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Leon Bridges, Joss Stone, Lulc, Sam Outlaw, Banana Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION stays gritty on "The Ballad of Joe Buck."

LEON BRIDGES: The Soul classicist stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JOSS STONE played World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

LULUC played the Newport Folk Festival.

SAM OUTLAW stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

PAPER LACE: "The Night Chicago Died." Live.

PAVEMENT: Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg discusses his favorite tracks with Vulture.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS are profiled by Consequence of Sound.

BUDDY GUY had the Blues blues on Morning Edition.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation repeats atop the chart with 29.MM on a 47 percent drop, in very bad weekend for the new films.  Cruise & Co now project out to roughly 550-600MM in worldwide receipts -- less than Ghost Protocol, but still a lot of profit. The Fantastic Four reboot placed, but with 26.2MM, about half of initial tracking estimates as bad reviews - including one from its director (see below) - and a disastrous "C-" Cinemascore (worse than Batman & Robin) showed that Fox still has difficulties figuring out its Marvel properties (in this case by attaching no real stars or name director to a property that already underperformed twice).  The Gift showed with 12MM -- above tracking estmates of 7-10MM and looking quite good against a 5MM budget.  The Vacation reboot takes the fourth slot with 9.1MM, and has now recouped its production budget, if not its marketing costs, before opening overseas.  Ant-Man rounds out the Top Five with another 7.8MM, likely due to the Fantastic Four imploding.

THE GIFT: A sort of homage to the family thrillers of the late 80s and early 90s, like Fatal Attraction or The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, with Joel Edgerton not only playing the threat to Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall (as well as their fragile marriage), but also writing, producing and directing.  It succeeds, mostly by throwing in enough twists to make you feel you haven't seen this exact picture before.  It also touches on a topical small-p political issue I won't spoil for you.  Not unlike Ex Machina insofar as itproves that one doesn't need a megabudget and wall-to-wall CG to make an entertaining film on a small scale.

FANTASTIC FOUR director Josh Trank took to Twitter on Thursday to suggest that his 20th Century Fox studio overlords were responsible for the perplexingly awful cut of the superhero reboot.

COURTNEY COX was Jennifer Aniston's Maid of Honor. She was there for her.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's death was caused by boyfriend Nick Gordon, alleges her conservator.

JOHN STAMOS admits he tried to fire the Olsen twins from Full House.

KELLY RUTHERFORD refuses to return her kids to Monaco.

KIRSTEN DUNST is profiled by Town and Country.

FRANK GIFFORD, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Monday Night Football broadcaster, has died. He was 84.

ISRAEL has repeatedly rebuffed offers by the United States to discuss boosting security cooperation in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, Obama administration officials said.

IRAN: The commander of the Quds Force, who is subject to international travel sanctions, traveled to Moscow recently for meetings with the Russian government, a U.S. official told CNN Friday.

SYRIA: The Pentagon has refused to say how many groups they are working with in Syria.

MAO THE CAT eats a banana.

VENOMOUS FROGS with a deadly head-butt were discovered by scientists the hard way.

A FOX gets frustrated guarding the henhouse.

AN ORPHANED RHINO turned to an SUV for affection.

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Rascals, Teen Daze, Grace Potter, Palehound, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 07, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE RASCALS!  I was delighted to rediscover one of my fave clips, their cover of "Mickey's Monkey" in a medley with "Turn On Your Love Light."  A second live medley includes a pair of Rascals originals, "I've Been Lonely Too Long" and "Come On Up." Plus, a copy of "A Girl Like You" has returned to the Tube, as well as "Groovin'" and  "How Can I Be Sure?"  Round it out with the live-instudio version of the obligatory "Good Lovin'," and the early "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" from Hullaballoo.

TEEN DAZE advance streams Morning World.

GRACE POTTER advance streams, her solo debut, Midnight

PALEHOUND advance streams Dry Food.

ROYAL HEADACHE advance streams High.

CFCF advance streams The Colours of Life.

LITHUANIA, a Dr Dog side project, is advance streaming Hardcore Friends.

THE CURE vs THE COMMODORES: "Easy Heaven." (Thx, Nathan.)

STEEL PANTHER with...Miley Cyrus? And Billy Ray Cyrus? Covering def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me?"

DAVID BOWIE gave a secret memoir to Cameron Crowe in the 70s.

