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Bon Iver, Spoon, Deer Tick, Hurricane Hawk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAPANDROIDS share a tour video for "North East South West."

BON IVER, Live at the Cork Opera House, with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National.

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

NOTABLE RELEASES streaming this week include new LPs from Lee Renaldo and Deer Tick.

THE ALLAH-LAs cover Kathy Heideman’s “The Earth Won’t Hold Me.”

THE KINKS: "Victoria," live in Rhode Island, circa 1979.

RONNIE WOOD talks to The Guardian about his paintings, his singing twins - and his nose.

U2 and ED SHEERAN canceled St Louis shows due to security concerns over an acquittalin a police-related shooting.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE fans marched in protest of the FBI's designation of Juggalos as a gang.

ROLLING STONE is going up for sale.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: It repeated atop the chart with 60MM on a 51 percent drop that is more like blockbuster than typical horror fare. That's the best second weekend for an R-rated film ever.  American Assassin placedwith 14.8MM which is probably alright against a 33MM budget, adding to Michael Keaton's career renaissance. mother! showed with a mere 7.5MM (against a 30MM budget), suggesting Jennifer Lawrence wasn't enough to get people to watch an odd religious allegory dressed as a horror pic while a killer clown is on the screen next door.  Home Again slid to the fourth slot with5.3MM and 17.1MM total against a 12MM budget.  The Hitman's Bodyguard rounded out the Top Five with 3.6MM (and 70MM total domestic against a 3MM budget).

HARRY DEAN STANTON, the gaunt, hollow-eyed, scene-stealing character actor who broke out of obscurity in his late 50s in two starring movie roles and capped his career with an acclaimed characterization as a corrupt polygamist on the HBO series Big Love, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91. Avenge him!

GASTONE MOSCHIN, an Italian character actor remembered by American audiences as Don Fanucci, a dapper crime boss gunned down by Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II, died on Sept. 4 in Terni, in central Italy. He was 88.

THE EMMYS went to these folks.

LEAH REMINI claims Jada Pinkett Smith is a Scientologist.

KEVIN HART apologized to his wife and kids after a sexually suggestive video led to a failed extortion attempt.

JENNIER LAWRENCE taught Javier Bardem about the Kardashians.

JON HAMM looks for a second act after Mad Men.

CLAIRE FOY (The Queen) will star in the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

JOHN WICK 3 is in motion; it may be John's last, but it may spin off a Wick uninverse.

HARVEY THE HURRICANE HAWK is flying free again.

YOUR DOG LOVES YOU  — and not just because you bring food.

RARE WHITE GIRAFFES have been spotted in Kenya.

FORENSIC SCIENTISTS caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever.

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Grant Hart RIP, Josh Ritter, Godspeed You!, Cut Copy, Dog Candidate   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with HUSKER DU.  Grant Hart, the drummer, vocalist and songwriter for the influential Minnesota rock band, died of cancer on Wednesday at his home in St. Paul. He was 56. Rolling Stone and The Guardian both essayed his impact on Punk and Grunge, while bandmate Bob Mould and a host of other musicians paid tribute to man author Michael Azerrad succinctly nailed as "a cyclonic drummer, soulful singer, epochal songwriter and inspiring autodidact."  The Current also has a great obit with tw separate playlists of his career highlights.  World Cafe has reposed a 2010 interview and twofer.  Husker Du was certainly in my personal pantheon of greats at the dawn -- or early morning, anyway -- of what was then known as "college rock."  I saw them play on a number of occasions, including an upclose exposure (by which I mean literally inches at times) on the final night of the Flip Your Wig tour, which included Soul Asylum at Amelia's in beautiful Iowa City. I lost some of my hearing that night, but not enough to harbor serious regrets.  You can get a rough idea of what it was like from Live from London's Camden Palace in 1985. Your setlist includes: "New Day Rising"; "It's Not Funny Anymore"; "Everything Falls Apart"; "Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill"; "I Apologize"; "If I Told You"; "Folklore"; "Terms of Psychic Warfare"; "Powerline"; "Books About UFOs"; "Chartered Trips"; "Diane"; "Celebrated Summer"; "Every Everything"; "Makes No Sense at All"; "Pink Turns to Blue"; "Ticket to Ride"; "Reoccurring Dreams/Dreams Reoccurring"; "Eight Miles High"; and "Love Is All Around".  BONUS: "2541," which is probably his best-known solo track.

JOSH RITTER advance streams Gathering.

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR advance streams Luciferian Towers.

CUT COPY advance streams Haiku From Zero.

CHELSEA WOLFE advance streams Hiss Spun.

METZ advance streams Strange Peace.

THE CLIENTELE shares "Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself."

WEEZER shares "Beach Boys." Murry Wilson has a cameo.

R.E.M. shares a demo for "Mike's Pop Song."

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman  rolls out "Summer Crush" and an explainer.

POLITICAL BEATS spends two hours on R.E.M. with guest Matt Welch, former Editor-in-Chief and current Editor-at-Large of Reason magazine. And maybe not what you'd expect from National Review.

ARIEL PINK talks to SPIN about Bobby Jameson and Dedicated To Bobby Jameson.

MATTHEW SWEET talks to PopMatters about his long and winding road.

STEELY DAN: Don Fagen intends to carry on the band's legacy, but cancelled four solo dates due to an undisclosed illness.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are American Assassin, which is currently scoring 43 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and mother!, which is scoring 76 percent.

SELENA GOMEZ got a kidney transplant from a friend.

FERGIE & JOSH DUHAMEL are going their separate ways.

ROONEY MARA is profiled by Vogue.

