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Review: Queens Of The Stone Age's new album '...Like Clockwork'
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Review: Queens Of The Stone Age's new album '...Like Clockwork'

Josh Homme taps his inner David Bowie

More than ever, Queens Of The Stone Age sound like a glam rock band on their sixth full-length “… Like Clockwork.” That is to say, Josh Homme not only embraces an arching, aching, menacing sound, but also makes a whole theater out of those sonic dynamics, from bedraggled slow dances to ballroom thumpers and purpose-driven lyricism over rock music’s MVPs. 

Players like Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and QOTSA’s prodigal bassist Nick Oliveri fill in the gaps of Homme’s black fever dreams. “… Like Clockwork” has all the big names of modern rock but without embracing all its latest and worst idiosyncrasies. Here, they avoid over-arranging, over-mastering and throwing synths into the mix for giggles. They keep the swinging drums tight like on the title track and “I Appear Missing,” the vocals working closely with the guitars like a Spoon song on “I Sat By the Ocean.”
 
But Homme makes for an even finer David Bowie on epics like pensive ”The Vampyre of Time and Memory”: “I want God to come / and take me home / cause I'm all alone / in this crowd,” he sings in a disquieted vibrato, before he threatens to spiral out in a fit of sarcasm. “I’m alive / hooray.”  The sinister Little Nemo that is “Kalopsia” amuses itself with the dreamy she-bop-she-bop melody line from “I Only Have Eyes For You” -- a song with a notion that, in itself, is a sort of kalopsia – prior to thrashing out with nonsensical guitar wails in Morse Code.
 
Homme here is pioneering beyond the jolting, muscle-bound rock of 2002’s “Songs for the Deaf” or even QOTSA’s last effort “Era Vulgaris.” It’s more of a construction, an open-shirted nihilistic, unanchored vibe that allows cameos from Elton John on “Fairweather Friends,” for instance, or the rallying cry “I wanna suck… lick… cry… spit” convincingly over a dance-rock boom-cha for “If I Had a Tail.” A lot of work (and not just play) went into these honed carnival rigs, and it ultimately pays off as a set that’s good on repeat. Solid for its singles starting with “My God Is The Sun” and the Jagger-swagger of "Smooth Sailing, "...Like Clockwork" is among the year’s best rock album crop so far.

 

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<p>Brie Larson gives a stellar, shattering performance in 'Short Term 12,' which opens later this year after several festival appearances.</p>

Brie Larson gives a stellar, shattering performance in 'Short Term 12,' which opens later this year after several festival appearances.

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Brie Larson shines in the trailer for the sensational 'Short Term 12'

Who is John Gallagher Jr. and why isn't he in everything?

There is a very special film coming out this year that I'll be telling you more about soon, but today, the first trailer for "Short Term 12" is available.

Some recent conversation (some constructive, some not) about the ratings system of reviews here on the site that I've had reveal that people have very different ideas about what ratings actually mean. If I give a film an "A+," that automatically means it makes my top ten list at the end of the year, right? Because that rating means I think it's perfect, right?

I'm giving "Short Term 12" the same rating I'm giving other films this year that couldn't be more different, but in doing so, I'm not comparing those films. The rating is me saying how well I think they execute the film they're trying to make. I could give a film a B+ and not like it at all. Like is one small part of my overall rating of a movie. Instead, I'm more curious to see how well someone pulls off the things they try to do, both stylistically and in terms of narrative, and me giving something an A+ is me saying that I feel like they made the best version of that movie, like they hit the target dead center.

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<p>&quot;The Wizard of Oz&quot;</p>

"The Wizard of Oz"

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'The Wizard of Oz' to be re-released in IMAX 3D

The 75th anniversary restoration sets a one-week engagement

Superman and Batman aren't the only icons celebrating 75 years in the pop cultural consciousness as of late. Next year, Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion all join in on the fun as Victor Fleming's classic of Technicolor cinema, "The Wizard of Oz," pops the cork on its diamond anniversary. And Warner Bros. plans to celebrate on the biggest screens around.

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<p>Bono</p>

Bono

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U2 eyes a fall release for new set

Band and Danger Mouse wrap up mixing in New York

U2 is nearing completion of its next album, which will likely come out this fall.

Producer Danger Mouse, who is also mixing the new set, received a visit from all four members —Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. —on Friday at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, according to Rolling Stone. The band later went to the roof of the studio to record “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for Inside Out, a global art project. Coldplay's Chris Martin also stopped by the studio, but it's unknown if he appear on the album.

The album will be the band’s follow up to “No Line On The Horizon,” which came out in 2009. Bono joked at the end of last year that the album would be called “10 Reasons to Exist,” but that really does look like it may have been a hoax.

