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Valerie June, Los Hancheros, Yacht Rock, Massive Croc   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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SPOON plays  “Can I Sit Next To You” for Kimmel.

VALERIE JUNE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LOS HACHEROS, the Dap-Kings of Latin music, visited the World Cafe.

THAT 70s WEEK presents... Yacht Rock.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," live. Ooga-Chucka!

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO: Previously unseen photos from a gig in 1966.

FATHER JOHN MISTY is profiled by the New York Times.

GREGG ALLMAN has canceled shows he was booked to play in June and announced he won’t be touring at all this year. Bad health.

JIMI HENDRIX: Ten of His Best.

CHRIS EVANS skydives for real and is profiled by Esquire.

BEN AFFLECK reunited with Jen Garner and their son Samuel in Brentwood after announcing that he has completed rehab for alcohol addiction.

EMMA WATSON had changing room pics leaked after a hack.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is going after a site that posted her nude photos.

MISCHA BARTON got restraining orders against 2 former boyfriends, one or both of whom she believes is peddling a sex tape.

RICHARD SIMMONS isn’t missing — he is just taking much-needed “time for himself,” his older brother said.

THE MATRIX: The last great original blockbuster? That's just a tweet, but a good question.

SYRIA: The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks.

A MASSIVE CROC enjoys a snack.

DUTCH COWS were expelled from Turkey amid a diplomatic crisis.

HUMPBACK WHALES are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why.

THIS LITTLE PIG went to market after his house blew down.

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Jens Lekman, Middle Kids, Cherry Glazerr, Olly the Jack Russell   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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OK GO & THE GO-GOs mash up “Here It Goes Again” and “Our Lips Are Sealed” for Kimmel.

JENS LEKMAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MIDDLE KIDS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CHERRY GLAZERR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SPIRAL STAIRS (Pavement) and MATT BERNINGER (The National) team up on "Exiled Tonight."

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN's Jim Reid talks to The Quietus about the band's long-awaited new album and the surprising reality of the band's continued existence.

THE WHO announced a six-show residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace. All copies of "My Generation" spontaneously combusted.

THE BEACH BOYS: Aquarium Drunkard essays songs from Holland and Surf's Up.

A MALICIOUS MUSIC FILE can be used to control everything from your phone to your car.

BEN AFFLECK revealed, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, that he recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.  It apparently did not alter his involvement with The Batman.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 drops another teaser online with Jay & the Americans.

JORDAN PEELE is the first Black writer-director to break 100MM with his feature debut.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST has been pulled from release in Malaysia, even though the country’s official censors approved the release after cutting a well-publicized “gay moment” from the film.

ANGELINA JOLIE gave her first lecture as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

ALISON BRIE & DAVE FRANCO have officially tied the knot.

THE BIG BANG THEORY spinoff “Young Sheldon” gets a series order.

THE MATRIX Rebooted? C'mon.

OLLY the JACK RUSSELL TERRIER crushes the Crifts agility test. Sort of.

MYSTERY SOLVED: Here's why a goat was behind the wheel at the Ottawa Hospital.

A CAT got a snake up her nose.

MR. TOAD has been given a collection of custom-made miniature hats by his human friend.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood, All Songs, 70s Week, GbV, Sheep   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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SEAN ROWE covers "Hold On, Hold On" by Neko Case and The Sadies (the latter have a new LP out, you know).  Dang.

THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED's 2017 SXSW Preview Show.

IT'S "THAT 70s WEEK" at World Cafe.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Dr. Feelgood Falls Off The Ocean."

GOLD CONNECTIONS share "Isabel" ahead of a self-titled EP.

REDD KROSS play "Annie's Gone" and cover The Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE SHINS' James Mercer tells All Things Considered that his latest songs reflect how both he he and the culture around music have evolved.

THE ZOMBIES tell Brooklyn Vegan who they listen to now.

STEPHIN MERRITT, ranked by Stereogum.

JOHN LEVER, drummer for Manchester post-punk band the Chameleons and a member of the Sun And The Moon, passed away following a short period of illness.

THANDIE NEWTON prefers acting totally nude than in ‘inviting and provocative’ costumes.

J-LO & A-ROD: How many times do you think she had to post that Instagram and quickly delete it before someone noticed?

CRISS ANGEL was rushed to the ER after a magic stunt went wrong.

GAME OF THRONES with...Ed Sheeran?

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is getting a sequel with a new cast.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE is full of life lessons that are still valuable decades later.

IRAQ: Shi'ite-dominated Iraqi paramilitaries fighting alongside Baghdad government forces to liberate the city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists say they have found a mass grave at a prison containing the remains of hundreds of people executed by the jihadists in 2014.

SHEEP on the lam in Marsden.

THE WOOLY MAMMOTH saving the world from climate change? it really is becoming a Spielberg movie.

A PARROT-NAPPER was caught in Florida.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They beat us to Mars.

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Laura Marling. Cameron Avery, Public Memory, Aussie Shepherd + Tiger Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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BEACH SLANG shares a video for "Spin The Dial."

LAURA MARLING is streaming Semper Femina.