JASON ISBELL spoke to All Things Considered about his new LP, its characters and its relationship to his evolving role as a husband and soon-to-be father.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, talks to Esquire about stamina, image and Sgt. Pepper's.

RYAN ADAMS is covering Taylor Swift's 1989 album; she's pretty stoked about it.

NEW ORDER: A comprehensive guide from DIY. (Thx, Frank Yang)

THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Not as dead as you thought a couple of weeks ago.

NOW SHOWING: This weeeknd's wide releases include the Fantastic Four reboot, which is currently scoring 10 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (oof); Shaun the Sheep, currently scoring 99 percent; The Gift, scoring 91 percent; and Ricki and the Flash, checking in at 58 percent.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX reportedly got hitched after a three-year engagement. 

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK: Page Six profiles the nanny. Their troll game is strong.

DONALD STERLING filed for divorce Wednesday, almost a year after a contentious legal fight with his wife, Shelly, led to the sale of the L.A. Clippers.  Well, that wasn't all that led to that sale.

SEAN PENN went on a date with CSI: NY's Emmanuelle Vaugier, following his split from Charlize Theron. 

GWYNETH PALTROW went to Capital Hill to advocate for mandatory GMO labeling of foods.  Scientists don't think this is an issue.

MARIAH CAREY is joining the cast of Empire

RUSSIA is suspected by the  U.S. military to be behind the hackers who recently intruded into a key, unclassified email server used by the office of the Joint Chiefs, though there is no final conclusion, a U.S. official familiar with the latest assessment of the attack's impact said Thursday.

SYRIA: A group of Syrian rebels that includes fighters trained by the United States have declared their refusal to fight al-Qaida’s affiliate in the country, the Nusra Front, following a series of kidnappings by the militant group.

IRAN so far has refused to allow United Nations inspectors to interview key scientists and military officers to investigate allegations that Tehran maintained a covert nuclear-weapons program, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said in an interview Wednesday.


RETURN of the LIZARD-MAN? It's a slow news month in South Carolina.

THE SWARM attacks at 54th and Broadway in NYC.


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SSLYBY. World Party, Deslondes. Penguin Prison, Sylvan Esso, Labrador   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN drop a video for "Madeline," which sounds like it should soundtrack a Wes Anderson film.

WORLD PARTY played a mini-set for KUTX.

THE DESLONDES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PENGUIN PRISON stoppeby Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SYLVAN ESSO guest DJ's an eclectic All Songs Considered, from The Lounge Lizards to Steeleye Span to Annie Lennox.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER covers "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” for a Donovan tribute LP.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

PAVEMENT: Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich talk to Rolling Stone about their rarities collection. 

MAC DeMARCO exvaluates threesomes, Yelp, wasabi, microbrews and more for Pitchfork.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS are profiled at PopMatters.

RYUCHI SAKAMOTO is in great shape following treatment for throat cancer.

JENNIFER GARNER reprotedly isn't interested in listening to what Ben Affleck has to say their former nanny.

STEVEN TYLER texted LENNY KRAVITZ about the latter's Swedish wardrobe malfunction. 

HALLE BERRY says she lost her engagement ring, not her marriage with Olivier Martinez. 

MILES TELLER is profiled in Esquire just in time for the release of Fantastic Four. It tests the old saying about there being no such thing as bad pub.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR leads the latest Forbes list of the World's Highest-Paid Actors. 

COLIN FARRELL joined the cast of Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

BAD BOYS 3 and 4 Just Got Real

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 68 years ago today. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Out-of-print, and costly.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Anjem Choudary, one of Britain's best-known radical Islamist preachers, was charged Wednesday with encouraging support for the Islamic State, as Britain puts its new antiterror policy to test.

AFGHANISTAN: Civilian casualties remained at “record high levels” in the first half of the year, according to a report the United Nations released Wednesday. 

IRAN: The intelligence community believes Iran has been attempting to clean up the suspected nuclear site at Parchin prior to the arrival of international inspectors based on new satellite imagery, a senior intelligence official told CNN on Wednesday.  An Iranian warship briefly pointed weapons on its deck at a U.S. military helicopter and coalition warship two weeks ago in the Gulf of Aden, a Defense official told CNN on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, as the Iranian nuclear deal is debated in the US, government ministers and business leaders in France, Germany, Italy and elsewhere in the EU are racing to open up a new era of diplomatic, trade, investment and possible future military cooperation with Tehran, regardless of what American and Israeli sceptics say.  