The group also worked with Lady Gaga/Jennifer Lopez producer RedOne before picking Danger Mouse (though wouldn’t you love to hear the RedOne sessions?)

Lack of material does not seem to be an issue. Clayton told Hot Press earlier this spring, “We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves.”

Daniel Lanois, who has worked with the band before, said to expect an “adventurous” set. “It sounded amazing,” he told U.K. paper The Globe and Mail. “Very, very big and powerful sounding.”

Clayton said the band is looking at a release in September, October or November.



 

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Watch: Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young' music video features Santigold, Chromeo

Watch: Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young' music video features Santigold, Chromeo

Guests like the Dirty Projectors kids makes this the Best Last Supper Ever

I think of videos like Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young" as sharing the same vein as LCD Soundsystem's "Drunk Girls," with nothing particularly harmful, or overtly glorifying, but objectively silly, and God love 'em for it.

In the single-room vid, the band sits besides dance, rock and pop brethren Santigold, Chromeo, Sky Ferreira, Despot, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and others at the Indiest Last Supper Ever. Odd shenanigans like smoking a sax bong and kissing an espresso-maker ensue. Conceptually, they plot their theater around the absurd, and here, perhaps by the lyrics "out of control but you’re playing a role."

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'Idol' cancels 25% of its tour dates after disappointing season


"Idol" cancels 25% of its tour dates after disappointing season
Fans aren't as interested in "Idol" summer concerts this year. PLUS: "Idol" alum is doing gay porn.


Why Robb Stark's "Game of Thrones" actions are worse than Walder Frey's

As Matthew Yglesias argues, "Whether he broke his original promise out of a misguided sense of honor (as in the books) or simply true love (as in the show), he's actively undermining the key social and political institution of Westeros." PLUS: Watch Maisie Williams' reaction, and Twitter account documents "GoT" outrage.


Few visit Archie Bunker's home
The "All in the Family" house in Queens used to be a tourist destination, but not anymore. Not even on the day Jean Stapleton died.


"The Killing" returns matching last year's premiere
The Season 3 debut was down, though, from its Season 1 debut. PLUS: A real-life lesbian inspired Season 3.


Why the new "Doctor Who" should be a female

There is already precedent for a female Doctor. PLUS: Why there shouldn't be a female "Doctor Who."


For women, "SVU" has a "strange therapeutic quality"

"It might upset you to watch one rape story," says Emily Nussbaum, "but it thickens your skin to watch a million."


MTV teases the return of "Catfish"

Watch the trailer for Season 2.


"The Simpsons'" Fast Food Blvd opens at Springfield theme park
Now tourists can drink at Moe's Tavern and eat at Krusty Burger.


What if "Mad Men" ended the season by killing Don Draper?

"How Weinerian would that be?" says Seth Stevenson. "Icing the icon of your show seems like the sort of zagging—a rebellion against TV's established order, if you will—that (Matthew) Weiner can't resist." PLUS: Is Bob Benson a Don Draper clone?, credit Weiner for doing a lot of experimentation this season, explaining the L.A. wardrobe, "Mad Men" is Moby Dick, and why Lane Pryce is still "Mad Men's" central character.


Jimmy Kimmel throws a bachelor party in Vancouver
How did he celebrate? By riding a book.


What did Josh Holloway do during his TV hiatus?

Over the past three years, the "Lost" star marathoned on "The Walking Dead" and wrote a kids' movie while raising his 4-year-old daughter.


Check out Kris Jenner's new show

Here are two promos for the daytime talk show debuting July 15.


"Revolution" ends "messy" first season tonight
Can it resolve its problems in time for Season 2?


What took so long to make a reality show about Jewish American Princesses?

Bravo's "Princesses: Long Island" is not just another "Real Housewives" rip off.


Comedy Central gives "Drunk History" a premiere date
The Funny or Die web series launches July 9.


How "Arrested Development" reinvented the catchphrase

It took the traditional character-based catchphrase and made it fungible.


Watch the final season "Skins" trailer

Jack O'Connell, Kaya Scodelario and Hannah Murray star in three separate movies to close-out the 7th and final season.


ABC Family's "The Fosters" is "The O.C." meets "Switched at Birth"

J.Lo's new drama, premiering tonight, features what could be a female Ryan Atwood.


ABC's "Mistresses" is not very good -- except at being a guilty pleasure
The ABC drama is perfect for mindless summer viewing, says Matthew Gilbert. "The new ABC series isn't good in any way, except in its ability to suck you in with pretty actors and titillating themes," he says. PLUS: "Mistresses" is bad trash, and how Alyssa Milano became a "Mistress."

