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Live Aid, Daniel Bachman, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, Olafur Arnalds, Grouper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LIVE AID! I forgot last Friday was the anniversary of July 13, 1985, on which a trans-Atlantic rock event aimed at aiding starving people in Ethiopia (Its prime movers, like Bob Geldof & Bono, would later discover, actually getting the aid past the Marxist dictatorship would be the difficult part).  Let's start with the full set from Queen, because they knew how to work a Wembley stadum gig.  Your setlist includes: a partial "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Radio Ga Ga," "Ay Oh!," "Hammer To Fall," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions," and "Is This The World We Created...?" But on a more 80s note--and the event was certainly that-- we have U2 (pre-global stardom) with Bono working the crowd during "Bad," a pre-lip-syncing Madonna getting "Into The Groove," Phil Collins (who played both in Philly and London with help from the Concorde) playing "Against All Odds." The concerts featured their share of legends too-- Led Zeppelin blasting "Whole Lotta Love" (with an assist from Collins), Mick Jagger and Tina Turner dueting on "State of Shock" and "It's Only Rock and Roll," and David Bowie (with help from Thomas Dolby and the band) delivers "Heroes." And for a day, they were.

DANIEL BACHMAN advance streams The Morning Star.

MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR advance streams The Radio Winners.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN joined BILLY JOEL for the Piano Man's 100th show at MSG. Find someone who looks at you the way Joel's sax player looks at Bruce when he gets to play the solo on "Born To Run."

OLAFUR ARNALDS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE shares "I Dreamt We Spoke Again."


JAWBREAKER: Blake Schwarzenbach talks about New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies, and nine other albums that impacted his life.

BRANDI CARLILE is launching the Girls Just Wanna Weekend.

MIKE DENEEN, who produced Fountains of Wayne, Letters To Cleo, Guster, The Gravel Pit, and many more, died July 10 at 54.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Petula Clark's immortal city-life love letter "Downtown."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Equalizer 2, which is currently scoring 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which is scoring 80 percent; and Unfriended: Dark Web, scoring 62 percent.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Advocates for the "Snyder cut" deride the movie we got as "Josstice League" and believe original director Zack Snyder has a brilliantly unrealized version that deserves to be released. But does it even exist?

JASON MOMOA talks Aquaman.

DOCTOR WHO: Season 11 has a trailer online.

CHANCE THE RAPPER has purchased The Chicagoist from WNYC.

DENIS TEN, lympic bronze medallist figure skater, was stabbed to death at 25.

ADRIAN CRONAUER, the Air Force veteran loosely portrayed by Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam, died Wednesday at 79.

A 500-LB GROUPER ate a shark as shocked Florida fishermen watched. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

SNAKE MASSAGE: Not a euphemism.

A NEW VENOMOUS SNAKE, discovered in Australia, because Australia.

A MOOSE was euthanized Thursday after shutting down an Ottawa highway during the morning rush. Injured leg.

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Dirty Projectors, The Horrors, Dr Dog, Possum   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROGER McGUINN performs "King of the Hill" -- a song about "Papa" John Phillips -- for Carson.

DIRTY PROJECTORS stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE HORRORS stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

DR. DOG stops by KXT for a live session.

CAT POWER shares a teaser trailer for her next LP.


WAXAHATCHEE shares a video for "Chapel Of Pines."

HOW JOHNNY GREENWOOD Became The Most Interesting Man In Radiohead.

WOLF ALICE: Ellie Rowsell and Joel Amey talk to Stereogum about Visions Of A Life, their rise and how they feel now, touring America vs. touring Europe, and having existential breakdowns on an airplane.

PHIL COLLINS is releasing a career-spanning box set of non-Genesis, non-solo-LP tracks, Plays Well With Others.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' transcendent ripoff "I Feel Fine."


A GIANT, SHIRTLESS JEFF GOLDBLUM marks the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEEN ON BROADWAY, but also on Netflix (soon).

SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening talks about our outrage culture.

DAVID SPADE still talks to the troubled Heather Locklear.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MOSNTERS leaked footage through Millie Bobby Brown.

CHINA's version of “Saturday Night Live” has been pulled down from streaming giant Youku, only weeks after making its debut.


A POSSUM stops by for pasta, with a spoon.

BURGER KING offers a terminally ill dog cheeseburgers for the rest of his life.

A BABY SNAKE that lived among dinosaurs was found preserved in amber. Let's build a theme park.

A GERMAN CITY hires an angler to deal with a monster, duck-eating catfish: "I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten."

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Jayhawks, Richard Thompson, Hold Steady, Lemon Twigs, Giant Manta Ray   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me."

THE JAYHAWKS stopped by The Current.

DAVE MATTHEWS stops by World Cafe.

RICHARD THOMPSON shares "The Storm Won't Come" and "Bones of Gilead."

THE HOLD STEADY shares "The Stove & The Toaster" and "Star 18."

THE LEMON TWIGS share "Small Victories," a bright and infectious psych-pop track from their upcoming musical about a chimp raised as a human boy.

