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NEW YORK (AP) — Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry, country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" writer Willie Dixon will...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2015 Essence Festival will feature Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, comedian Kevin Hart, Common and Trombone Shorty, among others, on its main stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Festival officials announced Wednesday that Hart...
MOSCOW (AP) — Two members of the punk provocateur band Pussy Riot have released a new music video dedicated to Eric Garner, an unarmed man who was killed when a New York City police officer put him in a fatal chokehold. In their video, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Organizers of the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware have announced this year's lineup but are still working to finalize a third headliner. The lineup released Tuesday is led by Kings of Leon and the Killers. Other acts include Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster...
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Ethel Smyth's "The Wreckers," a century-old opera about a Cornish fishing village whose residents plunder ships, will be given its U.S. staged premiere at the annual Bard SummerScape festival. Composed from 1902-04 with a French libretto by Henry...
NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran MTV executive Van Toffler says that he's leaving the network where he's worked for almost 28 years to satisfy an itch to create new contact. Toffler began in the business department at MTV in 1987 and rose to his current job as president of Viacom's Music...
The Mavericks, "Mono" (Valory) The Mavericks have always been a rootsy band, plying musical turf from Havana to Nashville via Miami. Here their sound is more retro than ever, recalling the era when these sorts of songs were best heard on small radios and big jukeboxes. "Mono"...
NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss is going from singing on TV to singing on Broadway. Producers of the hit musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" said Tuesday that the "Glee" star will step into the title role's high heels April 29, taking over from co-creator John Cameron Mitchell...
Sisqo, "Last Dragon" (Massenburg Media) It's been 14 years and a whole lot of thongs thrown on stage since R&B singer Sisqo's last album. The flamboyant Dru Hill front man is back with "Last Dragon," a consistent album that delivers some solid songs, though probably lacks...