M WARD gets animated for the video of his cover of Buddy Holly's "Rave On," backed by Zooey Deschanel.
COLD WAR KIDS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.
THE SHYS did the four or five free songs thing for Daytrotter, including two versions of the Ian Hunter-esque "She's Already Gone."
IDA MARIA talks to Decider L.A. about synthesia, bleeding onstage, and more...
GOMEZ is profiled by the Wall Street Journal, with streaming audio of "Airstream Driver" at the link.
SKY LARKIN has a video out for "Antibodies" from the tough-to-find Golden Spike album.
THE PIRATE BAY's founders were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.
BILL CALLAHAN: The artist formerly known as Smog talks to The A.V. Club about his new album, how it differs from his firt non-Smog LP, etc.
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: Gruff Rhys talks to Artrocker about the new album, his side projects, time travel, etc.
DEVENDRA BANHART talks to the Petaluma Press-Democrat while listening to '70s British funk band Cymande in a rented van "somewhere on I-5."
THE HANDSOME FAMILY: Rennie Sparks talks to the Chicago Tribune about their eighth studio album, "Honey Moon," which celebrates 20 years of marriage to bandmate Brett Sparks.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 17 Again tops the box office with 24 million, doing well enough over the course of the weekend that it may just have legs. State of Play placed with 14.1 million, a bit better than Russell Crowe's last pic, Body of Lies. Mosters vs. Aliens showed again, but has yet to match its production budget in the US. Fortunately for Dreamworks, the worldwide total is over 250 million. Hannah Montana slid to fourth place with 12.6 million (a 60 percent drop); even so, this one has made almost four times its estimated 15 million budget. Fast & Furious rounds out the Top Five with 12.3 million, with a 55 percent drop, but this one is already profitable to the tune of 50 million in the US. Below the fold, Crank: High Voltage debuted in sixth with 6.5 million, while Observe & Report roughly breaks even in seventh place.
ANDY RODDICK & BROOKLYN DECKER got hitched in Austin, TX.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE: The father of Rubina Ali, one of the film's stars, denied he had offered the nine-year-old for sale for £200,000 in an illegal adoption deal offered by an undercover reporter from the News of the World.
MADONNA was tossed to the ground Saturday when her horse was startled by photographers while riding on a Hamptons estate.
BRITNEY SPEARS: A woman who was arrested for allegedly peering into Britney Spears's California home has said that it was part of a "joke".
LINDSAY LOHAN threw herself at Leo DiCaprio. Meanwhile, Samantha Ronson is reportedly doing fine after spiltting with Lindsay Lohan. Was anyone worried?
BILL MURRAY autographs a copy of Caddyshack for the woman he plunked with a wayward tee shot at a pro-am golf tourney. Cinderella story.GWYNETH PALTROW: Taking a dig at Wynona Ryder?
BRAD PAISLEY and According to Jim actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley have welcomed a son.
DREW BARRYMORE denies rumors that she is back with Justin Long.
IRAN: An Iranian-American journalist branded a US spy has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors. Meanwhile, the Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.
PAKISTAN: Here's a Taliban biker gang in the Swat valley.
AFGHANISTAN: The US ambushes the Taliban near Korangul Outpost. It's the sort of success story the New York Times has not published very often, though it could have.
TICKLING A LORIS: Let's go to the video.
BABY MACAQUE plays hide-and-seek with its mom. Aww... some pics at the link.
BARNACLES adjust length and girth for conditions.
MAN BITES SNAKE: A Kenyan man bit a python which wrapped him in its coils and dragged him up a tree during a fierce three-hour struggle.