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John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, tells parole board he's sorry for being 'an idiot'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:58
BUFFALO, N.Y. - John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "I am
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Rapper Young Jeezy, 5 others plead not guilty to possessing illegal assault weapon

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:55
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - California prosecutors say platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert. A spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney says the rapper, whose real...
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Fans roar for Katy Perry

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:35
When Katy Perry was last in town, it was July 2011 and she was in the middle of her confectionary California Dreams tour — a massive, nine-leg jaunt that kept her on the road for almost a full year. It was a dizzying Candyland-meets-Alice in Wonderland concept tour — replete with a
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A PERRY ON TOP

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:04
When Katy Perry was last in town, it was July 2011 and she was in the middle of her confectionary California Dreams Tour -- a massive, nine-leg jaunt that kept her on the road for almost a full year. It was a dizzying Candyland-meets-Alice in Wonderland concept tour -- replete with a silver,
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Neil Young files for divorce from his wife of 36 years: Rolling Stone

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:07
TORONTO - Canadian rock legend Neil Young has reportedly filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator. Rolling Stone magazine reports on its website that a petition for dissolution of marriage was filed by Young in San Mateo, California on July
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Miley Cyrus' date to MTV awards show wanted by Oregon police for violating probation

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:46
PORTLAND, Ore. - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Jesse Helt, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the
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Crushing on Katy

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:21
"Sometimes I feel like a big strawberry with a face on it." That's Katy Perry in a 2010 interview with Nylon, a cover girl before she was a CoverGirl. Her 2010 album, Teenage Dream -- a veritable hit machine that spawned five No. 1 singles, California Gurls, Teenage Dream and Firework among them
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Music Review: Psych rocker Ty Segall at the height of his powers on 'Manipulator'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:23
Ty Segall, "Manipulator" (Drag City) In another time and collective mental headspace Ty Segall might have been a pop star. With his dreamy new album, "Manipulator," the Los Angeles psych rocker has perfected a sound — the bright, shiny 1960s garage rock variety — that once fired the imagination
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And the winners are...

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:01
FOUR diligent, hard-working and now-fitter pets and their Free Press-reading owners have received $250 gift certificates from Pet Valu in our Fit Pet Challenge. The winners are: -- Teddy, a 10-year-old Bichon Frisé who has struggled with many health issues, owned by Penny and Ron Maletic of...
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Rare heavy rains, muddy playa forces temporarily closure of Burning Man

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:32
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Standing water made a muddy mess Monday morning of
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Basement Jaxx say experimentation may have hurt sales, but they regret nothing

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:01
TORONTO - Basement Jaxx aren't usually associated with restful breathers. But the high-energy British electronic dance innovators have in fact been more or less dormant the past five years, the longest break between full-length recordings of their long career. Over that five-year span, the pair
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Is 'Brill Bruisers' the New Pornographers' best record? Carl Newman thinks so

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 18:41
TORONTO - Everything about the New Pornographers' new album, "Brill Bruisers," from the playfully DayGlo cover to the sparkly, maximalist power-pop cupcakes contained therein, seems designed to seize your attention. It's the Canadian supergroup's sixth album, another winner in a remarkably
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Polaris-nominated Cold Specks back with second album featuring fuller sound

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:27
TORONTO - Al Spx wrote her first album as Cold Specks in a closet and her second while holed up in a cottage in the dead of winter in Somerset, England. She jokingly described the resulting sound as "doom soul" and the label stuck as a succinct way to describe her haunting melodies. So why is
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Rumor's bringing in most popular comics for anniversary

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:55
Canada’s longest-running comedy club is about to reach a major milestone, and it’s bringing a heavyweight-hilarious lineup to town to help it celebrate. Rumor’s Comedy Club is marking its 30th anniversary this fall by booking four of its most popular acts ever — Derek
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Prince to release new album and music with female band 3RDEYEGIRL, first since '20Ten'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:46
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30. The pop icon announced Monday that he would release "Art Official Age" on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music. He reached a deal with Warner
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Detectives seek witnesses in shooting of Suge Knight at West Hollywood nightclub

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:16
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Los Angeles County detectives are reviewing security camera footage and seeking witnesses to a shooting at a packed nightclub that injured three people, including Death Row Records founder Marion (Suge) Knight. Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Biddle said Monday that investigators
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Young YouTube sensation gets big-league help on debut single

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:02
On Monday, Internet sensation Maria Aragon will launch her recording career with the release of her debut single, Nothin' But a Beat. "For my first song, I wanted something I wrote myself," says the 14-year-old Filipina, who has amassed a huge YouTube following based on her steady output of
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'1989' by Taylor Swift top album on iTunes in Canada

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:47
iTunes in Canada top 10 for the week ending Aug. 24. ALBUMS 1 1989 _ Taylor Swift 2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 _ Various Artists 3 Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe Version) _ Wiz Khalifa 4 NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1990's _ Various Artists 5 Bahamas is Afie _ Bahamas 6 Amnesia
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Music Review: Brad Paisley makes return to happier themes on 'Moonshine in the Trunk'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:43
Brad Paisley, "Moonshine In The Trunk" (Arista Nashville) Brad Paisley backs away from social issues and strikes up a party on his 10th studio album, "Moonshine In The Trunk." However, that doesn't mean he suddenly starts to play it safe. Musically, Paisley's arrangements continue to emphasize
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Reykjavik fest worth the trip for pianist

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:40
SOMETIMES booking two jobs close together, and worlds apart, makes for an arduous commute. You wonder why you accepted that jazz fest gig in Reykjavik, Iceland, just before you were due to teach at a weeklong jazz camp in Winnipeg. The trip, one-way, is just over 4,500 kilometres with a 15-hour
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