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Ra Ra Riot, Lissie, Julia Holter, Gayle McCormick RIP, Chimps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 07, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WHO -- or who's left of them -- played "Who Are You?" for Fallon, their first such US TV performance since 2006, or 1967, depending how you count it.

RA RA RIOT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

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

JULIANA HATFIELD covers "Needle In The Hay" for an Elliott Smith tribute LP.

MODERN BASEBALL dropped two new songs.

GAYLE McCORMCK, a big-voiced singer who scored a top five hit in the late 1960s covering "Baby, It's You" with the soul/psych rock band Smith before going solo, died on March1 following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 67.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Bob Mehr (Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements) talks to Pitchfork about why it took decades for the band to get its due.

THE UNDERTONES: The Guardian excerpst Michael Bradley's book, Teenage Kicks: My Life As an Undertone.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Alejandra Deheza talks to GQ about completing an album after her bandmate's death.

UNLOVED pays a bit of tribute to the vintage pop of the mid-Sixties.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Zootopia tops the chart with a smashing 73MM, which is more than any other non-Pixar Disney opening (I tend to doubt it will have the legs Frozen did, but who knows?). London Has Fallen placed with 21.7MM (Olympus Has Fallen opened with 30MM, but maybe the global scale here boosts overseas receipts).  Former champ Deadpool shows with another 16.4MM and closes in on 650MM worldwide. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opened in fouth with just 7.6 MM; fortunately, the budget was only 35MM. Gods of Egypt skid 65 percent to round out the Top Five with 5MM, affirming this is an atomic-level bomb.

LENA DUNHAM was taken to the hospital on Saturday and will undergo surgery following a ruptured ovarian cyst.

GHOSTBUSTERS: The reboot has a trailer online.

O.J. SIMPSON: A knfe found on his property appears to be inconsistent with the 1994 murders of the former football star's wife and her friend.

COURTNEY STODDEN's husband wanted a relationship including her mother. Least surprising thing ever?

NANCY REAGAN, former first lady, died of congestive heart failure at 94.

JIMMY CARTER revealed Sunday that he no longer needs to receive treatment for cancer.

NORTH KOREA test-fired six short-range missiles.

CHIMPANZEES may engage in secret rituals and believe in a god. It begins.

SEALS on an isolated island have provided new insight into how to be a good mother.

SCIENTISTS attempt to clone Ice Age lion cubs.  They spared no expense.

MALE NURSERY WEB SPIDERS tie their partners up during sex to prevent themselves from being eaten.

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Minutemen, Jeff Buckley, Mind Spiders, Lucius, Jason Isbell, Lion, Tiger, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 04, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE MINUTEMEN! San Pedro, California's greatest musical export took apart rock, jazz and funk and put the pieces back together in a jagged collage. They are caught here in an acoustic session for a cable-access show from Hollywood, circa 1985. Your setlist includes "The Meter Man," "Corona," "Themselves," "The Red And The Black" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Badges, "I Felt Like Gringo," "Time" (Richard Hell), "Green River" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Lost" (Meat Puppets), "Ack Ack Ack," "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" "History Lesson Part II," "Tour Spiel" and "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand."

JEFF BUCKLEY's You And I is posthumously streaming at NPR.

MIND SPIDERS advance stream Prosthesis

LUCIUS advance streams Good Grief.

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

THE DANDY WARHOLS drop “STYGGO" ahead of Distortland.

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

PRIX: Big Star fans will want to read this Aquarium Drunkard interview with Jon Tive, who recorded a soon-to-be-reissued record with Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, and Jim Dickinson.

ROB CROW (Pinback)  talks to PopMatters about ditching destructive things and returning to music.

FIELD MUSIC is profiled by Drowned In Sound.

THE 40 GREATEST EMO ALBUMS, according to Rolling Stone.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Zootopia, currently scoring 100 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; London Has Fallen, which is scoring 22 percent; and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, scoring 60 percent.

KALEY CUOCO discusses her views on love, marriage, and independence with Cosmo.

CAITLYN JENNER hopes to become “trans ambassador” for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

AMANDA SEYFRIED has started dating her Last Word co-star, Thomas Sadoski.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's autopsy will be made public.

MORGAN FREEMAN is skeptical of Batman v Superman.

SYRIA: The US set up a hotline for Syrians to report cease-fire violations, but employed operators not fluent in Arabic.

LION and TIGER and BEAR... Oh My!

