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Queens of the Stone Age, Portugal The Man, The Olms, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DALE EARNHARDT JR JR plays "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" and"War Zone" for Conan.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PORTUGAL, THE MAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE OLMS: Pete Yorn and his collaborator J.D. King do a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE BOXER REBELLION played a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SMITH WESTERNS drop "Idol" ahead of Soft Will.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to SF Weekly about Dagger Beach.

JASON ISBELL talsk to PopMatters about Southwestern, the burgeoning independent scene in Nashville, Bob Dylan, and Twitter.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger recently spoke to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, as well as being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt" (and made about their tour together), and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.

BON JOVI: Richie Sambora is suggesting that the band should go ahead and replace him.With U2's The Edge.

ETHAN HAWKE is looking for a big payday from The Purge.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN: A curvy Canadian model claims she bedded the hip-hopper while he was dating Kim Kardashian — including when the reality star was pregnant.  West denies it -- and gets profiled by the New York Times.



HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are expecting a son.

TEEN MOM and adult film star Farrah Abraham revealed she gets turned on by watching her own sex tape.

JENNIFER CARPENTER: Dating the married Seth Avett (of the Avett Bros)?

CAREY MULLIGAN passes on playing Hillary Clinton.

EGYPT: Authorities seized iron that was being smuggled into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Four smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were also destroyed. Egyptian Islamists are planning a demonstration on June 30 to counter those of the opposition.

LIBYA: An expert on Libyan security alleged that Islamist militants, including Mokhtar Belmokhtar's group, have taken refuge in southern Libya; a Tuareg member of parliament from the region denied knowledge of any terrorists there. In addition to al Qaeda-affiliated militants, Shiite proselytzers affiliated with Hezbollah have begun setting up shop in the region.

IRAQ: A military intelligence unit captured two al Qaeda in Iraq leaders during a raid in Al Riyadh south of Kirkuk. Security forces also broke up a plot to bomb three oil wells in northern Kirkuk.

A BUNNY dunks a basketball.

THE BIRDS: Thousands of terns nesting on the Farne Islands are swooping down and attacking holidaymakers, forcing them to dive for cover.


MAYBE THE TERMITES ate your life savings.

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Sigur Ros, Mantles, Hospital Ships, Fitz & the Tantrums, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

SHE & HIM played "I've Got Your Number, Son" for Leno.

SIGUR ROS advance streams Kveikur.

THE MANTLES advance stream Long Enough To Leave. Garagey goodness.

HOSPITAL SHIPS advance stream Destruction In Yr Soul.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NEKO CASE drops "Man" well ahead of The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

"YOU REALLY GOT ME": At The Guardian, Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies and producer Shel Talmy recall slashed speakers, kicked amplifiers and two band members being at each others' throats.

ART BRUT frontman Eddie Argos talks to Drowned In Sound about the key to longevity, his band's future plans and also talk about his new musical, 'The Islanders'.

JASON ISBELL talks to All Things Considered about drawing on his personal relationships and experiences with sobriety.

TEGAN & SARA: The latter talks to the Birmingham Mail about the new LP and the back catalog. (Thx LHB.)

MUMFORD & SONS have postponed three US gigs after bassist Ted Dwane was taken to hospital with a blood clot on his brain.

MAN OF STEEL: The sequel is already in the works

HEIDI KLUM got into an alcohol-fueled argument with her bodyguard boyfriend at a New York restaurant before he stormed out, leaving her behind.

LAUREN CONRAD has nimbly parlayed small-screen fame into a mini empire of fashion, books, and now crafts that give back.

JAY CUTLER (Jerkface) & KRISTIN CAVALLARI wedding pics.


KATE UPTON: New boyfriend?

DUMB & DUMBER: The sequel is too dumb for the WB.

MALI: A senior mediator at talks in Burkina Faso between the Malian government and the separatist Tuareg MNLA said both sides have agreed "in principle" to allow presidential elections to take place in July and the army to return to Kidal. A 26-page manual found in Timbuktu earlier this year confirms that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was training fighters to use man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS, and suggests that the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile.

SYRIA: Two suicide bombers detonated at a police station in Damascus, killing at least 14 people. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham's "Shari'a Committee" murdered a teenage boy for alleged blasphemy in Aleppo. The Free Syrian Army claimed to have killed over 40 Syrian army troops and Hezbollah fighters in an ambush in Aleppo.

EGYPT: A Coptic teacher was fined 14000 dollars for insulting Islam. Hundreds of Coptic Christians protested after at least seven Christians, including a child, were beaten and robbed by unknown assailants outside a monastery in Assuit last week.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed more than 70 Iraqis in a series of attacks, which included suicide bombings, in Iraq. Among those killed was Sheikh Abdul Rahman Rashid al Issawi, the leader of the Awakening in Fallujah.

