THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with LIVE AID! I forgot last Friday was the anniversary of July 13, 1985, on which a trans-Atlantic rock event 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.
DANIEL BACHMAN advance streams The Morning Star.
MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR advance streams The Radio Winners.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN joined BILLY JOEL for the Piano Man's 100th show at MSG. Find someone who looks at you the way Joel's sax player looks at Bruce when he gets to play the solo on "Born To Run."
OLAFUR ARNALDS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE shares "I Dreamt We Spoke Again."
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: "Here Comes My Girl."
JAWBREAKER: Blake Schwarzenbach talks about New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies, and nine other albums that impacted his life.
BRANDI CARLILE is launching the Girls Just Wanna Weekend.
MIKE DENEEN, who produced Fountains of Wayne, Letters To Cleo, Guster, The Gravel Pit, and many more, died July 10 at 54.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at Petula Clark's immortal city-life love letter "Downtown."
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Equalizer 2, which is currently scoring 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which is scoring 80 percent; and Unfriended: Dark Web, scoring 62 percent.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Advocates for the "Snyder cut" deride the movie we got as "Josstice League" and believe original director Zack Snyder has a brilliantly unrealized version that deserves to be released. But does it even exist?
JASON MOMOA talks Aquaman.
DOCTOR WHO: Season 11 has a trailer online.
CHANCE THE RAPPER has purchased The Chicagoist from WNYC.
DENIS TEN, lympic bronze medallist figure skater, was stabbed to death at 25.
ADRIAN CRONAUER, the Air Force veteran loosely portrayed by Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam, died Wednesday at 79.
A 500-LB GROUPER ate a shark as shocked Florida fishermen watched. What say you, Police Chief Brody?
SNAKE MASSAGE: Not a euphemism.
A NEW VENOMOUS SNAKE, discovered in Australia, because Australia.
A MOOSE was euthanized Thursday after shutting down an Ottawa highway during the morning rush. Injured leg.