MODEST MOUSE released the video for "King Rat," directed by the late Heath Ledger.
BRENDAN BENSON is advance streaming his My Old, Familiar Friend album via NPR.
FRUIT BATS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.
EDWARD SHARPE and the MAGNETIC ZEROS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.
THE RAVEONETTES premiere a new song, "Suicide," at Pitchfork.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: "I'm an Adult Now."
KIM DEAL of the Breeders and the Pixies talks to PopMatters about everything from addiction to mixtapes to Battlestar Galactica.
PERRY FARRELL talks to ArtistDirect in advance of Lolloapalooza.
KAKI KING tells The Phoenix she loves Feist and Neko Case, "but that sh^t's easy listening for the twentysomethings."
THE HEALING POWER OF DEATH METAL at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
MEGAN FOX: Seth Rogen talks to Jimmy Kimmel about being publicly rejected by the actress on Kimmel's show. PLUS: The Top 9 Best Things to Come From Megan Fox's Mouth.
BRITNEY SPEARS has been nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards. But Beyoncé and Lady Gaga tie for the most with nine each. The pop wreck was also spotted dancing with Lindsay Lohan at The Grand Star Jazz Club in LA.
PAM ANDERSON and TOMMY LEE were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Las Vegas club Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel.
JENNIFER ANISTON does not mind being the emblem of "the lonely girl getting on with her life."
ANGELINA JOLIE dropped off Vanity Fair's best dressed list this year.
MISCHA BARTON, who had a breakdown last month, was back to her weird ways over the weekend.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: Guy Ritchie's plan to put a gay-friendly spin on the relationship of Holmes and Watson in his new movie could backfire.
CAMERON DOUGLAS: The son of Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has been arrested once again -- this time in the Big Apple for getting in the middle of a deal to sell an eye-popping pile of crystal meth.
BURMA: What's in the box? Something nuclear?
NORTH KOREA: Two US journalists who had been detained by North Korea were traveling back to the US with former President Clinton hours after being pardoned, a Clinton spokesman said.
IRAQ: The Iraqi government is moving to ban web sites deemed harmful to the public, to require Internet cafes to register with the authorities and to press publishers to censor books. Opponents of the proposals question why Iraq would seek to impose the same sorts of censorship that had been among the most loathed aspects of daily life under Saddam Hussein and suggest that they are another example of Prime Minister al-Maliki's working to consolidate his power.
HIGHLY TRAINED KITTEH: Let's go to the video.
DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN CATS, according to a new study from England's Canterbury Christ Church University.
BRITAIN'S BIGGEST CARP, 25-year-old Benson, has been found dead after he was poisoned in a lake.
LOOSE BULL roams the streets of Idaho Falls. Video at the link.
ARMED WITH EXPLOSIVES, two men are heading to Mongolia's Gobi Desert to find the fabled acid-spitting and lightning-throwing Mongolian death worm.