WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
 
by Jac Kern 05.28.2014
Posted In: TV/Celebrity, Music, Humor at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

With Jenny Slate’s new, ahem, “abortion comedy” Obvious Child coming to theaters (no word on a Cincy screening yet), I could highlight many examples of the comedian’s genius: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; Mona Lisa from Parks and Rec; “PubLIZity” on Kroll Show; even the f-bomb heard ‘round the world on her SNL debut. But I truly cannot get enough of Catherine, one of the strangest and most hilarious little web series I’ve ever watched! Take about 30 minutes and watch this gem from beginning to end. Then lather, rinse, repeat. Nearly 20 years after Tupac Shakur’s death, a police officer present at the scene that night has come forward to reveal the rapper’s last words: “Fuck you.” OK then. Conan O’Brien is a true talent, and I love the guy but I’ve hardly tuned in to his show since his move to TBS (kind of like how I “support” local restaurants but still just eat Taco Bell anyway sometimes). But I did tune in recently to catch what is apparently a recurring bit: Clueless Gamer. Conan, not a big video gamer, tests out a new or classic game, mocking various aspects to comedic results. Last week Conan test-drove Watch Dogs, which was released across platforms Tuesday. Conan and I are about the same speed when it comes to video games. He can’t help but focus on the futuristic fashion choices and unrealistic aspects or run over a sidewalk of people with a stolen UPS truck or, in turn, inevitably perturb avid gamers. Bill Murray. Dude seems to be living the life of a retired playboy, despite the fact that he’s still very active in Hollywood. Besides being a pretty much universally loved actor and comedian, in his off time he’s campaigning to be inducted in the Cool Guy Hall of Fame. In his latest move, Murray addressed a bachelor party at a Charleston steakhouse on finding “the one,” and then led the group in lifting the groom-to-be into the air. Watch the magic here. Next up: Bill Murray delivers baby in out-of-service elevator, fashions a diaper out of own T-shirt. Ever noticed how Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith bears a striking resemblance to Will Ferrell? According to Ferrell, the two are confused so often it’s beginning to become and issue. The doppelgangers met last week to decide once and for all who was who, and which was the better drummer on The Tonight Show (aka Where Celebrities Go to Act a Fool). The results were predictably outstanding: Fans of True Detective are chomping at the bit for any clues about next season’s stars and settings. Recent rumors stated Jessica Chastain was offered a lead, but the Zero Dark Thirty actress claims that isn’t the case. Thankfully series creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed a few details about Season Two: This round — a completely new case, setting and cast — will feature three leads instead of two (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred in Season One), it will focus on “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system,” and the action will take place in a California city — somewhere more off-the-beaten path than L.A. Considering the bit of pushback regarding the lack of substantial female characters last season, we can likely expect more focus on at least one woman. The AMC network bid farewell to two beloved characters recently (spoilers coming). Porkchop — Chihuahua, star of Small Town Security and HBIC of JJK Security — was put to sleep in last week's episode of the reality show. And in "not so real but also pretty sad" news, Mad Men character Bert Cooper passed away in Sunday's mid-season finale. The SC&P co-founder died right after watching the historic Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 — but don't worry, actor Robert Morse is still going strong. Coop bid farewell to Don Draper — and viewers — in a sweet, surreal and theatrical final scene.
 
 

Sneaky Sneaker Drop

Plus, Pop music at the Olympics and, spoiler alert, sometimes musicians mime on TV

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Nike releases Kanye West's new shoe like Beyonce releases a new album, Russia scrambles to find relevant Russian pop cultural touchstones for the Olympics' opening ceremonies and the social media world freaks out because the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't plug their instruments in during the Super Bowl halftime show.   
by Mike Breen 08.03.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 09:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Watch Afghan Whigs Live at Lollapalooza Today

