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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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Fleet Foxes, Oxbow, Paul Shaffer, Ben Gibbard, Iowa Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST battles her dopplegänger in the video for "Century." Plus, Jarvis Cocker.

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

OXBOW streams their Thin Black Duke.

PAUL SHAFFER visits World Cafe.

BEN GIBBARD is remaking Teenage Fanclub's album Bandwagonesque song for song, starting with "The Concept."

ERIC BURDON and WAR "Spill the Wine" one very hot Summer's day...

THURSTON MOORE talks to the Chicago Tribune about the basis of his new album, the musician’s philosophies, the importance of using one’s voice and, of course, his appearance on Gilmore Girls.

ALLISON & KATIE CRUTCHFIELD discuss each other's music.

THE 30 BEST PUNK COVER SONGS, according to Paste.

ALEX JONES, reimagined as Bon Iver.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: War for the Planet of the Apes topped the chart with 56.5MM, a little higher than the original but well below the sequel, which may be foreboding given that this finale is even darker overall. Spider-Man Homecoming placed with 45.2MM on a 61 percent drop that has to concern Marvel a bit, even with sure profit and the Apes in competition.  Despicable Me 3 showed with 19MM on a 44 percent drop that shows at least a little leg while already well in the black globally.  Baby Driver takes the fourth slot with 8.8MM and almost 100MM worldwide against a 34MM budget.  And The Big Sick moves up to round out the Top Five with 7.6MM and 16MM total (Lionsgate and Amazon reportedly invested 12MM in the rights).

GEORGE ROMERO, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead franchise, has died at 77, his family said. Probably too soon for the "and then he got up" joke.

MARTIN LANDAU,  the all-purpose actor who showcased his versatility as a master of disguise on the Mission: Impossible TV series and as a broken-down Bela Lugosi in his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood, reportedly has died. He was 89.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI dropped a behind-the-scenes video. Also, see StarWarsLand.

THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR gives a peek at four (relatively) new villains.

THE INCREDIBLES 2 picks up right where the original left off.


DOCTOR WHO will regenerate into a woman for the first time.

RYAN LOCHTE was cleared of criminal charges after he exaggerated the details of an alleged robbery during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

KARLIE KLOSS: Even a supermodel can wind up in the friend zone.

A WRINKLE IN TIME: Entertainment Weekly has first look pics.

AN IOWA BULL wound up wearing a tire like a skirt.

THIS BOBCAT in Yellowstone is worth 300K a year.

PUPPY ISLAND: It's just a tropical island full of puppies.

7500 LBS of SLIME EELS crashed on an Oregon highway; slime ensued.

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Live Aid, Nicole Atkins, Fabriclive 93, Cornelius, Arcade Fire, Hippos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LIVE AID! 30 years ago on July 13, 1985, a trans-Atlantic rock even aimed at aiding starving people in Ethiopia (Its prime movers, like Bob Geldof & Bono, would later discover, actually getting the aid past the Marxist dictatorship would be the difficult part).  Let's start with the full set from Queen, because they knew how to work a Wembley stadum gig.  Your setlist includes: a partial "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Radio Ga Ga," "Ay Oh!," "Hammer To Fall," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions," and "Is This The World We Created...?" But on a more 80s note--and the event was certainly that-- we have U2 (pre-global stardom) with Bono working the crowd during "Bad," a pre-lip-syncing Madonna getting "Into The Groove," Phil Collins (who played both in Philly and London with help from the Concorde) playing "Against All Odds." The concerts featured their share of legends too-- Led Zeppelin blasting "Whole Lotta Love" (with an assist from Collins), Mick Jagger and Tina Turner dueting on "State of Shock" and "It's Only Rock and Roll," and David Bowie (with help from Thomas Dolby and the band) delivers "Heroes." And for a day, they were.

NICOLE ATKINS advance streams Goodnight Rhonda Lee.

DAPHNI: Caribou's Dan Snaith advance streams Fabriclive 93.

CORNELIUS advance streams Mellow Waves.

ARCADE FIRE shares "Electric Blue."


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE work the car wash for "Denise," whom you may know as T'Pol.

THE POLARIS PRIZE shortlist is announced.

PETER PERRETT, on the poetry of rock 'n' roll, deviant behavior... and living without regrets.

PAUL WELLER: The Modfather becomes a father for eighth time.

BELLY are now returning to the studio to record new material.

U2: Why do the Irish hate them?

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases inlcude War For The Planet of the Apes, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Wish Upon, which is scoring 20 percent.  The Big Sick expands to wide release, scoring 97 percent.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is a satisfying and epic conclusion to the rebooted prequel trilogy...but "war," while literally true (I suppose), might be slightly misleading.  As I strive for a spoiler-free comparison, consider that Spartacus is considered a classic epic with a big battle in it...but I don't think that people tend to think of it as a war movie.  Rather, WFTPOTA completes the story of Caesar, the leader of the apes, after one of his top advisers plunged them into a war against humanity at the conclusion of the second installment.  In particular, it is about the toll this "war" takes on him as he tries to lead his species to safety.  As many have observed, it is a tale told almost entirely from the apes' perspective and is designed to get you rooting against humanity.  The main human performance here is from Woody Harrelson, who gets to play another psychopath, though a very different sort of psychopath than he played in, say, Natural Born Killers.  His insanity, emerging from something Apes watchers know is coming, does make a certain sort of sense...for a psychopath. The only other human performance of real note is from newcomer Amiah Miller, who plays a small girl with a key role.  The rest is simply to marvel at how much each installment has leveraged tech advances to allow for various actors like Andy Serkis and Judy Greer to translate their performances as apes to remarkable CGI.  The notable addition here is Steve Zahn, who primarily functions as comic relief as another character whose name I won't mention.


THE EMMYS nominations are out. Congrats, robots and handmaids! Sorry, the snubbed.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating.

JENNIFER LOPEZ hired a private investigator to tail her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez.

KID ROCK appears to be running for the US Senate, maybe.

THE WALKING DEAD: Newly filed court documents that shed unprecedented light on the economics of the show and on Hollywood in general...not to mention some of Frank Darabont's more angry emails.

A DIRTY DANCING re-enactment goes horribly wrong.

A HIPPO FAMILY is united.


A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR: Little pink horses for you and me.


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