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Belly, Jade Bird, Ruen Bros., Nine Inch Nails, Cheap Trick, Horror Plant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

BELLY stops by World Cafe.

JADE BIRD plays a MicroShow at the James J. Hill House.

THE RUEN BROTHERS play WNYC's Soundcheck.

NINE INCH NAILS cover Joy Division and Gary Numan (with Numan) in Vegas, baby.


BEACH HOUSE shares a video for "Black Car."

CHEAP TRICK gets over two and a half hours of discussion on Political Beats, with guest Christopher Scalia.

CHVRCHES talks about collaboration and why they don't consider themselves part of the electro-pop world.


THE NUMBER ONES looks at "Love Me Do," a very early Beatles song that probably still sounded like a progression to American listeners.


HEATHER LOCKLEAR was hospitalized after threatening to shoot herself.

XXXTENTACION, a controversial rapper facing serious legal charges, was murdered by a gunman in South Florida.

BRAD PITT spent Father's day with his kids in London.

CHRIS PRATT and... Katherine Schwarzenegger?

STAR WARS: There may be nine more movies in development.

JON BERNTHAL is returning to The Walking Dead.

MARVIN GAYE is getting a biopic from Dr. Dre, with the family's blessing.

WILL FERRELL is writing and starring in a Netflix comedy based on the Eurovision Song Contest.

THE ROCKETEER is flipping gender and heading to television.


A SHERIFF wrangles a giant toilet snake with her bare hands.

A 100-YEAR-OLD-TORTOISE missing for a week is found a mile away after a 0.006 mph getaway.

A GIANT HORROR PLANT that causes severe skin burns has spread to Virginia.

GIANT SEX-CRAZED MOTHS are on the prowl for partners.

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Neko Case, Welles, The Sea and Cake, Bats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat  Oh yeah? Oh yeah.

NEKO CASE performs live at KEXP.

WELLES stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE SEA AND CAKE stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic.


EELS share a video for "Rusty Pipes."

STEVE MILLER: Some People Call Him the Space Cowboy. I Call Him Mr. Steve.

STEVE ALBINI won the first-prize at the 2018 World Series Of Poker Seven Card Stud event after returning from a European tour with his band Shellac .

NICK KNOX, the furrow-browed drummer for the great punk band the Cramps, died Friday at 60.

MATT "GUITAR" MURPHY,  guitarist for the Blues Brothers and noted sideman for blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim, died Friday at the age of 88.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Mary Wells' Smokey Robinson-written "My Guy," one of the iconic early Motown hits.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Incredibles 2 romped atop the chart with a stunning 180MM; it's the best opening weekend for an animated film ever (beating Finding Dory) and the eighth best opening weekend ever (the third best of  2018).  It grossed only 51MM overseas, but did not open in many markets due to the World Cup.  Can it make 500MM with another Jurassic World coming Friday?  Now that's a cliff-hanger.  Ocean's 8 places with 19.6MM on a 53 percent drop, on track with Ocean's 13, but will that be enough to continue trying to revive the franchise?  Tag shows with 14.6MM against a 28MM budget, and is probably disappointing.  Solo drops to the fourth sloy with 9MM on a 42 percent drop that's not bad when losing over a thousand screens, but this one still has to hurt Disney, even as it celebrates Pixar's smash.  Deadpool 2 rounds out the Top Five with 8.8MM; it's close to 300MM now, but that's considerably less than the 363MM the original made -- was it the release date, or has the novelty worn off? Hmm.

CHRIS HARDWICK is losing his gigs after an ex-girlfriend claimed he sexually and emotionally abused her.


GIULIANA RANCIC will return as co-host of E! News this September.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY cashiers its showrunners.

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE gets another 15 minutes.

MARTIN BERGMAN, the movie producer behind films like Scarface and Sea of Love, has passed away at age 92.


A COLONY OF BATS protect books in Portugal's historic Joanina Library.

FAT DOGS and people have similar views on food.

A 23-FT LONG PYTHON devours an Indonesian woman whole.

A GRANDMOTHER kills a bobcat with her bare hands.

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Wilson Pickett, Dawes, Lera Lynn, Priscilla Renea, Dog Night   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

DAWES advance streams Passwords.

LERA LYNN advance streams Plays Well With Others.

PRISCILLA RENEA advance streams Coloured.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA covers David Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things."

DIRTY PROJECTORS share "That's a Lifestyle."

STEAM: The one-hit wonder with a synced take on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

JOHNNY MARR on embracing politics, his emotions, and his signature sound.

DAVE MATTHEWS: A Critical Reappraisal?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the time when Louis Armstrong, of all people, ended the Beatles' reign at No. 1 with... "Hello, Dolly!"

D.J. FONTANA, the longtime drummer for Elvis Presley who helped pioneer the backbeat swing of rock and roll, died Wednesday. He was 87.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide relaeses are Incredibles 2, which is currently scoring 95 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Tag, which is scoring 60 percent; and the update of Superfly, scoring 52 percent.

