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Busy weekend, but Roky Erickson RIP and more...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 03, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Godzilla: King of the Monsters tops the chartwith 49MM, which is down 47 percent from the 2014 reboot; however, it has grossed 130MM more in foreign markets, which may assuague concerns about its 170MM budget. Aladdin places with 42.3MM on a 54 percent drop, but has matched its 183MM budget domestically and 445MM worldwide. Rocketman shows with 25MM against a 40MM bdget; its A- Cinemascore may gave it legs. Ma takes the fourth slot with 18MM against a 5MM budget, another successful Blumhouse budget special. John Wick: Chapter 3, taking a hit from the big lizard, rounds out the Top Five with  11MM on a 55 percent drop; it has a worldwide total of 221MM against a reported 55MM budget.

ROKY ERICKSON, lead vocalist and principal songwriter for the psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators and one of the leading lights of Texas rock - died Friday in Austin. Best known for the Elevators’ seething 1966 single “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” he was 71.

iTUNES is dying this week.

ROBERT PATTINSON is officially The Batman.

MERYL STREEP doesn't like the term "toxic masculinity," because it's not just guys who can be toxic, it's people in general.

TAKING A DIP: A bear decided to beat the heat by taking a swim in a family's swimming pool in North Carolina, walking around the edge before plunging into the water.

AN ANGRY GATOR busts through a kitchen window in Florida.

More tomorrow, barring the unforessen...

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Power Pop, Dylan, Pelican, Stef Chura, The Cure, Bill Callahan, Wolf Nap   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with POWER POP! A few of these may be known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."

BOB DYLAN: Hear and advance stream of highlights of The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings.

PELICAN advance streams Nighttime Stories.

STEF CHURA advance streams Midnight.

THE CURE perfoms Dinsintegration.

BILL CALLAHAN advance streams five more songs from Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest.

REDD KROSS goes "Beyond The Door."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN shares "Tuscon Train."

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

LEON REDBONE, legendary Tin Pan Alley/jazz interpreter, died early Thursday morning at age 69.

PETER BUCK: The R.E.M. man talks guitar chemistry, raw riffs, and his latest album with Filthy Friends.

THE BEATLES' only live performance on Top Of The Pops has been found in an attic.

JOHNNY MARR talks to NME about Theresa May, his acting career, new music, The Smiths' legacy and Morrissey.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paper Lace's gleefully dumb and ahistorical gangland story-song "The Night Chicago Died."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is currently scoring 43 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Rocketman, which is scoring 89 percent; and Ma, scoring 62 percent.

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD has a trailer online.

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE has a trailer online.

R. KELLY has been charged with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

MOBY cancels his book tour after apologizing for claiming he dated Natalie Portman.

ASHTON KUTCHER testified in the trial of suspected serial killer Michael Gargiulo.

JOHN WICK 3: Director Chad Stahelski Tells Uproxx The Secrets Behind The Movie's Incredible Stunt Dogs.

RELAX, it's the weekend.

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER in another bowl.

SULLY, George H.W. Bush's service dog is still playing a vital role in rehabilitating veterans.

POACHING is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom.

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Local Natives, Sinkane, All Songs, Giant Manta Ray   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS:  “O-o-h Child."

LOCAL NATIVES visit The Current.

SINKANE covers classics from The Beatles and Peter Gabriel for a Lagniappe Session.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED rolls out tracks from Rhye, Quinn Christopherson, Tōth, Another Sky, Ari Roar, and more.

SLEATER-KINNEY returns with "Hurry On Home."

SUFJAN STEVENS shares “Love Yourself,” “Love Yourself (Short Reprise),” “Love Yourself (1996 Demo)” and “With My Whole Heart”.

PALEHOUND shares "Black Friday."

 

HOT CHIP shares a video for "Melody of Love."

BILL CALLAHAN talks to the Creative Independent about the work/family balance, reconnecting with writing, and more.

WHY SONGS are getting shorter in the streaming era.

FROM THE WALKMAN TO AIRPODS: Forty years of that all-encompassing, fall-away feeling of music descending.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Roberta Flack's delicate, layered sex-jam "Feel Like Makin' Love."

 

ALEX TREBEK reveals his stage 4 pancreatic cancer is in "near remission."

