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The National, Stephen Malkmus, Parquet Courts, Alvvays, Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 04, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE POSIES do a little bit of "Black Night" before covering Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos."

THE NATIONAL plays Primavera.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PARQUET COURTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALVVAYS plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

ST. VINCENT shares “Fast Slow Disco.”

 

JENNY HVAL shares a video for "Spells."

THE THE: Matt Johnson tells The Guardian how his brother's death motivated him to write again after 18 years.

THE BEATLES' WHITE ALBUM DEMOS, examined by Rolling Stone.

SHIRLEY COLLINS discussed her memoir All in the Downs with Drowned in Sound.

THE BEST CONCERT FILMS, according to Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Solo repeats atop the chart, but with 29.3MM on a 65 percent drop. That percentage wouldn't be a disaster in a post-holiday weekend, if the holiday weekend hadn't been so weak.  Now it looks like this franchise spinoff might not clear 200MM domestic, which would be less in its entire run than the opening weekends of Episodes VII and VIII. The R-rated Deadpool 2 was serious competition, placing with 23.3MM; its overseas grosses almost guarantee a third installment if Ryan Reynolds wants to do one.  The debut of Adrift shows with11.5MM, which slightly beat projections, but is iffy against a 35MM production budget.  Avengers: Infinity War takes the fourth slot with another 10.4MM; its overall performance may ease the pain of Solo for Disney, but expectations are expectations. Book Club rounds out the Top Five with 6.8MM on a leggy 32 percent drop, with a 47MM total against a reported 10MM budget.

STAR WARS: Buried in this Deadline box office write-up is word that The Last Jedi badly missed its merchandising target, which also bodes ill for Solo.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH fought off a gang of four muggers as they beat up a defenseless Deliveroo cyclist.

ROSEANNE without Roseanne?

BILL MURRAY on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein.

LAURA PREPON married BEN FOSTER.

HALLE BERRY and OLIVIER MARTINEZ need to get their divorce on.

BRIAN De PALMA says he is writing a horror film inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

 

A MAMA DEER nudges her fawn out of the middle of the road.

HUMANS & MASTADONS Coexisted in Florida, New Evidence Shows.  So not much has changed.

AN IDAHO TEACHER who fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students after school has been charged with animal cruelty.

FOXES: Nagaokakyo's shoe thieves found.

A POPULAR BEAR was shot dead in Germany rather than tranquillized after a storm allowed dozens of animals to escape zoo enclosures.

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Marshall Crenshaw, River Whyless, Angelique Kidjo, Opossums   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 01, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

....with MARSHALL CRENSHAW!  Live at The Ritz, July 6, 1985.  Your setlist includes: "Blues Is King," "Whenever You're On My Mind," "Shake Rattle And Roll," "Our Town," "Maryann," "Right Now," "The Distance Between Me And You," "Someday Someway," "Little Wild One," " I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)," "Yvonne," "There She Goes Again," "Cynical Girl," "Shake Up Their Minds," and "Soldier Of Love."

RIVER WHYLESS advance streams Kindness, A Rebel.

ANGELIQUE KIDJO advance streams a cover LP of Talking Heads' Remain In Light.

SUGARLAND advance streams Bigger.

ERIN RAE advance streams Putting On Airs.

JIM JAMES shares a new song about social media, "Throwback."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

MICK JAGGER's dorky dad comments on his teenage son's Instagram are adorable.

TRACYANNE & DANNY: The indie duo turning grief into guitar pop.

"FUNKYTOWN" topped the charts this week in 1980.  Here's how we all got taken there.

25 CLASSIC NYC ARTISTS that didn’t make NME’s top NYC albums of all time.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Angels' girl-group classic "My Boyfriend's Back."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Adrift, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Action Point, which was not advance screened; and Upgrade, scoring 85 percent.

MEGHAN MARKLE: Stories about her Mom and Dad.

MAVERICK: Tom Cruise drops a first look at the Top Gun sequel.

COLIN TREVORROW has spoken publicly for the first time about his departure from the director’s chair for Star Wars: Episode IX.

NXIVM: The sex cult that preached empowerment.

FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk says he's "close to broke" after his agent's accountant is charged with embezzlement.

A MOTHER OPPOSSUM carries her furry family of baby opossums while taking a stroll down a Boston sidewalk.

RALLY GOOSE: A Baseball Story.

