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Clark McEntire, father of country music star Reba McEntire, dies in Oklahoma

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:13
COALGATE, Okla. - The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate. The director of Brown's Funeral Service in nearby Atoka confirmed the death, saying McEntire...
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Tickets to One Direction on sale Nov. 1

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:49
Those screams you hear? It’s true — One Direction is coming to Investors Group Field on July 24, 2015. It’s the concert announcement parents have been dreading. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and range in price from $59.50 to $99.50. Fans can
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'.5: The Gray Chapter' by Slipknot tops HMV Canada CD sales chart

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:54
The following is HMV Canada's top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending Oct. 25. CDs 1 .5: The Gray Chapter _ Slipknot 2 rose ave. _ You+Me 3 Where I Belong _ Bobby Bazini 4 Anything Goes _ Florida Georgia Line 5 Under Pressure _ Logic 6 Songs of Innocence _ U2 7
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Aging while raging: Punk pioneer Joan Jett relishes rockin' role-model gig

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:38
NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Can't stay at home, can't stay at school! Old folks say: 'Ya poor little fool!'" Punk pioneer Joan Jett doesn't give a spit if you lump her in with old folks. The "wild girl" in the incendiary anthem "Cherry Bomb" embraces aging while raging — and, at 56, relishes her gig as a
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NAC orchestra pays tribute to fallen soldier during Edinburgh concert

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:33
EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - The National Arts Centre Orchestra is paying tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo during its current tour of the United Kingdom. The soldier was killed Wednesday in a shooting at Canada's National War Memorial. The Ottawa-based orchestra is abroad to commemorate the
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Folk festival back to four days in July, price reduced

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:19
THE Winnipeg Folk Festival will return to a four-day format in 2015. Ticket prices to the festival, which will run July 9-12, will drop as a result. Early bird prices for a four-day festival ticket will be $185 in 2015, down from $225, and the four-day Festival Camping ticket price will be $260,
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Recording Academy to announce Grammy nominations Dec. 5; also debuting holiday TV special

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:22
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of Dec. 5, except for one category: the coveted album of the year. The nominees for the top prize will come later that day when the academy debuts the new TV special, "A Very GRAMMY
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Björk's human nature shines through multimedia overload

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:05
Documenting a concert is a tricky business. So much of the experience has to do with the communal setting, the anticipation, the in-the-moment emotions music can elicit. It's not just a combination of sight, sound and spectacle; there's something visceral and quicksilver about a live show.
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Kenny G tries to smooth over Hong Kong kerfuffle

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:03
HONG KONG -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signalled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. The American musician created a stir
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Folk Fest trims down to four-day event

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:45
The Winnipeg Folk Festival will return to a four-day format in 2015. Ticket prices to the festival, which will run July 9 through 12, 2015, will drop as a result. Early Bird prices for a four-day festival ticket be $185 in 2015, down from $225, and the four-day Festival Camping ticket price will
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Fjord focus

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:38
Still flying high after last year's successful Tchaikovsky Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Nordic Festival with a series of nightly concerts beginning Friday, Oct. 24. "We've tried to be a little more out of the box this year," says WSO music director Alexander
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Top 10 lists

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:35
Weekend Box Office 1. Fury, $23.8 million 2. Gone Girl, $17.5 million 3. The Book of Life, $17.0 million 4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, $11.5 million 5. The Best Of Me, $10.0 million 6. Dracula Untold, $10.0 million 7. The Judge, $8.0 million 8. Annabelle,...
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They're not kidding

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:27
We don't always grow out of our early obsessions. Favourite toys, pre-teen crushes and grade-school passions for dolls, trucks, or stamp collecting -- all have a way of trailing us into adulthood. Some we hang onto out of simple nostalgia, but others exert a lasting pull that can be harder to
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Black Keys' new album features spacious, sprawling songs

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:18
In the dying days of 2011, the Black Keys released their seventh studio album, El Camino -- the most critically and commercially successful of their career. The Akron, Ohio-bred garage rock duo of Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) had wasted no time following up their
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A Smalls affair

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:01
In 2001, the Smalls went on a tour dubbed the Goodbye Forever Tour. Edmonton's pioneering punk experimentalists were going their separate ways, after more than a decade and four influential albums together. As the years went by, it certainly felt like goodbye forever, especially as the Smalls
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New music

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:48
ROOTS Oh Susanna Namedropper (Sonic Unyon) SUZIE (Oh Susanna) Ungerleider is an American-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter who fully identifies as a dyed-in-the-wool Canuck. Since 1999 she has carved out a sizable fan base; her ability to write charming and uniquely easygoing music has put
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You can call him Afie

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:37
After years of lending his talents to the likes of Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett and more -- and quietly writing his own music on the side -- Toronto guitar-slinger Afie Jurvanen decided he was no longer content to be a hired gun. So, in 2009 he released his debut album, the Juno- and Polaris
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Haiku Horoscopes

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:36
ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 19 You need to believe In something, like this nonsense That I just told you TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 Your life will improve Once you find and destroy all Of those voodoo dolls GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 Staring creepily At someone is a good start To a
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The Buzz

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:02
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES Is this a dagger I see before me, dude? It's been almost 20 years since Keanu Reeves appeared on the MTC stage to perform Hamlet and the John Wick star says has no specific plans to return to the stage. "I think about it and I would love to do either a Shakespeare or a
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Dierks Bentley gets Winnipeg's vote

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:23
The 6,000 country music fans who showed up at the MTS Centre to catch boyish chart-topping country star Dierks Bentley on election night made the noise of a crowd twice that size. And the roar of approval was well-earned. Make no mistake: that Dierks Bentley is a crowd-pleaser with a
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