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Robert Plant, DFA1979, Felice Bros, benjamin Booker, Angry Ram   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MUFFS drop a video for "Weird Boy Next Door."

ROBERT PLANT advance streams lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 is advance streaming The Physical World via iTunes.

THE FELICE BROTHERS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to play some new songs, and James Felice also sat down to talk about the new record.

BENAJMIN BOOKER stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Fresh tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Gemma Ray, Ex Hex and more feature in the latest episode.

STARS drops "Turn It Up" ahead of  No One Is Lost.

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: "Summerlove Sensation."

THE RENTALS: Matt Sharp talks to PopMatters about the making of the new album.

THE PSYCHO SISTERS list some of their guiltless pleasures.

IMOGEN HEAP talks to Drowned In Sound about the origins of her experimental inclinations, the influence of technology and collaboration on Sparks, and her plans for the future.

GENESIS: Ten of Their Best.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE's fight to get her hacked nude photos removed from the Internet might have hit a legal snag: She's not the photographer.

ANGELINA JOLIE stocked up on bridal mags months before wedding Brad Pitt.  Awww...she's just like us, except for the looks, fame and wealth.

JOAN RIVERS has been moved out of intensive care.

THE SIMPSONS MARATHON lifted FXX to the top ranks of the 105 cable networks measured by the Nielsen Company.

ROBERT PATTINSON is dating English singer FKA Twigs.

KATE HUDSON denies eating disorder rumors.

ROSIE PEREZ  and political commentator Nicolle Wallace are expected to take the vacant seats on The View. Insert vacant seats punchline here.

NIKKI FINKE, a pioneer in internet Hollywood reporting and founder of Deadline, is getting about 3.5 million in settlement for a 10-year non-compete with her last employer.

UKRAINE: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

FRANCE: President Hollande issued a statement raising the possibility of French military action against the Islamic State.

DENMARK: Police arrested the president of the Copenhagen-based Islamic charity Humanitarian Hearts (De Humanitære Hjerter) for supporting the Islamic State, and also arrested two women involved in the organization's work.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's complex logistics.

IRAQ: How Shiite Turkmens in Amerli held the line, waging a desperate campaign against the Islamic State.

AN ANGRY RAM takes out a drone.

A BEAR with a bucket on its head is rescued outside the Hundred Acre Wood. 

BEDBUGS have infested the NYC Subway system.

A COW ON THE LAM gores a jogger, heads for Oktoberfest.

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Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Sean Rowe, Death Blues, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD plays "The War" and "Hey Mr Grey" for Kimmel in plenty of time for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS advance streams a self-titled LP.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE advance streams Single Mothers.

SEAN ROWE advance streams Madman.

DEATH BLUES advance streams Ensemble.

PRINCE drops "U KNOW" and "WHITECAPS" ahead of Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum.

EARTH, WIND and FIRE: Because it's "September."

NICK CAVE: A new book, a new film, and cameos in The Guardian from Shane MacGowan and Mark E. Smith.

ROBERT PLANT talks to The Telegraph about the demise of great frontmen, what still drives him, and the chance of his old band ever reuniting.

THE 50 GREATEST GARAGE SONGS, compiled by Paste, spans the decades.

THE 100 BEST ALT-ROCK SONGS From 1994, according to SPIN.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy tops the Labor Day chart with 22.2 million, becoming the biggest domestic earner of the year so far (280.5 million) on one of the traditionally slowest weekends of the year at the cinema.Releasing at the beginning of August, with less competition from other big movies, turned out just about perfect for Marvel. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows again with 15.7 million; it still has a ways to go to profit, but next weekend is likely to feature these two films topping the chart again.  If I Stay shows with 11.6 million and nears profitability against an 11 million budget. Let's Be Cops stays in the fourth slot with 10.6 million and is probably edging into profit. The debut of So Above/So Below rounds out the Top 5with 10.3 million, though The November Man could take that spot when the receipts are finally counted.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, KATE UPTON and other celebs had nude photos surface online in an apparently massive hack of Apple's iCloud service.

JOAN RIVERS was brought out of a medically induced coma as her family has their "fingers crossed" regarding her recovery.

BRADGELINA sold their wedding album to People and other media outlets.

JENNY McCARTHY & DONNIE WAHLBERG got married on Sunday.

ASHLEE SIMPSON also tied the knot with fiance Evan Ross on Sunday.

IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED dropped about a grand at a Toronto sex shop.

ROGER MOORE in The Guardian on the women in his life, his humanitarian work - and Daniel Craig's trunks.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A researcher who raised the alarm over the sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago was sent on a 'ethnicity and diversity course' by child protection bosses who refused to act on her evidence.

UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists.

SOMALIA: U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.

LIBYA: Islamist forces including Ansar al Sharia and the February 17 Brigade renewed attacks in Benghazi. Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

IRAQI troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine.