THE EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK is doing something for the first time in its 70-year history: opening park borders to paid hunters.

AN ALBINO PEACOCK in a tiny West Sussex village is terrifying residents as he wanders into their gardens looking for love.

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Work and Surprises Bring Me Here   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS:  “O-o-h Child." Time for a dance-off?

DR DOG visited World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NATALIE PRESS played a Stereogum session.

JENNIFER CASTLE covers Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Stand Alone" and Brooke Benton's "I Got What I Wanted in a Lagniappe Session.

JASON ISBELL covered Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty."

RYAN ADAMS  has shared the new song “105.5 The Colorado Sound.”

 

FATHER JOHN MISTY shares a video for "Please Don't Die."

THE MELVINS join CHEAP TRICK on "Surrender."

NEKO CASE Is Still Fighting.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at a 12-year-old Stevie Wonder's classic live rave-up "Fingertips (Pt. II)."

 

KIM KARDASHIAN met PRES TRUMP to discuss prison reform, because 2018.

ROSEANNE RERUNS were pulled from several networks.

ANNE HATHAWAY is profiled by Glamour.

BRIGITTE NIELSEN revealed she was expecting her fifth child at 54.

STAR WARS would be better off if it stopped obsessing over its past?

 

TWO LYNXES have an animated conversation.

A SNAKE knocks out Knoxville.

CAMEL MILK: Better than cockroach milk?

27 RABBITS were left at a Long Island train station.

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Got a Work Crush, But Also Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 01:16 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THINGS? I HAVE A FEW...

DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

WEEZER finally met fan requests for a cover of Toto's "Africa."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Jan And Dean's California anthem "Surf City."

JONATHAN FIRE*EATER frontman Stewart Lupton has died. He was 43.

 

ROSEANNE was canceled after series star and creator Roseanne Barr made a comment on Twitter Tuesday morning referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as looking like the offspring of the "Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes."

WHY IS SOLO considered a yuge disappointment?  Sonny Bunch does box office math.(And the franchise continues to underperform in China.)

MORGAN FREEMAN: Tyra Williams, one of the women who came forward against actor the actor is pushing back against CNN's explosive report that he had sexually harassed up to eight women. Chloe Melas talks to the NYT about her experience.

EMMA WATSON breaks up with Chord Overstreet.

DIANE KRUGER and NORMAN REEDUS are expecting their first child together.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGAN MARKLE plan to honeymoon in the Great White North.

ANTHONY HOPKINS has life advice for young actors (and everyone, really).

HAILEY BALDWIN claims the 2016 election split her family.

ZACK SNYDER says his next project is The Fountainhead.

JAMIE FOXX will lead the new Spawn reboot.

THE WALKING DEAD is losing Sheriff Rick?

PHIL HARTMAN was killed 20 years ago; here's the memorial speech Jan Hooks gave.

 

THE VAMPIRE LesCat.

A SERVICE DOG gave birth to a litter in the Tampa airport.

MOOSE vs MINI COOPER: Who You Got?

DIRECT TV has a channel for dogs to watch.

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Easing into the post-holiday week...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE ONLY BIG "NEWS" OF THE WEEKEND IS THIS:

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Solo: A Star Wars Story tops the chart with a four-day haul of 103MM... far below tracking projections of 130MM, and the lowest opening for this franchise in the Disney era (tho the best opening for director Ron Howard).  Although it has the next couple of weekends to itself, this is in no way good news for the House of Mouse, esp. with only 65MM in foreign grosses.  The fact that Howard was brought in to reshoot as much as 85 percent of this movie inflated the production budget to a reported 250-300MM.  Add in the marketing and ancillary costs and there's a non-zero chance Solo winds up somewhere in a breakeven range.  Disney's not making these to break even, even if it sells toys or fills out theme parks.  Whether it's market saturation, or this one being shunned as punishment for The Last Jedi, I doubt Disney will want to rest on the staus quo.    Deadpool 2 places with 55MM on a 56 percent drop; that's a bit steep for a second frame on a holiday weekend, but with almost 500MM worldwide against a 110M budget, the studio should probably be content against its competition.  Avengers: Infinity War shows with another 21.2MM in its fifth frame.  Book Club takes the fourth slot with 12.5MM on a leggy 8 percent drop.  Life of the Party rounds out the Top Five with 7MM on a 9 percent drop and continues to look like Melissa McCarthy's lowest-grossing star vehicle to date.

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