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Politicians Strive to Speak Meaninglessly About Culture

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The presidential campaign trail always intersects with pop culture, and the 2016 race has been no exception. Scott Walker tried to use the unofficial Star Wars holiday May 4th to bolster his flagging presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton snuck into Chipotle for a burrito bowl and campaigned with Girls creator Lena Dunham, just one of the many actresses and showrunners who have turned out for her campaign. The rapper and political …

Charlie Puth: ’Tween Idol and Music Nerd

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The shrieking of little girls filled the air at Staples Center in Los Angeles when Charlie Puth took the stage last month. A baby-faced pop singer best known for See You Again, his chart-topping duet with rapper Wiz Khalifa, Puth wasted no opportunity to milk the crowd’s adoration. There was grinning. There was …

Jefferson Airplane Guitarist Dies

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paul Kantner, the Jefferson Airplane guitarist, songwriter and fixture of the San Francisco ’60s rock scene, died Thursday of septic shock and organ failure, according to his publicist, who confirmed the news with the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74. “Paul was a key architect in the development of what became known as the San Francisco Sound,” wrote Recording Academy President Neil Portnow …

A Centennial of Ol’ Blue Eyes

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Frank Sinatra is the eternal epitome of cool and ring-a-ding charisma. But for Amanda Erlinger and her older sister A.J. Lambert, Sinatra was not the Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes or the head of the Rat …

‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Isn’t Feeling Any Season 2 Jitters

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

They say there are no bad ideas. Maybe Noah Hawley can attest to that now. As the mastermind to FX’s TV adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-winning black comedy Fargo, Hawley had big Sorel boots to fill. …

Pop Legend Returns, Reaffirms

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Janet Jackson is well aware of the job at hand on her first album in seven years, and she doesn’t waste any time facing up to it. “Hello,” she coos in the opening track of Unbreakable. “It’s been …

Neil Sedaka Has a Million of ’Em

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The first hit Neil Sedaka ever wrote, with partner Howard Greenfield, was singer Connie Francis’ Stupid Cupid. Shortly after that, working five days a week in New York’s famous Brill Building, he landed hits with R&B singers Clyde …

This Rap Album Has Gone to the Cats

Sunday, October 11, 2015

In a world overwhelmed by one-trick feline Instagram sensations like Snoopy Cat and kitties that earned fame by the oddball luck of nature like Grumpy Cat or trend-chasing (Hamilton the Hipster Cat), the expert furries that purr and …

Community Plays Farewell to Dick Ellis

Sunday, October 11, 2015

South Royalton — By the time a funeral service already brimming with music — big-band and jazz standards, hymns, Sousa marches — played out in the school gym early Saturday afternoon, the sun was smiling from a sky …

Apple Music’s Free Trial Ends Soon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Apple Music commercial that debuted during the Emmy’s telecast drew almost as much buzz as the show itself, thanks to star turns by Kerry Washington of Scandal, music legend Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson of …

’90s Pop Star, Tony-Winner Revived

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duncan Sheik has experienced clear success in two creative fields. As a pop singer and songwriter, he scored a top 20 hit in 1996 with Barely Breathing, a Grammy-nominated kiss-off that continues to resonate thanks to recent placements …

The New Singing Von Trapps

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Washington — The modern-day Trapp family singers were hanging out on the craggy patio of a D.C. cafe, each wearing some variation on skinny jeans, bangs and combat boots. Melanie, 25, had wrapped herself in a leopard-print trench, …

Small Town to Music City

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I’ve got bigger plans Than meets the eye You can’t catch the fish If you don’t try — from Hometown by Brooks Hubbard Not long before Brooks Hubbard took his talents to Nashville this past summer, music teacher …