The biggest news story of the week was, unfortunately, a somber one. Screenwriter and essayist Nora Ephron, known best for her films When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, died on Tuesday at the age of 71.
Also making headlines were The Flaming Lips, who broke the Guinness World Record for most shows performed in 24 hours in multiple cities. Paste was along for the ride, and you can check out our live updates from the whirlwind tour right here.
Some big names announced album releases this week, most notably The Avett Brothers, who will release their sixth studio album, The Carpenter, on Sept. 11, and Van Morrison, whose new LP, Born to Sing: No Plan B, will be out Oct. 2. A$AP Rocky and Dum Dum Girls also have new records on the way, and newly-formed super-group Divine Fits released details regarding their debut full-length.
Along with their upcoming EP, Dum Dum Girls will also announced a tour, as did Henry Rollins, Calexico and Mumford and Sons (who also released a teaser for their upcoming sophomore album), The Black Lips announced a tour of the Middle East.
New songs were released by Big Boi, Aimee Mann, The Antlers and Matt and Kim. Best Coast released a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon.”
Movie trailers were released for RZA’s new film starring Russell Crowe, Man with Iron Fists, and for Looper, which will star Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
As for the small screen, one of the producers of Dexter confirmed that the eighth season will be the shows last, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan revealed that an “important” new character will be introduced in the second episode of the upcoming fifth season.
Late Night Performances:
Alabama Shakes on Fallon
The Gaslight Anthem on Letterman (Hour-Long Performance)
El-P with Zola Jesus on Conan
Tenacious D on The Daily Show