Guitarist Dick Dale, surf rock pioneer, is dead at 81

(CNN)Guitarist Dick Dale, whose fast, thunderous sound pioneered the California “surf rock” genre of the early 1960s and gained a new generation of fans decades later through its appearance in “Pulp Fiction,” has died. He was 81. Quentin Tarantino used it over the opening credits of “Pulp Fiction,” giving the song a new veneer of retro cool, and the Black Eyed Peas sampled it prominently in “Pump It,” their 2006 hit. That same year the song also appeared in a …

Maroon 5 halftime show gets help from a famous sponge

(CNN)Travis Scott, Big Boi, an incredible gospel choir, and SpongeBob Squarepants all stepped up to help Maroon 5 carry a loaded Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. Despite rumors that Mick Jagger himself might appear to accompany Levine on the song, he did not join Maroon 5 for what turned out to be their closing song. Instead, the band ended the set with a shirtless Levine showing off his tattoos and halftime show collaborators, sans SpongeBob. A controversial gig Not …

Kevin Spacey must appear in court for arraignment

(CNN)A Massachusetts judge on Monday denied Kevin Spacey’s request to be excused from his arraignment in Nantucket District Court next week. Police have video of Kevin Spacey groping a busboy, complaint says CNN has reached out to Spacey’s attorney for comment. Spacey intends to plead not guilty and wanted to waive his right to be physically present at his January 7 arraignment on charges of indecent assault and battery, according to court documents obtained by CNN. “I am requesting that …

‘Bird Box’ memes are a hoot

(CNN)Note: This post contains spoilers relating to the Netflix film ‘Bird Box.’ To protect themselves from it, they block out windows and wear blindfolds if forced to venture outside. Birds also serve as something of an alarm system. The sensory deprivation experience by the characters serves well to build suspense, but has also been a gift to the social media gods, with the birth of countless memes in the movie’s aftermath. They range from jokes about what temptations would get …

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class announced

(CNN)Janet Jackson isn’t just in control; she’s now set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They were able to visit Rockhall.com to cast votes for which artist they believed to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied, along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Voting was capped at one ballot …

Dave Grohl, Guy Fieri and other celebs feed wildfire first responders

(CNN)Some famous chefs and rockers-turned-chefs are showing their gratitude to the California first responders by feeding them. To all the @losangelesfiredepartment and @lacountyfd heroes we met last night…thank you. It was an honor to cook for you. – Dave . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-73 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-81 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-83 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-68 . https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-89 . https://locator.lacounty.gov/fire/Location/3046512/los-angeles-county-fire-department—station-125 . #backbeatbbq A post shared by Backbeat BBQ (@backbeatbbq) on Nov 13, 2018 at 9:44am PST California braces for more casualties as Camp Fire death toll climbs to 48 …