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  • Book review: Kim Gordon is more than just a 'Girl in a Band'

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    "Girl in a Band" (Dey Street Books), by Kim Gordon As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980s and 1990s....

  • Track Debut: Aidan Carroll's poppy jazz rendition "For Now"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Aidan Carroll has been playing music since before he could see over a steering wheel. At 10, he was armed with a snare drum and started playing alongside his father’s band in Oklahoma City. Carroll, 31, has since become a celebrated bassist and composer, and on March 3 he’s releasing his debut...

  • The 6 best boasts on Drake’s new mixtape

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The Drake-iest lines from Drake’s latest.

  • Red dirt pioneer Tom Skinner to perform in concert in Norman

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Singer/songwriter Tom Skinner will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Depot in Norman, as part of the Winter Wind concert series.

  • Dads and daughters dress up and dance in Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The Edmond Parks and Recreation Department sponsored two nights for dads to dance with their daughters.

  • Tree planted in LA park in memory of George Harrison

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tree has been planted in a Los Angeles park in memory of George Harrison to replace one that was killed by a beetle infestation. City News Service says a yew pine honoring the late Beatles guitarist was planted Wednesday in Griffith Park on what would have been Harrison's...

  • Madonna takes a tumble at the Brit Awards

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Madonna has given music fans a shock when she tumbled down several stairs at the Brit Awards. The 56-year-old queen of pop was closing Wednesday's ceremony in London with a performance of her song "Living For Love." Madonna entered with a troupe of male dancers and appeared to...

  • Smith and Sheeran win, Kanye stirs it up at UK's Brit Awards

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran each won a pair of prizes Wednesday at Britain's leading music awards — but it took Kanye West to introduce some edge, with a song that proved too strong for television. And Madonna gave the Brit Awards an unscripted moment when she took a dramatic tumble...

  • Robin Thicke dances, plays piano in court over ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — The stage was a witness box barely 3 feet wide, but Robin Thicke sang, played the piano and even danced a little in his seat during his testimony Wednesday for his copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s children. Thicke took the stand in a federal trial that will decide whether his...

  • Shakespeare fest finalizes season 30

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    As of the Valentine’s Day weekend, the Texas Shakespeare Festival concluded its auditions for its 30th season this summer. “We saw almost 2,000 actors audition,” TSF Artistic Director Raymond Caldwell said, not including those who auditioned electronically through submitted videos or YouTube....

  • Cliff Richard sex assault probe has expanded, says lawmaker

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A police investigation of veteran pop star Cliff Richard relating to claims of sexual assault has "increased significantly in size," a British lawmaker said Wednesday. Police said in August they questioned the 74-year-old singer and searched a house belonging to him after...

  • Lady Gaga to star in 'American Horror Story'

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The hills are alive with an abundance of Lady Gaga. The singer is starring in the fifth season of "American Horror Story: Hotel," she announced via Twitter, USA TODAY reports.

  • Lady Gaga joining the cast of FX's 'American Horror Story'

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — TV is Lady Gaga's new platform: After an impressive performance at the Oscars, the singer announced she will join the cast of "American Horror Story." FX confirmed Wednesday that the pop star will join the fifth season of the hit series, which returns in October. No details were...

  • 'All You Need Is Love'

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ‏Down through the ages, from generation to generation, we have heard songs about love. In the 1950s many of you enjoyed hearing that “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” by the Four Aces or the famous song “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley. The 1960s brought us Diana Ross and the Supremes singing...

  • With Lou Reed, any interview could be a battle

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    “Lou Reed: The Last Interview and Other Conversations”; Melville House (128 pages, $15.95) ——— When I saw the latest entrant in Melville House’s “Last Interview” series, I almost did a spit take. In a series that offers the thoughtful, provocative and impish responses of such great writers as...

  • ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ review: A breakthrough from Big Sean

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The wait for big things from Big Sean is over. The Detroit rapper and Kanye West protégé has been on deck for two albums now surrounded by enough stars to keep him afloat in mixed reviews, but on “Dark Sky Paradise” (Def Jam), he gets his home run. Once again, Big Sean has an enviable...

  • Juliette Lewis discusses fame and playing a buttoned-down detective on new ABC series ‘Secrets & Lies’

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Juliette Lewis worked with Martin Scorsese, dated Brad Pitt and was nominated for an Oscar, all before her 21st birthday. But the actress who embodied messy ‘90s youth in films such as “Natural Born Killers” and “Kalifornia” recoiled from the limelight in her early 20s to deal with...

  • Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than...

  • Paris named host city for International Jazz Day 2015

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz musicians from around the world will gather this April in Paris for International Jazz Day. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock hopes the event will bring an uplifting "positive message" to a city still reeling from last month's terrorist attacks. Hancock and UNESCO...

  • 'Blaxicans' found a home south of the border

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — Some of the expatriates call themselves negros, prietos, even “blaxicans” and muse about the irony: While their Mexican neighbors flee to the United States to get away from poverty, criminal activity and inherent danger, they headed the opposite way, south. These...



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