The Toxic Avenger will avenge once again in new reboot

Those who grew up in the ’80s, and even the ’90s, no doubt remember Troma’s disgusting anti-hero The Toxic Avenger. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 splatter superhero film spawned three sequels, a musical, a video game, and, yes, even a children’s cartoon. Well, Toxie is back, as Variety reports that actor, screenwriter, and director Macon Blair has grabbed hold of the slimy toxic drum and will write and direct a new reboot for Legendary. Even better, Kaufman and Herz will serve as producers to make sure it’s as grimy and despicable as ever. Blair, who starred in Jeremy Saulnier’s indie thrillers Blue Ruin and Green Room, has recently made some waves as a screenwriter and filmmaker. In 2017, he won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore, and has since penned Netflix’s Hold the Dark and Small Crimes. Rest assured, this will be brutal, and Blair will certainly add another edge to the janitor-turned-toxic crusader. Revisit the original film’s trailer below, in addition to the trailer for his award-winning directorial debut shortly after. [embedded content] [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Sharon Van Etten performs “Comeback Kid” on Fallon: Watch

The great Sharon Van Etten has been making the rounds in support of her tremendous new album, Remind Me Tomorrow. Since the album’s release back in January, she’s appeared on both Kimmel and Ellen, the latter performance proving particularly savage. She was back at it on Monday night with a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This time, she dazzled late-night audiences by performing the album standout, “Comeback Kid”. Catch the replay below. [embedded content] Van Etten is set to kick off a European tour later this week, and will then spend the summer playing festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. See hew updated tour schedule below, and grab tickets here. In other exciting news, Van Etten recently got engaged. Mazel tov! Sharon Van Etten 2019 Tour Dates:03/21 – Birmingham, UK @ The Mill03/22 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall03/23 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street03/24 – Glasgow, UK @ St. Luke’s03/26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse03/27 – Bristol, UK @ SWX03/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord03/30 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie (at Botanique)04/01 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie04/02 – Koln, DE @ Luxor04/03 – Munich, DE @ […]

Metallica Announce Concert With San Francisco Symphony

Metallica has announced a concert with the San Francisco Symphony. “S&M2” will take place on Friday, September 6, becoming the first concert at the city’s Chase Center. The show will also mark the 20th anniversary of Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony’s 1999 live album S&M. The symphony’s music director Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct a portion of “S&M2.” Check out the poster below. Metallica’s latest album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, came out in November 2016. The band is currently on tour in Europe. Find Metallica’s schedule at their website. Tickets are available here. Pitchfork RSS Feed

SXSW Film Review: Stuber Thrives as an Action Movie, Not So Much as a Comedy

(Editor’s note: The following review concerns a work-in-progress cut of Stuber at SXSW 2019. As such, a final grade will be held until the film’s release this summer.) The Pitch: Hardened Los Angeles detective Vic (Dave Bautista) is supposed to be at home recovering from a recent LASIK procedure. But when Tejo (Iko Uwais), the drug lord who killed his partner six months earlier, is reported to be back in town, he disobeys doctor’s orders in an attempt to seek revenge. Because Vic is barely able to see, he ends up enlisting the help of a pushover Uber driver named Stu (a.k.a. Stuber, played by Kumail Nanjiani), to be his eyes, navigator, and reluctant sidekick. The tension between the unlikely crime-fighting team threatens to explode as the danger increases, and the two men begin offering unwanted advice about each other’s personal lives. Four Stars for Action: Taking a page from so many R-rated buddy-cop films of the ’80s and ’90s, Stuber refuses to pull its punches when it comes to the violence. The knockout opening sequence contains all the bullet dodging, spurting blood, and crushed bones you could ever want from two onscreen powerhouses like Bautista and Uwais. There’s an artistry in the […]

The Front Bottoms reimagine Kevin Devine’s “Just Stay” for new Devinyl Splits collaboration: Stream

Kevin Devine has announced the final addition to volume two of his Devinyl Splits Series. As a preview of the 7-inch split single, Devine has shared The Front Bottoms’ cover of his own “Just Stay”. The track comes from Devine’s 2006 LP, Put Your Ghost to Rest, and as frequent tourmates and collaborators — and close friends — The Front Bottoms are a perfect choice for the cover. Their take is searing and powerful from the start, standing in stark contrast to the original number, which opts for a simple acoustic guitar and crisp vocals. The two renditions remain consistent in their mournful tone, however, even though the avenues they use to get there are wholly different. (Read: Top 50 Cover Songs from Movies) Devine actually features on the track, while TFB serve as the accompaniment for his B-side cover of “Rhode Island” off the New Jersey folk-punk band’s 2011 self-titled debut LP. Take a listen to “Just Stay” below, and pre-order Devinyl Splits No. 12 before it’s released on March 29th via Bad Timing Records. [embedded content] For each Devinyl Split, the Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter collaborates with another artist. For the second, six-part volume — which has been rolled out throughout 2018 and […]

