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Lee Fields, Raconteurs, Hayes Carll, Hot Chip, Poacher Karma   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HUSKER DU covers The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," circa 1985.


THE RACONTEURS: Selections from their first gig in eight years.

HAYES CARLL vivits The Current.


HOT CHIP returns with a video for "Hungry Child."

EVERY NIRVANA Album and Song, ranked by NME.

PAUL SIMONON's Cultural Highlights.

A MUSIC NERD'S LAST STAND: You'll pry my CDs out of my cold dead hands.

DAVID WHITE, who formed the doo-wop quartet Danny and the Juniors in the mid-1950s, co-wrote their No. 1 hit “At the Hop” and composed their successful follow-up, “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,” died on March 16 in Las Vegas. He was 79.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shazam! easily topped the chart with 53.5MM(and almost twice that in overseas markets); a few million over the high end of projections and a strong start for a franchise against a 100MM budget. It should do well until the Avengers arrive. The Pet Sematary remake places with 25MM against a 21MM budget, which is solid if not anywhere near Stepehn King's ItDumbo shows with 18.2MM on 60 percent slide, its weakness only amplified by the competition from Shazam! in the family slot. Jordan Peele's Us also takes 58 percent slide into the fourth slot, but after making 152MM domestic against a 200MM budget. Captain Marvel rounds out the Top Five with another 12.6MM after having crossed the Billion-dollar mark worldwide.

SHAZAM!, by the way, is pretty much as advertised, a goofy take on a superhero origin stories that puts just enough spin on the tropes to make it thoroughly enjoyable. There's also the necessary updating, particularly putting Billy Batson in a group home for a parable about family. In an odd way, it is a DC sibling to the Marvel Universe; by playing up the boy-trapped-in-a-superhero's body angle, it is oddly like not only Big, but also the Marvel vibe of "Superhereoes -- they're just like us!" upon which Stan Lee built an empire. Non-devotees are likely to be baffled by the mid-credits scene, but it's a hoot for the diehards.

IDRIS ELBA is in the next Suicide Squad movie, but not as Deadshot.

SOPHIE TURNER is over-critical of her looks, but has interesting thoughts on pay equity.

DAVE BAUTISTA has just closed a Netflix deal to star in Army of the Dead, the 70MM-budget zombie heist film that Zack Snyder will direct.

R KELLY asks the media to 'take it easy' on him before a 28-second performance.

THE PHANTOM MENACE: The most important movie of 1999?

PAUL RUDD at 50: Take this quiz to test your skill at telling Younger Rudd from Older Rudd.


A POACHER was trampled to death by elephants then eaten by lions at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

AN EAGLE'S EYE View of the Alps.

DOG OWNERS are twice as likely as cat owners to say they are "very happy."

DANCING WITH A RACCOON seems like a bad idea, but he got away with it.

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Talking Heads, Glen Hansard, Shovels & Rope, Pup & Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 05, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- Live in Rome, circa 1980. Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," "Born Under Punches," and "The Great Curve."

GLEN HANSARD advance streams This Wild Willing.

SHOVELS & ROPE advance streams By Blood.

EMILY REO advance streams Only You Can See It.

CHRIS FORSYTH advance streams All Time Present.

TITUS ANDRONICUS shares "I Blame Society."

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE shares "Big Couches."

THE LA's: "There She Goes." Again.

MICK JAGGER has completed his heart valve procedure in New York and is recovering and in great health, sources tells Billboard.

DANIEL JOHNSON'S LOST ALBUM, as told to Vulture.

THE DRUMS' Jonny Pierce talks about Brutalism at Paste.

SUGAR RAY'S Mark McGrath has revealed he is going deaf and can no longer hear high pitch sounds.

BILL HADER shares the soundtrack of his life.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Shazam!, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the remake of Pet Sematary, which is currently scoring 74 percent; and The Best of Enemies, scoring 52 percent.

LORI LAUGHLIN Signed Autographs While Fans Cheered "Pay My Tuition!" At Her First Court Appearance.

ROBERT DeNIRO addresses the connection between the Joker movie and The King Of Comedy.

HILARIA BALDWIN says she is “most likely experiencing a miscarriage..”

JOHN WICK, CHAPTER 3 has assassin dogs.

COWBOY BEBOP is going live action with John Cho and more. 

AKIRA, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio,i s set to begin shooting in California.

CATS will shrink actors to feline size and add performance capture fur.

JEFF BEZOS will keep 75 percent of the couple's Amazon stock after finalizing divorce.

CATS AND DOGS, helping each other... mass hysteria.

TROLLING ON TWITTER, as acted out by adorable pups.

A GREYHOUND causes a zoomie riot at the dog park.