CAMERON AVERY is streaming Ripe Dreams Pipe Dreams.

PUBLIC MEMORY streams their new ambient pop EP, Veil Of Counsel.

HEALTH covers New Order's "Blue Monday" for the Atomic Blonde soundtrack.

BOB DYLAN covers the Hoagy Carmichael standard, "Stardust".

CHRIS CORNELL shares a title song for The Promise, a movie about the Armenian genocide that stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.

SMITH: Their chart-topping cover of the Bacharach-Dixon-David classic, "Baby, It's You." Because I'm feeling a little Death Proof.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO turned 50 yesterday; Stereogum essays the album, while NPR profiled someone who owns 600 copies of the original pressing.

PEARL JAM publicly invited every former drummer to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

DOES ANYBODY HERE REMEMBER VERA LYNN? She's truning 100 some sunny day this month.

JONI SLEDGE, one of four siblings who banded together to create the music group Sister Sledge, has died aged 60 of unknown causes.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Kong: Skull Island topped the chart with 61MM, which is well above tarcking estimates in the mid-40s, but probably below what it needed to ensure profits against a 185MM production budget and presumably big marketing costs; this is true even when considering it did another 81.6MM in foreign markets.  The gorilla's big problem is the number of blockbusters being released in this March.  Logan, the first of these, placed with 37.9MM on a 57 percent drop, but 438.3MM in global receipts already have this one well in black in its second weekend. Get Out shows with 21MM on a leggy 25 percent drop; the horror flick crossed the 100MM domestically against a mere 4.5MM budget before opening overseas next weekend.  The Shack takes the fourth slot with 10MM on a 38 percent drop that's probably good for a faith-based flick, many of which are front-loaded. The LEGO Batman Movie rounds out the Top Five with another 7.8MM on a 33 percent drop, reflecting the lack of competition from other family films.

WONDER WOMAN dropped a third trailer online.

ATOMIC BLONDE, which seems to feature Charlize Theron as as a hot, possibly lesbian version of John Wick, has a red-band trailer online, meaning NSFW.

J-LO & A-ROD took their romance to the Bahamas.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER's cast paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of the show.

STAN LEE talks to NME about the soundtrack of his life.

DISNEY, burned by fallen princesses, is training stars to avoid scandal.

PAUL VERHOEVEN has defended his new movie Elle from controversy after some critics labelled it a "rape comedy".

AVATAR 2 is delayed yet again.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A 27-year-old Ukrainian woman living in the United Arab Emirates went to the doctor after experiencing stomach cramps. What came next: a pregnancy diagnosis—and her arrest for unmarried sex, which is illegal in the UAE.

UKRAINE: "This is a hot war, not a cold war, in Eastern Ukraine," Ontario Conservative MP Tony Clement told CBC News following a visit to Kyiv.

AN AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD is filling in as Dad to some tiger cubs.

WILD BOARS vie with humans to take over towns near Fukushima, Japan.

DOGS can be deceptive, according to a new study and every dog owner.

MORE GREAT WHITE SHARKS appear to be visiting off Cape Cod. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Rockpile, Magnetic Voters, Conor Oberst, John Dwyer, Woods, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with ROCKPILE, a band that featured old pals Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds cranking out the rootsy pub rock. They seem to be lip-synching o­n "Teacher, Teacher" and "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You," but I had to post 'em 'cause it's Bandstand, which strikes me as just plain odd. This clip of "Heart," featuring Billy Bremner, is also odd at the start.  For actual live performances, here's the band rolling through Lowe's "They Called It Rock," and "So It Goes," plus a cover of Elvis Costello's and "Girls Talk," which many associate more with Edmunds.

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS stream even more songs from 50 Song Memoir

CONOR OBERST advance streams Salutations.

THEE OH SEES' John Dwyer, Damaged Bug, streams Bunker Funk.

WESTERN ADDICTION streams Tremulous.

THE WOODS share the title track from Love Is Love.

JOHN FOGERTY, because it is.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO turns 50 Sunday.  Pitchfork has four minutes of liner notes.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Jim Reid talked to Pitchfork about is relationship with his brother, depressing new bands, and killing Kurt Cobain.

RYAN ADAMS talks to Rolling Stone about his breakup LP, Prisoner.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talked to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger about Notes of Blue. (Thx, LHB).

KONG: SKULL ISLAND is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 83 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Will Logan give the gorilla a run for its money?

J-LO & A-ROD: Do we call them A-Lo or J-Rod?

NICOLE KIDMAN explains why she clapped like a seal at the Oscars.

BRIE LARSEN explains why she did not clap for Casey Affleck at the Oscars.

DAVID & CHRISTINA ARQUETTE welcomed their second child together.

ADRIANA LIMA and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman have broken up.

JOE PISCOPO may run for Governor of New Jersey.

GHOST IN THE SHELL dropped four promo videos.

A BABY ELEPHANT loves chasing his dog.

50 JUMPING FROGS were found dumped in an underground Aldi car park in north London on Saturday night. Does Robyn Hitchcock have an alibi?

POLAR BEARS should avoid the northernmost city in the world.

PYTHON HUNTERS: Wanted in South Florida.

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