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Welcome to NYC, Taylor Swift! The locals are already kvetching about you

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already. Swift's new gig as New York City's global welcome ambassador is getting a Bronx cheer (not that she knows what that is) from locals who questioned her street cred and mocked the videos she made for...
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Family drops Gregg Allman from lawsuit over death of Georgia film worker struck by train

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gregg Allman has been dropped from a lawsuit by the family of a film worker killed by a train during shooting of a biographical movie about the Allman Brothers Band singer, attorneys said Thursday. Lawyers for the parents of 27-year-old Sarah Jones said they decided to dismiss
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Suge Knight traffic warrant reduced to fine; will stay jailed in Vegas in Calif. case

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Rap music figure Marion "Suge" Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph
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Music Review: Neil Young delivers songs solo acoustic, and with full orchestra

Neil Young, "Storytone" (Reprise Records) Attention rock stars: No matter how much you want to, resist at all costs orchestrating your songs. Almost without fail, it is the wrong call. Case in point: Neil Young's latest effort, "Storytone." Thankfully, Young has done listeners the favour of
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The Buzz

RANDALL KING / MOVIES Thrillin' it old-school On Halloween, you might want to eschew David Cronenberg's merciless Hollywood dissection Maps to the Stars in favour of his first horror feature, Shivers (1975), which plays at Cinematheque Halloween night, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. on a double bill with
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'1989' by Taylor Swift tops HMV Canada CD sales chart

The following is HMV Canada's top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending Nov. 1. CDs 1 1989 _ Taylor Swift 2 .5: The Gray Chapter _ Slipknot 3 Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) _ Led Zeppelin 4 Houses of the Holy (Deluxe Edition) _ Led Zeppelin 5 Partners _ Barbra
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C'mon in, make yourself uncomfortable

In 2008, photographer Nathalie Daoust was given unprecedented access to the Alpha-In, a Tokyo "love hotel" catering to S&M enthusiasts. She would go on to spend months documenting the hotel's outlandish themed suites -- rentable nightly or by the hour and styled to look like dungeons, caves
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After another break, the Wailin' Jennys are back

The Wailin' Jennys are arguably one of Winnipeg's greatest success stories. There are the perennial sold-out shows in the United States, their frequent appearances on American institution A Prairie Home Companion, the TV placements (The Parting Glass was used in the Walking Dead Season 3
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Johnny Winter's wife says it feels bittersweet to listen to blues legend's new album

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Johnny Winter's wife says listening to her late husband's newest album is bittersweet because it's one of his best works but was released after his death. "It was hard for me. I would listen to a couple of songs and then stop, come back and listen to a couple more," Susan
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New Music

Taylor Swift 1989 (Big Machine) TAYLOR Swift's all-out move into pop music on her fifth album, 1989, is the sound of a young artist who has evolved from a teenager obsessed with boys into a young woman embracing life and stepping to a new beat. Shake It Off, her first single, was a fun
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Warehouse drama about war, courage timely after attacks on Canadian soldiers

Gunfire on Parliament Hill and the shooting of a Canadian soldier echoed loudly through rehearsals for Armstrong's War at the RMTC Warehouse last week. News of the attack and the subsequent lockdown in the nation's capital compelled anxious director Robb Paterson to hastily call his son, who...
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Haiku Horoscopes

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 19 You will find love where You least expect it: on your List of things you hate TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 Don’t be afraid to Cause waves at work, since you are Poseidon, sea-god GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 For Halloween, don’t Dress up and tell
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He's a real smart-ass

Demetri Martin likes to draw. And play musical instruments. And tell stories, and write poems. And create complex mathematical analyses of verbal constructions. And compose mind-bogglingly lengthy palindromes. But more than anything else, Demetri Martin likes to tell jokes. "My first love in
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Review: Dionne Warwick's duets album is uneven; features Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight, CeeLo

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:03
Dionne Warwick, "Feels So Good" (Bright Music Records) The duets from Dionne Warwick's new album show her remarkable voice undiminished by time, still as sweet and melodious as ever. Her phrasing and delivery sound easy and effortless. And the choice of material is, of course, beyond reproach,
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Country music festival dubbed FarmBorough to debut on New York's Randall Island next year

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:44
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A new three-day country music festival starring Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley will debut in New York City next summer. Live Nation and Founders Entertainment announced Wednesday that FarmBorough will take place June 26-28 on Randall's Island. It's being billed as
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From Miles to Buddha: Herbie Hancock's memoir reveals influences that shaped his career

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:18
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Herbie Hancock doesn't begin or end his newly published memoir "Possibilities" by recalling any of the many highlights in his 50-plus-year career such as receiving the 2008 Album of the Year Grammy Award for "River: The Joni Letters." Instead, the 74-year-old pianist bookends
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Violinist Yoo helps MCO warm up to winter

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:36
How fitting was it on the first day our fair city witnessed flurries this season that the final work performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Tuesday night should be Vivaldi’s Winter. Its latest program, led by popular returning guest conductor/violinist Scott Yoo, included three string
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Elton John calls Pope Francis 'my hero' at AIDS benefit, honours New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:44
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City, which raised $3.7
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Exhibit on Paul Simon's career to debut at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:02
CLEVELAND - An exhibit chronicling Paul Simon's career will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rock Hall announced Wednesday that "Paul Simon: Words & Music" will feature a first-person narrative from Simon. It is a first for the museum. The exhibit in Cleveland will
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Winnipeg theatre fêted at annual Masquerade

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:45
The second annual Masquerade, a celebration of Winnipeg theatre, will take place Friday at Cercle Molière on Provencher Boulevard. The masked affair will feature a mixture of improv and theatre from Outside Joke, some of the city's funniest playwrights and a musical performances by Soul
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