THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART talks to Newsweek about their sudden buzz, the probable backlash, etc. Video of a new song, "103," and "Young Adult Friction" at the link.
ANDREW BIRD stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.
THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE is open, with contributors like KEXP.
PAUL WELLER talks to Seattle Weekly about why "The Modfather" is still excited about making music, his recording process, and what it's like to hang with own idols like Ray Davies and Paul McCartney.
P.J. HARVEY talks to Magnet about her new long-distance collaboration with John Parish. Audio at the link. NPR vas video of the duo from SxSW.
DR. DOG plays "The Ark" for Jimmy Fallon. This one reminds me a bit of early Peter Gabriel.
SUPERCHUNK: Jim Wilbur talks to Spinner about the band's return after eight years, as well as the 20th anniversary of Merge Records, the label founded by bandmates Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance.
JASON ISBELL talks to the Mpls City Pages about what makes his second post-Drive-By Truckers LP different, and more...
ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to ChartAttack about the Venus 3 tour, his on-and-off sessions with XTC's Andy Partridge, the Soft Boys, and more...
DAN DEACON is interviewed by The A.V. Club about -- among other things -- dancing and intellect.
MAD MEL UPDATE: A 24-year-old Russian pop singer has come forth, claiming that she had a romantic relationship with the 53-year-old actor and has now fallen in love.
BRITNEY SPEARS: An employee of land developer John Sundahl is claiming the pop wreck and Sundahl are going to tie the knot. Meanwhile, her dad has been seeking permission from a judge to expand the pop star's current Circus tour - but the dour economy may hamper those plans.
NICK LACHEY & VANESSA MINNILLO "are on the rocks big time," according to the NYDN.
GWYNETH PALTROW wants another baby.
JESSICA SIMPSON gets called "top heavy" ... by her mom. BONUS: John Mayer reportedly liked to tell Simpson he liked her spiritual side, just to get her to shut up.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: Mike Myers appears in the latest footage. Yep, that's him.
EVAN RACHEL WOOD & MARILYN MANSON are back on, as Wood confirms to GQ. Slideshow at the link. Call it gratuitous Thursday.
MEGAN FOX: Not the marrying kind. Shocka!
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are planning to review their law surrounding the marriage of young girls after a court refused to nullify the marriage of an 8-year-old to a man 50 years her senior.
IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad said he was preparing a new proposal to resolve disputes with the West over Iran's nuclear program, opening the door to talks with the US. As if it's not a delaying tactic.
AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban murdered a young couple trying to elope in southwestern Afghanistan after accusing them of immoral acts. A group of Afghan women who braved an enraged mob yesterday to protest against an "abhorrent" new Afghan law which appears to legalise marital rape and child marriage had to be rescued by police from a hail of stones and abuse.
DOG & CHICKEN, getting it on... mass hysteria.
JAILBIRD ruffles feathers at a high-security prison in Columbia.
THE DONALD is a cat with a Trump-esque tumor.
PASQUALINA the DOG was reunited with its owners after surviving eight days in the rubble of a house wrecked in the Italian earthquake that claimed 294 lives.
THE DOG ate her G-string.