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Bangles, Fontaines DC, Chills, Cherry Glazerr, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BANGLES!  There's no better way to start than with these live takes on "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-bubblegum of "In Your Room" on the Everything album, which yielded their final No.1 hit, "Eternal Flame."  The draw from the 60s is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a bit, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.




LUNA shares a cover of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air” and  "The Oort Cloud/Kuiper Belt."

SUN KIL MOON covers Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You."

FATHER JOHN MISTY rolls out a new song called “Tell It Like It Is.”

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat -- and most people hadn't heard of Brie Larsen.

MARK RONSON talks about his sad bangers.

YOUTUBE & UNIVERSAL will team up to remaster nearly 1000 classic music videos.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elton John's hammy, hard-vamping cover of the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," recorded with John Lennon.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Toy Story 4, which is currently scoring 98 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the reboot of Child's Play, currently scoring 70 percent; and Anna, scoring 40 percent.

TOY STORY 4 will rip your heart out, because that's what these movies do. Key & Peele, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves bring their considerable talents to this bittersweet apparent finale of the franchise, which is by turns hilarious, dark, and charming -- with a few lurking questions about the meaning of life.

KEANU REEVES went all Keanu on his Toy Story 4 charatcer.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS set the record straight on their split rumors.

JUSTIN BIEBER may want to fight TOM CRUISE in the Octogon after all?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE wants her wedding to be a blowout.

STAR WARS: Keri Russell says she cried over the script for The Rise of Skywalker.

J.J. ABRAMS and his son are writing a new Spider-Man comic book series, featuring a mystery that is never fully answered.

GOATS have the same range of view while standing with their head up as they do while grazing.

DO NOT SWIM in the swan's fountain.

AN ALLIGATOR tears a truck apart.

A BEAR relaxes in a hot tub.

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Spoon, The Hold Steady, Sheer Mag, Violent Femmes, Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DAMIEN JURADO covers the theme songs to Gimme a Break, Family Ties, WKRP in Cincinnati, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show for a Lagniappe Session.

MARISSA NADLER visits World Cafe.

DAPHNI (Dan Snaith of Caribou) streams the Sizzling EP.

SPOON shares "No Bullets Spent."

THE HOLD STEADY shares "Denver Haircut."

SHEER MAG shares "Blood From a Stone."

VIOLENT FEMMES share "Another Chorus."


SHARON VAN ETTEN shares a video for "No One's Easy To Love."

THE DAY THE MUSIC BURNED: Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out a memo to artists claiming the reports about their 2008 fire were inaccurate, but seemeingly conceding extensive losses.

THE LEMONHEADS: PopMatters surveys the band in its prime, chiefly through its covers of others.

BEST OF THE 2010's? Stephen Hyden takes educated guesses at where critics will land.

THE NUMBER ONES takes on Helen Reddy's unbelievably strange story-song "Angie Baby."


LITTLE WOMEN: Vanity Fair has the first look at Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and more in Greta Gerwig's take on the classic.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is adding an end credits scene in the effort to beat Avatar as the all-time box office champ.

BLACK WIDOW: Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige compares the prequel to Better Call Saul.

PIXAR is following Toy Story 4 with two original films.

LINDSAY LOHAN is losing her TV show and her nightclub.

WHEEL OF TIME: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Die Another Day) has landed the leading role in the live-action fantasy series based on Robert Jordan's best-selling novels.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's next film is budgeted at 224MM?


A WEINER DOG has a high stick to dog ratio.

A POSSUM walks into an Applebee's...

A 15-FT PYTHON is on the loose in the Arcadia area of Tuscaloosa.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A man who is accused of keeping an "attack squirrel" locked in cage and feeding it methamphetamine so it stays aggressive has appeared on video denying the allegations.

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The B-52's, Foxwarren, Idles, Daptone, Rat Bar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

THE B-52's, Live at The Downtown Cafe – Sept 2, 1978.

FOXWARREN, ft Andy Schauf, visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

IDLES play a Tiny Desk Concert.

JULIEN BAKER shares her version of "The Modern Leper" for a Frightened Rabbit tribute album.

STEVE GUNN shares "Be Still Moon" and "Shrunken Heads."

THE DAPTONE FAMILY's 100th single is "Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)” b/w “Soul Fugue.”


DEVENDRA BANHART returns with a video for "Kantori Ongaku."

JOY DIVISION: Forty years after their debut album, the Manchester band continue to influence not just music, but graphic design, literature, film and more.

GENIUS: The lyrics site accuses Google of stealing their work, and stung them with apostophes.

JIMMY BUFFETT FANS fell violently ill while visiting Dominican Republic hotels and resorts. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Harry Chapin's father-son tearjerker "Cat's In The Cradle."


JOHN CUSACK shared and defended an anti-Semitic meme Monday night on Twitter, before deleting the post and tweeting an explanation that blamed a “bot” for the mistake.