Lollapalooza YouTube channel to stream live sets all weekend from Chicago

It's not quite the same as being there — unless you have long lines at your refrigerator, like to keep your house a balmy 105 degrees and live shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of drunk people — but watching a music festival from the comfort of your own home isn't the worst thing in the world. (You could, for example, be watching Two and a Half Men.) The Lollapalooza YouTube channel will be streaming various artists' sets from this year's festival in Chicago, including today's 5:15 p.m. (Cincy/EST time) performance by reunited Cincinnati icons The Afghan Whigs. The festival begins this afternoon; streaming starts at 1:30 p.m. I watched a few live sets from last year's Lollapalooza through the YouTube site and the footage and stream were both pretty strong. Here's another Cincy act performing at Lolla last year.Here's the full rundown of streams for the next three days of Lolla (times are CST, so add an hour if you are in the Queen City):FRIDAY    •    1:30 PM    •    Yellow Ostrich    •        •    1:30 PM    •    Michael Kiwanuka    •        •    2:15 PM    •    The Black Angels    •        •    2:15 PM    •    Dr. Dog    •        •    3:00 PM    •    The War on Drugs    •        •    3:30 PM    •    Blind Pilot    •        •    4:00 PM    •    Metric    •        •    4:15 PM    •    The Afghan Whigs    •        •    5:15 PM    •    The Head & The Heart    •        •    5:15 PM    •    Tame Impala    •        •    6:15 PM    •    The Shins    •        •    6:15 PM    •    Band of Skulls    •        •    7:00 PM    •    Sharon Van Etten    •        •    7:30 PM    •    Dawes    •        •    8:00 PM    •    Die Antwoord    •        •    8:30 PM    •    The Black KeysSATURDAY    •    1:30 PM    •    JEFF the Brotherhood    •        •    1:30 PM    •    Los Jaivas    •        •    2:15 PM    •    Delta Spirit    •        •    2:15 PM    •    GIVERS    •        •    3:00 PM    •    Neon Indian    •        •    3:15 PM    •    Aloe Blacc    •        •    4:00 PM    •    The Temper Trap    •        •    4:15 PM    •    Alabama Shakes    •        •    5:15 PM    •    FUN.    •        •    5:15 PM    •    First Aid Kit    •        •    6:00 PM    •    The Weeknd    •        •    6:00 PM    •    Washed Out    •        •    6:45 PM    •    tUnE-yArDs    •        •    7:00 PM    •    Bloc Party    •        •    8:00 PM    •    Red Hot Chili Peppers    •        •    8:30 PM    •    AviciiSUNDAY    •    1:30 PM    •    Oberhofer    •        •    1:30 PM    •    Bombay Bicycle Club    •        •    2:15 PM    •    Trampled By Turtles    •        •    2:30 PM    •    White Rabbits    •        •    3:00 PM    •    The Walkmen    •        •    3:15 PM    •    Gary Clark Jr.    •        •    4:15 PM    •    Franz Ferdinand    •        •    4:15 PM    •    J.Cole    •        •    5:15 PM    •    The Gaslight Anthem    •        •    5:15 PM    •    Toro Y Moi    •        •    6:00 PM    •    At The Drive-In    •        •    6:15 PM    •    Of Monsters & Men    •        •    7:15 PM    •    Florence + the Machine    •        •    7:15 PM    •    The Big Pink    •        •    8:15 PM    •    Miike Snow    •        •    8:30 PM    •    Jack White    •        •    9:15 PM    •    Childish GambinoClick here to watch all of the Lollapalooza streams. The Whigs — who will perform at great Chicago club Metro for a sold-out post-Lolla party tomorrow night — have most recently added tour dates in Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The group comes home to Cincinnati's Bogart's on Oct. 25 for a sold-out gig with part-time tourmates Wussy. (Don't have tickets? Click here for a chance to win a a pair.)
 
 

Little Dragon with Red Hot Chili Peppers

June 6 • U.S. Bank Arena

0 Comments · Monday, June 4, 2012
In July 2011, Esquire writer Andy Langer argued that Little Dragon's sound bears great resemblance to Prince's.But even with those similarities, Little Dragon is far too capable and confident to ape another artist without showing its own personality. They are careful both when they go fiery and when they chill out, and with an extra dash of the right je nais se quoi, their sound has legit potential to be big on the right radio stations.   
by Mike Breen 11.01.2011
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 11:14 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Squeeze the Day for 11/1

Big Sean, Booty Dance Fever and This Day in Music

Music Tonight: Hip Hop up-and-comer Big Sean brings the tour behind his debut album, Finally Famous, to Covington's Madison Theater for an all-ages, 8 p.m. concert with guests Shawn Chrystopher and Cyhi the Prynce. Admission is $25. As legend has it, the Detroit MC got his big break in old-school fashion — when Kanye West was doing an interview on a local radio station, Sean showed up and talked the star into letting him rap as a "showcase." Reluctant at first, West reportedly started getting into the young MC's wordplay and within two years he signed Big Sean to his G.O.O.D. Music label/management company. During those two years, Sean garnered attention from the industry outside of Kanye with several mixtapes. Sean's Finally Famous album finally came out in June of this year, showing off a heady guest list that includes West, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, Chiddy Bang and Wiz Khalifa. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart. Big Sean has said he's working on his next album during his current tour; he says the plan is to release it next year during the summer. Below, check out Sean's single "Dance (A$$)" and a (largely NSFW) sampling of the innumerable videos of booty-shakin' choreography across the web inspired by the track. I'm grabbing my hotpants and heading to Bogart's right now.

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