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Jon Pratt, Richard Thompson, Metric, Natalie Prass, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman weaves "A Moon Spell" on a 1938 Vega C-66.

RICHARD THOMPSON plays The Loft at City Winery.

METRIC stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NATALIE PRASS also  stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BAD MOVES shares the power-poppy "Crushed Out."


WEEZER made a video for their cover of Toto's "Africa," featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a journey into the internet's heart of beigeness.

JOHN LYDON looks back on 40 years of PiL.

THE BEATLES announced a 50th anniversary "White Album" reissue with previously unreleased tracks.

GARY NUMAN is 'utterly devastated' after his tour bus killed an elderly pedestrian in Ohio.

THE NUMBER ONES looks back on Johnny Rivers' relentlessly schmaltzy "Poor Side Of Town."



GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 probably will use James Gunn's script.

BILL COSBY was given a three- to 10-year prison sentence on Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, Andrea Constand, at his home outside Philadelphia 14 years ago.

PADMA LAKSHMI reveals she was raped at 16.

BEN AFFLECK is continuing his rehab past 30 days.

ALMOST FAMOUS is being turned into a musical.

SHIA LaBEOUF is romancing British singer FKA Twigs.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: A Unified Theory.


"DAVE, leave it, he ain't worth it bro."

BENNY THE LABRADOR shows off his amazing ice-skating skills after being taught by figure skater who saved him from death.

GENE EDITING could let us wipe out mosquitoes - and save millions from malaria.

R.I.P. BUSTER, the dog that completed five tours of duty in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq. He saved thousands of lives by sniffing out bombs in these war zones.

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Jayhawks, William Fitzsimmons, The The, Jeff Tweedy, Cat Awakes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE JAYHAWKS play a session for Paste.

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS also plays for Paste.

THE THE stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KEVIN DEVINE covers Tom Petty's "Into The Great Wide Open."

THE CLASH: Hear Joe Strummer's previously unreleased demo for "This Is England."


JEFF TWEEDY shares a video for "Some Birds."

HOW BEN FOLDS beat the internet in 2008.

WAS 1988 the greatest year in music? (No., but it was pretty good.)

RYLEY WALKER talks to Stereogum about his unlikely cover of the DMB's The Lillywhite Sessions.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at The Monkees' straight-up classic debut single "Last Train To Clarksville." BONUS: The Monkees announce a Christmas album with Rivers Cuomo, Peter Buck, Andy Partridge, and more.


JOAQUIN PHOENIX, in full Joker gear.

DAZED AND CONFUSED gets a 25th anniversary retro from Esquire, while The Ringer surveys 33 great musical moments from the film. Alrightalrightalright.

ZOE KRAVITZ will take on the role played by John Cusack in High Fidelity, the TV series for Disney's forthcoming streaming service.

MEL GIBSON  is coming on to write and direct a remake of the classic Sam Peckinpah western The Wild Bunch.

BRITNEY SPEARS and Kevin Federline have finally worked out a new child support plan.

SIRIUS XM is buying Pandora.

AL MATTHEWS, the cigar-chomping Sgt. Apone in Aliens, has died at 75.

STAR WARS producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.


AS GREGOR SAMSA awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a adorable cat.

DOGGO vs INFANT: Who you got?

A RARE DISCOVERY was made in northern Virginia this month when a two-headed baby copperhead slithered in the yard of a resident.

A GOOD SAMARITAN was arrested after helping animals survive Hurricane Florence.

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Leon Bridges, Constant Mongrel, Philly Folk Fest, Whales & Dolphins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

LEON BRIDGES plays solo acoustic for The Current.

CONSTANT MONGREL streams Living In Excellence.

THE PHILLY FOLK FEST included performances from Gina Chavez, Toronzo Cannon, and Scottish instrumental trio Talisk.

JOHNNY MARR shares "Jeopardy."

STEVE PERRY talks to World Cafe about leaving Journey, coming back for love, the legacy of "Don't Stop Believin'," and more.


JOHN LENNON & GEORGE HARRISON, recording ‘How Do You Sleep?’ in previously unseen footage.

CAT POWER Has a Lot to Be Proud Of. Now She Knows That.

DICKEY BETTS' brain surgery was successful.

