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In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

February 3, 2015


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By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Common has already lighted up the awards season with his powerful perseverance anthem “Glory.” Taken from the historical drama “Selma,” the single he created with R&B singer John Legend that connects past injustice with present unrest has taken the ...

Phillip Phillips Calls His 19 Entertainment Contract ‘Oppressive’

Phillip Phillips Calls His 19 Entertainment Contract ‘Oppressive’

January 27, 2015


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By Rodney Ho The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS) Phillip Phillips was his own man even while competing on a cheesy show like “American Idol” season 11. He was polite but politely chafed against some of the “Idol” conventions such as the silly group sings. He admitted to not even liking...

J Geils Band Is Prepped For A Detroit Breakdown With The Seger Crew

J Geils Band Is Prepped For A Detroit Breakdown With The Seger Crew

January 22, 2015


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By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) The J Geils Band was on some strange bills in its early days, partnering with British prog bands Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1971) and Yes (1972) and then Manfred Mann (1975). The Boston rockers also shared a stage with Bob Seger in Detroit, at the Michigan St...

Eric Church, AC/DC, Ariana Grande and others to perform at the Grammy

Eric Church, AC/DC, Ariana Grande and others to perform at the Grammy

January 13, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Another day, another high-profile AC/DC show booked. The Aussie rockers will join country star Eric Church, pop-R&B siren Ariana Grande, folk singer Ed Sheeran and pop vet Madonna in the first round of live performers at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Among ...

Elton John, The Who Top 2015 NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival Lineup

Elton John, The Who Top 2015 NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival Lineup

January 13, 2015


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By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) Elton John, the Who, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull, Trombone Shorty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ed Sheeran and T.I. are among dozens of acts slated to play the 2015 Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, one of the biggest and most diverse music...

Bing Crosby Profiled In A Must-See Holiday Documentary

Bing Crosby Profiled In A Must-See Holiday Documentary

December 2, 2014


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) You could forgive Mary Crosby if she never wanted to hear “White Christmas” again. The most popular single in recording history was the signature hit for her father, Bing Crosby, and has become as tied to the holiday season as Santa Claus and fruitca...

Idina Menzel Plans World Concert Tour For 2015

Idina Menzel Plans World Concert Tour For 2015

November 25, 2014


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By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) Singer Idina Menzel will step away from Broadway stages and sound booths of Hollywood animation studios to undertake a global concert tour next year, starting July 7 in Richmond, Va., and culminating at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 3. Using the springboard of ...

New From: Jason Aldean, Weezer

New From: Jason Aldean, Weezer

Glenn Gamboa

October 7, 2014


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Luis Sinco Newsday (MCT) JASON ALDEAN, “Old Boots, New Dirt” THE GRADE B BOTTOM LINE Well-crafted modern-country comfort food It's a thin line between simple and plain and Jason Aldean walks it with his new album, “Old Boots, New Dirt” (Broken Bow). Unlike his previous albums, there’...

Once Homeless, 62-Year-Old Doug Seegers Releases Debut Country Album

Once Homeless, 62-Year-Old Doug Seegers Releases Debut Country Album

Glenn Gamboa

October 7, 2014


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Newsday (MCT) Doug Seegers is set to be country’s next star. The Long Island, N.Y., native’s debut album, “Going Down to the River” (Rounder), out this week, features a duet with Emmylou Harris and appearances from his old friend and former bandmate Buddy Miller, who was in Robert Plant’s...

Prince Says Let’s Go Crazy In 2 Different Ways

Prince Says Let’s Go Crazy In 2 Different Ways

Greg Kot

October 2, 2014


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Chicago Tribune (MCT) 'Art Official Age' Prince Three and a half stars (out of 4) ___ 'PlectrumElectrum' ThirdEyeGirl Three stars (out of 4) ___ In one of the most improbable reunions of the last few decades, Prince is back with the label that he claims done him so wrong in the '90s that...

Atlanta Symphony Cancels Performances As Lockout Drags On

Atlanta Symphony Cancels Performances As Lockout Drags On

David Ng

September 29, 2014


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By David Ng Los Angeles Times (MCT) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has canceled its opening night celebration as well as performances through Nov. 8 as a labor dispute with its musicians drags on with no end in sight. The company locked out its musicians earlier this month following a breakdown in cont...

Coltrane’s Live ‘Offering’ Shakes The Room

Coltrane’s Live ‘Offering’ Shakes The Room

Chris Barton

September 29, 2014


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By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times (MCT) John Coltrane "Offering: Live at Temple University" 4 stars (Resonance/Impulse) The two-disc "Offering" practically begins mid-sentence, with John Coltrane already into the opening number "Naima" before the engineer for Temple University's WRTI radio station...

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