BILL COSBY: Another trial date was pushed back as yet another set of new lawyers are brought on board for the much-accused actor.

GAME OF THRONES producers will shoot multiple versions of the ending of season eight to try to avoid leaks.

BETTER WATCH OUT, a horror-comedy splitting critics, has a trailer online.

FINN, a five-year-old Australian cattle dog, is running for mayor of St John’s in Newfoundland.

A SEA MONSTER washed up in Texas.

THAT PUG needed a taxpayer-funded tuxedo, your honor.

YOUR HOUSE CAT may someday contribute to your Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.

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Ride, Frances Cone, Washer, Replacements, Dinner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



LANA DEL REY shares a video for "White Mustang."

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

FRANCES CONE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

WASHER streams All Aboard.

THE REPLACEMENTS share a live "I Will Dare."

DESTROYER shares "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood."

WAVVES shares "The Lung."


SPLIT ENZ: "I Got You." 

SPARKS have a conversation with PopMatters.

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Adam Granduciel talks about his musical influences with Rolling Stone.

THOSE DARLINS' singer Jessi Zazu has died of cancer at 28.

RINGO STARR says he would have voted for Brexit, but don't tell Bob Geldof.


HARRISON FORD talks to GQ about punching Ryan Gosling, watching Action Bronson, and more. He's eminently quotable.

FRANK VINCENT, who played the vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died. He was 78. Vincent also portrayed tough guys for director Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) — as the real-life Gambino gangster Billy Batts, he with the memorable line, "Go home and get your shine box!" — and Casino (1995).

ANGELINA JOLIE is doing a press push with the New York Times and People, among others.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON quietly settled her custody battle and finalized her divorce from her French husband Romain Dauriac.

MANDY MOORE got engaged to marry Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, has a trailer online.

HELLBOY: A first look at the reboot.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE performances, ranked.

LARRY KING has lung cancer.

KIM KARDASHIAN taught the Kremlin something.


A STRAY DOG did something special with dinner.

A CHEEKY ELEPHANT got caught stealing hay off a truck in Thailand.

THE RAT HOTLINE is busy in Washington, DC. But you knew that.

PETA officially dropped the Naruto selfie case on Monday.

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The National, Bleachers, All Songs, Lucinda Williams, Fluffy Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE FRONT BOTTOMS share a video for "Vacation Town."

THE NATIONAL, Live in Paris, filmed by La Blogothèque.

BLEACHERS played a Tiny Desk Concert.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Loney Dear, Wolf Alice, Billy Corgan, and more.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS shares a new version of "Sidewalks of the City."

COUSTEAUX (f/k/a Cousteau) returns with "Shelter."


MADNESS: "It Must Be Love."

ERIC CLAPTON: "Maybe the guitar is over."

DEER TICK's John McCauley talks to American Songwriter.

CARLA BRUNI talks to The Quietus about music and definitely not politics.

BEACHWOOD SPARKS' guitarist and songwriter Josh Schwartz has died after a battle with ALS. He was 45.


STAR WARS: EPISODE IX? J.J. Abrams it is.

IT is already headed for a sequel.

CAREY MULLIGAN & MARCUS MUMFORD have welcomed their second child.

LIAM NEESON has put aside his "special set of skills" and announced he is retiring from thrillers due to his age.

HARRISON FORD was directing New York City traffic on Sunday, after his car got trapped in a backup around the Midtown tunnel.

HELLBOY: Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to replace Ed Skrein in the reboot.

LOUIS C.K.: "You don’t know anybody.”

JOHN CLEESE talks to Vulture about Monty Python's legacy, political correctness, and the funniest joke he ever told.


FLUFFY, a juvenile great white shark, has returned to the ocean after washing up on an Aussie beach.

THE SWARM attacked Philly.

AROUSED MALE FLIES unable to sleep after close encounters with females. Dudes, man.

THE TEXAS OCELOT has a lesson for you.

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Lizz Wright, Selwyn Birchwood, Brand New, Mavis Staples, Turkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WOLF ALICE shares a retro video for "Beautifully Unconventional."

LIZZ WRIGHT advance streams Grace.

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD stops by World Cafe for a chat and a couple of tunes.

BRAND NEW plays the High & Low Festival.

MAVIS STAPLES shares the Jeff Tweedy co-written title track for "If All I Was Was Black."

THE HORRORS share "Weighed Down."


THE SUPREMES perform "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story in October 1966 for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL's Matt Berninger talks to The Atlantic about eclipses, Trump, Leonard Cohen, whitemaledom, and more.

THE CRAMPS: NPR Music celebrates Songs the Lord Taught Us.

ALVVAYS is profiled by DIY.

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS' Stephin Merritt wrote a jingle for a Silverlake menswear store.


JIM CARREY: This interview could be his best work in years.

ROTTEN TOMATOES scores don't hurt the box office, a new study claims.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 shares a first clip online.

WONDER WOMAN 2: Patty Jenkins is returning to direct the sequel, after an unusually lengthy and tough negotiation.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE says Darren Aronofsky, her mother! director and boyfriend of a year, is “bold and brave”—and maybe a little twisted.

DON OHLMEYER, whose influential television career ranged from producing ABC’s Monday Night Football during its 1970s heyday to guiding NBC to No. 1 in prime time two decades later on the strength of programs like Seinfeld and ER, died on Sunday in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 72.


A FLOCK OF 70 TURKEYS that poop on trucks has driven a small Oregon town to the brink.

TEN SHARKS were found in the basement pool of a New York home after environmental conservation officers searched the residence.

THE DOG is the real hero here.

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