THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
... with GRAM PARSONS! As a member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist, Parsons anticipated the so-called country rock of the 1970s and the alt-country movement that began around 1990. There is not a lot of GP video floating around, but "Christine's Tune" is a good place to start, though the video for "Older Guys" is great because someone made them go out to christen Judge Smails' sloop. The Hell's Angels make an unfortunate cameo in the clip of "Six Days on the Road" from the infamous Altamont festival in 1969. The posthumous video for "Sin City" is nice also. BONUS: Dwight Yoakum covers "Wheels" at a Parsons tribute concert. DOUBLE BONUS: Frequent duet partner Emmylou Harris covers "Return of the Grievous Angel" with Ryan Adams (and Buddy Miller on bass) at a different tribute.
WEYES BLOOD visits KEXP.
JOHN VANDERSLICE aso visits KEXP.
JOYERO advance streams Release The Dogs.
FIRST AID KIT pays tribute to David Berman.
ELBOW shares "Empires."
SNUFF shares "Hey Boff."
RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods.
LANA DEL REY is your Billboard cover story.
BILL CALLAHAN: The Aquarium Drunkard interview.
SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks to the Aspen Times. (Thx, LHB.)
THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Ohio Players' immortally goofy funk jam "Love Rollercoaster."
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Angel Has Fallen, which is currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Ready Or Not, which is scoring 91 percent; and Overcomer, which was not screened for critics. The Peanut Butter Falcon expands near-wide scoring 94 percent.
THE SPIDER-MAN STANDOFF: Disney reportedly asked for less than originally reported (but probably still too much). But the pressure is still on Sony.
WHAT'S A GERARD BUTLER MOVIE? Every Movie Gerard Butler Is In.
DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON tops the latest Forbes list of the world’s ten highest-paid actors.
TAYLOR SWIFT confirms plans to re-record her masters following the Scooter Braun deal.
GWYNETH PALTROW hired a personal book curator.
QUENTIN TARANTINO and his wife are expecting their first child.
GAME OF THRONES: Alfie Allen talks toxic fandom and more.
FRIENDS: The Untold Story.
CORGI PUP vs Tennis Ball. Who you got?
A LION CUB, rolling around the Denver Zoo.
MR.B is a CHONK? More like a bobcat.
SPIDERS become more aggressive after extreme weather.