BTS to Perform on “SNL”

BTS are performing on “Saturday Night Live” next month. They’re set for the April 13 episode, hosted by Emma Stone. Find the “SNL” announcement below. On April 12, the day before their “SNL” debut, BTS will release their new album MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA. It’s the follow-up to 2018’s LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’ and LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’. The K-pop group will play North American concerts in May. Check out BTS’ full schedule at their website. Find tickets here. Read “BTS: How the Biggest Boy Band in the World Stays Radically Korean” on the Pitch. https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/1105862449276817409 Pitchfork RSS Feed

Album Review: Stella Donnelly Takes the World to Task on Beware of the Dogs

The Lowdown: Stella Donnelly is a virtual newcomer to the musical scene, but Beware of the Dogs, a glimmering yet no-frills portrait of the political and personal realities and shortcomings of average life, makes one wonder where we ever were without her. She kicks off with an energetic push into the action with “Old Man”, before pulling back into the threads of something a little less pop, a little more indie, which guide the rest of the album. It’s a quick odyssey into a world Donnelly clearly knows well, from the delightfully acerbic family tensions in the lyrics of “Season’s Greetings” to the pinnacled mourning of “Boys Will Be Boys”. Haunting yet real and comprehensive but manageable, Beware of the Dogs is an indie folk wake-up call and a more than apt introduction to this young, fearless expert, who is quickly making herself impossible to overlook. [Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Stella Donnelly Shows] The Good: Beware of the Dogs shines in its concrete approaches to meaningful subject matter. Most markedly, Donnelly’s exasperation with the patriarchy bobs to the surface regularly across the album’s 13-track span; even in the moments when it’s not directly articulated, we feel the way that it informs […]

Paris Jackson defends father Michael Jackson: “chillax my dudes”

The new documentary Leaving Neverland has brought renewed scrutiny to Michael Jackson’s past relationships with underage boys and allegations of sexual misconduct. However, Jackson’s only daughter, Paris, is standing by her father. Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Jackson, 20, “firmly believes” her father is innocent of the allegations levied against him. She’s since taken to Twitter to address the documentary and respond to both fans and critics of her father. Jackson initially tweeted, “y’all take my life more seriously than i do. calm yo tittaaaaysss.” After receiving some blowback for the flippant nature of her comment, she sought to expound on her stance: “i didn’t mean to offend by expressing that titties should be calm, i know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up. but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also…. it feels better to mellow out.” She added, “smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. chillax my dudes.” When a supporter of Jackson argued that “the bigger picture is your father’s legacy ruined and his name smeared forever,” Jackson responded, “so….. not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? tabloids […]

CupcakKe Shares New Song “Bird Box”: Listen

CupcakKe has shared a new track called “Bird Box.” It’s the Chicago rapper’s second song of 2019, following January’s “Squidward Nose.” Hear “Bird Box” below. CupcakKe released two projects in 2018: Ephorize and Eden. She recently shared the nautical music video for “Squidward Nose.” Read Pitchfork’s “You Need to Listen to CupcakKe, the Raunchiest Rapper Out.” Pitchfork RSS Feed

The Black Keys return with first song in five years “Lo/Hi”: Stream

The Black Keys are back. The garage rock duo have been everywhere over the last five years except together. Frontman Dan Auerbach has been off releasing albums with The Arcs and solo, as well as launching his Easy Eye Sound label as a home to the likes of Shannon & The Clams, Sonny Smith, and others. Meanwhile, drummer Patrick Carney has dipped into producing for artists including Tobias Jesso Jr., Tennis, Wild Belle, and Turbo Fruits, not to mention penning the BoJack Horseman theme and finding parental bliss with fiancée/collaborator Michelle Branch. Now, though, the two are finally back where they both belong: together. (Read: Ranking: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best) Today, The Black Keys have shared a new single called “Lo/Hi”. The track marks their first new music together since 2014’s Grammy-nominated Turn Blue. Written and produced by Auerbach and Carney themselves, the song was recorded at the former’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Take a listen below. [embedded content] Whether or not “Lo/Hi” is the signal of more new music on the horizon is yet to be seen. In the meantime, pick up some of The Black Keys’ past efforts on vinyl […]