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Rankin finds his happy place in Music City

His name may be synonymous with East Coast Celtic music thanks to the Rankin Family, but Jimmy Rankin is working in a new -- but just as rich -- musical tradition. For his seventh solo album, the just-released Back Road Paradise, Rankin decided to go full-on country -- a sound he'd only flirted...
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MTYP 2014-15 season returns to seven shows

Manitoba Theatre for Young People will celebrate the first annual Islamic History Month in October by kicking off its 2014-15 season with a play about a hijab-wearing girl taken away from her high school due to anti-Muslim graffiti. Jabber (Oct. 27-Jan. 16), by Vancouver playwright Marcus...
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Take this job and... puppets?

Finding work sucks. The process is awkward and demoralizing, often fruitless and sometimes patently absurd. For those stuck piecing together a precarious hodgepodge of part-time jobs, freelance gigs, contract positions and temp work, the "hunt" is anything but thrilling. It's endless, endlessly
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Miley Cyrus postpones US tour while recovering from allergic reaction; resumes shows in August

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:10
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August. Cyrus' representative tells The Associated Press on Friday that the singer will resume the U.S. tour Aug. 1 in Uniondale, N.Y. The new
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Prince owns his own songs, reaches agreement with Warner Bros. Records after disputes, battles

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:46
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, during
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Kiss' Paul Stanley on his autobiography, lesson learned from playing 'Phantom' in Toronto

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of "The Phantom of the Opera," and not just because he's spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint. "Here's somebody who has a disfigurement that they're covering and they're trying to
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Bill Clinton jokes with Kevin Spacey at Rain Forest benefit concert; Sting Paul Simon perform

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:10
NEW YORK, N.Y. - During the 25th Annual Rain Forest concert at Carnegie Hall, Chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man that recently found out he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton. Clinton praised the Rain Forest Foundation and thanked Sting, Styler, and
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Rediscovered recordings of Hank Williams performing on 1950 radio program will be released

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:15
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Previously unreleased recordings of country music legend Hank Williams performing songs on a 1950 radio show will be released next month for download and on vinyl. "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" features 24 songs and jingles from a taped show that aired on early country
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Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard goes on trial for assault in DC; Brown's own

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:12
WASHINGTON - Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial for assault in Washington, a case that will be followed shortly thereafter by Brown's own assault trial. The trial for Christopher Hollosy begins Thursday in Superior Court. Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them
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Lawyer: Man who accused Chris Brown, bodyguard of punching him trying to 'get rich'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:04
WASHINGTON - A man accusing singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of punching him in the face is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose, a lawyer for the bodyguard said Thursday. Bernard Grimm made that statement in a courtroom in Washington during the start of a trial for his client,
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Miley Cyrus, ill and hospitalized, postpones concerts in Tennessee and Kentucky

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:45
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Miley Cyrus is postponing more concerts as she remains in a hospital for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative says the singer won't perform in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday and Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Those concerts will be rescheduled. Cyrus
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4 Non Blondes to reunite for 1 night at LA event hosted by Linda Perry

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:06
NEW YORK, N.Y. - What's up with 4 Non Blondes? How about a one-night-only reunion? The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for years. Perry
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Mexican singer Juan Gabriel expected to leave Vegas hospital over weekend

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:16
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Mexican musical icon Juan Gabriel is expected to be released from a Las Vegas hospital this weekend after being admitted there Monday with pneumonia. A tour publicist said in a statement Thursday that the 64-year-old singer was in very stable condition three days after being
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'G I R L' by Pharrell Williams tops HMV Canada CD sales chart

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:47
The following is HMV Canada's top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending April 19. CDs 1 G I R L _ Pharrell Williams 2 Nevermind (20th Anniversary Edition) _ Nirvana 3 Love in the Future _ John Legend 4 "Frozen" Soundtrack _ Various Artists 5 13 _ Black Sabbath 6 Morning
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Black Sabbath still fulfilling teenage dreams

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:40
While many veteran rock acts are all too comfortable doing the cash-grab reunion tour circuit, British heavy metal titan Black Sabbath is still ticking off milestones in a decade-spanning career. The band is currently touring with original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler
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The buzz

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:29
RANDALL KING / MOVIES God, the Devil and their respective release dates The Manitoba-lensed movie Heaven Is for Real (starring Greg Kinnear, right) was timed to open on Easter long weekend to lure in devoutly minded audiences primed for a religious experience at the multiplex. Ironically,
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New music

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:23
ROCK GordGord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun (Arts & Crafts) For most of their career, Canadian twang-rockers the Sadies have effectively and purposefully defied musical convention to very positive effect. Whether working with soul
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They're playing our song

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:39
For next-level music geeks — from vinyl purists to obsessive completionists — Record Store Day is the most wonderful day of the year. Since launching in 2008, Record Store Day has been celebrated all over the world on the third Saturday in April. It’s a day to celebrate
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Jazz awards honour Hancock

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:25
NEW YORK -- Saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer-arranger Maria Schneider are each triple winners in the 2014 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association (www.jjajazzawards.org). Pianist Herbie Hancock is being honoured for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. As a UNESCO goodwill
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Circle complete

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:17
Martha Burns was in Grade 4 at Grosvenor School when her best friend asked her out of the blue: "Do you want to go to theatre school?" Although she had no idea what that was, the curious youngster agreed to attend Saturday-morning classes with her BFF Kate, the daughter of Bill Wylie, general
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