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musicCountry Music Women Put Men in Their Place
American country music lyrics often describe women as they might appear in men’s dreams. This is especially true of songs by many male artists. But the songs by Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye are different. The two women perform as a duo called Maddie …
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Country music legend Merle Haggard to perform at the Tennessee Theatre
Country legend Merle Haggard will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Haggard’s classic hits include “Mama Tried,” “I Wear My Own Kind of Hat,” “I Am a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Rainbow Stew,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Walking On the Fightin’ Side of Me …
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Country Music Association Awards nominations: Eric Church, Little Big Town
Church reaped his first-ever bid for the big prize, Entertainer of the Year, as well as Male Vocalist, both Single (“Talladega”) and Song (“Like a Wrecking Ball”) of the Year and Musical Event for duetting with Keith Urban on “Raise ‘Em Up.” Three-time …
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The 15 Greatest Moments in Miami Music History

musicThe 15 Greatest Moments in Miami Music History
Yes, the Hallandale Beach racetrack where your grandma plays the slots while grandpa bets on the ponies was home to rock and roll history. The two Miami Pop Festivals held at the site in 1968 were the first major rock festivals held on the East Coast.
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Enter to Win a Luna Ukulele from Twenty One Pilots
Long hailed as one of the most energizing live acts in any contemporary genre, Twenty One Pilots has spent much of their summer knocking out happy throngs at such international festivals as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, Belgium’s …
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Boy band battle: Take That take on One Direction at the Apple Music Festival
“Really excited to be playing our first ever Apple Music Festival alongside an amazing line-up,’ Take That said after the announcement. “We had a great time on tour in the UK and are looking forward to playing the Roundhouse in September before we head …

Country music rookie Austin Webb set for San Bernardino show

musicCountry music rookie Austin Webb set for San Bernardino show
The 26-year-old country music rising star has been on the road for the past 12 years navigating the obstacles of his music career on independent record label Streamsound. “My voice went out last week in Ohio,” Webb said in a phone interview. “I don’t …
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Tim McGraw named headliner for 2016 Carolina Country Music Fest
CHARLOTTE, NC (August 25, 2015) – On the heels of releasing the dates for the highly anticipated return of the Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF), Full House Productions (FHP) announces Tim McGraw as the first headlining artist to take the stage during …
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Country music hall honors ‘one of a kind’
“Flyin’ Saucers Rock and Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips,” takes an in-depth look at the Florence native’s genre-defying work as a record producer and as a rugged individualist who wasn’t confined by the social and racial barriers of his time.
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MusiquePlus relaunches, with music plus much more

musicMusiquePlus relaunches, with music plus much more
Pop de Jam, which starts Aug. 28, will have two younger artists hook up with a Québécois musical legend in each episode. The new-generation musicians will perform a famous track from the icon’s catalogue. The first episode will feature Patrice Michaud …
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Iggy Azalea calls out Nick Young and the Lakers
… he has a completely different demeanor off the court. In a recent interview with Australian comedy duo Hamish and Andy, pop star Iggy Azalea revealed that she and Young are engaged, but not without hesitation on Young’s part. Azalea imitates a …
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Celebrities who should get their own reality shows
New reality shows pop up all the time and many of them fail because they’re simply not interesting enough. A ‘good’ reality show only needs to be one thing – full of drama. Here are local celebrities who could make some real money from all the drama in …
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Katy Perry Raves About FKA Twigs’ Wacky New 16-Minute Music Video—See Why!

musicKaty Perry Raves About FKA Twigs’ Wacky New 16-Minute Music Video—See Why!
If that’s not a rave review, then we don’t know what is. (Sidebar: It should be noted that Perry and Twigs have one superstar in common, Robert Pattinson! The pop star has been close pals with the Twilight hunk for years, and of course, the Brit …
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Goin’ up on a Tuesday: How Daybreaker NYC made morning raves a thing
Daybreaker is the cleanest rave you’ve ever been to. It starts at 6 a.m. with an hour of yoga, then turns all the way up from 7 to 9 a.m. with a DJ, dancing, crowdsurfing and the like. There are no drugs or alcohol, but there is fruit and vegetable …
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ER doctors: Drug-fueled raves too dangerous and should be banned
Following the recent Hard Summer music festival marked by the suspected overdose deaths of two young women, several emergency room doctors are calling for an end to large raves in Los Angeles County. Here’s some questions and answers to explain …
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Jason Isbell’s success shows that country music is splitting in two

