THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion) and "Baby Blue", and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me." Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me"), Off Broadway's "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."
THOM YORKE is streaming ANIMA.
BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER: Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst visit KEXP.
METRIC visits KEXP.
LIAM GALLAGHER shares a new song, "The River."
THE SOFT CAVALRY shares “Never Be Without You.”
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.
THE BEST ALBUMS and SONGS of 2019, according to the NPR Music staff.
BOB MOULD, on coming out late in life: ‘Why didn't I do this a little sooner?’
RANCID, ranked by Brooklyn Vegan.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at Linda Rondstadt's country-rock version fo the 1963 oldie "You're No Good."
NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide realeases are Annabelle Comes Home, which is currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Yesterday, which is scoring 63 percent. Avengers: Endgame boosts screens and adds an end credits scene in hopes of dethroning Avatar as the all-time domestic champ.
IDRIS ELBA is the cover story at Vanity Fair.
AMANDA BYNES may have graduated from fashion school, she continues to seek treatment at a facility for her mental health struggles.
PAUL RUDD joins the Ghostbusters reboot.
SPIDER-MAN: Premiere Night at the Roxbury.
ONE DAY AT A TIME, canceled by Netflix, will get a fourth season at something called Pop TV before it airs on CBS (the network that aired the original version of the show).
ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE: The Sharknado team is getting back together.
MAX WRIGHT, best known for playing patriarch Willie Tanner on the sitcom Alf, died Wednesday. He was 75.
CATS, skateboarding into a parking garage, presumably for some ramp action.
DUKE THE DOG is tubbing for the weekend.
SAY HELLO to my little friend...
A UTAH WOMAN was charged with letting her cat lounge on the front lawn.