MADDIE the LABRADOR fills her own swimming pool

A FLAG-DESTROYING KANGAROO hits the links down under.

AN ALLIGATOR took “a chunk” of a Florida man’s leg during an attack on Tuesday, WKMG reported.

A GIANT 6-LB LOBSTER was caught off the coast of Miami.

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Allah-Las, Django Django, SOAK, Nirvana, Tommy Keene, Swimming Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ONE THOUSAND FOO FIGHTERS FANS "Learn to Fly." Dave Grohl promised to visit them.

THE ALLAH-LAs did a Lagniappe Session at Aquarium Drunkard, covering the Jesus & Mary Chain, Cass McCombs, and Kevin Ayers. 

DJANGO DJANGO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

SOAK played a Tiny Desk Concert

NIRVANA: Stream 17 Previously Unreleased Mixes & Demos.  

EL VY: Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena) drop their debut single, “Return To The Moon," which bears a subtitle winking at The Minutemen.

TOMMY KEENE is "All Gone Away" ahead of Laugh in the Dark. 

LOU BARLOW is "Moving" ahead of Brace The Wave

LOW drops “What Part Of Me" ahead of Ones And Sixes. 

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." Oh!

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to SPIN about why he thinks of himself as a singer, not a writer. 

THURSTON MOORE broke up Chelsea Light Moving because they played small clubs where he would get mobbed by crazy fans. 

CILLA BLACK died of a stroke after falling over at her Spanish home on Saturday, the coroner has confirmed. She was 72.  Black had more 60s hits in the UK than the Stones or the Kinks Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were among those who paid tribute on Twitter.

YO LA TENGO was interviewed by Michael Shannon for Magnet. 

ZOOEY DESCHANEL secretly married Jacob Pechenik and gave birth to their daughter

LENNY KRAVITZ had a total wardrobe malfunction in Sweden. 


KELLY OSBOURNE apologized for a comment she made about immigration and Latinos.

IGGY AZALEA admitted to rhinoplasty. 

KERMIT THE FROG is capitalizing on personal tragedy to promote his new TV show. 


SPIDER-MAN: The next reboot will not be an origin story, thank goodness. 

RUSSIA pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES has effectively invaded Yemen

SYRIA: The growing anarchy and stalemate has brought the country closer to de facto partition

A CAT is not enjoying losing weight by swwimming; the newsreader loses it. 

A 13-FT, 800-LB TIGER SHARK was caught on Saturday less than a mile off the Washout, the popular surfing hangout on Folly Beach, SC.

A 5-FT LONG SNAKE dropped from the rafters of a Washington DC Metro station. 

DOLPHINS are getting high on pufferfish. 

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Pavement, Sturgill Simpson, Warren Hayes, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWIN SHADOW sang "To The Top" (probably my fave of his) for James Corden.

PAVEMENT advance streams The Secret History, Vol. 1.

STURGILL SIMPSON played the Newport Folk Festival.

WARREN HAYNES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH played live on KEXP’s Audioasis.

JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth

DAVID BYRNE wrote a New York Times op-ed calling for transparency in how streaming revenues are split.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: How "Born to Run" made him The Boss.

BAD TIMING: 31 musicians who quit bands right before they became insanely famous.

LED ZEPPELIN, ranked by NME.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Her parental conservatorship could be extended indefinitely

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE are divorcing after 13 years of marriage.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH are not getting divorced soon, contra widespread internet reports.

JESSICA ALBA defends her company's natural sunscreen against consumer complaints. 

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE once ditched Brad Pitt on a date. Dude couldn't play jazz flute.

GWYNETH PALTROW claims it wasn't her idea to call her divorce a "conscious uncoupling."

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's casket photo has been sold to a tabloid

RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

SYRIA: US air power has been used for the first time to defend US-trained forces fighting in Syria, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed. 

IRAN's state media watchdog has suspended a hard-line publication and warned two other likeminded outlets for criticizing the nuclear deal reached last month between Iran and major world powers. 

DOGS awaken to the smell of their favorite treats.

A MARMOSET MONKEY & AN IGUANA, playing together... mass hysteria!

BEARS are moving into Boulder Heights, CO.

MR. MORRIS:  A cat who was born with a cleft palate has found love and acceptance on the internet after having surgery to fix the problem.

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