musicJason Isbell’s success shows that country music is splitting in two
This week singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, the Alabama native whose breakout album Southeastern landed him on the top of many critics’ year-end lists in 2013 (this one included), debuted in first place on Billboard’s country chart with his latest set …
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To Make a Hit Country Record, Jason Isbell Made a Record That Wasn’t Country
But it is important to note that like Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves and even guys like Willie Nelson, Isbell had to outwardly reject the things that were making artists famous in country music. That’s a big risk, more so when you consider the …
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Eric Church Exhibit to Open at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Stage clothes, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from his personal collection will be on display. Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young says he’s thrilled to feature Church, a contemporary artist with a rare, uncompromising attitude. The …
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Review: Pianist Ursula Oppens Seamlessly Connects the Classics With New Music

musicReview: Pianist Ursula Oppens Seamlessly Connects the Classics With New Music
Ursula Oppens is an eloquent pianist who has long been a persuasive advocate of new music, which she presents not as a discipline separate from the interpretation of the classics but as an extension of that work. The connection felt especially organic …
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The complex art of the accompanist
“Could we have more atmosphere, please?” asks Roger Vignoles. “We need to feel the storm is just outside the window.” A masterclass in German song is under way at Wigmore Hall and a young singer and her pianist are working on Schubert’s “Die junge …
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Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock, Barbican, review: ‘a marvel’
That was never going to be a danger with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. These two great pianists first toured together in 1978, when funk and electric jazz-fusion were at their height, and although they haven’t toured since, this Barbican show made us …

New Music From the Mountain Goats, Joey Calderazzo, Becca Stevens Band

musicNew Music From the Mountain Goats, Joey Calderazzo, Becca Stevens Band
The frame occasionally widens to accommodate a front-line partner: by turns, the trombonist Brian Drye and the saxophonists Jeff Lederer and Daniel Carter. But the focus never strays from Mr. Knuffke’s bond with his rhythm team, with all its …
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Battle of the Saxes at Wits
Battle of the Saxes will take to the Wits Main Theatre stage on Saturday 18 April 2015 pitting the talents of Karendra Devroop, a jazz saxophonist, against Matthew Lombard , a classical saxophonist. Both will be accompanied by a jazz rhythm section and …
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New albums from saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith III
Saxophonist Dayna Stephens, whose new album Peace was released in November, is one of today’s more interesting jazz players. Among other things, he knows how to get out of his own way. He is unpretentious. He is not one of those soloists who contort …
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Big Data’s “Paranoid Pop Music” Debut Album

musicBig Data’s “Paranoid Pop Music” Debut Album
The album starts off this narrative with the song, “Business of Emotion,” featuring the vocals of White Sea (from M83). The song, according to Big Data’s YouTube video description, was inspired by the 2012 Facebook mood experiment that became public in …
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People were surprised at Lady Gaga’s great voice at the Oscars. They shouldn’t
Pop stars stay popular by following and breaking trends strategically. When Lady Gaga entered the public consciousness, pop was a bland game for the most part. When Gaga came to fame in 2008, the pop market was pretty saturated with female vocalists …
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K-Pop Double Take: Zion. T And Crush Use Live Musicians To Achieve
2, both artists have totally committed to an organic approach, favoring human performances over programmed beats. Instead of continually introducing new programmed parts to hold the listener’s interest, “Just” relies on the simple power and immediacy …
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File Under Jazz: Pianist Vijay Iyer on electronic music, Limp Bizkit and the

musicFile Under Jazz: Pianist Vijay Iyer on electronic music, Limp Bizkit and the
In September of 2013, pianist Vijay Iyer won the enviable MacArthur Genius Grant—$ 625,000 in cold, unfettered cash—for his insane creativity and nonstop achievements in jazz. Since the dawn of his career, it’s been clear that Iyer was destined for …
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Pittsburgh loses pitch-perfect jazz voice with death of Maureen Budway
Maureen Budway won fans with her pitch-perfect jazz singing, but guitarist Joe Negri said her “enormous range of talent” was the heart of her work. “She could do classical, jazz, American Songbook stuff, and she loved Brazilian, too,” Negri said …
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Utah Jazz’s Enes Kanter will start against high-flying Golden State
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) gets tangled up with Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33), in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. The Philadelphia 76ers at the EnergySolutions Arena, Saturday, December 27, 2014.
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