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The Courtneys. Dean Ween, Lowland Hum, J&MC, Half-Cat, Half-Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



TENNIS shares a video for “Modern Woman” ahead of Conditionally.

THE COURTNEYS are advance streaming The Courtneys II.

THE DEAN WEEN GROUP stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LOWLAND HUM takes All Songs on a track-by-track tour of Thin.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN share “Always Sad” on Spotify ahead of Damage And Joy.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE shares “Kinda Bonkers” ahead of The Painters EP.

SUPERORGANISM has a little “something for your M.I.N.D.”

SMASH MOUTH, recreated by Windows XP.

THE BANGLES: Just another "Manic Monday."

AL JARREAU,  a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won numerous Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 76.  Somehow, the NYT managed to leave of the theme from "Moonlighting."

DIRTY PROJECTORS' and FLEET FOXES' frontmen had comments about the state of indie rock that landed them in a kerfuffle.

RYAN ADAMS discusses the "Summer of '69 Incident."

RICK DERRINGER was charged with having a loaded gun on a Delta flight.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The LEGO Batman Movie topped the chart with 55.6MM, behind the The LEGO Movie's 69MM opening, but doing another 37MM overseas.  That's a good start on the likely 200MM it needs to get into the bat-black.  Fifty Shades Darker placed with 46.8MM, well ahead of studio projections in the mid-30s.  OTOH, it's likely front-loaded and may be looking at a drop-off after Valentine's Day.  John Wick: Chapter 2 showed with 30MM, over twice what the original made in its debut weekend.  Front-loading is another question here, as this sequel got greenlit when it became a cult fave in the home market (reportedly as much as another 53MM); good reviews and word-of-mouth (from men and women) could help Keanu & Co. leg out.  Split slides to the fourth slot with 9.3MM on a 34 percent drop that's not bad considering three big sequels rolled into cineplexes.  Split is now over 100MM domestic against a 9MM production budget.  Hidden Figures rounds out the Top Five with 8MM on a still-leggy 21 percent drop.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 was about as good as he original, btw.  Of course, it couldn't recapture the near-goofy twist on the revenge genre, or surprise you too much with its world-building.  But the sequel does delve a bit more deeply and broadly into that world with generally good results. Most of the original surviving cast returns, along with a few choice additions; Common is particularly good, while another cameo is particularly fun (and perhaps surprising to people not paying attention). The balletic gun (and car) fights are shot slightly differently; this one has less of the first-person shooter videogame feel of the original.  Different people will have their own opinions on which style variant is better.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. Congrats!

THE BAFTAs went to these folks. Congrats!

THANDIE NEWTON (Westworld) is in talks to join the cast of the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is getting perfect “friends and families screenings.”

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR dropped a video on the first day of production.

THE BATMAN: Matt Reeves is in early talks to take over directing duties after Ben Affleck stepped down from the role in late January.

JOHNNY DEPP wants to connect his five neighboring cul-de-sac homes with tunnels.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' daughter Maddie was well enough to go home.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants a sit-down meeting with President Trump, Vladimir Putin and other Hollywood celebrities to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut


EXPERIENCE: I accidentally bought a giant pig.


A FLORIDA MAN pulled a bald eagle from a gator's mouth.

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Beatles, Son Volt, Alison Krauss, Guster, Jenny Lewis, Orphan Antelope   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



....with THE BEATLES!  John, Paul, George and Ringo invaded America in early February 1964, so I thought video from that month would be fun. Your set list includes: "She Loves You," "All My Loving,""This Boy," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Please Please Me," "From Me to You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," and "Twist and Shout."  BONUS: NPR has the short version of how the Fabs got there, while Billboard has a delightful deep dive into their journey Stateside.

SON VOLT advance streams Notes of Blue.

ALISON KRAUSS advance streams Windy City.

GUSTER plays the Mountain Stage.

JENNY LEWIS played a new song, “Heads Gonna Roll” on A Prairie Home Companion.

SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: "Tears of a Clown." Originally released in 1967, but it didn't become a hit until 1970. Sometimes, a hit takes time.

ARETHA FRANKLIN announced that she was planning to stop touring.  But she's also doing an LP with Stevie Wonder.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Creative Loafing Atlanta about Jeff Tweedy, fame and more... (Thx, LHB.)

DURAN DURAN is renewing their legal battle over US rights to some of their most famous songs, including "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Girls on Film."  The outcome could affect Paul McCartney's lawsuit regarding the Beatles catalog.

MOON DUO's Ripley Johnson reveals his key psychedelic releases.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The LEGO Batman Movie, which is currently scoring 91 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Fifty Shades Darker, which is scoring 8 percent; and John Wick: Chapter 2, scoring 89 percent.

GEORGE & AMAL CLOONEY are expecting twins.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & DRAKE have split...for now.

LADY GAGA is dating CAA talent agent Christian Carino.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON says she's "barely holding it together" as a working mom. One can only imagine how people making less than 25MM do it.


HIDDEN FIGURES director Theodore Melfi has a startling backstory.

HALLOWEEN: The franchise is returning under the guidance of... David Gordon Green and Danny McBride.

THE CIRCLE, ft Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, has a second trailer online.

JOHN CLEESE talks about his favorite books.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's drone papers.

THIS ORPHAN ANTELOPE is too light to be weighed.

AN ORANGE GATOR turned up in a pond near Charleston. SC.

