes, Blur, Nicki Bluhm, All Songs, Dog Dinner   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BUZZCOCKS played “Keep On Believing” and “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?” for Seth Myers.

VIOLENT FEMMES stream their Happy New Year EP.

BLUR is advance streaming The Magic Whip via iTunes.

NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS stream Loved Wild Lost.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from My Morning Jacket, Matt Pond PA, Heather Woods Broderick, and more highlight the latest edition.

DJANGO DJANGO were "Beginning To Fade" on Record Store Day.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS drop “Secrets of the Stars,” inspired by the novelist Haruki Murakami.

THEE OH SEES drop "Withered Hand" and "The Ceiling" ahead of Mutilator Defeated At Last.

KURT COBAIN covered The Beatles' "And I Love Her."

JULES SHEAR: "If She Knew What She Wants," unplugged on Unplugged, circa 1990. Check how he's holding his guitar.

THE MAN WHO BROKE THE MUSIC BUSINESS is someone you never heard of.

ALVVAYS guitarist Alec O'Hanley pens a love letter to Teenage Fanclub's Grand Prix.

SANDY DENNY is remembered by NME.

RYLEY WALKER is profiled by the Chicago Reader.


FULL HOUSE is headed to Netflix, but it remains to be seen how full it is.

CHARLIZE THERON talks to W magazine about Mad Max: Fury Road.

STANLEY TUCCI & EWAN MacGREGOR join the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN is off life support, but her family continue to maintain there's no real hope for recovery.

MADONNA drew the ire of many of her fans on Tuesday when she posted an Instagram photo of Margaret Thatcher

GALAXY QUEST may head to the small screen, which is meta.

YEMEN: Anti-Houthi coalition airstrikes in Yemen removed any threat posed to Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries, the Kingdom’s ministry of defense said on Tuesday.

LIBYA: The United Nations refugee agency estimated Tuesday that as many as 850 migrants had gone to their deaths in a boat capsizing earlier this week off the coast of Libya, even as the ship’s captain and a crew member were taken into custody on criminal charges.

IRAN is at most three months away from enriching enough nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb, contrary to prior claims of the Obama Administration. Pres. Obama left open the door to "creative negotiations" in response to Iran's demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the initial agreement calls for the penalties to be removed over time.

BONNIE hates to eat alone.

MILLIONS OF IOWA HENS could need to be euthanized in an Avian Flu outbreak.


COWS checked out the Mall of New Hampshire.

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Braids, Mew, Elliot Moss, Spring King, Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TAME IMPALA played "Let It Happen" for Conan.

BRAIDS advance stream Deep In The Iris.

MEW advance streams +-.

ELLIOT MOSS advance streams Highspeends.

SPRING KING advance streams the They're Coming For You EP.

EFFED UP dropped the 8-minute track, "California Cold."

ROY ORBISON provides vintage performances of "Running Scared" and "Oh, Pretty Woman" for Twofer Tuesday.

TWIN SHADOW's tour bus was in an accident; TS himself will undergo reconstructive surgery.

LULU talks to The Guardian about her challenging start in life, being a member of the ‘church of the universe' and why she understands why Zayn Malik quit One Direction.

NORWAY's Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017.

FLEXI-DISCS: Don't call it a comeback.

JURASSIC WORLD dropped a second global trailer. Go faster, Star-Lord.

FANTASTIC FOUR's reboot gets an official trailer.

BEN AFFLECK demanded that the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” remove the fact that one of the actor’s ancestors owned slaves.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN may finally divorce.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD may have already hit a rough patch.

ARIANA GRANDE & BIG SEAN have split after eight months of dating.

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE may be about Bothan Spies.

WONDER WOMAN is going to be a quieter, character-based film? Really?

YEMEN: The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt left the Persian Gulf on Sunday and is headed toward Yemen, in response to a convoy of seven to nine Iranian ships which appear bound for Yemen and which could be carrying arms.

IRAN: Beefing up international monitoring of Iran's nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

A RARE SPERM WHALE was caught on underwater camera.

A DOG is to blame for a house fire that displaced a Rustburg, VA family Wednesday.

A PARROT summoned emergency crews to a house fire in Idaho.  Lesson: if you buy a dog, also buy a parrot.

A BIZZARE SERPENT washed up on the salt marsh at Aramoana in Dunedin.

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Jackson Scott, Brown Bird, The B-52s, Robotic Empire, Gorilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARIEL PINK serves up a video for "Jell-O".

JACKSON SCOTT advance streams Sunshine Redux.

BROWN BIRD advance streams Axis Mundi.

THE B-52S stream a 1979 concert getting an official release this week.

ROBOTIC EMPIRE streams a tribute LP, Whatever Nevermind.

SPOON released the demo for "Inside Out."

FATHER JOHN MISTY dropped "I Love You Honeybee" and "Never Been A Woman" for Record Store Day.

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone."  And when he died, all he left us was alone.

DAMON ALBARN says Pop music no longer challenges the establishment or discusses politics because performers are part of the “selfie generation”.

ALVVAYS: Molly Rankin talks to Pitchfork about her love of Celine Dion, scary motels, and more.

PATTI SMITH & LAURIE ANDERSON inducted Lou Reed into the Rock & Rall Hall of Fame.

CHIC: Nile Rodgers talks about addictions, to food and otherise.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE posted a teaser trailer after it leaked online.

WEEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Furious 7 threpeats atop the chart with 29MM; it broke the billion-dollar mark worldwide  on Friday, jumping into the top 20 grossers of all time.But now it is in a race against the coming of Avengers 2 on May 1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 placed with 24MM, a bit above expectations and below the origina's 31.8MM...and thus a movie that scored 0 on the Tomatometer may end up making money in cinemas.  Unfriended showed with 16MM against a budget of roughly 1MM.  Home dropped to th fourth slot with nother 10MM, andiss till well short of what it needs to profit on the big screen (roughly 400MM).  The Longest Ride rounds out the Top Five with 6.9MM and 23.5MM total against a budget of roughly 34MM.

GWYNETH PALTROW:Days after admitting defeat in a widely publicized challenge to subsist on a food stamp budget, the actress was spotted at an expensive barbeque restaurant in Los Angeles with her celebrity friends, according to the National Monitor.

SOFIA VERGARA will not destroy her embryo.

ZACHARY LEVI and Missy Peregrym got secretly divorced, less that a year after getting secretly married.

JOHN RIDLEY  (12 Years a Slave) is teaming up with Marvel to develop a mysterious new TV series.

AN ORAL HISTORY OF AIRPLANE: Surely you can't be serious.

YEMEN: American citizens escaping Yemen, including small children and some frail elderly, are arriving exhausted in Djibouti after harrowing journeys from the besieged country, where a U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombing campaign is entering its fourth week. The Obama administration so far has declined to organize a rescue mission for the estimated 3,000 to 4,000 U.S. citizens in Yemen.

LIBYA: A new round of peace talks backed by the UN began in Morocco. Russia has pledged to supply weapons to the Libyan government if a UN embargo is lifted.

IRAQ: Why the rise of ISIS and the fall of Iraq weren't inevitable.

DON'T BEAT YOUR CHEST AT A SILVERBACK GORILLA, even if you're a little girl.

THE SWARM: Some early commuters in the American northwest have been confronted by an unusual road hazard – 20 million angry bees.

ZEBRAS ON THE LAM through the streets of Brussels.

BUFFALOS ON THE LAM in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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