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Andy Schauf, Robyn Hitchcock, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Bait Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 06, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CURTIS HARDING shares a video for "Need Your Love."

ANDY SCHAUF plays Pitchfork Paris.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK, Live at the Big Ears Festival, March 24, 2017. (Two sets!)

THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA stopped by The Current.

SUNFLOWER BEAN shares “I Was a Fool.”

BAT FANGS share "Wolfbite."

KNICKERBOCKERS: "Lies." Someday you're gonna be lonely.

PETER BUCK talks to Salon about  Automatic For The People, road trips, not drinking, and Filthy Friends.

ARCADE FIRE is playing to some half-full venues on their current tour.

ROBERT PLANT surveys his career in a World Cafe interview.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Keith Shields talks to Pitchfork about the Loveless vinyl reissue and the upcoming LP.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor: Ragnarok rescued the box office from its drought with a debut that's 121MM domestic and 306MM in foreign markets.  That's the fourh best opening of 2017, and a sure, substantial moneymaker, though one wonders what happens when Justice League arrives this weekend. A Bad Moms Christmas placed a distant second with 17MM (21MM since its Wednesday opening); that's still fine against a 28MM budget, given the holiday theme may add legs (but should this have opened two weeks later? Hm.).  Jigsaw showed with 6.7MM on a 60 percent slide typical of this franchise; tho this is likely to be the worst performer of the series, 28MM so far against a 10MM budgetis probably profitable.  Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween takes the fourth slot with 4.7MM on another 53 percent decline; this is likely to profit, but short of the last Medea Halloween flick.  Geostorm rounds out the Top Five with 3MM on a 49 percent drop; it's made only 29MM domestic against its 120MM production budget, so it'sa very good thing that it has grossed 153.6MM in foreign markets -- the difference between a brekeven or mild loss and an outright bomb.

KATE UPTON  & JASON VERLANDER got hitched in Italy.

KEVIN SPACEY has been fired from House of Cards amid allegations of sex harassment and assault. Another three accusers came forward, one a minor. Richard Dreyfuss’s son, actor Harry Dreyfuss, has come forward with new allegations that Spacey groped him while he was at Spacey’s apartment with his father.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is accused of rape by Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire).

UMA THURMAN is waiting to feel less angry befoer commenting on Harvey Weinstein.

ALEC BALDWIN is taking a Twitter break after commenting on Harvey Weinstein. This is my shocked face.

JULIANA MARGULIES says she screamed her way out of Steven Seagal's hotel room.

ADAM VENIT, the longtime head of WME’s motion picture group, is on leave from the agency as it probes an allegation of sexual harassment involving actor Terry Crews.

COREY FELDMAN named two of his alleged abusers.

ROMANCE ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS?  Are co-stars Daisy Ridley and Tom Bateman dating?

COLIN FARRELL's performances, ranked by Vulture.

CATE BLANCHETT's performances, ranked by Vulture.

AN ABANDONED BAIT DOG thanks his recuers.dogs

DOGS are more promiscuous than we think.

A BORDER COLLIE PUP herded sheep into the farmer's house.

COFFEE for doggos.

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Neil Young, Syleena Johnson, The National, Tori Amos, Sharcano   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 03, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with NEIL YOUNG!  Live on the Beeb, circa '71. Your setlist includes: "Out on the Weekend," "Old Man," "Journey Thru the Past," "Heart of Gold," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "A Man Needs A Maid," "Love in Mind," and "Dance, Dance, Dance."

SYLEENA JOHNSON advance streams Rebirth of Soul.

THE NATIONAL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

PINEGROVE shares "Intrepid."

MOUNTAIN GOATS share “From The Lake Trials.”

WILCO shares “Myrna Lee.”

WE ARE SCIENTISTS; "After Hours." For the weekend.

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe and Mike Mills discuss Automatic For The People.

ROBERT PLANT discusses some of his back catalog.

PARQUET COURTS frontman Andrew Savage talks to The Creative Independent.

THE BEATLES are putting out a Chrstmas box set (which suggests those singles may dry up online).

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Thor: Ragnarok, which is scoring 95 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and A Bad Moms Christmas, which opened Wednesday scoring 27 percent. LBJ expands near-wide at 53 percent.

THOR: RAGNAROK has already been the subject of a thousand Asgardians of the Galaxy jokes, I presume.  And the tone is in fact pretty much what you get from the trailer.  I can't say I blame Marvel Studios for going this direction.  After all, the Thor movies tended to underperform in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while the Guardians franchise is second only to those films with Robert Downey, Jr in them.  So if this means Thor has to regress a bit as a character to bring in some cockiness and humor, so be it.  Keep Tom Hiddleston as the scene-chewing Loki, Idris Elba as the heroic Heimdall, toss in the Hulk as a guest star, Tessa Thompson's as a hard-drinking, hard-fighting Valkyrie, and Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum and you can lard on the humor.  For the most part, all of that works pretty well. Cate Blanchett and Karl Urban are alright, but mostly wasted as the villains because they aren't given all that much to do, really.  Indeed, the overall plot here isn't very much -- just enough to get you to the next Avengers flick (for which you'll want to see the mid-credits bonus scene more than the end of credits bonus scene). But the jokes and the action set pieces land enough and with enough frequency that you won't mind the plot too much.  And I will say that for all the jokes and fights, they actually sneak an interesting idea into the third act.

