KURT VILE joins YO LA TENGO on a cover of The Cure's "It's Friday, I'm in Love."
THE DECEMBERISTS play the Palace (in St. Paul)!
SLOAN is streaming 12 at Bandcamp.
BETTYE LaVETTE plays a set of Dylan covers on the Mountain Stage.
MATTHEW SWEET shares "I Belong To You."
THE CONNELLS: " '74-'45. " Read more about this Raleigh, North Carolina quintet at Trouser Press.
BILLY BRAGG has been invited by the Bank of England to lecture City financiers about how to build a better society.
DEREK SMALLS (Spinal Tap) shares his hard-fought wisdom with The Guardian.
JOHNNY MARR: A track-by-track tour of Call The Comet.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at Ray Charles' eternal "Hit The Road Jack."
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: A Quiet Place shocks its way to the top of the chart with a 50MM debut after recent tracking suggested an opning somewhere in the twenties. It's powered by same-day sales, so word of mouth must be through the roof.It's already profitable against a 17MM budget. Ready Player One places with 25MM, on asemi-leggy 40 percent drop, though it's the 294MM from foreign markets that are going to save it against a reported 175MM budget. Blockers shows with 21.4MM, which probably counts as another upset debut. Black Panther takes the fourth slot with another 8.4MM -- enough to move past Titanic to become the third-largest all-time domestic grosser (can it reach 700MM before Infinity War opens? Hmm.) I Can Only Imagine rounds out the Top Five with 8.4MM on a leggy 20 percent drop, even more impressive for a faith-based flick post-Easter.
CHAPPAQUIDDICK, a dissection of the lethal scandal that sunk Sen.Ted Kenedy's ambiitons, is a remarkable indictment, mostly because the screenplay steers away from the more sensationalistic rumors that surrounded the event. Jason Clarke deftly portrays as Teddy as a weak man who labors under his deserved reputation as the black shhep of the Kennedy clan. But Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan -- chiefly known for comedic performances -- also shine here in dramatic roles as two of Ted's fixers. Kata Mara does what she can with the role of the doomed Mary Jo Kopechne -- a smal role in terms of screen time, but one which required her to give a sense of the moral stakes.
ISLE OF DOGS is a Wes Anderson film, so if you like those, you'll like this -- an animated animal tale in the tradition of his adaptation of The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The ending is a bit of a trainwreck, but the first two and a half acts earn enough goodwill to forgive that.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY has a new trailer online.
MOLLY RINGWALD reconsiders the John Hughes catalog in the MeToo era. It's complicated.
RUSSELL SIMMONS now has Luann de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York) among his accusers.
JENNIE GARTH's husband David Abrams has filed for divorce after nearly three years of marriage.
BROOKE BURKE is divorcing former Baywatch star David Charvet after 7 years of marriage.
MIRANDA LAMBERT & ANDERSON EAST have called it quits after two years together.
KATE HUDSON and musician boyfriend Danny Fujikawa are expecting their first child together, a girl.
HELEN HUNT is up for a Mad About You reboot.
SUSAN ANSPACH, best known for roles in landmark 1970s films like Five Easy Pieces and Play It Again, Sam, has died in Los Angeles. She was 75.
AN ORPHANED BABY CHIMP makes a friend who changes everything.
A CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE rattled an eagle's nest.
SERVICE DOGS visit Disneyland.
A LARGE LOBSTER may be freed by Facebook.