Kim Shattuck, lead singer of punk rock band The Muffs, died at 56 after complications with ALS, her rep confirmed.
“I’m sorry to confirm she has passed away,” Joel Miller told USA TODAY in a statement. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, according to the ALS Association.
In the early ’90s, The Muffs were known for songs such as “Sad Tomorrow” and “Lonely Boy” and recorded a cover of Kim Wilde’s 1981 hit “Kids in America” for the movie “Clueless.”
The Muffs released their self-titled debut album in 1993 and went on to release five other albums over two decades. The Muffs’ latest album, “No Holiday,” is set to be released this month.
Before joining The Muffs, Shattuck was lead singer for The Pandoras from 1985 to 1990.
She had a short stint as the bassist for the Pixies, which she told Rolling Stone ended with her dismissal.
The nation’s college admissions scandal is getting the sexy Halloween treatment.
Yandy – the online retailer that faced backlash last fall for their provocative “Handmaid’s Tale” costume – listed a “College Scandal Costume” for nearly $70, referencing the admissions bribery scandal that actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are involved in.
“Oops, you can’t always trust those motherly instincts.Turns out fame and intelligence don’t go hand in hand!” Yandy’s description reads. “Bribe your way to the admissions office and score the ultimate scholarly achievement (the best mom award!).”
The sexy rendition includes an prison-orange crop top that says “Inmate,” with “Mom of the Year” crossed out. “Yandy University” is printed along the high-waist pants.
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“Can’t row your way out of this one,” Yandy tweeted, taking a dig at Loughlin, who’s accused of paying $500,000 for her two daughters to be classified as crew recruits at the University of Southern California. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, also faces charges.
The details of Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Brad Falchuk’s living arrangements have raised eyebrows since the couple revealed they were still living separately, even after their wedding over a year ago.
Speaking Wednesday night to Jimmy Kimmel, the Goop guru explained why the couple only moved in together about a month ago, despite tying the knot in September 2018.
“I think because we each have two teenage children, whom we love very much, we were just trying to be mindful and give them a little space and not move too quickly,” she said. “Now we’re merged and it’s great.”
Paltrow has two children, Apple, 15, and Moses, 13, with ex-husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (remember that conscious uncoupling?). Falchuk has teens Isabella and Brody from a previous marriage to Suzanne Bukinik.
As Ryan Murphy gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gwyneth Paltrow thanks the famous showrunner for introducing her to her husband, Brad Falchuk. (Dec. 5) AP
Kimmel pressed for more details on the couple’s new living situation: “Did he get to keep any of his stuff? Or is it all your stuff. Because I would imagine your stuff is better than his stuff.”
“It is,” she joked. “Yeah, he got to keep some of his stuff. He has good taste. He’s got really nice clothes and we put some chairs from his house in there.”
The couple isn’t just spending more time at home together – they’re merging their work lives together again, too. After the couple met when Paltrow guest-starred on “Glee” in the early 2010s (Falchuk was a producer), he wrote her a new TV role for Netflix’s “The Politician” (streaming now).
“I’m really focused on my day job at Goop and it’s hard to sort of sneak away and do acting parts, but I love him a lot and he wanted me to do it, so he wrote me back in,” she said. “It was really fun. I enjoyed it a lot.”
Demi Lovato is apologizing to anyone who was offended by her recent trip to Israel, which she previously posted about on Instagram.
The “Skyscraper” singer, 27, posted a statement on her Instagram story Wednesday, addressing some backlash she received for taking the trip. Lovato noted in issuing the apology that she was “going against all advice” in favor of “being authentic to myself.”
“I’m extremely frustrated,” she wrote per Entertainment Tonight and E! News. “I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”
Lovato said she did not see the trip as anything that could be taken politically.
“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry. Sorry I’m not more educated and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience.”
The apology is no longer visible on her account, and USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for Lovato for comment.
Earlier this week, the pop star took to Instagram to reflect on her recent trip, revealing that she was baptized in the Jordan River, “the same place Jesus was baptized.”
Van Morrison is wasting no time making as much music as he can, as often as he can. More impressive still, he is doing so 56 years after making his recording debut, sustaining a career that has seen him profoundly inspire everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Cassandra Wilson to Bob Seger, Counting Crows and Ray LaMontagne.
When the Irish music legend’s three October Southern California concerts were announced in late April, they were billed as “in support of his recent album, ‘The Prophet Speaks’.” Released in late 2018, “Prophet” was — remarkably — Morrison’s fourth new album to come out in a span of just 18 months.
But when the 74-year-old singer-songwriter performs here Tuesday at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, “Prophet” may be old news, at least to him.
That’s because, his new album, “Three Chords & The Truth,” is set to be released on Oct. 25. And where “Prophet” followed the template of his two previous albums — “Roll with the Punches” and “Versatile” — in mixing his songs with various blues, jazz and R&B chestnuts by other artists, “Three Chords & The Truth” features 14 new Morrison originals.
His seemingly tireless work pace mirrors the sentiments he expressed in “Raincheck,” a standout song from Morrison’s under-rated 1995 album, “Days Like This.” The lyrics to “Raincheck,” find him declaring I won’t fade away, I won’t fade away / I don’t fade away, I don’t fade away / Unless I want to …
Only one track has thus far been released from “Three Chords,” which will be the 41st studio album of his solo career. Titled “Dark Night of the Soul,” the song is a slow-burning reflection on the hard-earned life lessons that come only with the passing of time. Musically speaking, “Dark” sounds as if it could have fit comfortably on such classic Morrison albums as 1970’s “Moondance” or 1971’s “ Tupelo Honey.”
For almost any other performer, releasing a new song that evokes their repertoire of half a century ago suggests they are in a state of artistic stasis and bereft of new ideas, content to churn out pale replications of their past glories.