KEVIN SPACEY is anonymously accused of an extended relationship with a 14-year-old in the 1980s.  Spacey made the set of Netflix's House of Cards into a "toxic" work environment through a pattern of sexual harassment, eight people who currently work on the show or worked on it in the past tell CNN. One former employee told CNN that Spacey sexually assaulted him.  Actors and former staff at the Old Vic have accused the theatre of turning a blind eye to inappropriate sexual behavior by Spacey during the 11 years that the Hollywood star was its artistic director.  He's been dropped by his talent agency and his publicist who of course had no reason to suspect anything like this was going on.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN gets a second sex harassment accusation.

DANNY MASTERSON was accused of sexual assault by four women.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is under federal investigation regarding supposed charity fundraising.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER & MARIA SHRIVER filed for divorce in 2006... but still aren't divorced.

MEGHAN McCAIN: The newest panelist on The View got engaged to Bon Domenech, publisher of The Federalist.

WESTWORLD: Filming for season 2 has been suspended after a cast member suffered a medical emergency.

SHARCANO! Sharks discovered living in an underwater volcano.

HUMANS love dogs more than their fellow man.

OYSTERS are stressing out over noise pollution.

 A PLANE hits an eagle... and a rabbit?

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Hiss Golden Messenger, Wolf Parade, Afghan Whigs, Robert Cray, Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE CLIENTELE share a video for "The Neighbour."

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

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

ROBERT CRAY played the Mountain Stage.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN shares "Freedom Credence."

 

SIMON & GARFUNKEL, like Christopher Columbus and the cast of Easy Rider, look for "America."

MICK JAGGER is dating Noor Alfallah, a film producer who is 51 years younger than him.

ARCADE FIRE: Will Butler and Tim Kingsbury talk to The Current about possession, overabundance and more...

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark is profiled by the Irish Times.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, explained by Vox?

 

KEVIN SPACEY faces more accusastions of sexual misconduct from Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos and American documentary filmmaker Tony Montana. He's seeking “evaluation and treatment.

BRETT RATNER, a prominent director-producer, was accused of sexual harassment and other misconduct by six women, including Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn.  Warner Bros. is severing ties with his comany, which was involved in almost every hit the studio has had in 2017.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN was accused of, and apologized for, sexually harassing a 17-year-old in 1985.

STAR WARS" THE LAST JEDI has a new trailer online.

LADY GAGA and Christian Carino are engaged.

EDDIE REDMAYNE and his wife Hannah are expecting their second child.

THE LION KING's live-acton movie cast will include Beyonce.

JAMES BOND MOVIES,ranked by Collider, wrongly.

MARVEL MOVIES, ranked by Mashable, wrongly.

 

MOOSE vs PRIUS: Who You Got?

A HEADLESS, 400-LB TUNA turns up in the woods.

SHREWS, LEMURS & PYGMY MARMOSETS use about as much brain power as humans.

A SCORPION IN YOUR MOUTH... really?

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Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Gogol Bordello, Snake vs Iguana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

 

MARK LANEGAN shared a video for “Emperor.”

ANGEL OLSEN played Austin City Limits.

COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GOGOL BORDELLO play it fast and loose in The Current's studio.

THE GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO streams Bay Head.

JIM JAMES covers the Beach Boys' "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

THE LEES OF MEMORY share “Where The Sun Never Shines” and “Keep A Tight Grip On Your Mind."

 

THE PRIMITONS play "Seeing Is Believing" at an in-store appearance from 1985.  Proof positive that the Internet makes the "Where Are They Now?" file bottomless.  Background at Trouser Press.

HUSKER DU is the subject of a five-part, three hour podcast.

HALL & OATES are the subject of a two-hour edition of Political Beats.

THE LEMON TWIGS discuss their music influences and their vision for their future.

THE TOP NINE R.E.M. Songs...post-Bill Berry.

 

KEVIN SPACEY's former theater has opened a confidential tip line for reporting “inappropriate behavior.”  Filming on the upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards has been suspended indefinitely.  There's talk of a spinoff.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN's accusers now date back to the Seventies.  He's reportedly telling friends “that he was born to take the fall for his behavior in order to ‘change the world.’"

JEREMY PIVEN was accused of groping reality TV actress Ariana Bellamar.

ANDY DICK was fired from a movie over sex harassment allegations.

J-ROD: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are the Vanity Fair cover story.

THOR: RAGNAROK director Taika Waititi can't believe he did it either.

MARK HAMILL is profiled by the New York Times.

JOHN CARPENTER talks about the soundtrack of his life.

THE HIGHEST-EARNING DEAD CELEBS, according to Forbes.

STRANGER THINGS' Millie Bobby Brown is profiled at Variety.

BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO has become an Alaskan tourist attraction.

 

A SNAKE tries to devour an iguana whole.

DEATH BY BRAIN-EATING FUNGUS sounds like a horror movie but it’s a fact of life for ants.

LYNX on the lam in Wales.

A BEAVER knocked out power near Prince Albert.

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Halloween and Work. But Things! Harvey Weinstein and Rodents of Unisual Size...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

 

ICYMI:  The traditional Pate Halloween special from Friday.

WORLD CAFE posted a Halloween playlist at Spotify.

THE WAR ON DRUGS shared a video for "Nothing to Find."

 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN has been expelled for life from the Producers' Guild.

HOUSE OF CARDS will end after the current season, following allegations of unwanted sexual advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp.

SELENA GOMEZ & THE WEEKND are dunzo.

DANNY LLOYD: Whatever happened to that kid from The Shining?

EDGAR WRIGHT's 100 Favorite Horror Movies.

 

RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE has a trailer online.

A BOBCAT startled a newspaper publisher in the bathroom.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT hits Pullman, Wash.

DOZENS OF OCTOPUSES have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town.

 

More tomorrow, barring tragedy.

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