Rob Gronkowski, Peyton Manning among the NFL stars to get ‘The Tonight Show …

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Donald Trump will appear on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show on Friday evening, as the once long-shot presidential candidate continues to dominate the news agenda in the US..

Some of the league’s biggest stars — including Peyton Manning, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Rodgers — poked fun at themselves for the NFL edition of “Tonight Show Superlatives.” But it was one of the so-called “Big Uglies” who stole the show — Nick Mangold’s deadpan read of his superlative was easily the highlight of the segment. With football season officially underway, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” had a little fun with some of NFL’s top stars by subjecting them to a bit that requires celebrities to read their own superlatives. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and Lions signal-caller Matthew Stafford also had pretty good ones and Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Joe Haden, Calvin Johnson, Joe Flacco, Ndamukong Suh, Clay Matthews, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Joe Thomas also got in on the jocularity. But instead of “Most Likely to Succeed” or “Most Wanted to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With,” these superlatives were, well, a little more unique.

The 69-year-old businessman’s campaign has been riddled with gaffes; confounding political pundits who continue to watch Mr Trump’s polling numbers improve. “Look at that face!” He told a Rolling Stone reporter as Ms Fiorina appeared on TV. “Would anyone vote for that? Armed with an acoustic guitar, the country superstar gave an electric rendition of the new tune, which made its debut at Number One on Billboard’s Country Digital Songs chart last month. Browns cornerback Joe Haden won “Black Dilbert,” which isn’t as much a superlative as it is a description thanks to his hairdo in his player portrait, and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was named “Human Minion” because, well, you be the judge. Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.” Meanwhile, a CNN poll on Friday found support for Mr Trump’s Republican candidacy at 32 per cent. Co-written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano,”Smoke Break” is the first single from the singer’s upcoming Storyteller album, due out October 23rd.

Underwood’s two rescue dogs once locked her infant son inside of her in-laws’ car. “Maybe it was their evil plot,” she laughed. “We were at the airport and. . . you’ve gotta get your luggage, so we got out of the car, shut the door — the car was running, the radio was on, air conditioning going — and the second we shut the doors, the dog jumped up on the control panel and the doors locked. And the baby — whom his mother reports was just laughing in the back seat the whole time — was fine. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Craig Finn is growing up. “I’m not sure I’ve ever written a song about someone who lives too carefully before,” said the Hold Steady lead singer, introducing a new song at an intimate solo show in Brooklyn last month. Tomorrow, however, Finn will release Faith in the Future, the graceful follow-up to his 2011 solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes; below, watch an exclusive premiere of the video for the album’s second single “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son,” which was directed by Caroline Jaecks and assembled from a collection of nearly 300 video clips and photos supplied by close to 60 Craig Finn fans. Written in the wake of his mother’s passing in 2013, Faith may be his most personal record to date, a scaled-down showcase for his signature narrative songwriting style and precise literary detail. “When I first met [producer] Josh Kaufman and we started talking about making this record, there were two things we talked about,” says Finn. “One was elegance.

I remember talking to John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, and he was like, “If you have a work ethic of any sort, and you’re a professional musician, writing one song a day is not too much.” It’s about going to work. Now I can go back and say, “This is pretty good; this needs a bridge.” There’s this one thing that happens with indie musicians that at a certain point in their career, or a certain age, they start to be songwriters and start talking craft and all that. We just put together the band in the studio and had them play — it was the sound of them playing a song shortly after they learned them, so there’s some immediacy there. These people’s worlds revolve around these women, and what ends up coming out in the story might not be all about the girl, but it’s the starting point. You could say, “I’m going to go to the gym,” or “I’m going to write a song.” Or you could say, “None of it matters.” People do get to that place, obviously, but not that many.

As you continue to make solo records and gain more experience doings things outside the band, can you envision a musical future for yourself without the Hold Steady?

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