DIRTY PROJECTORS brought "About To Die" -- and the yMusic quartet -- to the Ed Sullivan Theater.
PATRICK WATSON played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the whole show on demand.
FIELD REPORT reported to The Current studio to chat with Mark Wheat and perform a few songs.
SERA CAHOONE soundchecked for Oregon Public Broadcasting before a recent performance at the Doug Fir in Portland.
ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Who, Local Natives, and Blackbird Blackbird highlight the latest edition.
U2: "Desire." Generally Autumnal leading to winter for me, tho it coulda been a great summer song. Really, it's hard to mess up a good Bo Diddley beat.
MICK JAGGER talks to All Things Considered about recording "Gimme Shelter" and preparing fr the Stones' 50th anniversary tour.
MUMFORD & SONS: How have four polite Englishmen become the fastest selling act in the US?
MAKING CENTS: Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi breaks down the meager royalties currently being paid out to bands by streaming services.
TITUS ANDRONICUS: The most important band of 2012?
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 predictably tops the cinema with 141 million, almost identical to the Part 1 opening -- which might cause some to wonder ifthe Harry Potter approach of doing the big finale 6 mos later in July would've been more profitable. Skyfall places with 41.5 million -- a 53 percent drop, which is smaller than the 2nd frame drop for Quantum of Solace and even more impressive given that the sparkly vampires pushed Bond to smaller screens. This Bond now has 161 domestic and another half-billion or so worldwide. Lincoln's wide debut shows with 21 million (against a 60 million budget), impressive for early Oscar bait, given the competition. Wreck-It Ralph drops to fourth with 18.3 million, holding on to the family audience before Rise of the Guardians appears over the holiday weekend. Flight rounds out the Top 5 with 8.6 million, which is fortunately well into the black (61 million against a 31 million budget), as the drama competition only increases at year's end.
LINCOLN: Steven Spielberg's take on one of greatest presidents gets off to the overly-sentimental start one might expect from Spielberg, but quickly moves from the Hall of Presidents into a more interesting tale of political intrigue, with Daniel Day-Lewis (in his usual Oscar-caliber mode) balancing competing Republican and Democratic demands to pass the 13th amendment. Day-Lewis isn't the only arresting performance here either; to name a few, Tommie Lee Jones hits a wide range of notes as radical abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, while James Spader and Jackie Earle Haley delight as political fixers brought in to insulate Lincoln from the more seamy deals cut on the road to ending slavery. Tony Kuchner's screenplay builds on parts of Doris Goodwin's Team of Rivals for a piece that engrosses and entertains as it educates.
DON'T SUE ME ELMO: According to TMZ, Kevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- agreed to pay his accuser 125K, with one string attached -- that the accuser recant his story that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor.
JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: Reconciling?
TAYLOR SWIFT, enjoying the company of One Direction's Harry Styles.
BRITNEY SPEARS: and Jason Trawick had planned a romantic and intimate winter wedding, but after incessant fighting between the two, the impending nuptials have been called off, according to RadarOnline.
KRISTEN STEWART still feels guilty about cheating on Robert Pattinson, at least until the press junket for Twilight is over.
LINDSAY LOHAN has no plans to meet her newly-announced 17-year-old half-sister ... in fact, she wants nothing to do with her ... ever.
QUENTIN TARANTINO: Deadline has excerpts and outtakes from his Playboy interview, which is also a click-thru at the link.
ISRAEL: Violence accelerated in Gaza as Israel and Hamas exchanged air and artillery attacks. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel is prepared to widen its Gaza offensive. Israel continued to mass troops along the Gaza border.
EGYPT: Border guards allowed 400 political activists to cross into Gaza. Liberal secular representatives announced their withdrawal from the committee charged with writing Egypt's new constitution.
IRAN: A report from the IAEA said Iran had doubled the capacity at its uranium enrichment plant. Iran has postponed the startup of a nuclear reactor in Akak; the research reactor has the capability of producing plutonium for nuclear arms.
CAT and CHICK, cuddling together...Mass hysteria!
LIZARDS startle the Secret Service.
FOUR KITTENS whose mom died protecting them from a coyote have been adopted together.
THE PIG GENOME PROJECT could make bacon tastier? Unpossible!