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<p>Against Me!</p>

Against Me!

'Drinking with the Jocks' music video: Catching up with punk rockers Against Me!

'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' continues to demand your attention

In 2012, Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, making her one of the highest-profile music artists to have ever done so. As she made her medical transition, she and her band worked to complete "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," their hard-heeling sixth studio album.

I heard Grace refer to the 2014 album at one point as having catchy songs about "a dark thing," and considering the title and the punk band's propensity to leave in their rough edges, one can start to imagine. But there's something that I adore about "Transgender..." that goes well beyond what you could call simply "bravery" -- an overused but noble term about being personal, to airing of laundry. It's dauntless, in its takedown of the ugly, gender-dominated cultures in an eyebrow-blazing speed with heavy, dark things.

"Drinking with the Jocks" is one of these, skidding to a halt and setting fire to things in only 1:50 time. Informed people don't wave the word "faggot" around easily. "Look at all of them bitches, yeah / I'm gonna f*ck them all... / Fill them up with cum," Grace sings on the sex-and-death speed reel above. It's language-as-blunt-object, as a tool or a weapon. Worth a listen.

Against Me! is on tour now, dates below.

6/21 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
6/24 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
6/27 – Toronto, ON @ Pride Toronto
7/18-20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/19 – Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s Youth Center *
7/22 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 *
7/23 – August, GA @ Sky City *
7/24 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea *
7/25 – Charlottesville, VA The Southern *
7/26 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution *
7/27 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *
7/29 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater *
7/30 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
7/31 – Quebec City, QC @ Mountain Bike World Championship
8/01 – Kingston, OH @ Ale House
8/01-03 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
9/10 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club #
9/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts #
9/13 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center #
9/16 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues #
9/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
9/30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues #
10/01 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee #
10/03 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom #
10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre #
10/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works #
10/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre #
10/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre #
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom #
10/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE #

* = w/ Jenny Owen Youngs and Creepoid
# = w/ The Gaslight Anthem

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<p>Kate Upton in Lady Antebellum&#39;s &quot;Bartender&quot; music video</p>

Kate Upton in Lady Antebellum's "Bartender" music video

Credit: UMG

Kate Upton battles Tony Hale in Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' video

'Veep's' Gary gets a neck tat

There's rounds at the bar, and rounds of boxing, and in the music video for Lady Antebellum's "Bartender," you get both.

Kate Upton plays a girl who needs to get over her guy, invited out on a night with the ladies. And Tony Hale is her bartender.

While it's simply entertaining on its face that Gary from "Veep" has a neck tattoo here, it's an altogether clever little video for a pretty simple song. Lady A made their green at first with breakout hit "Need You Now," the perfect salute to drunken booty calls. The trio's "Hey Bartender" made our Summer Songs of 2014 cut specifically because they go the upbeat, sassy route.

Now, you got this next round or what?

"Bartender" is off of the trio's fifth studio set, whenever that arrives. The group is currently on tour; their last album was "Compass," from 2013.

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Gerry Goffin

Legendary lyricist Gerry Goffin, Carole King's songwriting partner, dead at 75

He and King created more than 50 Top 40 hits

Gerry Goffin, who co-wrote such pop classics as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,”  “The Loco-Motion,”  “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “One Fine Day,”  “Up on The Roof,” “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman” and many more with ex-wife Carole King, died today at 75.

“Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world,” King said in a statement. “Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have His name will forever be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of all time and his songs, which are among the best ever written, will live on forever, touching generations of the future just as much as they have touched the generations of the past.touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship…His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say.”

In addition, on her Twitter page, King posted “There are no words” along with a picture of Goffin in his early twenties.

Goffin put words to King’s soaring melodies. Together they crafted more than 50 top 40 hits, many of them with poignant, yearning lyrics. He continued writing after their divorce in 1968, including co-writing Whitney Houston’s “Savin’ All My Love For You” and “The Theme to Mahogany,” performed by Diana Ross.

King and Goffin’s relationship is the subject of current Broadway musical, “Beautiful.”  The pair were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.

On Twitter, a number of other legendary songwriters commented on Goffin’s passing, including the great songwriting team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, who also were Brill Building writers. “Now that Gerry Goffin is gone a part of us is gone 2 but we still have his lyrics and our great memories. We will miss him.”

Diane Warren tells HitFix in an exclusive statement, “His name will forever be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of all time and his songs, which are among the best ever written, will live on forever, touching generations of the future just as much as they have touched the generations of the past.”