HOW DOLPHINS are using blowfish to get high.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK took a piece out of a fishing boat off SC. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Courtney Barnett, Tift Merritt, Ron Gallo, Pony, Dog Wick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NEW RESPECTS share a video for "Money."

COURTNEY BARNETT played in Melbourne for World Cafe.

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

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

PONY shares "DIY."

TEMPLE OF THE DOG: "Hunger Strike." Brrr.

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore?

TELEVISION: Pitchfork looks back at "Marquee Moon" 40 years later.

SPINAL TAP: Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean have joined Harry Shearer's lawsuit against This Is Spinal Tap's owner.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Ten of Their Best.

TOM HIDDLESTON talks to GQ about his Bolognese and Taylor Swift.

CHRIS EVANS and JENNY SLATE have called it quits on their relationship after less than a year of dating.

JACK NICHOLSON is eyeing his return to the big screen in his first role since 2010.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE talks to The Hollywood Reporter about fatherhood, his uncertain future, and Jimmy Fallon.

CHRISSY TEIGEN was involved in a hit and run accident on Tuesday evening.

STRANGER THINGS 2: Entertainment Weekly has a first look.

THE BEGUILED, a thriller directed by Sofia Coppola set in a Confederate girls’ boarding school during the Civil War, has a teaser trailer online.

JUDY GARLAND: Molested by Munchkins?

DOG WICK: What if John Wick's dog Daisy had been the real assassin?

THE SWARM: Thousands of dead bees are washing up on a popular Naples, Florida beach.

LAMPREYS: Females use "sham mating" as a way to maintain control over her eggs.

ANOTHER PYTHON on a windshield Down Under.

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Cloud Nothings, All Songs, Noveller, Mark Lanegan, Califone, Hedgehog Cafe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS share a video for “Cool Your Heart,” a collaboration with Dawn Richard and Solange Knowles.

CLOUD NOTHINGS, Live at Webster Hall, Feb. 1, 2017.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED shares new tracks from David Bazan, Black Angels, Charly Bilss and more...

NOVELLER advance streams A Pink Sunset For No One.

THE MARK LANEGAN BAND shares "Nocturne" ahead of Gargoyle.

CALIFONE shares "Comedy" from the Our First 100 Days comp.

CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD: "(You've Got Me) Danglin' On a String."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, Universal Harvester. The story is set in Navada, IA.

THE DRIVE-BY TRIUCKERS are profiled by the Boston Globe.

THE DEARS: Murray A. Lightburn gave a track-by-track tour to Times Infinity Volume One at Drowned in Sound.

FRAGILE ROCK: Almost Definitely The World's First Puppet Emo Band.

MICHAEL BOLTON dropped a trailer for his Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY is returning to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and this time she's brought her daughters.

KATE UPTON may or may not be a SI Swimsuit cover model, amid reports of diva demands.

ALICIA VICANDER has been snapped as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot.

RICHARD HATCH, best known for playing Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series -- and Tom Zarek in the reboot -- has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

MELISSA McCARTHY's spoof of White House spox Sean Spicer may have rattled the President.

KANYE WEST is done with the President.

MADONNA has adopted two more girls from Malawi.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' 8-year-old daughter, Maddie, regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday.


BOXER CRABS can turn one good friend into two... by tearing it in half.

A PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN GHOST SHARK with rabbit-like teeth and a bulky head is making waves in record books; it's the 50th ghost shark species known to science, a new study reported.

GORILLAS are being poached for bushmeat by militia groups and miners digging for an ore called coltan used in mobile phones.

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The Menzingers, The Britanys, Hand Habits, Sinkane, Cockroach   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GILLAN WELCH drops a video for the demo of "Dry Town."

THE MENZINGERS stream After The Party.

THE BRITANYS share their lo-fi, punky, melodic Five A Side EP. A bit in that early Arctic Monkeys/Libertines ballpark.

HAND HABITS streams Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void).

SINKANE is advance streaming Life & Livin' It.

JENS LEKMAN shares "Evening Prayer," from his soon-to-be-released fourth album, Life Will See You Know.

AMBER ARCADES shares "It Changes."

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: "Fall" and "Sleep Comes Down" for Twofer Tuesday.

FLEETWOOD MAC: Rumours turned 40, prompting retrospectives from Bob Boilen, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone.

DAVE DAVIES: The unpredictable underdog of 60s pop.

ELBOW is profiled by Drowned In Sound.

DAVID AXELROD, the influential composer and producer who helped shape the direction of hip-hop and inspired the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and DJ Shadow, has died at the age of 83.


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 aired an extended SuperBowl spot.

LOGAN also dropped a SuperBowl trailer.

STRANGER THINGS: The Season 2 SuperBowl ad got a ton of buzz, as fans scoured it for clues.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Need a better look at Aquaman and Cyborg?

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' 8-year-old daughter, Maddie, was badly hurt in an ATV accident Sunday.

ANNETTE BENING has been tapped to star in Katrina: American Crime Story, the next installment of the award-winning limited series from executive producers Murphy, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson.

HOLLYWOOD has a Boston problem.

A LIVE COCKROACH was removed from inside a woman's skull.

A PUPPY survives a 5-story plunge from a New Jersey building.

CHIMPS murder and eat their former leader, in case you thought they won't blow it all up eventually.

A SHARK TANK bursts...but not enough for an escape.

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