The Davies’ sibling rivalry will be front and center of the new Kinks biopic

Music fans, especially those versed in the original British Invasion of the ’60s, know two things about The Kinks. First, their main songwriter, Ray Davies, is right up there with Lennon and McCartney in crafting some of the era’s most endearing and creative pop of all time, and second, he can’t stand his brother Dave. more »

Watch Zac Efron keep the party going in “We Are Your Friends”

There’s a great movie to made about the culture behind EDM parties. Zac Efron is in need of that movie that makes people take him seriously as an actor. Can these two things happen at the same time? “We Are Your Friends” features Efron as Cole, a would-be producer whose claim to fame is spinning more »

Gobi Rahimi seeks Indiegogo funding for “7Dayz” Tupac film

The director on two of Tupac’s music videos is among the many trying to do some form of bio on the rapper. Gobi Rahimi has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for “7Dayz,” which will recount Tupac’s final days in the hospital. Rahimi said it will not be a documentary, but a narrative feature including footage of more »

Spotify adding video, running features

Spotify announced big changes to its streaming offerings Wednesday, including the addition of video. The company, for the first time, will add video clips, as well as podcasts, to its music offerings. In addition, Spotify is offering original content, starting with music functionality meant to help runners move at their ideal tempo. In addition, new more »

Fin: The Coca Cola/’Oseh Shalom’ mystery, Littlefinger is a PUA and life imitates SAMCRO

Speaking of ‘Mad Men’ and Jewishness, a funny story of religion, pop culture and the utility of social media: When the ‘Mad Men’ finale ended Sunday night with the “I’d like to buy the world a coke” TV commercial, I was reminded that, back in my Jewish camp/synagogue youth group days, it was common practice more »

New film hopes to focus on ‘The Fifth Beatle,’ otherwise known as their manager, Brian Epstein

It’s amazing how time affects history. During the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, there was one pop culture constant – The Beatles were (and remain) the most important and influential rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Their songs set the stage for pop music and their look starts a legitimate revolution. They were gods. They more »

Spotify and Starbucks reach music deal

Starbucks used to a place to hear decent music and sometimes even buy the CD of the music being played. The chain announced earlier this year that it was stopping sales of physical music, and now it’s ceding at least partial control of the music played in stores to Spotify: We're pumped to be @Starbucks more »

Dolly Parton Song to Become NBC Movie

Dolly Parton is a country music icon and also a bouffanted emblem for down-home wisdom and family values. Now NBC wants to bring all that hillbilly charm straight into your living room with a run of productions based on her music. The network has given the go-ahead for Coat of Many Colors, a TV movie more »

Jimi Hendrix movie- with music, this time- adds director Greengrass

“,” last year’s Jimi Hendrix biopic that starred Outkast’s Andre 3000 as Hendrix but lacked the rights to any of Jimi’s original music, was one of those films that might have been better off not being made at all. Strong as Andre was in the part, a Jimi Hendrix movie without “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe” more »

Prince released a protest song honoring Baltimore

Prince released the song he wrote for the city of Baltimore ahead of his scheduled appearance at Sunday’s Rally 4 Peace concert. According to NBC, Prince put the single out on SoundCloud, and it sounds like a Prince song; it grooves and is beautiful and Prince purrs on the track about the horrible events that more »

Fin: Clown vs. Clown on Hannity, the other case against Charlie Hebdo and eying the post-Simmons world

Shrieking clown Pamela Geller has appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, literally, every night this week. One of those shows was a “debate” with Islamic “cleric” Anjem Choudary, a pretend Islamic radical who’s a regular panelist on Fox even though he has (per Salon) “no religious credentials and virtually no public support… and is more »

Fin: Cold Pursuit, Gronk’s frat defense and a Deez Nuts explainer

I agree with the critical consensus, and my colleague Shawn Kotzen: “Hot Pursuit” is an odious, totally unfunny movie, just strikingly lazy and poorly thought-out- like a copy of a copy of a copy of “Midnight Run,” substituting lazy ethnic and gender jokes for any type of comedy. Nothing like a “comedy” in which the more »