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<p>Nathan Fillion took some time at the 'Monsters University' press day to talk to us about the possibility of a return to the 'Firefly' universe with 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon</p>

Nathan Fillion took some time at the 'Monsters University' press day to talk to us about the possibility of a return to the 'Firefly' universe with 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon

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Nathan Fillion dismisses the idea of more 'Serenity' as 'an impossibility'

But he's also mighty diplomatic in the way he says it

When they were shooting "Serenity" at Universal Studios, I got a chance to visit the set and take a walk through the main ship, which had been built to give them a chance to do a full continuous shot from the front of the ship to the back without cutting away or cheating, and I must admit… it's one of the most impressive sets I've seen built. Functional, but completely immersive. It was the ship. I'm so used to seeing things in pieces and in sections that to just step inside something real like that was sort of dizzying.

I'm not rabid about the continuation of the adventures of Mal Reynolds and his crew, but if they made another one, I'd sure see it. I enjoyed the comic series that followed the show, and I think it's a cool world that they had just started to explore.

When I sat down with Nathan Fillion, it was as part of the press day for "Monsters University," and I'll have my interview with him about that film coming a little closer to release. For now, I wanted to run the final question I asked him about whether anything's changed now that Joss Whedon finally has a billion-dollar-monster under his belt, with another one already in the works.

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<p>Beyonce performs at &quot;Sound of Change Live&quot; in London.</p>

Beyonce performs at "Sound of Change Live" in London.

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Watch: Beyonce delivers 'Standing On The Sun' in full

Does the song bring the heat?

Beyonce debuted the full version of “Standing On The Sun” before a very enthusiastic audience in Antwerp, Belgium the other night. And why wouldn’t they be excited? As she declared, she was performing it “just for you,” as she repeatedly stressed. Yep, just for them and the millions who will see it on YouTube.

[More after the jump...]

 Clad in a beautifully, billowing long red dress, Beyonce delivers the song like a Sun Goddess. It starts as an elegant presentation of the mid-tempo tune, which is all about how when her love touches her, she feels like she’s standing on the sun. Though it’s more of a simmering than a full-blown heat until she gets to the spoken-word part, where she actually says, yes, “I’m gonna love you a long time,” and goes into an African-influenced dance (as African rhythms explode in the background) that reflects her tasteful passion.

A snippet of the song first debuted in her H&M commercial in April. Along with “Standing On The Sun,” fans have also heard full versions of “Grown Woman,” and “Bow Down/I’ve Been On,” but there’s still no word as to when Bey will release a new album.

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"Cake Boss"

 "Cake Boss"

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Watch: It's a tearful baby photo shoot on 'Cake Boss'

It should be fun to smash pretty cakes, but for one kid it's not

You know what's fun? Pimping out a kid for a photo shoot, then watching the kid cry for his or her mommy when it comes time to snap pictures! Yay! Poor cake artist Buddy Valastro has to watch from the sidelines as someone else's kid sobs over the prospect of mashing up his cakes. I don't blame the kid; seems like a waste of really good eating, if you ask me.

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<p>Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer.</p>

Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer.

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Hans Zimmer (who else?) to score Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

The sci-fi epic will mark Zimmer's fifth collaboration with the director.

It may not be out for another 17 months, but Christopher Nolan's elaborate sci-fi project "Interstellar" is already -- inevitably -- generating enough excitement that any detail of its production is being seized upon by a ravenous internet. As these details go, the announcement that Hans Zimmer will be scoring the epic isn't news so much as a virtual given, but it's good to have it confirmed. 

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Kris Jenner

 Kris Jenner

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Watch the promo for Kardashian mama Kris Jenner's talk show

The mastermind of Kim Kardashian's 15 minutes gets her own time to talk

If you want to blame anyone for the entire Kardashian clan milking way more than 15 minutes of fame out of Kim's stupid sex tape, it's this woman. And now, Kris Jenner has her own chat show on which to talk about how other housewives can turn pimp their kids! Not really. Actually, of all the Kardashians, Kris appears to be the only one with an actual personality, and as she's proven as a guest host on "The Talk" and other programs, she's smart and, yes, insightful. If you have to watch any member of the Kardashian clan, you might as well give "Kris" a chance. And as far as we know, no sex tape. 

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"Princesses: Long Island"

 "Princesses: Long Island"

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'Princesses: Long Island' gives aging, single spoiled brats a forum

If you hate 'Real Housewives,' you'll really despise these girls

I'll admit that prolonged exposure to "The Real Housewives" franchise has worn me down. I regularly get swept up in the (probably fake) battles, the screaming, the backbiting. While their lives of self-indulgence and aimless luxury are both enviable and kinda gross, put any gaggle of women together in a room, sprinkle in some envy and hormones, and the end result will be kinda watchable.

At least I thought that was true until I saw "Princesses: Long Island." 

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