As a service to readers who may need up-to-date music news and in-the-know talking points for the weekend -- who knows what Tinder may deliver? -- below are a few talking points to impress your date, dinner guests and/or parents, along with tips for possible soundtracks.
-- Jack White went to a Cubs game, morphed into a miserable Cubs fan. (Go Cardinals!) He also covered “
-- To build the groove-heavy new mix for the website Africa in Your Earbuds,
-- While out on the town, The Times' Randy Lewis learned through councilman Tom LaBonge of the sad fate of one particular tree in Griffith Park. The George Harrison memorial tree was killed ... by beetles!
-- Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis contemplated adapting for the stage the National's documentary "Mistaken for Strangers."
-- The chorus is growing louder for "Girl in a Country Song," the bubbling-under Maddie & Tae gem that addresses the bounty of male country vocalists objectifying the other gender in hit singles.
Written and performed by young singers and songwriters Maddie Marlowe and Tae Dye (along with Aaron Scherz), the defiant rebuttal makes a simple demand. "If you love us as much as you say you do, shouldn't you know our name?" Marlowe told NPR this week, "We want to give this girl that these guys love singing about a voice."
-- Los Angeles beat producer Flying
The record comes out in September, and the producer will tour in support. One notable absence on the itinerary is an L.A. date. Not to worry. Lotus announced via Twitter that "there's no LA date on the tour announcement because there's something extra special planned for home."
-- In a wide-ranging interview with Complex, Compton rapper
-- This new Japanese girl-ninja video/ad for some thirst-quencher is crazy on its own; toss in that the drummer is best known for his frantic work with the Boredoms, and everybody wins.
-- The seductive Los Angeles-based smooth operators Rhye took some time off after their "Woman" became one of 2013's most acclaimed pop albums. The team of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal are reuniting for a string of shows, though, including an L.A. date at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanual Presbyterian in early November. Pitchfork offered the dates.