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Cat Stevens touring in the United States for first time since late 1970s.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, his first series of shows in the U.S. since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed,...
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Kiss unplugs, sheds makeup for $1M fundraiser for Guard's Oregon Military Museum

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. - The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1q7Ricb) the $2,500-a-ticket gala Sunday night in Lake Oswego raised more than $1 million. The museum is named
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Spokeswoman: Pia Zadora home from Vegas hospital after head, ankle injuries in golf cart fall

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A spokeswoman says entertainer Pia Zadora is home from a Las Vegas hospital to continue treatment for serious head and ankle injuries received when she fell from a golf cart last week. Zadora representative Eileen Koch said in an email Monday the singer-actress was released
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Music Review: Too many hazy sentiments bog down Tim McGraw on uneven new album

Tim McGraw, "Sundown Heaven Town" (Big Machine) Twenty years after his breakthrough hit, "Indian Outlaw," Tim McGraw still pushes at country music's boundaries. His new album, "Sundown Heaven Town," incorporates contemporary Nashville flourishes while holding onto McGraw's signature sound — a
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Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane sentenced to 3 years for hitting fan with vodka bottle

ATLANTA - Prosecutors say rapper Gucci Mane has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for attacking a fan at an Atlanta nightclub. Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Monday to hitting a man in the
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The Weeknd to get Allan Slaight Award at Canada's Walk of Fame Show

TORONTO - Toronto alternative R&B singer the Weeknd will be honoured at Canada's Walk of Fame Show next month. Organizers say the 24-year-old will receive the Allan Slaight Award at the event on Oct. 18. The annual award, which comes with a $10,000 honorarium, "recognizes young, inspirational
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Music Review: Tenor Jonas Kaufmann shows his lighter side in songs from German operetta, film

Jonas Kaufmann, "You Mean the World to Me" (Sony) Is there anything Jonas Kaufmann can't do? The great German tenor has long since conquered the worlds of grand opera and classical recital. Now he turns his talents with equal success to lighter fare, on an album of German operetta and film
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Music Review: George Strait's guest-heavy live album of last concert a gift to fans

George Strait, "The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium" (MCA Nashville) The 20-song "Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium" documents what was billed as Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait's final concert. Held on June 7 in Arlington, Texas, the event was more celebration
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Music review: Streisand's 'Partners' a love album for the ages, soars in song list, star power

Barbra Streisand, "Partners" (Sony) Barbra Streisand's "Partners" isn't just about star-powered duets, but partnerships of love and family. It's a love album for the ages, as fit for your anniversary as your parents' or your child's wedding. It could have been called "Timeless," but Babs already
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Music Review: Chris Brown overcomes delays to deliver emotionally complex, revealing 'X'

Chris Brown, "X'' (RCA) Chris Brown's sixth studio album, "X," is cohesive, entertaining and not at all what one might expect of a project plagued by delays following the release of lead single "Fine China" back in March 2013. But while court dates, rehab stints and — if you believe the
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Corea's adventures continue with new project

PIANIST and keyboardist Chick Corea likes adventure, but that's no surprise for those who have experienced his music over his five-decade career. His musical life has included playing with the great Miles Davis as the trumpeter caused a shift in jazz with his electric bands. Corea is a renowned...
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The gospel according to Hiss

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 13:05
DURHAM, N.C.­ Michael Taylor is ready to talk about God. But first, dinner. So he hops into his Subaru Forester­ a vehicle with enough room for child seats and guitar amps­ and drives off to a restaurant in downtown Durham. Inside, there are fancy pizzas, bartenders who know his name
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Exhibition of Falun Gong art part of Peace Days

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:32
A touring art exhibition about the Falun Gong, a group under persecution in China, begins a weeklong run in Winnipeg Saturday as part of Peace Days and official opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Falun Dafa Association of Winnipeg is hosting the Art of Zhen Shan Ren Exhibition...
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Listerine heir's estate could fetch $100 million

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:43
NEW YORK -- Two Mark Rothko paintings are among the objects heading to auction from the estate of Rachel (Bunny) Mellon. Mellon was a noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune. The paintings could fetch upward of $30 million and $20 million at Sotheby's New York
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Ramblin' man Robert Plant putting down roots in U.K.

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:41
NASHVILLE -- Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he's as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn't plan on changing his home base soon. "I'm
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WAG offers chance to explore modern homes

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:36
While the Winnipeg Free Press, through its City Beautiful series, studies how architecture shaped the DNA of the city, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering a tour of some the city's most modern buildings. The eighth annual Home Tour, set up through the Volunteer Associates of the WAG, is a
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RRC hosting touring art exibit touring about Falun Gong

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:17
A touring art exhibition about the Falun Gong, a group under persecution in China, begins a week-long run in Winnipeg Saturday as part of Peace Days and the official opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Falun Dafa Association of Winnipeg is hosting the Art of Zhen Shan Ren
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Catching up with Johnny Mathis: Singer talks new box set, trying yoga, 'The Simpsons' and more

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:00
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chances are you haven't heard these Johnny Mathis albums — but that will change. The 78-year-old singer is dropping a 13-CD box set of unsuccessful commercial albums released from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis left his longtime label, Columbia Records, for Mercury Records and Global
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Robert Plant sets aside his rambling ways, returns to the misty mountains on new solo album

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:28
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he's as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn't plan on changing his home base
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'The Sound of Music' national tour planned with Jack O'Brien at the helm and without 'varnish'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:31
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien is working on a touring version of "The Sound of Music" starting next year, but he promises he won't be "trotting out your mother's version." O'Brien, who has helmed such winning Broadway productions as "The Coast of Utopia" and
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