Celine Dion's Heart Will Go On ... Ice?; Ice-T Hunting For Flavorless Impostor With Uncool Tweets



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Headlines: Celine Dion wants to trade up from power pap to power plays: The twiggy Quebecoise diva is reportedly part of a group that's trying to buy the Montreal Canadiens. ... Ice-T is not happy with his Twitter impostor. Key quote: "I'm looking at what he's writing and it's real corny and whack. And I'm like, if you're going to represent me, at least have some flavor, player." ... Wilco is coming to the Wolf Trap stage for the first time its first headlining concert. July 8. (As commenter Hemisphere noted below, Wilco previously performed at Wolf Trap in 2000. Opening for Natalie Merchant, of all people. Huh.)... The Noisettes have "come to clean up the indie landfill." ... Billy Ray Cyrus was not amused by the "hurtful" things Jamie Foxx said about Billy Ray's baby girl, Miley. ... "Hannah Montana" goes six-for-100. ... Lil Jon has Miley's old cell number. Key quote: "I was basically in shock, like, 'How did that happen?!' Especially when I get texts like, 'Congratulations on Teen Vogue!'" ... The three most awesomely terrifying words in the English language? New. JoBros. Album. ... K'Naan is dreaming aloud in the new NFL Draft promo. ... Timothy B. Schmit is playing with Poco for the first time in 32 years. ... Pirate Bay founders: Guilty. ... On the eve of Coachella, the Glasvegas guitarist says his band was "really unprepared and terrible" on the '08 festival circuit. ... Nate Dogg not a stalker. ... Xzibit needs to pimp his tax returns.

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Video of the Day
The No. 1 single 19 years ago today.




Today in TWP
The fabulous Thao Nguyen is interviewed in Weekend.

Album reviews: Laura Baron (Saturday at 49 West Coffeehouse); the Blackjacks (Saturday at Jammin' Java); William Fitzsimmons (Monday at Jammin' Java); John Scofield (Wednesday at the State Theatre).

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DC Film Fest Pick of the Day

The last time Wilco starred in its own documentary, things weren't going particularly well for the revered Chicago rockers: The band's principals, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, were splintering apart; drummer Ken Coomer had just quit; and the experimental, Americana-leaning group was in the process of losing its label deal with Reprise Records. Thus, 2002's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" was full of anxiety and dramatic tension.

But it's a completely different band that's featured in "Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live," a new concert film co-directed by ex-Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty. Not only has the lineup around Tweedy changed, but he and the band appear to be utterly content as they travel the country to perform at five venerated venues, including Tipitina's in New Orleans, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and D.C.'s 9:30 club.

The footage shot backstage and on the tour bus as it crosses the country confirms what the beautifully rendered concert scenes suggest: that Wilco has finally found its peaceful groove.

Screening tomorrow night at the Avalon.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 17, 2009; 8:11 AM ET Morning Mix
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Umm - Wilco coming to Wolf Trap for the second time:
http://wilcobase.com/event.php?event_key=173

Posted by: Hemisphire | April 17, 2009 10:56 AM

Noisettes - pretty weak
John Scofield - very wanky
Current Wilco linup - pretty weak (except for Glenn Kotche)

I remain hopeful that Wilco have one or two great albums still in them, though.

Posted by: M__N | April 17, 2009 11:50 AM

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