ONE ELEVEN HEAVY shares "Crosses."


THE DECEMBERISTS share a video for "Once In My Life."

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Kevin Shields talks guitars with Rolling Stone.

BODY / HEAD:  Kim Gordon and Bill Nace talk to Salon about listening to their album all at once.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE short list is announced.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Supremes' shimmering classic "Come See About Me."


JOHNNY DEPP has reached a settlement in his legal battle with the Management Group, averting a trial that was set to begin next month.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY has a new trailer online.

GWEN STEFANI: A study in contrasts.

BATWOMAN is now being developed as a series for The CW.

JESSICA BIEL's restaurant closes abruptly.

ELI ROTH files for divorce.

CHINA's MOST EXPENSIVE FILM has been pulled from cinemas after a dismal opening weekend.


A GIANT MANTA RAY, rescued from a net.

DC CAT COUNT: An alliance of Washington, D.C., public and private groups on Tuesday launched a three-year census that aims to count all the cats in the capital, hoping to help develop ways to manage feline populations throughout the United States.

THE CODFATHER, PT II: A captain in the Bristol County sheriff’s office was convicted Sunday by a federal jury in connection with helping Carlos Rafael, the New Bedford fishing magnate, smuggle profits from his illegal overfishing scheme to Portugal.

A DOZEN CAMELS were disqualified from a saudi beauty pageant over Botox injections.

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Jason Isbell, Birdtalker, Sam Evian, Dog Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and " Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT (ft Amanda Shires) performs before a live audience in the Forum at MPR.

BIRDTALKER stopped by World Cafe.

SAM EVIAN covers John Cale and Neil Young for a Lagniappe Session.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE shares "Hair Cutter."


BULLY shares a snail video for "Guess There."

THE BEATLES get over three hours of discussion and analysis of the period from Revolver to Abbey Road on Political Beats with guest Charles C.W. Cooke.

MEW's Jonas Bjerre told Brooklyn Vegan about 10 albums that impacted his life.

SIXTEEN TONS: What do you get?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bobby Vinton's Akon-inspiring sad-soldier lullaby "Mr. Lonely."


ANTHONY BOURDAIN's Final Interview.

DUNE: Timothée Chalamet is in final talks to star in the Denis Villeneuve-directed relaunch.

AMANDA SEYFRIED's usband was not thrilled about her working with her ex.

TIM TEBOW is currently dating 2017’s Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD would like to work on Rick and Morty.


A DUDE saves a puppy in a flood.

PUG MUG released by New Jersey police.

A 6-FT BOA CONSTRICTOR falls from a ceiling on a sleeping New York man.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Conducting recon on our cities.

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The Suffers, Beach Boys, James Hunter 6, J Mascis, Hero Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEMON PIPERS: "Green Tambourine."

THE SUFFERS stop by World Cafe.

THE BEACH BOYS: Aquarium Drunkard assembles a (mostly) post-Murray playlist.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX stops by WFUV's Studio A.

J MASCIS, singing Tom Petty karaoke to a half-empty bar in Massachusetts.


FATHER JOHN MISTY gets animated in the video for "Date Night."


SNAIL MAIL: Lindsey Jordan talked to PopMatters about the story behind album, her songwriting, and the attention that she's been getting.

RODNEY CROWELL: An elder statesman of Americana canvasses his career.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hotel Translylvania 3: Summer Vacation tops the chart with 44.1MM, right between the original and the sequel; note those opened in September to play through Halloween, while this one will have to make its money on weekdays also.  Ant-Man and the Wasp places with 28,8MM on a 62 percent drop that's a little concerning but not shocking; it now looks to top out around where the original did, short of 200MM domestic.  The lagging foreign grosses might also be a concerm, tho the World Cup was likely a factor here. Skyscraper shows with 25.5MM against a 125MM budget which means The Rock better be cooking in foreign markets.  One wonders if there isn't just a lot of fatigue this Summer: Star Wars, The Rock, maybe even Marvel -- still plenty of money being made, but some concern about studios spending big on supposedly safe plays.  Incredibles 2 takes the fourth slot with another 16.2MM, but seeming less likely to become the year's third 600MM grosser.  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rounds out the Top Five with 15.5MM, and the 363MM total domestic also raises that fatigue question -- or maybe the franchise reboot hasn't aged well for people.

KATE UPTON & JASON VERLANDER are expecting their first child.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has dropped out of Rub & Tug, the movie that would have seen her play a transgender man.

BILLBOARD /THR CEO John Amato is being investigated for sexual misconduct, including inappropriate comments to younger female staffers.

NANCY SINATRA SR, first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101.

ZOMBIELAND 2 is set to begin production with the original cast in January 2019 and will be released in October 2019, in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie.

DIE HARD at 30: Bruce Willis declares that it is not a Christmas movie, but at a roast, so he's clearly trolling.



A NEWBORN GIRAFFE takes its first steps.

A JAGUAR escaped from the roof of its Audubon Zoo enclosure early Saturday morning in New Orleans and made its way through other zoo exhibits, killing six animals and injuring three.

AN ORCA saying "hello" like a human.

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