THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81! Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.
WILCO will be advance streaming The Whole Love on Sunday.
THE DANDY WARHOLS did three free songs for Daytrotter, including a cover of Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."
THE TWILIGHT SINGERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
THE CALM BLUE SEA stopped by the KUT studios for a session.
PHOSPHORESCENT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.
MOUNTAIN MAN is streaming two tracks from Made the Harbor.
BECK drops "Stormbringer" from the upcoming John Martyn tribute album.
THE ALL-TIME BEST MUSIC VIDEOS, according to TIME.
FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" falls into that category of summer song Oliver Wang described last year as "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy." It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section...
THE 20 BEST REPLACEMENTS SONGS, according to Prefix. Embedded audo at the link.
HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to Songwriters On Process.
LANA DEL REY talks to Pitchfork about her musical beginnings, the perfection of Elvis, and why "sleeping with the boss doesn't get you anywhere at all these days." Embeds at the link, too.
SCOTT McCAUGHEY talks to DCist about the Baseball Project... and baseball.
WILCO multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone interviews OF MONTREAL multi-instrumentalist Davey Pierce.
JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to the Broward/Palm Beach New Times about his influences, how concepts dictate the direction of his songs, and more... (Thx, LHB.)
TEN GREAT BANDS who overcame questionable debut albums.
SONGS OF THE SUMMER: Musicians' Picks.
CUTOUT BIN: From the Supremes to Rush, from the Flamingos to Joan Jett, from the Staple Singers to Fatboy Slim, plus the Beatles, the Spinners, The Band, Them, Dexy's Midnight Runners and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D, neither of which screened for critics; and The Debt, which opened Wednesday at 75 percent.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE put on a free, impromptu concert at a barbecue joint in Hell's Kitchen.
CHARLIE SHEEN's legal battle over his firing from Two and a Half Men might end up a little more public than Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre would have liked.
LINDSAY LOHAN got a Billy Joel tattoo. Really.
MAD MEL UPDATE: The settlement struck between Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva is reportedly a financial fiasco for a woman who wanted untold millions of dollars from her famous ex.
MARK WAHLBERG may be getting a reality show.
CHAZ BONO's inclusion in the Season 13 cast of Dancing With the Stars has set off a flurry of negative reactions on ABC message boards.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA has admitted that those infamous pictures of him dressed in drag were in fact real.
THE COEN BROTHERS are going full speed ahead with Inside Llewyn Davis, a movie loosely based on the story of Dave Van Ronk, a central figure in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the Sixties.
AMERICAN PIE REUNION: First Look.
LOST: Wired's Guide to Pop Culture's Buried Treasure.
YEMEN: The military claimed it has cleared al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from several areas in Abyan province. AQAP nearly assassinated Yemen's defense minister in Abyan.
IRAN's effort to show increased openness about its disputed nuclear program is doing little to dispel Western suspicions about Tehran's atomic ambitions, with one Vienna-based envoy dismissing it as a "charm offensive."
PAKISTAN: After the secret US raid to kill Osama bin Laden, Pakistani officials want a detailed agreement spelling out US rules of engagement inside Pakistan, officials in both countries say, but Washington's refusal to sign a binding document threatens to create another point of friction in the long-troubled relationship.
IRAQ: For the first time since the American invasion, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying. Prime Minister Maliki said the US would pull out its troops from Iraq by the end of December 2011. Iraq closed down its airspace due to "a potential danger threatening the airport's and airplanes safety."
BULLY CAT, witnessed by Lion Cat.
HAPPY FEET: After a black-tie sendoff, the 3-year-old emperor penguin who washed up in June on a Kapiti Coast beach is thriving on his boat ride back to the Antarctic.
HEY, ARE THOSE SNAKES (and tortoises) IN YOUR PANTS, or... oh.
COWS killed a woman walking her dog in Cardiff.
NAME THAT BEAVER: Children are being invited to name the first beaver kits to be born as part of an attempt to reintroduce the animals to the wild in Knapdale in Argyll.
BROOKE COLLINS, 22, punched a bear in the face to save her weiner dog.