THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE CLASH! Although Saturday Night Live polices clips turning up on the Internet, we have its long defunct imitator, Fridays, to thank for these April 1980 high-octane performances of "London Calling" and "Train In Vain," followed by equally powerful takes on "The Guns of Brixton" and "The Clampdown."
BELLE & SEBASTIAN brought an evening of infectious pop to an intimate crowd at Apogee Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
BILLY IDOL stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
WOLF ALICE made their US debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
I'M RICK JAMES: 15 Hours Of The Funk Supernova's Best Songs.
DEATH drops “Look At Your Life,” ahead of N.E.W., their first LP since the 70s.
MADNESS: "One... Step... Beyond."
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA: Rubian Nielson does a Q & A with Stereogum. Includes the title track to Multi-Love.
CARL BARAT: As his new band the Jackals prepare to release their raucous first album, the Libertine talks to The Guardian about writing songs with Pete Doherty in Thailand, playing a rock star on screen and keeping off the whisky.
GARY GLITTER was found guilty of historical sex abuse against three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
LEONARD COHEN's "HALLELUJAH": 60 versions, ranked by Newsweek.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which is currently scoring 69 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Jupiter Ascending, which is scoring 27 percent; and Seventh Son, scoring 6 percent. Dude.
BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: On Wednesday, four days after the 21-year-old was found unresponsive in her home, a doctor told her family that nothing more could be done. "Everyone is coming to the hospital to say goodbye," says a family member.
BRIAN WILLIAMS: Soldiers had tried to alert the media about the anchorman's false Iraq war story for years. Williams had been counseled in the past by senior NBC News executives to stop telling the story in public. Tom Brokaw wants him fired.
THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT COVER, just in time for Gratuious Friday.
BRUCE JENNER kept Kris Jenner in the dark over his sex change until their family meeting several weeks back.
ASHLEE SIMPSON and Evan Ross are having a girl.
JIMMY FALLON's Saved By The Bell reunion, icymi.
FIFTY SADES OF GREY, banned in Malaysia. Shocka.
AMY PASCAL, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is stepping down, pushed out as a result of the hack....not that there weren't other reasons.
THE ISLAMIC STATE is officially the richest terrorist group in existence.
SAUDI ARABIA: New claims of pre-9/11 Al Qaeda ties prompt renewed calls to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. The Saudi government has also said it favored making the 28 pages public because that would make it easier to refute what it said were unfounded allegations.
SYRIA: The Syrian government has launched dozens of air strikes on several rebel-held areas around Damascus, killing at least 76 people after the fighters shelled the capital in a rare move, activists say.
A BOXER PUPPY learns to howl. And snort.
AIR CHIEF MARHALL FOO FOO, the Thai crown prince's poodle, has been cremated.
AFTER THE PIG ate all of his marijuana, a furious Ohio man went on a drinking binge that resulted in his bust Saturday for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
A PYGMY GOAT on the lam in NJ is in good health, but still without a home.