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Courtney Marie Andrews, Citizen Cope, Jenny Lewis, 757 Tarantulas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CITIZEN COPE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

JENNY LEWIS also visits MBE.

BIG THIEF shares "Cattails."

BUDOS BANG shares a psych-funk "Maelstrom."

A CERTAIN RATIO uncovered their "lost" cover of Talking Heads' "Houses in Motion."


ROBYN shares a video for "Between The Lines."

RICHARD THOMPSON talks pop, politics, hip-hop and more.

BRUCE HORNSBY once beat Allen Iverson in a pickup basketball game.

ABBA‘s Björn Ulvaeus has revealed that new music from the pop icons will arrive this autumn.

SHARON VAN ETTEN down "Seventeen" for the Song Exploder.


JOKER has a trailer online amd it's as weird as advertised. Very Taxi Driver.

BRITNEY SPEARS has been admitted to a mental health facility; she has been distraught over her dad's illness.

LORI LAUGHLIN and FELICITY HUFFMAN could cut plea bargains, but prosecutors want prison time.

ANGELINA JOLIE isn't ruling out a run for political office someday.

DARK PHOENIX and NEW MUTANTS are the end of the Fox X-Men movies; Deadpool will be headed to Disney.

BLACK WIDOW: Stranger Things star David Harbour is joining Scarlett Johansson, and maybe  Rachel Weisz, too.

SPIELBERG vs NETFLIX: US antitrust regulators have warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that banning Netflix and other streaming platforms from the Oscars may violate federal competition law.


THE HORROR... the horror!

757 TARANTULAS, in nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland, were intercepted in the Philippines.

A BOA CONSTRICTOR was rescued from a burning building in Bourbonnais, IL.

AN ANGRY PHEASANT endures a man's bizarre sex dance.

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Stella Donnelly, Loretta Lynn Tribute, All Songs, Animals Escape   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75

STELLA DONNELLY visits The Current.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Cautious Clay, Third Coast Percussion, Jake Xerxes Fussell, and more.

LORETTA LYNN was paid tribute in Nashville; here's the Highwoman, Jack White & Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, and more.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS and CONOR OBERST covered Lady Gaga’s “Shallow.”

BARRIE shares "Saturated."


THE ZOMBIES played "Time of the Season" for Fallon.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to Stereogum about the band's upcoming LP, produced by Bob Mould.

TOM PETTY's widow claims the late singer's daughters are attacking members of The Heartbreakers, and refusing to put out his unreleased tracks.

KRISTIN HERSH talks to Drowned In Sound about touring her extensive back catalog, going back to Throwing Muses.

THE 50 GREATEST GRUNGE ALBUMS, according to Rolling Stone.


AVENGERS: ENDGAME dropped another teaser.

GAME OF THRONES dropped another teaser.

NIPSEY HUSTLE's killing resulted from a personal dispute and was not gang violence.


TANIA MALLET (Goldfinger) was Helen Mirren's cousin?

JOKER: The first footage is super-weird and creepy.

JORDAN PEELE's US: All the geeky horror film references.



KAREN, you think this is a joke?

THIS TARANTULA Became a Scientific Celebrity. Was It Poached From the Wild?

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Bob Mould, Patio, Weezer, A Fisherman's Tale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SPINNERS: For Twofer Tuesday, "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" and  "I'll Be Around."

BOB MOULD visits The Current.

PATIO advance streams Essentials.

WEEZER plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


DUMB shares a video for the snarky "Club Nites."

THE WHO's Lifehouse is finally being released – as a graphic novel.

THE BEST ALBUMS of of 2019 (so far), according to NME.

MICK JAGGER is set to undergo heart valve replacement surgery this week, according to... the Drudge Report?

SCOTT WALKER, remembered with eight great covers.


GAME OF THRONES: New Season 8 footage, with spoiler potential obvsly.

SOPHIE TURNER talks to Harper's Bazaar about superheroes, sexism and saying goodbye to Sansa Stark.

NIPSEY HUSTLE, Grammy-nominated rap artist, entrepreneur and community philanthropist, was shot and killed Sunday.I'd like to know how many of his fans could identify Nipsey Russell.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME may not be Stan Lee's final cameo.

JIM JARMUCH is doing a zombie movie with Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Sturgill Simpson, Steve Buscemi, and more. Here's the trailer.

THE MATRIX AT 20: It’s hard to imagine Hollywood making a movie like it today.

TANIA MALLET, best known for playing Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger, has died at the age of 77.


DAY 8: They suspect nothing.

AN AUSSIE FISHERMAN hoosks a giant shark -- at the moment the shark is attacked by a an even bigger shark.

YOU KNOW where this dog is going.

A NINJA must see underneath the underneath.

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