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Pretenders, XPNFest, Ava Luna, Father John Misty, Semisonic, Bobcat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GODFATHERS: "Birth, School, Work, Death."  Post-Labor Day, school starting... we got the middle covered.

THE PRETENDERS blow the doors off the the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in September '81.

XPNFEST: Watch Margo Price, Lukas Nelson, Josh Ritter, Blind Boys of Alabama, Courtney Marie Andrews, and more.

AVA LUNA  advance streams Moon 2.

FATHER JOHN MISTY & HAXAN CLOAK cover Link Wray's “Fallin’ Rain.”

SEMISONIC shares the demo for "Closing Time."

THOM YORKE shares  “Suspirium” from the upcoming Suspiria reboot soundtrack.


THE MOUNTAIN GOATS play “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” with an actual death metal star, Erik Rutan.

ARETHA FRANKLIN's family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful.

JOHN LYDON (a/k/a Johnny Rotten) goes off on UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

MIDNIGHT OIL: 1984 captures the band riding high with their first number one album - but Peter Garrett was on the verge of leaving for politics.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Young Rascal's deathlessly, goofily perfect "Good Lovin'."


ASIA ARGENTO now claims she was sexually assaulted by then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett.

THE WIZARD OF OZ's stolen ruby slippers were recovered by the FBI.

DEMI LOVATO's dealer will not be arrested or even investigated by the LAPD.

KRISTEN STEWART is perfectly fine keeping things vague when it comes to sexuality.

NATALIE PORTMAN worked with her husband, high-profile ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied, to prepare for the dancing in Vox Lux.

SWAMP THING: Len Wiseman (Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow) has joined the live-action drama, which is set to debut in 2019 on the forthcoming DC Universe SVOD platform.

HENRY CAVILL will play the lead role in Netflix's upcoming Witcher TV series.


A BABY BOBCAT RESCUE is complicated (First in a series).


ELEPHANT POACHERS are the worst, or close to it.

MORE THAN 100 DOGS Rescued from Puppy Mills Across the Midwest Get a Second Chance in Colorado.

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Ben Folds, Shonen Knife, Meg Meyers, Pups and Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EARTH WIND & FIRE: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun.

BEN FOLDS plays New York's Forest Hills Stadium.

SHONEN KNIFE visits Paste.

MEG MYERS stops by World Cafe.


NOEL GALLAGHER & PAUL WELLER play "A Town Called Mallice" and "All You Neeed Is Love" in time for Twofer Tuesday.

PAUL McCARTNEY “saw God” after taking the hallucinogenic drug DMTin the 60s.

U2 onfirmed that Bono has received a clean bill of health from doctors after the band were forced to cut short a show when he lost his voice.

LANA DEL REY pulls out of an Israeli festival after a backlash.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: Conway Savage has died of a brain tumor; he was 58.

THE VILLAGE VOICE will no longer be posting any new stories.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Crazy Rich Asians threepeats atop the holiday chart with 28.3MM as it breaks 100MM domestic. That's a 14 percent increase (and only an 11 percrnt dop over the regular weekend).The Meg places again with another 13.4MM on a rougly 5 percent increase for the holdiay. It's still not a great performer here, but is well over 400MM in total worldwide receipts. Mission: Impossible - Fallout shows with another 9MM as it closes in on Ghost Protocol as second-highest in the series (it will likely beat M:I2's 215MM to become the biggest). Operation Finale debuts in the fourth slot with 7.8MM and seeems like a bad choice to dump it on the Labor Day weekend. Searching rounds out the Top Five with 7.7M, an obviously massive percentage increase as it expanded wide from its showing last weekend as 22nd on the chart.

ARIANA GRANDE gets an apology from the Bishop who groped her at Aretha's funeral.

RONAN FARROW's ex-producer has accused NBC of putting a stop to the Weinstein reporting, saying the order came from “the very highest levels."

DANIEL CRAIG & RACHEL WEISZ welcomed their first child.

McCLANE: The next Die Hard is both prequel and sequel.


LION and TIGER and HYENA and Pups... oh my!

A MAN previously mauled by a bear and bitten by a rattlesnake, now attacked by a shark.

A GHOST LOBSTER turned up off the Maine coast.

ANCIENT PARASITIC WASPS ate their hosts from the inside out.

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Cheap Trick, Paul Simon, St Paul, Spiritualized, Swamp Dogg, Estelle, Swing Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81! Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen? Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.

PAUL SIMON advance streams In The Blue Light.

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES advance streams Young Sick Camellia.

SPIRITUALIZED advance streams And Nothig Hurt.

