THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...
...with THE TALKING HEADS! Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- Live in Rome, circa 1980. Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," "Born Under Punches," and "The Great Curve."
TOWNES VAN ZANDT: Stream Sky Blue, an unearhed collection of 1973 studio recordings.
AMANDA PALMER advance streams There Will Be No Intermission.
PATTI GRIFFIN advance streams a self-titled LP.
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS advance streams Live In London.
THE DRUMS share “626 Bedford Avenue”.
BLAKE BABIES' did a fab cover of the Grass Roots' "Temptation Eyes."
STEVIE NICKS talks to Rolling Stone about Tom Petty, Prince, drag queens, Game of Thrones, and more.
BOB MOULD talks to Now Toronto about optimism in a time of sociopolitical turmoil.
PHOEBE BRIDGERS and Marshall Vore break down "Scott Street” on Song Exploder.
ELVIS COSTELLO's Spike turns 30: "Basically, it's a comedy record."
THE NUMBER ONES glares at Sammy Davis Jr.'s take on the Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory song "The Candy Man"
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral, which per usual was not screened for critics; and Greta, which is currently scoring 60 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.
LUKE PERRY suffered a massive stroke Wednesday, and is currently hospitalized.
ED SHEERHAN secretly married? (sourced to The Sun, so grain of salt)
LADY GAGA shut down Bradley Cooper romance rumors.
MERYL STREEP is a grandmother.
THEM BONES! In a long-running legal battle over profits from the David Boreanaz-Emily Deschanel hit, an arbitrator's stunning decision awarding 179MM calls out top executives Peter Rice, Dana Walden and Gary Newman and could alter the economics of hit shows in the streaming era.
NETFLIX has an alternate version of The Notebook?
FOSSE/VERDON, starring Same Rockwell and Michelle Williams, has a trailer online.
SULLY, the late President George H.W. Bush's service dog, has started his next assignment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
BABY ELEPHANY JOTTO has a nightcap.
GERMAN OFFICIALS seized an indebted family's pet pug and sold it on eBay.
A GIANT TARANTULA prepares to devour an opossum.