MAX LANDIS, screenwriter and Hollywood scion, faces faces eight female accusers alleging a pattern of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that spans a decade.

THE BEST FILMS of 2019 (So Far), according to NME.

GAME OF THRONES: The prequel has quietly begun filming in Northern Ireland.

SEQUELS aren't the summer box office's problem - bad sequels are.

DANNY BOYLE says he will never work on another franchise film after his experience on Bond 25.

KEN BURNS tells Pitchfork about the time he did mescaline.

BATMEN, polled.


A POP-UP "RAT BAR" in San Francisco lets patrons eat and drink with rodents.

YOUR MISSION, should you choose to accept it...

A SPIDER, eating an entire possum.

DO NOT FEED THE BEARS: It often ends with the bears being shot.

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Beastie Boys, Hozier, Ace of Cups, Goats & Sheep   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CARS play "Candy-O" and "The Dangerous Type" for Twofer Tuesday.

BEASTIE BOYS released a bunch of rarities for the 15th anniversary of To the 5 Boroughs.

HOZIER visits The Current.

ACE OF CUPS visited the World Cafe.

LANA DEL REY teased the title track of her upcoming LP.


STURGILL SIMPSON shares a video for "The Dead Don't Die."

BUZZCOCKS: Steve Diggle remembers the late, great Pete Shelley.

JOY DIVISION: Revisit Peter Hook and Stephen Morris commenting on Unknown Pleasures for its 40th anniversary.

DAVE MUSTAINE, co-founder and frontman of Megadeth, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Carl Douglas' undying disco novelty "Kung Fu Fighting."


PRINCE PHILIP reportedly advised Harry not to marry Meghan Markle.

GLORIA VANDERBILT the heiress to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune and creator of the wildly popular Vanderbilt jeans, has died at 95.

BILL COSBY tweeted a Father's Day message, calling himself “America's Dad.”

O.J. SIMPSON joined Twitter: “It should be a lot of fun. I got a little getting even to do."

CHRIS MARTIN & DAKOTA JOHNSON's split reportedly had to do with children.

SOPHIE TURNER would like to play Boy George; it was his idea.


OVER 100 GOATS & SHEEP ran loose through a town in California.

A GUINEA PIG follows his doggo best friend everywhere.

ELIZABETH THE CROW loves to play with a beagle pup.

DOMESTICATED DOGS may have evolved a specialized ability used expressly to communicate better with humans.

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Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Jade Bird, Feral Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

FATHER JOHN MISTY co-headlined a concert at The Armory.

JASON ISBELL co-headlined that concert at The Armory.

JADE BIRD was the opening act for that concert at The Armory.

TRENT REZNOR kinda digs the bizarro Nine Inch Nails pop songs Miley Cyrus did for Black Mirror.


VAMPIRE WEEKEND covers Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" in Cleveland.

BOYGENIUS is the cover story at Under The Radar.

SLEATER-KINNEY is profiled at Fader.

THE 20 BEST DISCO SONGS, according to NME.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at Billy Swan's laid-back good-samaritan rockabilly jam "I Can Help."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Men in Black International tops the chart with 28.5MM, less than half of where its predecessors debuted, even before adjusting for inflation. And the budget was 110MM, about what it made globally so far. No wonder Chris Hemsworth is agitating to continue playing Thor.  The Secret Life of Pets 2 places with 23.8MM on a 49 percent drop; this should still make money, but it's nowhere near the success of the original.  The live-action Aladdin shows with 16.7MM on a 32 percent drop; if it falls short of 200MM domestic, it will be due to Toy Story 4 arriving this weekend.  Dark Phoenix plummets 73 percent to the fourth slot with 9MM, sealing its fate as one of the year's biggest bombs.  Rocketman rounds out the Top Five with 8.8MM on a 36 percent drop. Below the fold, the sixth-place debut of Shaft and the continuing slide of Godzilla: King of the Monsters add up to another big disappointment at the cineplex. Woody and Buzz cannot get here fast enough.

CHRIS MARTIN & DAKOTA JACKSON have split, according to The Sun.

MADONNA: Social media culture “runs people’s lives” and, as a result, it’s now harder for stars to “stick to your guns and be who you are”.

BRADLEY COOPER is in early talks to star in Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Nightmare Alley.

CHRIS BROWN is expecting his second child.

BOND 25: The production really wants you to know Daniel Craig is working out in a leg cast.

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI the Italian director renowned for his extravagantly romantic opera productions, popular film versions of Shakespeare and supercharged social life, died on Saturday at his home in Rome. He was 96.


A FERAL STREET CAT loves being a Grandpa.

BIZARRE: A woman in Texas snapped a photo of an alligator swimming with a knife lodged in its skull.

THE WORLD'S FATTEST PARROTS are being killed off by a fungal infection.

THE REAL DOG MOMS OF NYC: Inside the chaos, glitter and absolute furry cuteness of a puppy pageant.

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