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Willie Nelson, Franz Ferdinand, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Exploding Ants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

WILLIE NELSON advance streams Last Man Standing.

FRANZ FERDINAND plays the House Of Strombo, including a cover of Drake's "Passionfruit."

ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ST VINCENT joined BLEACHERS to cover Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" at Coachella.


SUPERCHUNK shares a video for "Erasure."

JULIANA HATFIELD talks to Morning Edition about covering Olivia Newton-John.

PRINCE's family has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois hospital that treated him for an opioid overdose the week before his death.

THE ARCHIES are crossing paths with a bunch of indie rock bands.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at the Shirelles' early-Vietnam girl-group sigh "Soldier Boy."


PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE welcomed their third child — a prince — on Monday.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian welcomed their second daughter on Monday.

VERNE TROYER had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was rushed to the hospital and never recovered from it.

KANYE WEST loves Donald Trump. Then again, he loved the Occupy movement.

SHANIA TWAIN quasi-apologized for saying she would have voted for Trump.

INFINITY WAR: Thanos is the protagonist.

GAME OF THRONES star Peter Dinklage and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have recorded an audio commentary for an episode on the Rick and Morty season 3 Blu-ray.


THE MONKEY SELFIE is not protected by US copyright law, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

AN EXOTIC, SWARMING TICK is putting down roots in New Jersey.

A NEW SPECIES OF EXPLODING ANTS has been found in Borneo.

SCIENTISTS have controversially yet successfully grown part of a human brain inside a mouse and the organ even managed to survive for months in a major scientific breakthrough. Over to you, Willard.

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Erika Wennerstrom, L7, Lord Huron, Billie Joe Armstrong, Headless Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



MAGAZINE: "Shot By Both Sides" on TOTP.

ERIKA WENNERSTROM (Heartles Bast*rds) stops by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

L7 stops by The Current to talk and play.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED, with Guest DJ Ben Schneider of Lord Huron.

THE LONGSHOT: Green Day's Bilie Joe Armstrong is streaming a surprise new album.

LYKKE LI shares "Hard Rain" and "Deep End."

BELLY shares "Starryeyed."


ANDREW W..K. thinks "Music Is Worth Living For."

PRINCE: As his health waned, his inner circle had grown increasingly alarmed.

LIZ PHAIR reflects on the 25th anniversary of Exile in Guyville in the MeToo era.

WYE OAK: Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack talk to Aquarium Drunkard about... Metallica? And more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" and the end of Presley's pop-domination era.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: A Quiet Place rebounds to top the chart with 22MM on a 33 percent drop; its 132MM domestic gross against a 17MM budget is a rare spot of good news for Paramount these days.  Rampage shows with 21MM on a 41 percent drop, which is likely better than expected (and more than 75 percent of its money is being made overseas, primarily Asia, which loves them some giant monsters).  I Feel Pretty shows with 16.2MM against a 32MM budget, which raises the question of whether Amy Schumer can make a hit without Judd Apatow.  Super Troopers 2 takes the fourth slot with 14.7MM against a 13.5MM budget, but there was likely a lot of front-loaded demand, esp. on 4/20.  Truth or Dare rounds out the Top Five with 7.9MM on a 58 percent drop, but a 30MM domestic gross to date against a 3.5MM budget ensures more of these cheapies from Blumhouse.

VERNE TROYER, the actor best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers series, died on Saturday. He was 49.

AVICII: Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

PIPPA MIDDLETON is reportedly expecting her first child with husband James Matthews.

ALISON MACK The Smallville actress has been arrested for her alleged role in notorious upstate sex slave cult Nxivm.

NICOLAS CAGE is preparing to retire from acting.

MOVIE THEATERS want to know what it's going to take to get you off the couch.

ISLE OF DOGS: What Wes Anderson gets right about Japan.

CADDYSHACK:  A Cinderella story about the moment when improvisational comedy took on the staid, stuffy moviemaking business.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They're giant and rainbow-colored.

A MAN bitten by a shark, a bear, and a snake in less than 4 years.

WHO CARES IF THEY'RE CUTE: Zoologist Lucy Cooke talks about how we are (literally) looking at sloths upside down, why Aristotle was so confused about eels, and why pandas need ambiance to get in the mood.

HEADLESS GOAT Near Topless Bar. Bada Bing.

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Blind Faith, Okkervil River, Speedy Ortiz, Half Waif, Liz Brasher, Dog escapes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with BLIND FAITH! Live at London's Hyde Park in June 1969. After an introduction and brief segments about supergroup members Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton, your set list includes:"Well All Right", "Sea of Joy","Sleeping in the Ground", "Under My Thumb", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Do What You Like", "In the Presence of the Lord", "Means to an End", and "Had to Cry Today".

OKKERVIL RIVER advance streams In The Rainbow Rain.

SPEEDY ORTIZ advance streams Twerp Verse.

HALF WAIF advance streams Lavender.

LIZ BRASHER advance streams Outcast.

PRINCE's estate released the demo for "Nothing Compares 2 U." ALSO: The prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died said evidence shows Prince -- who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose -- thought he was taking Vicodin, not fentanyl. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said evidence showed that Prince took counterfeit Vicodin without knowing it.