NICHELLE NICHOLS, a/k/a/ Lt. Uhura, is in a battle for guardianship of her own life.

CHRIS KATTAN claims Lorne Michaels once pressured him to have sex with a director so she would stay attached to A Night At The Roxbury.

BOY GEORGE is headed for a biopic.

MARTIN SCORSESE is concerned about the de-aging of DeNiro and Pacino in The Irishman.

THR COMEDY ACTRESSES' ROUNDTABLE: "If you can't tell why you've got your tits out, you're probably in the wrong scene."

CARMINE CARIDI, the actor best known for portraying Carmine Rosato in The Godfather: Part II, has died. He was 85.

 

A GIANT WHITE MANTA RAY, spotted off the Raja Ampat Islands.

TUPELO HONEY: Liquid Gold from the swamps.

PRAISE SONG For The Unloved Animals.

MYKONOS THE CAT, as the Twelve Caesars.

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O'Jays, Echo in the Canyon, Tyler Childers, Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

THE O'JAYS visit the World Cafe.

ECHO IN THE CANYON: Jakob Dylan, Cat Power and Jade Castrinos perform material from a new music documentary and concert film on the Laurel Canyon music scene.

TYLER CHILDERS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE CURE plays Disintegration's B-sides live for the first time.

 

FRANZ FEDINAND debuts "Black Tuesday."

LOU BARLOW talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the new Sebadoh LP, unconsciously channeling oldies, yearning for resolutions, and learning to care less.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN confirms he will tour with the E Street Band in 2020. 

THE MEKONS' Sally Timms tells Twangville about the band's unusual habits. (Thx, LHB.)

MICK JAGGER & KEITH RICHARDS signed over all their publishing rights for "Bitter Sweet Symphony" to The Verve.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby," maybe the first disco hit that knows it's a disco hit -- and John Denver's pastoral love hymn "Annie's Song."

 

CHRIS HEMSWORTH talks about life after Thor Lebowski.

KIT HARRINGTON secretly checked into luxury rehab for stress and alcohol use ahead of the Game of Thrones finale.

SPICE GIRLS fans call for refunds as sound issues blight their comeback tour.

ROB LOWE has PTSD from Prince William‘s hair loss.

SONGLAND: It's The Voice, but for songwriters.

THE 25 BEST FX SHOWS, according to Decider.

THE 25 BEST HIGH SCHOOL MOVIES, according to The Ringer.

 

A 1-YEAR-OLD MONKEY reunites with the vets who treated him for pneumonia after poachers killed his family.

PLAYER TWO has entered the game.

IS THAT THOUSANDS OF LEECHES in your airplane carry-on bag?

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Easing into the post-holiday   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The live action remake of Aladdin tops the chart with a four-day estimate of 112MM, which likely has the House of Mouse sighing in relief given the underperformance of Dumbo, the skeptical internet reaction to the trailers, and the mediocre reviews. That said, it's maybe 10MM more than Solo did in this frame last year, and its total may not overwhelm the animated original domestically (tho it may have legs until Toy Story 4 arrives).  John Wick: Chapter 3 placed with 31MM on a mere 45 percent drop; it becomes the first of the franchise to cross 100MM domestic.  Avengers: Endgame shows with 22.3MM on an impressive 26 percent drop, crossing the 800MM mark domestically (the fourth film to ever do so). Pokemon: Detective Pikachu grabs the fourth slot with 17.3MM on a 31 percent drop; it seems likely to recoup it's 150MM budget here, while making twice as much in foreign markets.  Brightburn rounds out th Top Fivewith 9.5MM against a 6MM budget; it will make money, but I wonder if there's a sense that "Superman as a horror movie" should have played bigger.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative 44MM million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer.

GEOFFREY RUSH has been awarded 1.9MM after winning a MeToo defamation case against Australia’s Nationwide News over a story published in the company’s Daily Telegraph.

MOBY apologized for claiming in his recently published memoir that he dated Natalie Portman.

OLIVIA JADE GIANNULLI was well aware of her mom, Lori Loughlin, and dad Mossimo Giannulli's actions ahead of them being named and charged in the headline-making, nationwide college admissions scandal.

JOHNNY DEPP claims AMBER HEARD sliced his finger with a vodka bottle.

HARRISON FORD is Indiana Jones, no one else is.

...should be back to full speed tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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