THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE RAMONES! Live at the Rainbow, December 31, 1977. Your setlist includes: "Blitzkrieg Bop"; "I Wanna Be Well"; "Glad to See You Go"; "You're Gonna Kill That Girl"; "Commando"; "Havana Affair"; "Cretin Hop"; "Listen to My Heart"; "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You"; "Pinhead"; "Do You Wanna Dance?"; "Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy"; "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue;" and "We're a Happy Family." BONUS: The band's first bio.
REAL ESTATE brought their hazy, jangly beach-pop to the KEXP studios.
JOLIE HOLLAND played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.
BAND OF SKULLS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for an acoustic session.
SARA WATKINS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.
BONNIE RAITT stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and excerpts from her new LP.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE drops "Breath of Life" from the Snow White And The Huntsman soundtrack.
THE BEACH BOYS drop "That's Why Got Made The Radio" ahead of their reunion LP.
DWIGHT TWILLEY crushes his "I'm On Fire," with Susan Cowsill singing backup.
R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts Part 3 of its history of the band.
NICK LOWE talks to Interview about aging in the music industry, favorite books, and the definition of a "pub bore."
TALKING HEADS: A "Where to start" list at Slate does not touch the usual bases.
TUNE-YARDS: Merrill Garbus talks to Rolling Stone about new music, festivals and more.
BOB DYLAN is one of 13 newly announced recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
CUTOUT BIN: From Issac Hayes to R.E.M., from Bob Dylan to The Hives, from Black Flag to Ricky Nelson, plus St Etienne, World Party, Hall & Oates, Joan Jett and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which at publication is scoring xx percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Five-Year Engagement, which is scoring xx percent; Safe, checking in at xx percent; and The Raven, scoring xx percent.
MILA KUNIS has commented on reports that she is dating her former "That '70s Show" co-star Ashton Kutcher, calling the idea "absurd."
LINDSAY LOHAN's second day on the Glee set probably won't go down as her finest hour.
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR & FREDDIE PRINZE, JR are expecting their second child.
JENNIFER ANISTON reacts to the Bradgelina engagement.
CAMERON DIAZ: Endorsed by ex-bf Alex Rodriguez.
THE AVENGERS are already assembling big box office overseas.
NORTH KOREA: China warned North Korea not to carry out another nuclear weapons test. Are the new missiles fakes?
ISLAMISTS in the MIDEAST: A country-by-country survey.
SYRIA: UN envoy Kofi Annan said the situation in Syria was "bleak" and that the Syrian army was still carrying out operations where UN observers were not present.
DARCY THE COW slips out for McDonald's takeout, thus avoiding possible cannibalism.
WOMAN FIGHTS EAGLE to save one of her two Jack Russells.
SNAKE in a HANDBAG: I know it's serious.
ELEPHANT crushes Zookeeper, but not Kevin James.
HUNGRY BIRD: Eyes too big for its stomach?