A RESCUE DOG pushes his disabled owner through flood waters.

CRAZY ANTS that feast on electronics and are resistant to insecticide invade Texas and Florida.

FREYA the CAT: Accused of being a spy.

PET HOARDING: 14 rare albino lions are just the beginning of the story.

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The National, Eleanor Friedberger, Yellowbirds, Ostrich   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ROLLING STONES bring WIM BUTLER of Arcade Fire out for "The Last Time."

THE NATIONAL played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER and her band perform songs from her second solo album, Personal Record, live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

YELLOWBIRDS brought their psych-pop to WNYC Soundcheck.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN is streaming Ice On The Dune.

THE JULIE RUIN, which reunites Bikini Kill's Katleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, drops "Oh, Come On."

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS sync through "Too Much Talk" and "Him Or Me" for Jack Benny (and in honor of the Mark Lindsay reference on Sunday's Mad Men).

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to Consequence of Sound about Desire Lines, working with producer Tucker Martine, and what was behind changing their routine.

BEADY EYE talks to The Quietus about their new album BE, designing gnomes for the Chelsea Flower Show and why the Gallaghers' mum prefers lemon meringue to the Noel/Liam kerfuffle.

JULIA HOLTER talks to Pitchfork about her sweeping third album, Loud City Song, as well as the trappings of celebrity culture and the alluring invisibility of Los Angeles.

10 PROG ROCK EPICS you may have missed.

ELLEN PAGE & ALEXANDER SKARSGARD: Dating for the past year, or just friends?

JANE LYNCH and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, are getting a divorce.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS denied dropping an N-bomb at the Tonys.

JUSTIN BIEBER is being sued by a photog who claims Bieber directed his bodyguards to attack him and steal his memory card.

PARIS JACKSON: Will Debbie Rowe be her new guardian?

ROBERT PATTINSON & KATY PERRY went to see Bjork together... but left separately.

GERMANY: The annual report of Germany's domestic intelligence agency noted that the number of Islamists surged last year.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A judge sentenced six Islamists from Birmingham to jail terms of nearly 20 years each for plotting a terrorist attack on an English Defence League meeting.

YEMEN: Security forces captured Omar Ashour, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's commander in the in Ghail Bawazir district, and his son Abdullah, in the Shahir district in Hadramout province. The two were captured at a checkpoint and are thought to have been preparing to leave the country.

LIBYA: Following clashes in Benghazi over the weekend between militias and government forces in which 31 people were killed and over 100 wounded, the head of the Libyan army, General Yussef al-Mangoush, resigned. Congress is demanding a plan for the integration of all militias into the armed forces.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban beheads children in Kandahar province.

A BABY OSTRICH falls asleep.

THE MOONWALKING SHETLAND PONY is embroiled in a paternity battle.

MEGA MOSQUITOES have been spotted in Seminole County, FL.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK closes Nauset Beach on Cape Cod. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Primal Scream, Austra, Sebadoh, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE (w/ FEIST) played "Almost Crimes" and "7/4 Shoreline" for Fallon.

PRIMAL SCREAM is advance streaming More Light.

AUSTRA is advance streaming Olympia.

SEBADOH is streaming The Secret EP.

ROBERT CRAY stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

ADRIAN BELEW will not be playing with Nine Inch Nails.So make due with his cover of "I'm Down."

BROKEN SOCAL SCENE talks to Rolling Stone about their one-off reunion.

JOSH RITTER is profiled by PopMatters

BLACK SABBATH talks to The Guardian about drugs, the occult and God.

MAXWELL'S: The legendary Hoboken club is closing, and the New York Times is on it, complete with a quote from Glenn Morrow.

ARTURO VEGA, friend of the Ramones and designer of their logo, passed away on Saturday at age 65.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Purge tops the chart with 36.4 million, well above expectations against a 3 million production budget (and maybe 20 million in marketing).  Fast and Furious 6 placed with 19.8 million that crosses the 200 million mark domestically (and almost double that worldwide).  Now You See Me shows with a strong 19.5 million and 61.4 million domestic against a 75 million budget.  The Internship debuts at No. 4 with 18.1 million a disappointing reunion of the Wedding Crashers -- roughly half of that movie's opening (and half of The Purge's take this weekend against amuch higher budget).  Epic rounds out the Top 5 with 12.1 million and 84.2 million total against a 100 million budget. Below the fold After Earth plummets to the seventh slot and 46.6 million total against a 130 million budget.

JOHN MALKOVICH saved a man's life in Toronto.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER were spotted out Friday night - along with their approximately 15-person-strong entourage - at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.

