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Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis taken under wing of Prince, performs on new LPs

TORONTO - Donna Grantis grew up in the bustling suburb of Mississauga, Ont., and polished her considerable guitar chops at McGill University — but now she has two feet firmly planted on Planet Prince. She remembers the first time she was reeled into the pop icon's orbit: she received an...
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Florida man convicted of 1st-degree murder for killing teenager after argument over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury convicted a Florida man on Wednesday of first-degree murder in his retrial for killing a teenager after an argument over loud music. Prosecutors said Michael Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 times into a sports utility vehicle carrying 17-year-old Jordan
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Rapper Andre 3000: 'Will I be the 'Hey Ya!' guy forever?'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sometimes Andre 3000 wonders: "Will I be the 'Hey Ya!' guy forever?" The Grammy-winning rapper says he hasn't figured out what to do next in music. His last album with his bestselling group Outkast was released in 2006. Their hits include "Ms. Jackson" and "Hey Ya!" Andre
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It'll be a Tea Party at the Burton Cummings Theatre in December

VETERAN CanRock act the Tea Party will perform at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Dec. 2. Tickets range in price from $25 to $37.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The Windsor, Ont., band is touring in support of The Ocean at the End, its first new album in 10 years. The band parted ways in
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Dalí exhibit sets record at the WAG

THE Winnipeg Art Gallery had a surreal weekend, attendance-wise. The gallery set an opening weekend attendance record for its two new Salvador Dalí-themed exhibitions, Dalí Up Close and the Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. More than 4,000 people visited the gallery in...
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Lady Antebellum amp up the energy on new album, '747,' after finding new perspectives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Before singer Charles Kelley and his Lady Antebellum bandmates started writing songs for their new album, Kelley's wife advised him to take a few chances rather than stick to the minimal, mellow sound that dominated the trio's last two albums. "She was like, 'If I hear another
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Making age-appropriate music with former rock star John Mellencamp

NEW YORK, N.Y. - John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger. That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's writing
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Buck 65 documents his divorce on confessional new album 'Neverlove'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 18:36
TORONTO - If you listened to Buck 65's newest record without knowing he was trumpeting it as his "divorce album," it wouldn't take long to figure it out. First there's the cover, and its image of wilted flowers sitting on an unmade bed. Then there are the track titles: "Heart of Stone," "That's
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Florida loud music killing trial: Prosecutors say man shot to kill; shooter says self-defence

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:40
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Michael Dunn was shooting to kill, not defending himself, when he fired at 17-year-old Jordan Davis after the two had an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, prosecutors said during closing arguments on Tuesday in the second trial in the
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Violinist Joshua Bell plays do-over performance at DC train station after 2007 subway stunt

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:05
WASHINGTON - Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell brought Bach back to a train station Tuesday, as he did in 2007, but this time Washington noticed. Hundreds of music fans packed Union Station near the Capitol shoulder to shoulder to hear the 46-year-old Bell perform works by Bach and Mendelssohn,
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CanRock stalwarts The Tea Party in town Dec. 2

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:37
Veteran CanRock act The Tea Party will perform at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Dec. 2. Tickets range in price from $25 to $37.50 and go on sale Friday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. The Windsor, Ont.-bred band is touring in support of The Ocean At The End, its first new album in 10 years. After the
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'Bringing Back the Sunshine' by Blake Shelton among new CD releases for the week of Sept. 30

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:07
Here's a list of some new CD releases for the week of Sept. 30: ABBA _ "Live at Wembley Arena" Bryan Adams _ "Tracks of My Years" Lydia Ainsworth _ "Right from Real" AJR _ "Living Room" Herb Alpert _ "In the Mood" Sam Amidon _ "Lily-O" Steve Aoki _ "Neon Future I" Between the Buried and
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New Birthplace of Country Music Museum tells of historic 1927 Bristol Sessions

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:10
BRISTOL, Va. - The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, it's in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. The museum aims to tell the story of the
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'This is All Yours' by alt-J top album on iTunes in Canada

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:43
iTunes in Canada top 10 for the week ending Sept. 28. ALBUMS 1 This is All Yours _ alt-J 2 Popular Problems _ Leonard Cohen 3 Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe Version) _ Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 4 Partners _ Barbra Streisand 5 Little Machines (Deluxe Version) _ Lights 6 The Big Revival _ Kenny
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Dialogue through dance

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:59
Over a decade ago, the late elder Mary Richard sat in the office of André Lewis, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's artistic director. She had an idea that would bring indigenous and non-indigenous people together in collaboration and conversation. On Wednesday night at the Centennial Concert
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Sesame Street gang at Burt in December

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 02:02
ALL the felt friends of television's famous children's show are visiting Winnipeg for a series shows during the Christmas break. Sesame Street Live and its Let's Dance event will put on three shows on Dec. 27 and a Sunday matinee on Dec. 28 at the Burton Cummings Theatre. Expect a dance party
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Leonard Cohen's son at WECC in November

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 02:01
A NEW album that focuses on family matters has Adam Cohen back on the road, with one of the stops being the West End Cultural Centre on Nov. 14. Tickets, which sell for $34 including fees, are available at Ticketmaster, WECC, Music Trader and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store. Cohen, the
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Music Review: Grown-up Blake Shelton shines on new album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:09
Blake Shelton, "Bringing Back The Sunshine" (Warner Nashville) Blake Shelton's public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music's most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish cheekiness, his easy likability has made him a
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Music Review: Country trio Lady Antebellum regains altitude on new album '747'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:56
Lady Antebellum, "747" (Capitol Nashville) Lady Antebellum took off at jet speed with back-to-back multi-platinum albums in 2008 and 2010. Since then, while continuing to score radio hits, the trio's sales levelled out and started drifting downward. The group's fifth album, "747," sounds like a
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Music Review: Robin Gibb, who died in 2012, shines on final album '50 St. Catherine's Drive

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:26
Robin Gibb, "50 St. Catherine's Drive" (Rhino/Warner) As one third of the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb had a plaintive ache in his trembling, vibrato-filled voice that helped make such Brothers Gibb hits as "Holiday" and "I Started A Joke" so memorably distinctive. On "50 St. Catherine's Drive," his
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