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Rated PG movie podcast: Reviews of Furious 7 and '71

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Pittsburgh band The Gotobeds sign with Sup Pop

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gotobedsPittsburgh band signs with Sub Pop ... now, that's a new one.

The Gotobeds have joined the prestigious Seattle label that sprung the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden and Sleater-Kinney.

The Pittsburgh band, a noisy, post-punk outfit featuring former members of Kim Phuc, drew acclaim last year for its debut, "Poor People Are Revolting," on 12XU, the label launched by Matador's Gerard Cosloy.

NPR Music called the Gotobeds, named for Wire drummer Robert Gotobed, "A rowdy, ramshackle party house of a band, built on the intersecting bedrock of post-punk and indie rock...The Gotobeds' members paint a dirty, driven, vulgar portrait of Rust Belt restlessness."

The restless Rust Belters are us ...

Singer-guitarist Hazy Lazer (whom we know as Eli Kasan), says in the new bio, "We approached our first LP in the fashion of The Replacements’ Let It Be, what with the cheeky title and grab-bag of disparate strands of rock. Every band is trying to incorporate too much shit, so we just made sounds that we all loved, and lucked into recording all the songs in one day."

The Gotobeds have some upcoming tour dates starting here:

April 8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski's
April 9 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
April 11 - Providence, RI - AS220
April 12 - Cambridge, MA - Club Bohemia
April 13 - Willimantic, CT - Willimantic Records
April 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
April 15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wick
April 16 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
April 17 - Winston-Salem, NC - The Garage
April 18 - Athens, GA - Caledonia

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Neko Case, Jenny Lewis will play TRAF

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1neko caseNeko CaseThe Three Rivers Arts Festival schedule of free concerts is being rolled out each hour on sponsor station WYEP.

Announced so far:

June 5: Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley)

June 6: Railroad Earth, Elephant Revival

June 7: Alvvays (the indie-rock band opening for The Decemberists March 31 at Benedum)

June 8: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

June 9: The Felice Brothers/Hurray for the Riff Raff

June 10: Milo Greene (LA indie-folk band)

June 11: Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops)

June 12: 

June 13: Neko Case (New Pornographers)

June 14:  Benjamin Booker

 

 

 

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There's no place like "Home" at the box office for families

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It was home, sweet “Home” this weekend at the box office. 
 
The animated comedy, about an alien race called the Boov and featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin, did better than anyone predicted and was No. 1 with an estimated $54 million. 
 
That was almost $20 million more than the R-rated “Get Hard” (which received largely harsh and negative reviews) starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. 
 
Here are the early figures, courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Home” — $54,000,000.
2. “Get Hard” — $34,610,000.
3. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” — $22,075,000, bringing its North American gross to $86,393,823 so far. 
4. “Cinderella” — $17,515,000, for $150,022,529 to date. 
5. “It Follows” — $4,021,000, or $4,755,463 since very limited release. 
6. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — $3,050,000, or $119,423,759.
7. “Run All Night” — $2,205,000, for $23,822,518 so far. 
8. “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” — $2,185,000, for $28,134,803. 
9. “Do You Believe?” — $2,150,000, or $7,051,559. 
10. “The Gunman” —$2,044,746, for $8,809,611.
 
This weekend, expect it to be all about “Furious 7” starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. 
 

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Perfume Genius sashays at Warhol

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PerfumeMike Hadreas told us recently that he had one stage move he'd been working on for this tour, and we got a look at it Friday night at the Andy Warhol Museum.
 
It's a good one: a low, snaky, predatory crouch dance, made all the more effective by the fishnets and sheer vulnerability.
 
It's a brave new world for the Seattle singer-singwriter, who spent the first two albums, for the most part, safely behind the piano. Last year's acclaimed breakout "Too Bright" has opened him up to a world of dark, heavy beats and the pelvic thrust of a full band.
 
Now his fans get the best of both worlds and there was a here-we-are-now-entertain-us cabaret vibe to the seated Warhol show that offered both ends of his talents: the haunting, confessional piano ballads ("Hood," "Lookout, Lookout") sung in his fragile boyish voice and the harder electro-pop.
 
The "Too Bright" songs certainly energized the evening, adding the likes of "Grid," with its rubbery beat and guttural screams; the seductive "Fool," which rides a Temps groove into an operatic finish; and, of course, "Queen," an unapologetic gay anthem of Bowie/Gabriel majesty that has him singing, "No family is safe when I sashay."
 
Here and there, he broke the tension: "Sorry for my zit," he said, as if anyone could see it. "I put a bottle of concealer on it," he said, and then laughed at the extent of his stage banter being about "my acne."
 
That was fine, because the substance and beauty was in the music and the push and pull between primal and cerebral.

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