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Jeff Bridges wins Best Actor for "Crazy Heart" during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/MCT)

The Dude Open to Acting, Music Muses

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hey, dude. You in the second row. With the bowling shirt, chewing on the ice in your White Russian. Got news for you. Jeff Bridges doesn’t mind that you showed up at his concert because you worship him in the The Big Lebowski. Honest, he doesn’t mind. He called to tell me that. “If people shout ‘The Dude,’ I kind of like that,” said Bridges. “It’s one of my favorite movies.” Or if you show up at a concert with, say, a bowling pin, The Dude might autograph it. And he won’t even complain that you didn’t buy one of his CDs. He knows people …

Album of Lost Dylan Songs Due Nov. 11

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, an ambitious new project in which a few contemporary musicians have completed unfinished songs by Bob Dylan nearly half a century old, now has a release date: Nov. 11. A video for one of the newly minted songs, Nothing To It — a lyric video …

Elmore Leonard Shoots His Way Into the Library Of America

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The new Library of America volume of four Elmore Leonard novels from the 1970s has a winner on just about every page. Flipping . . . let’s see . . . here. From Fifty-Two Pickup : Harry Mitchell’s lawyer is asking him about his mistress, an affair for which he’s being blackmailed: “You …

Why Gordon Lightfoot Changed Lyric to His Signature Song

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gordon Lightfoot exercised some lyrical license when he wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Canadian balladeer paid painstaking attention to the facts when he wrote the line that would haunt him for decades. New evidence, …

Jennifer Lopez: ‘I Don’t Get Credit for Being Great at One Thing’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Los Angeles — In the course of one recent week, Jennifer Lopez was honored with a Billboard Icon Award, her single First Love became the most-added song on pop radio, she played to a sold-out crowd in Anaheim, …

Lucinda Williams to Balance Old Favorites and New Songs

Thursday, June 19, 2014

For the Lebanon Opera House stop on her tour next week, Lucinda Williams promises to season the set list with songs that won her Grammys and a huge audience in the 1990s. “How much you play of your …

Amazon Prime Adds Music Streaming

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Seattle — Amazon.com is adding a streaming music service to its Amazon Prime membership benefits. The service, called Prime Music, allows Prime members in the U.S. to stream songs, ad-free, and download them for offline listening as long …

Mushroom Magic: Corinth Man Hones His Skills as Hunter of the Elusive Morel

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Corinth — Mushroom hunter Brad Wheeler spent a recent Thursday evening tromping around Orange County in search of an elusive, highly prized fungus. The first two stops left him empty handed, but then, in an old apple orchard, …

Led Zeppelin Remasters Masterpieces

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s first song outline much of what followed: A mean series of Jimmy Page riffs introduces Good Times, Bad Times, from its self-titled 1969 debut, followed by a typically wild John Bonham drum-bang, …

Confident Susan Boyle Readies 1st U.S. Tour

Sunday, June 8, 2014

New York — Five years after her musical breakthrough, Susan Boyle says she’s feeling confident and comfortable — and ready to launch her first U.S. tour. The 53-year-old will hit the road in October on a 21-date trek. …

How Concerts Became Spectacles

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the beginning, there was Alice Cooper. By the late ’60s, rock bands had been tinkering with rudimentary special effects, like the oily projections the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane used as psychedelic backdrops. Cooper, however, was a …

The Black Keys Adjust To Bumpy Life at the Top

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — Patrick Carney is reconsidering his very non-pop star policy on openness and honesty. The Black Keys drummer feels he’s had a tough run in the press recently, and for the first time in his career …

A Blues Master Swings Through

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Superharp” Cotton brings his James Cotton Blues Band to the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth, N.H., on Friday night at 7:30. Cotton began his career playing for the Muddy …