RARE DRAGONS may be born in Slovenia.


A THIRSTY KOALA approached a cyclist for water.

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Wilco, SXSW, Can, Keeps, Jimmy Webb, Man's Best Friend   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT drops a video for "Get Out."

WILCO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE AUSTIN 100: NPR's six-hour playlist or download of SXSW bands.

CAN: The Peel Sessions, 1973-75.

KEEPS advance streams Brief Spirit.

BETH ORTON drops "Moon" ahead of Kidsticks.

GIRL RAY drops “I’ll Make This Fun.”

JIMMY WEBB, one of America's master songwriters, plays "Elvis and Me" on Steve Dahl's 1991 NYE PPV event.

BOB DYLAN'S SECRET ARCHIVE has recently been acquired by a group of institutions in Oklahoma for an estimated 15-20MM, and is set to become a resource for academic study.

FOO FIGHTERS dnied break-up rumors, but a major announcement was coming. And then they goofed on the rumors in a 7-minute video.

LOU REED would have turned 74 yesterday; here are 20 essential tracks.

A MINNESOTA RECORD STORE OWNER discovered 100K virgin LPs in a basement.

ZOE SALDANA is under fire after being cast as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. The trailer is online.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM's romance continues to heat up

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE were chewed out by the judge in their child custody fight.


MISCHA BARTON will be Dancing With The Stars.

THE TERROR is finally moving forward at AMC.

SYRIAN rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned.

MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Are you gonna finish that?

AN ORPHANED WALLABY finds comfort in his teddy bear. (Thx, Zoey.)

A SUSPECTED CARPET PYTHON was brought to a family swimming area in Queensland by its owner for a little fun.

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES are exploding in Mexico...population-wise.

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LOOOONG Day!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 - 02:22 PM
Posted by: Karl

KarlI'LL BE BACK Thursday! See you them!

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Romp, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Neko Case, Craig Finn, Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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I DON'T CARES drop a video for "Whole Lotta Nothin'." 

ROMP advance streams its Departure From Venus. Lift-off!

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN advance streams A Man Alive.

SOUND OF CERES advance streams Nostalgia for Infinity.

BABY BIRDS DON'T DRINK MILK advance stream Burritos.

NEKO CASE, k.d. LAING & LAURA VEIRS team up for an "Atomic Number."

CRAIG FINN drops “Screenwriters School” from an expanded version of the Newmyer’s Roof EP.

THE FEELIES: Let's revisit classics like "Away" and "Deep Fascination" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Dangerous Minds excerpts the Houston riot story from Trouble Boys.

JIMMY PAGE describes the creation of "Stairway to Heaven" as part of a copyright infringement lawsuit brought byt he heirs of Spirit's guitarist, Randy Craig Wolfe (Randy California).

IGGY POP served as the nude model in a life drawing class; the results will be showcased in a Fall 2016 Brooklyn Museum exhibition.

CHRIS FORSYTH talks to Aquarium Drunkard about Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band’s new double album, The Rarity of Experience. Syd Barrett is referenced, and Richard Thompson’s “Calvary Cross” is covered.

GEORGE KENNEDY, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film Cool Hand Luke, and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the Airport franchise and Earthquake, died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page.

THE OSCARS took a tumble this year to hit an 8-year ratings low and the third lowest viewership ever.

JENNIFER GARNER talks frankly and refreshingly about her divorce from Ben Affleck with Vanity Fair. Both wound up at the mag's Oscars afterparty, but kept their distance.

THE VANITY FAIR OSCARS AFTERPARTY, btw, was the only place to be for the glitterati.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM were snapped holding hands in Hawaii.

LINDSAY LOHAN has seemingly turned her life around after finding love with a London estate agent.

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her open-door policy for migrants, rejecting any limit on the number of refugees allowed into her country despite divisions within her government.

IRAQ: The U.S. Army's elite Delta Force operations to target, capture or kill top ISIS operatives have begun in Iraq, after several weeks of covert preparation, an administration official with direct knowledge of the force's activities told CNN.

A DEER was rescued from the ice in Sascatchewan. After about 45 minutes of being covered in blankets to warm up, they removed the blankets and she jumped up and ran off.

WILD GORILLAS compose and sing songs while they eat; there's audio.

SUPER-LICE have hit a reported 25 states, causing concern and frustration among parents because the bugs can’t be killed with most over-the-counter treatments.

A PUPPY gets braces.

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