A BABY ELEPHANT discovers fun with a ribbon.

A PERMANENTLY SAD DOG finds a forever home.

A FERAL CAT forces an elementary school to close.

A DOG cooks a laptop in Asbury Park.

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The Rosebuds, The Silos, Benjamin Booker, The Districts, Prairie Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


J MASCIS and Fred Armisen join a cult in "Every Morning" from Tied To A Star.

THE ROSEBUDS perform on WNYC Soundcheck.

THE SILOS played a mini-set in KUTX's Studio 1A.

BENJAMIN BOOKER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE DISTRICTS play a mini-set at World Cafe Live.

CASS McCOMBS & MEAT PUPPETS dropped a split single ahead of a co-headlining tour.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS dropped "Never Wanna See That Look Again" ahead of A New Testament.

SAM AMIDON fropped "Walkin' Boss" ahead of Lily-O.

ALICE COOPER topped the UK singles chart on this date in 1972 with "School's Out."

INTERPOL: Daniel Kessler talks to BrooklynVegan about the new album, Arctic Monkeys, The Jam, social media and more.

BOB MOULD talks to Marc Maron about becoming a writer for pro-wrestling, composing The Daily Show theme song and coming to terms with his true identity.

THE 50 BEST ALT ALBUMS of the 90s, according to Metro Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

AC/DC, ranked by Stereogum.

IS TONY SOPRANO DEAD? Vox reported that The Sopranos creator David Chase said, No." Chase's rep claims the comment was misconstrued. And while Chases says the search fro an answer is fruitless, I always bought the analysis at Masters of Sopranos.

JENNIFER ANISTON says her womanhood should not be defined by motherhood. Fair enough.

KRISTEN STEWART covers Vanity Fair France and explains her acting method and her two-year break from the biz.

BRADGELINA share some “crazy sex scenes” in their upcoming movie, written and directed by Jolie.


JESSICA CHASTAIN wants a Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? Who doesn't?

SHERLOCK: Season 4 is devastating, according to creator Steven Moffat.

ENGLAND: in Rotherham, approximately 1400 cases of child rape, exploitation and violencewere dismissed for years by local leaders who feared they would be branded as racist for pursuing the perpetrators — the majority of whom were men of Pakistani origin.

UKRAINE said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks. The word they're looking for is "war."

LIBYA: In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fueled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.

THE UNITED STATES has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said on Tuesday. Don't call it a coalition of the willing, y'all.

A CHUBBY PRAIRIE DOG is freed from his hole.

A GIANT PANDA faked pregnancy to get better teatment.

SPIDERS force a recall of 19000 Suzukis.

A MOOSE ON THE LOOSE in the eastern German city of Dresden evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalizingly close to the canteen.

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Afghan Whigs, CYHSY, Phil & Dave Alvin, Magic Numbers, Lions vs Croc   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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KING KHAN & THE BBQ SHOW, n/k/a The Bad News Boys, drop a video for "We Are The Champion": "This was the first song we wrote for the album. Not the best song on the record, and not a single, but where our heads were at during the recording."

THE AFGHAN WHIGS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH performed live in the KEXP Studio.

PHIL & DAVE ALVIN play a mini-set of Big Bill Broonzy covers at KUTX.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS share three songs off their upcoming LP, Alias.

REAL ESTATE covers the Nerves' "Paper Dolls."

THE WHO: "I'm One" and "Dr. Jimmy" at the Cow Palace in 1973 provide your Twofer Tuesday

THE KINKS: Esquire essays The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, dubbed "the best rock album you've never heard."

HENRY ROLLINS writes the inevitable apology for his column on depression.

SINKANE talks to Stereogum about his new album and his other endeavors.

PETE BEST talked to PopMatters about a lifetime of incredulous “What If’s.”

ZOOEY DESCHANEL was caught canoodling on camera with rumored new boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

THE EMMYS --in a rare Monday appearance--went to these folks.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE is expecting a baby girl.

AMANDA PEET is expecting her third child with her husband David Benioff.

LENA DUNHAM excerpted her book at The New Yorker.

SHUTTER ISLAND may spawn a series on HBO.

UKRAINE: Amid reports of a surge in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Moscow will be sending a second humanitarian convoy into the war-torn region as early as this week. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dissolved Ukraine's parliament and announced an election on October 26.

NORWAY: Some 5,000 people protested in Oslo against the Islamic State, in a demonstration organized by Norwegian Muslim groups.

LIBYA: Islamist militias said Sunday they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli and its international airport, driving out rival militias to the outskirts of the capital following a weekslong battle for control of the strategic hub.

SYRIA: The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand U.S. action beyond the limited airstrikes under way in Iraq. The White House, however, refused to commit to asking for congressional authority for airstrikes in Syria.


A HARBOR SEAL napping on a Jet Ski.