PARIS JACKSON and her borthers were nearly unsupervised, according to child welfare investigators.

JAY CUTLER & KRISTIN CAVALLARI got hitched before their official nuptuals.

ELIN NORDEGREN hates Lindsey Vonn and is angry at ex Tiger Woods.

AMY POEHLER & NICK KROLL go public as a couple.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO bags another victoria's Secret model.

THE UNITED STATES: The State Department said it is concerned about Iran's longstanding support for the Taliban, and again called Iran the number one state sponsor of terrorism.

LIBYA: Armed protesters attacked the headquarters of the "Shield of Libya" militia coalition in Benghazi in an attempt to dislodge the group from its barracks.

EGYPT: The United States recently agreed to continue providing Egypt with 1.3 billion in military aid despite concerns of rights issues. President Morsi said calls for new elections by the opposition "absurd."

A CORGI really thinks you should take that call.

A CALF got a toilet bowl stuck on on his head.

WHY DID THE CHICKEN lose its penis? No joke.

A HEROIC DOG saved the life of a newborn girl who had been slung into a rubbish dump.

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James Hunter 6, Foals, Patti Smith, Bambi + Bobcat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE REPLACEMENTS!  From a Twin/Tone label showcase on Sept 5, 1981 at 7th St. Entry, Mpls, your set list includes "Customer" and "Rattlesnake," "I Hate Music" and "Stuck in the Middle," "Takin' a Ride," "Staples In Her Stomach" and "Careless," "Godd*mn Job" and "Junior's Got a Gun," "Kids Don't Follow," "Dope Smokin' Moron" and "Skip It," "Slow Down" (Larry Williams/Beatles), "D.E.A.D." (unreleased), "Love You Til Friday," "Raised In The City," and "Shut Up," "Something to Du," "Maybelline" (Chuck Berry), "Otto," "Hey, Good Lookin'" (Hank Williams), "Johnny's Gonna Die," "Kick Your Door Down," "I'm in Trouble" and "Don't Ask Why."

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX hits WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set.

FOALS play a stripped-down mini-set at KEXP.

PATTI SMITH played Studio 1a at KUTX before a live audience.

GENERATIONALS played Studio 1A at KUTX.

NINE INCH NAILS "Came Back Haunted."

JOEY COVINGTON, drummer for the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, died in a deadly car accident.  Don't you want "Somebody To Love"?

TEGAN & SARA talk to The Scotsman about starting from scratch and defying fan expectations.

JOHN LYDON (a/k/a) Johnny Rotten continues is Part 2 of an interview with Drowned In Sound.

TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file.

THE 10 BEST ARCADE FIRE SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From Rockwell to the Minutemen, from Alan Parsons to the Ramones, from XTC to GbV to PiL to !!!, plus Eddie Floyd, Tom Jones, Joan Jett, The Beatles

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Internship, which is currently scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Purge, which is scoring 44 percent. 

PARIS JACKSON didn't really want to commit suicide, police say.

JUSTIN BIEBER continues his war against paparazzi.

AMANDA BYNES should have her own reality show.... says Snooki. Ouch.

BEYONCE & JAY-Z emphatically deny pregnancy rumors.


CAREY MULLIGAN is the current front-runner for a planned Hillary Clinton biopic.

THE UNITED STATES: The parents of captive US soldier Bowie Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since mid- 2009, say they recently received a letter from him, and again requested that he be released.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: At the sentencing of six Birmingham men convicted of plotting to bomb an English Defence League rally and possibly assassinate its leader, the prosecutor said the men intended to exact vengeance on the EDL for alleged blasphemy and to incur a retaliatory response from the EDL. One of the men, Jewel Uddin, was also linked to another Islamist terror group that was plotting attacks of its own.

THE YEMENI MILITARY killed two local al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders and detained a fighter in Marib; the two AQAP leaders were identified as Anwar al Sanaani and Moamer al Nasheri.

LIBYA: The government ordered Libya's National Oil Corporation, Libyan Airlines, the Libya Company for Insurance, and the Internal Investment Company to move to Benghazi.

INDONESIA: Organizers of the "Miss World" contest in Jakarta announced yesterday that contestants would no longer be wearing bikinis and would dress more conservatively. Hardline Islamist groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia and the Islam Reformist Movement (Garis), which is linked with the Islamic Defenders Front, were not placated, and today warned they may organize protests against the September event.

BAMBI and THE BOBCAT: Let's go to the video.

FERAL CATS AS BIG AS GOATS are rampaging through Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.

"FRANKENFISH" may be the biggest ever caught in Virginia.

A GIANT MINKE WHALE swims beneath a kayaker. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

AN ORPHANED PONY cuddles a giant teddy bear.

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