INCREDIBLES 2 lacks the James Bond scale of the original, but still was a lot of fun, for those of you who like fun.  The family stuff is entirely relatable -- and better executed than in any Fantastic Four movie by miles.  The outright comedy involving baby Jack-Jack's multiple uncontrolled powers is all quite funny.  The action scenes, if a bit smaller, are all well-executed -- and the artistry of the animation during Elastigirl's fight with the villainous Screeslaver is striking.  The villain, btw, has a point about how technology disconnects us from real experiences; it's not a new point, but then again, the ideas in the first movie weren't novel, just really well executed. And this one executes at a high level, just not quite as high.  If you liked the characters and interplay of the original, here's more quality time with them.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGAN MARKLE reportedly are honeymooning in Africa.

CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY is firing back at ex-wife SOPHIA BUSH after she said she felt pressured to marry him while both starred in One Tree Hill.

DAVID SPADE is honoring his sister-in-law and designer Kate Spade after her suicide at age 55. 

CAPTAIN MARVEL will be the next face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe heading into Phase Four.

"ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, a film centered on the gang murder of a pregnant woman, will be directed by and star two men who excused Weinstein’s predatory behavior, and will co-star a man convicted of brutally assaulting a female film executive.

DOG NIGHT AT THE BALL PARK takes a foreseeable turn.

A CLAIRVOYANT CAT predicted who will win the World Cup opening match.

ALASKAN HUNTING RULES are... controversial.

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Peter Hook, Immersion, Caroline Rose, MPR Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



PETER HOOK: The iconic bassist for Joy Division and New Order stops by World Cafe for a chat and live tracks.

IMMERSION: Colin Newman of Wire and Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact stream Sleepless.

CAROLINE ROSE stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NILE RODGERS & CHIC have revealed the release date and album artwork for It’s About Time, the group’s first album in 26 years.And share “Boogie All Night.”

BEST COAST shares a children's song, "Cats and Dogs."

WEEZER brought TOTO's Steve Porcaro on for "Africa" on Kimmel. And scene.

MENACE BEACH shares "Black Rainbow Sound," ft. The Fall's Brix Smith.


MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER shares a video for "Cross My Heart."

THE CURE's Robert Smith: ‘One day my hair will fall out and I won’t look gothic any more.’

BELLY: Tanya Donnelly talks to Big Issue North. (Thx, Frank Yang).

RETRO SOUL: How some African-American artists feel trapped by the genre in a way white artists are not.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love," their third straight chart-topper.


COMCAST announced an offer worth 65 billion for the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s businesses on Wednesday, setting up a showdown with the Walt Disney Company for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

BRADGELINA: Angelina Jolie is in danger of losing primary custody of her six children to estranged husband Brad Pitt. 

JAMIE FOXX is being accused of slapping a woman with his penis nearly 16 years ago; he calls it an “absurd” lie.

WONDER WOMAN 1984: Your First Look.

GEORGE LUCAS talks about the Star Wars sequels he thankfully did not get to make.

TIM BURTON's DUMBO has a teaser trailer online.

LUKE CAGE has a new trailer online.


THE MPR RACCOON made it to the roof of the UBS Tower, was picked up by Wildlife Management Services, and released in the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities.

NYC's rat problem is getting worse.

DOES THE U.S. have a pet tiger problem?


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The Shacks, Okkervil River, Low, All Songs, MPR Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

THE SHACKS play a full set of retro-rock at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio.

OKKERVIL RIVER stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOW drops three new videos ahead of Double Negative.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from M Ward, Sorry, Culture Abuse and more.

EELS cover Prince's "Raspberry Beret."


THE ESSEX GREEN shares a video for "Don’t Leave It In Our Hands."

WILLIE NELSON stops for a chat at World Cafe.

WEEZER's cover of Toto's "Africa" is their biggest hit in a decade.

THE 20 BEST LPs of 2018 (So Far), according to Paste.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at "She Loves You," the second Beatles song to blitz the American charts.


ROSE MacGOWAN was indicted for felony cocaine possession.

ALEC BALDWIN says he could "1000 percent" beat Pres. Trump. in 2020.

MARK HAMILL & STAN LEE join the voice cast of the forthcoming Marvel TV series Avengers: Black Panther's Quest.

INFINITY WAR becomes the fourth film ever to cross 2 Billion at the box office.

INCREDIBLES 2: How director Brad Bird and producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker steered through complete chaos.

BODIE MILLER's 19-month-old daughter died Monday after a tragic drowning accident.


THE MPR RACCOON is scaling the UBS Tower in St. Paul.

A GATOR halts a plane on an Orlando runway.

REVEALED: The sexiest cow in Britain.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT hits the Magic Kingdom.

WANDERING CATERPILLARS make for a slippery road.

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