Goffin is survived by his wife, Michelle, and five children.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame giving stars to Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Sofia Vergara

Hollywood Walk of Fame giving stars to Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Sofia Vergara
Also receiving stars in 2015: Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Flay, Chris O’Donnell, James L. Brooks, Kelly Ripa, Kristin Chenoweth and Dick Gregory.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

AMC renews, postpones 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'

'Breaking Bad' prequel will now debut early next year, with Vince Gilligan around full-time

Better stop holding your breath for "Better Call Saul," folks. In a good-news, bad-news press release, AMC announced that the "Breaking Bad" prequel series, focusing on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, has already been renewed for a second season, but now won't premiere until sometime in early 2015, rather than the previously-announced November 2014 plan.

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AMC has already renewed 'Better Call Saul' for a 2nd season — Season 1 will premiere in early 2015

AMC has already renewed “Better Call Saul” for a 2nd season — Season 1 will premiere in early 2015
The 1st season of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff was originally scheduled to kick off in November. Instead,  the 10-episode Season 1 will air in early 2015, and the 13-episode 2nd season will be shown in early 2016. PLUS: Here's the 1st photo from the set, and Vince Gilligan will be more involved with "Saul" as co-showrunner and director of the first episode and Season 1 will air with "The Walking Dead."


Michael Vartan joins “Satisfaction”
The “Alias” alum will recur as a “daring photographer” on the upcoming USA series.


Will NBA champ Tim Duncan announce his retirement on Letterman?
The San Antonio Spurs star is scheduled to appear on “The Late Show” on Tuesday.

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Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

With 'Venus in Fur' on the way, which actors most excelled under his direction?

Tomorrow, more than a year after its Cannes Competition premiere, Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur" finally opens in US theaters. It's the 20th narrative feature of a career that now spans six decades, so a list themed around the Oscar-winning director's work seemed in order. Given that "Venus in Fur" -- Polanski's third film, after "Death and the Maiden" and "Carnage," to replicate the scale and pace of an intimate stage production -- is based so explicitly around notions of performance, and the push-pull relationship between actor and director, a selection of his most successful actorly collaborations seemed the obvious way to go.

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Coldplay

Chris Martin plays an amiable Pied Piper in Coldplay's new 'A Sky Full of Stars' video: Watch

Have drum, will travel

Chris Martin is a one-man band at the start of the video for “A Sky Full of Stars,”  but he’s far from alone. And by the time the song, the poppiest entry on  the British band’s new set, “Ghost Stories,” ends he has lots of new friends for his adventures.

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Fun.

Fun. debuts new song, 'Harsh Lights' on 'Jimmy Fallon': Watch

Nate Ruess-led band continues its anthemic ways


Fun. returned with the period in its name intact and with new music on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” last night when it  debuted “Harsh Lights.”

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<p>Meryl Streep in &quot;Into the Woods&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods"

Credit: Disney

Stephen Sondheim reveals conservative changes to Disney's 'Into the Woods'

He also says an original song has been added to the adaptation

The folks over at Disney have to be tearing their collective hair out this morning. It seems that "Into the Woods" composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has spilled the beans on the studio's upcoming filmic adaptation of the musical (directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick, among others) and revealed that some conservative changes have been made.

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Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC in 4 months

Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC in 4 months
The Peacock says that Clinton, whose $600,000 yearly NBC News salary revelation stirred controversy last week, is working on two stories that will air soon.


Is Netflix’s Chelsea Handler talk show revolutionary? We already get late-night talk shows on-demand!
"The late-night programming that we’re watching these days is actually programming that you can watch any time,” says Kevin Fallon "In other words, we’re kind of  already watching late-night on-demand. We’re not watching Jimmy Fallon’s silly skits at 11:35 p.m. each night. We’re watching them whenever our old college roommate posts them on Facebook. Netflix isn’t revolutionizing that viewing habit, it’s taking advantage of it.” PLUS: Handler’s talk show only needs to be worth it for Netflix, this may be Netflix’s 1st misstep, and why Handler’s deal is doomed to failure.

Judd Apatow is publishing a book of his interviews with comedy legends from the last 30+ years
Apatow was a teenager in the early ’80s when he interviewed everybody from Jerry Seinfeld to Howard Stern to Jay Leno. His book will include those interviews, plus more recent interviews with Lena Dunham, Chris Rock and Louis CK and more comedy legends.

 


Listen to Jerry Seinfeld sing the new “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” theme song
Seinfeld seems to be paying hokey homage to ‘60s sitcom themes.


“Buffy” alum James Marsters to guest on “Witches of the East End”
"Turns out he's a witch,” says a producer on the Lifetime series.


Chris Meloni filmed a special video for “SVU’s” “No More Excuses” marathon on USA
He’ll encourage men to help stop domestic violence and sexual assault during Sunday’s marathon.

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HBO to show Beyoncé mini-concerts before 'True Blood'

HBO to show Beyoncé mini-concerts before “True Blood"
The four-minute "Beyoncé: X10” episodes will air each Sunday at 8:55 for 10 weeks, starting on June 29.

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