SWAMP DOGG advance streams Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune.

ESTELLE advance streams Lovers Rock.

TUNE-YARDS covers Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."

FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" may fall into that category of summer song Oliver Wang once described "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy."  It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section.

GRAM PARSONS' Cosmic American Trip.

DAVID BYRNE Digs For Wonder.

100 CULT ALBUMS to hear before you die, chosen by NME and a raft of musicians.

BARRY MANILOW's greatest songs, ranked by The Guardian.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's "The Ballad Of The Green Berets."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Kin, which is currently scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Operation Finale, which opened Wednesday scoring 63 percent; and Destination Wedding scoring 39 percent.  Searching expands wide at 92 percent.

WOODY ALLEN's latest film has been shelved by Amazon.

A HACKER who was heavily involved in a scheme that led to intimate photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence being leaked to the public has been jailed for eight months.

NEIL YOUNG & DARYL HANNAH: Inside the wedding.

FIRST MAN, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, has a new trailer online.

THE FRONT RUNNER, starring Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart, has a trailer online.

BRAD PITT's post-Katrina homes are flling apart, allegedly.

EMMY ROSSUM is leaving Showtime's Shameless.

BOB COSTAS and NBC are set to move on from each other.

MARIE SEVERIN, a comic book artist and colorist best known for her work on Marvel titles including The Incredible Hulk, Kull the Conqueror and the humor title Not Brand Ecch, has died. She was 89.

THE DOG did not want her off the swing; he wanted on the swing.

A REGIONAL COUNCIL IN NEW ZEALAND has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals.

RARE GATORS & LIZARDS were stolen in a Wilkes-Barre pet store heist.

A MAN proposed to his girlfriend by writing on the side of her favorite cow.

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Mountain Goats, Har Mar Superstar, Gorillaz, Richard Thompson, BYOM   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EVERCLEAR: "A.M. Radio." Because my brother's Pinto said so.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS cover Bon Iver, Robin Trower, and a tune from Godspell for a Lagniappe Session.

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR performs at the Minnesota State Fair.

GORILLAZ "visit" World Cafe for a chat and live music.

RICHARD THOMPSON shares "My Rock, My Rope."


MOUNTAIN MAN shares a video for "Rang Tang Ring Toon."

THE ORWELLS break up following sexual abuse allegations.

JOY DIVISION and NEW ORDER drummer Stephen Morris talks tech and more with Forbes.

POST-PUNK: Transcending indie rock's identity crisis.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'," an absolute pop-music miracle.


ALEC BALDWIN now says he is not going to play Thomas Wayne in The Joker.

DWAYNE JOHNSON will play Hawaiian king Kamehameha. Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a film that could be compared to Braveheart, and only partly because King is based on a spec written by that film's screenwriter, Randall Wallace.

QUENTIN TARANTINO has cast his Charles Manson for upcoming film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

MAVERICK: The Top Gun sequel has been pushed back to 2020.

PETER DINKLAGE talks to Entertainment Weekly about playing Hervé Villechaize , tackles a “whitewashing” claim about the film as well as talks about the progress (or lack thereof) of dwarf actors in Hollywood.

LOUIS CK: Maybe don't call it a comeback, but he has support from club owners and Marlon Wayans.

JENNA ELFMAN is getting candid about her relationship with Scientology.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and Camila Morrone have talked about getting engaged. Seeing is believing tho.



BOBCATS spotted in Orange County (NY) yards.

17 RATLESNAKES is too many pets in West Virginia.

PETA seeks a 5-foot memorial at site where lobsters might have died in a crash.

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Tuesday night was unexpectedly busy. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DOG DAYS OF AUGUST are generally slow for "news" as well as actual news, BUT:

ODDLY, Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, and Matt Lauer were all back in the news in the post-MeToo environment. Their cases are by no means identical; it was just a weird coincidence, I think.


STORMY DANIELS & MICHAEL AVENATTI got P\photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue, because 2018, maaaan.

MATT SMITH is joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. Meanwhile, Red Letter Media finally dropped its NSFW review of The Last Jedi.

EDDIE MURPHY is expecting a 10th child with partner and Australian actress Paige Butcher.

"IT'S ENRICO PALLAZZO!" The inside story of The Naked Gun baseball game.

ROTTEN TOMATOES is adjusting its critics criteria for its Tomatometer rating system, allowing for a wider and more diverse pool of critics.

THE SWARM hit a hot dog stand in Times Square. And Reuters streamed the NYPD beekeper who came to vacuum them up.

I should be back Thursday with the usual platter.

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