THE REPLACEMENTS' roadie Bill Sullivan talks about life on the road with America's most capricious band.

LUCY DACUS: Historian of the future?

DEREK SMALLS talks about the future of Spinal Tap, the zucchini incident, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Shelly Fabares' puppy-love anthem "Johnny Angel."

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include I Feel Pretty, which is currently scoring 38 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Super Troopers 2, which is scoring 36 percent; and Traffik, which wasn't screened for critics. This is called "not wanting your movie to get crushed in a few days by The Avengers: Infinity War."

MICHELLE WILLIAMS (Destiny's Child) is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson.

PAULA PATTON's boyfriend insists he was separated from his wife when he began dating the actress.

CHRIS PRATT confirms that divorce sucks.

JOHN TRAVOLTA gushes praise for film director... Fred Durst?

THE SCULLY EFFECT: There’s a long-standing pop-culture theory that The X-Files’ Dana “Science Over Everything” Scully encouraged women’s interest in science. Now a study has confirmed it.


MALE FRUIT FLIES eek sexual release wherever they can find it. When they can’t, they drink alcohol.  So many punchlines.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: It starts with infiltrating student governments.

A VERY ANGRY BADGER forces the partial shutdown of a Scottish castle.

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Superorganism, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Wussy, Father John Misty,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

SUPERORGANISM hits the World Cafe.


WUSSY streams their Getting Better EP.  Yes, that's a Beatles reference.

FATHER JOHN MSTY shares “Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All" and "Just Dumb Enough To Try" from his upcoming LP.

MAZZY STAR shares "Quiet, The Winter Harbor."


CHERRY GLAZERR shares a video for "Juicy Socks."

DECONSTRUCTING PRINCE's SOUND, with Matt "Dr" Fink on keyboards, BrownMark on bass, and Michael Bland on drums.

SLY STONE: The Casio Garage Demos.

STING talks cultural appropriation and more with the BBC.

SWAN SONGS: NPR listeners pick the songs at their funerals.


JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM drops a final trailer.

THE SPICE GIRLS' upcoming reunion won't include new material or a tour, according to Victoria Beckham.

PINK (and her kids) make the cover of People's 2018 Beautiful issue.  But wait, there's more.

R KELLY: A Dallas woman wishing to remain anonymous claims she was emotionally manipulated and knowingly given a sexually transmitted disease by the singer.

TAYLOR SWIFT: A stalker with with a knife and rope was arrested outside her home.

PAULA PATTON's new boyfriend is married, and not separated.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is going to make a DC Comics movie, reuniting with Warner Bros. to produce and very possibly direct the action-adventure film Blackhawk.

WESTWORLD: The casual viewer's guide.


GORILLA SEE, GORILLA DO: Caretakers at Busch Gardens in Florida say exercises help build trust between workers and the animals.

BABOONS that escaped a Texas research facility over the weekend propped up a barrel near a wall, climbed it and then fled their open-air enclosure.

A CALI CAT CAFE throws a "kitten baby shower."

A STONED RACCOON was brought into an Indiana firehouse.

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Lucy Dacus, Squirrel Nut Zipper, Chilly Gonzales, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE plays "Young Americans" for Cavett, looking and sounding too much acquainted with the Thin White Duke.

LUCY DACUS stops by WFUV Live.

SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS play the World Cafe.

CHILLY GONZALES streams Other People’s Pieces, a whole album of instrumental solo piano covers.

THE ESSEX GREEN shares "Sloane Ranger."

MORRISSEY shares "By The Time I Get To Wherever I’m Going."

MILK CARTON KIDS share "One More for the Road."

WOODEN SHJIPS shares "Red Line."


JIM JAMES shares "Just a Fool." 

THE 25 BEST POSIES SONGS, according to PopMatters.

LORD HURON: Stereogum takes a look inside their insular world.

SPOTIFY: Worth more than the entire recorded music business?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bruce Channel's drunken-singalong-ready "Hey! Baby."


EVAN RACHEL WOOD will now make as much as her male co-stars for Season Three of Westworld.

THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR will bring out the Black Order.

HARLEY QUINN is set to be directed by Cathy Yan.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and Tristan Thompson's relationship is in shambles.

HARRY ANDERSON, appreciated by Alan Sepinwall.

AMY SCHUMER's new movie, I Feel Pretty, won't match the openings of her past two big-screen comedies, Trainwreck and Snatched, when it hits theaters this weekend, according to those with access to the surveys.

READY PLAYER ONE: Wanna see the Copper Key Race from the film? Wait about 20 seconds.

BARBARA BUSH, the widely admired wife of one president and the fiercely loyal mother of another, died Tuesday evening. She was 92.


A BABY ELEPHANT throws a tantrum and screams when his mom tries to end mud bath time.

A BURMESE PYTHON with a tracking device led Florida officials to a record-breaking sex party.

ALLIGATOR casually strolls around a Florida motel.

THIRTY-TWO DOGS have been rescued from a South Carolina dog fighting operation that FBI discovered while executing warrants last week on an unrelated matter.

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