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  • Dropkick Murphys ask Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to stop using their music

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    You know presidential campaign season is underway when bands start slamming candidates with opposing political views for using their music, The Journal Sentinel reports. This time, it's Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys who have a beef with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (not...

  • WATCH: Blake Shelton mercilessly mocks every bit of 'The Bachelor'

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Blake Shelton played the Farm Hunk in an "SNL" sketch this weekend, USA TODAY reports. And he perfect skewered every aspect of "The Bachelor," including: -It's Blatant Lack of Diversity “There are so many beautiful girls here but tonight I have to send three of them home. Probably...

  • Sam Smith to pay Tom Petty royalties on 'Stay With Me'

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Sam Smith will be sharing his songwriting royalties for Stay With Me with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, USA TODAY reports. Shortly after the British singer's single came out last April, sharp-eared listeners noticed a similarity between Stay With Me and Petty's...

  • Alan Thicke hosts 'Dancing Pros' in Oklahoma City

    By Sandi Davis, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Actor Alan Thicke makes his first visit to Oklahoma City when he emcees “Dancing Pros Live” Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • SUNDANCE WATCH: Williams remembered, come for the tacos

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard: ____ ROBIN WILLIAMS REMEMBERED Does the best comedy come from pain? And does that mean comedians are the most miserable people of...

  • Park City's Main Street transformed into celeb-lounge town

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — What are normally ski shops, art galleries and boutiques on Park City's Main Street have transformed into celebrity lounges during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival where celebrities load up on swag, from backpacks to boots. Kevin Smith popped into Park City...

  • Restored Brooklyn theater to reopen with Diana Ross concert

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn has a new majestic performing arts theater that will kick off with a Diana Ross concert. The 1929 Loew's Kings Theatre has been renamed Kings Theatre and is reopening after a $95 million restoration. Ross is scheduled to perform at the 3,000-seat venue on Feb. 3....

  • John Legend performs tribute set at Sundance premiere

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The opening-night documentary at the Sundance Film Festival closed with a superstar concert. After the credits rolled on "What Happened, Miss Simone?" John Legend took the stage to pay tribute to its subject, Nina Simone. "I'm so grateful to be here today honoring the...

  • Oklahoma entertainment highlights

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Oklahoma entertainment highlights

  • Album Review: Meghan Trainor, 'Title' (Epic Records)

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Meghan Trainor joined forces with Kevin Kadish (a Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter who’s also worked with Miley Cyrus and Jason Mraz) to infuse hook-minded songcraft with an infectious sense of fun on her debut, according to her website.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Tom Skinner

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Becky Carman interviews Red Dirt pioneer Tom Skinner about the difference between Mike McClure and Jason Boland, the difficulty of songwriting and wanting to be Gram Parsons.

  • Comedian Christopher Titus brings 'Angry Pursuit of Happiness' to Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Comedian Christopher Titus, best known for his autobiographical TV show “Titus,” is performing stand-up from his most recent special along with new material on his tour.

  • Album Review: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities to Love' (Sub Pop)

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Album Review: Sleater-Kinney, guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss, reunite for “No Cities To Love.”

  • Midtown church aims to foster Oklahoma City-area music community

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    City Presbyterian Church is set to become the venue for a Horse Thief concert, and pastor Bobby Griffith shares his vision for the Oklahoma City church.

  • Album Review: Ty Segall, 'Mr. Face EP' (Famous Class)

    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Album Review: “Mr. Face” is a new EP from Ty Segall that’s being billed as “the world's first playable pair of 3D glasses.”

  • Court hears arguments on Jackson concert promoter lawsuit

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother argued Thursday for a new trial in her case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC, but faced a skeptical panel of appellate justices who focused on the superstar's relationship with the doctor convicted of killing him. Attorneys for...

  • Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra brings happy sounds to Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The New Zealand-based Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, which features 11 ukulele players and a bassist who also sing, is playing Oklahoma City Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on its first U.S. tour.

  • Oklahoma musician John Calvin Abney releases debut full-length album

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    “Better Luck,” Oklahoma artist John Calvin Abney’s first full-length release, is due out this week. “Better Luck” was recorded in less than two weeks during late spring 2014 at the illustrious Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, with co-producers Jacob Winik and Tulsa artist John Moreland and...

  • Jazz greats Hancock, Corea announce 1st tour in 37 years

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz greats Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock share much in common, but the last time they toured together was 37 years ago when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Sony had just introduced the Walkman. The performers announced a world tour of duo piano concerts on Thursday. It...

  • Ariana Grande to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande will headline the NBA All-Star halftime show next month. The NBA announced Thursday that the pop singer will perform at the Feb. 15 event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big-voiced singer had a breakthrough last year with her sophomore album, "My...



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