JACK WHITE gives 30K to help restore the house from The Outsiders.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Association's heavily orchestrated folk-rocker "Cherish" and  ? And The Mysterians' genuinely insane garage rock classic "96 Tears."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The House With A Clock In Its Walls tops the chart with 26.9MM, a bit more than projected and reflecting better performance over the course of the weekend. A very solid start against a 40MM budget for a family film directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, Death Wish) of all people. A Simple Favor places with 10.4MM, actually climbing a notch on a potentially leggy 35 percent drop. The Nun shows with 10.3MM (meanining second and third could swap when the actual receipts come in) ona 44 percent drop, as the flick breaks the 100MM mark domestic and nears 300MM worldwide. Last week's champ, The Predator, skids into fourth with 8.7MM on a perilous 65 percent drop. Crazy Rich Asians again rounds out the Top Five with anothe r6.5MM on a 25 percent drop; the 30MM rom-com has grossed over 200MM worldwide.


JUSTIN BIEBER & HAILEY BALDWIN must not be married yet, because they're lawyering their prenup.

RHIANNA was appointed ambassador for her native Barbados.

CHRIS PRATT denies Hollywood is anti-Christian.

ROBERT REDFORD regrets saying he is retiring from Hollywood.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN, 14, defends her friendship with Drake, 31.

RUPERT GRINT talks about life after Ron Weasley.


WHALES & DOLPHINS, playing together...

BUNNIES only flop over when they feel safe.

A TEXAS SHELTER PUP finds a home working with dispatchers at the City of Borger’s communication center.

A WOMAN can't recall how that dead turtle wound up where it did.

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Byrds, Loretta Lynn, Restorations, Tim Hecker, Tom Petty, REM, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS! To everything there is a season, and when the leaves start turning, my thoughts turn to this rare live threefer of "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Bells of Rhymney" and "Mr. Tambourine Man", introduced by... David McCallum? There are more screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  There are even more dancers when they cover "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."

LORETTA LYNN advance streams Wouldn't It Be Great.

RESTORATIONS advance streams LP5000.

TIM HECKER advance streams Konoyo.

TOM PETTY: Hear the previously unreleased song "Gainesville."

R.E.M. shares a live BBC take on "Orange Crush."

RICHARD SWIFT: Hear the posthumous "Sept20."

WIILIAM SHATNER & HENRY ROLLINS sing "Jingle Bells." Really.

COUSTEAU: "The Last Good Day of the Year." Or close to it.

BOB DYLAN: More blood, more tracks.

TICKETMASTER denies reports it partners with scalpers and  double-dips on resale ticket fees.

ARON HODEK is a pretty ace bassist for a 7-year-old.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Four Tops' astonishing soul classic "Reach Out I'll Be There."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The House With A Clock In Its Walls, which is currently scoring 58 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Life Itself, which is scoring 11 percent; Fahrenheit 11/9, scoring 92 percent; and Assassination Nation, scoring 67 percent.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN is set to play Tom Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series.

JORDAN PEELE will be hosting The Twilight Zone on CBS's streaming service.

VERONICA MARS has officially been picked up at Hulu.

DISNEY CEO BOB IGER opens up about his plan for a Netflix rival, ESPN's politics problem and how MeToo has changed his company.

JAMES BOND 25 is now set to be directed by True Detective's Cary Fukunaga.

IT'S ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP, not the animal you own.

TERRY is a catnapper, meaning he naps with cats with disabilities.

RACCOONS bust into a Toronto woman's home and stare her down while defiantly eating her bread.

GIANT PANDAS have a vocal repertoire that comprises more than a dozen distinct grunts, barks and squeaks, most of which amount to some version of "leave me alone."


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The day job intrudes, but I have Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LUCKILY, it was a pretty slow "news" day, even if it wasn't a slow news day.

Anyway, Things:

MAROON 5 will be the halftime performers at the 2019 Super Bowl.

JULIE CHEN, a/k/a Mrs. Les Moonves, will remain the host of Big Brother.

BRAD PITT has been spending quite a bit of quality time with his kids amid a contentious custody battle with Angelina Jolie.

JOHN OLIVER and his wife Kate Norley are the proud parents of a second son.

KRISTEN BELL sparks up in front of her sober husband.

SPACE JAM 2: LeBron James has set Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) to produce the sequel.

SUKI WATERHOUSE shot someone while filming a movie.

MARVEL is reportedly working up an all-femalle superhero TV drama with the writer of Wonder Woman.

CHEVY CHASE is 74, sober, and ready... but no one wants to work with him

I should be back for the full platter headed into the weekend. Knock on wood.

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