CAMBODIAN RAT MEAT: A growing export market.

WAS A DOG run over by Google Street View?

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Buster Poindexter, Blonde Redhead, The Gotobeds, Zammuto, Sinkane, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BUSTER POINDEXTER joins ARCADE FIRE in Brooklyn for "Hot Hot Hot" after the band syncs David Johanssen's "Personality Crisis." And there was a conga line.

BLONDE REDHEAD advance streams Barragán.

THE GOTOBEDS advance stream Poor People Are Revolting.

ZAMMUTO advance streams Anchor.

SINKANE advance streams Mean Love.

THE KNACK: "My Sharona" topped the chart at this time in 1979 and would remain there for five weeks.

CRAIG FINN: The Hold Steady frontman talks to The Rumpus about his writing process, the purpose and function of songs, and the relationship of songs to other forms of writing.

TY SEGALL Guest DJs All Songs Considered, mixinng his new material withclassic songs that inspired him.

PAST MTV VMA WINNERS, ranked by Stereogum. REM beaten by Katy Perry. Sigh.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy retakes the top of the chart with 17.6 million, as all of the new competition fell short.  Marvel's 251.9 million domestic take officially pushes GotG past Transformers 4 to become the top grosser of the summer.And it will soon pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the biggest grossing movie of the year. Worldwide, Guardians is just short of the roughly 500 million it needs to profit...but has yet to open in China or Japan. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows (if the estimates hold up) with 16.8 million, and is on track to wind up in the black. If IStay, which most gurus picked for the top slot, showed with 16.4 million, as a strong Friday petered out over the weekend proper. Nevertheless, the teen weeper has a mere 11 million production budget.  Let's Be Cops takes the fourth slot with a fairly leggy 11 million and is near profitability on domestic receipts alone. The debut of When The Game Stands Tall rounds out the Top 5 with 9 million; it may need some help from the faith-based community to recoup a 15 million budget plus marketing costs. Normally, this is the spot where I'd note that Expendables 3 is flopping, but Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For did even worse in its debut, coming in eighth with 6.5 million, mostly bad reviews and bad word of mouth against a rumored 60-70 million budget. Ouch.

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, btw, pretty much deserved the bad reviews and bad word of mouth.  Most of the reviews note the sequel is more explicit--both in nudity and violence--than the original, yet more boring.  On the last point, I tend to disagree.  The problem with A Dame To Kill For is not necessarily that it's boring; it's certainly as visually stylish (and stylized) as the first one.  Rather, the problem is that this one is much more joyless.  Granted, it seems Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez set out to tell a more grim set of stories this time around, but there's even less sense of comic relie, let alone outright fun this time.  Moreover, the original tended to focus on the classic noir theme of the ambigous antihero rising to some level of heroism and --while other noir tropes abound here, there's much less heroic in these tales.

SUGE KNIGHT: The famed music producer (and jailbird) was shot six tiimes at a pre-VMAs party in a Los Angeles nightclub hosted by singer Chris Brown.

NICKI MANAJ: One of the singer's backup dancers was bit by a boa constrictor during a VMAs rehearsal of "Anaconda."

IGGY ALZALEA is so Fancy that she fell offstage at a pre-VMAs benefit show.

THE MTV VMAs went to these folks; there's also video of the perfomances at the link.

GWYNETH PALTROW is very happy that Chris Martin is dating Jennifer Lawrence. No, really, she is totally happy. Totally.

IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED are already living together after three weeks of dating.

JOSH CHARLES and his wife Sophie Flack are expecting their first child together.

LORD RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, the actor (The Great Escape, Ghandi, Jurassic Park) and film director (Cry Feedom, Chaplain), has died just days before his 91st birthday. At various times he was chairman of the British Film Institute, Channel 4, Goldcrest Films, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Capital Radio and a director of the Young Vic and the British Film Institute.

CHINA broadcast an andless loop of James Foley's execution on a giant video screen in downtown Beijing.

UKRAINE: The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday. Don't call it an invasion, y'all. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have marched dozens of captured government soldiers through the city of Donetsk.

LIBYA: Tripoli Airport is reportedly in flames, after its capture by Islamist forces following weeks of fighting.

EGYPT: The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State."

SYRIA: The Islamic State captured a major airport, reportedly beheaded a number of captured Syrian soldiers and put their severed heads on display in the city of Raqqa. An American held hostage for two years by the Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist group has been released. British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have identified 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary as the man suspected of the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley. Bary is the son of an Egyptian-born militant who is awaiting trial on terrorism charges in Manhattan, due to his alleged involvement in the bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT, fought with Vaseline.

PUPPIES, Photographed Underwater.

A STRAY KITTEN named Alfonso won a cat casting call, pouncing on a role in the upcoming Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You.

THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER: Peter Mbulu is on a mission to save Kenya's orphaned baby elephants.

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