Latest

Death Cab for Cutie is back, without guitarist Chris Walla for the first time since they got together in 1997. Their new album, Kintsugi, is due March 31, and now we've got our first idea of what it might sound like. "Black Sun" is a little psychedelic and a little slow and brooding, but definitely picks up towards the end. They also announced a new North America tour that'll kick off on April 10 (what is it about April 10?). Check out the full dates here ... Discuss

What is Mortdecai? Yes, we know Johnny Depp IS Mortdecai. The movie's unavoidable marketing campaign has made that breathlessly clear. But is there any reason we should care? Is Mortdecai a person with whom we are supposed to be familiar? According to Wikipedia, Mortdecai is the subject of a series of caper novels written in the '70s. Is this common knowledge? Did the makers of Mortdecai think it was common knowledge? Did they think there was a legion of Mortecai fans eagerly awaiting the film adaptation of their favorite book? If so, they were sorely mistaken.

The weekend was not kind to Johnny Depp or his new movie, which pulled in only $4.1 million. That's a lot of money to people like us, but in Hollywood terms, it's "disastrous." Particularly when American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's Iraq war film, is spinning heads everywhere by pulling in some truly crazy numbers. After just its second weekend in wide release, it's already the second highest-grossing war movie of all time behind Saving Private Ryan, and it's closing in fast. The lesson here: People do like war movies. They do not like Johnny Depp's dumb mustache ... Discuss

Sufjan Stevens' first album since 2010's Age of Adz is mere months from a release (not many people have heard it, but The Guardian has, and they call it "The Best Record Sufjan Stevens Has Ever Made.") and where there is a new, epic album, there must be new, epic concerts. Suf is delivering on that with a massive, nationwide tour that'll kick off in Philadelphia on April 10 and cap (tentatively) in Seattle on June 10. Check out the full tour schedule here.

By the way, Ticketmaster will begin a special pre-sale for tickets at 10am local time on Tuesday, January 26 (password: EUGENE) and you can get those tickets here. Don't say we never did nothing nice for you ... Discuss

Disney's ongoing mission to update all its classics for today's teens scored a major coup today by snagging Emma "Hermione" Watson as the lead for its upcoming live action Beauty & the Beast remake (which will feature songs from the 1991 animated original!). Bill Condon, who helmed a couple of the Twilight entries, will direct the movie, and that's about all we know right now, but what else do you need to know? Watson herself broke the news over Facebook, saying:

“I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six-year-old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.

Wait. Watson can sing too? Is there anything she can't do? Besides go into the West Wing? ... Discuss

According to reports from the region, more than 200 individuals were killed in the latest face-off between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram militants in the northern part of the country. The battle comes as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital city, urging officials to ensure that the nation’s upcoming elections will be peaceful and fair. Kerry visited with both candidates and told the leaders that the U.S. would offer more help in the fight against the brutal terrorist group if the democratic elections remained “credible, transparent and accountable.” Though many of the deaths in the latest attacks were Boko Haram fighters, according to The Guardian, the militants specifically targeted innocent civilians: “Survivors reported that the rebels rampaged through villages slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children” ... Discuss

Lars Andersen thinks all of these Hunger Games and Robin Hood blockbusters have ruined the reputation of historical archery, and he’s put together this bonkers video to prove his point. Not only did old-school archers not use back-pack quivers and stand while gracefully aiming at some lame bull's eye, they were actually horseback-riding ninjas who could have blasted three orcs at once if they wanted to. In this crazy YouTube clip, Andersen splits incoming arrows, shoots mid-air targets while jumping across obstacles and, most breathtakingly, demonstrates moving shooting by strapping on a pair of roller-skates and actually making it look cool ... Discuss