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NEW YORK (AP) — The 1954 Les Paul Gibson guitar known as "Black Beauty" has sold at auction for $335,500. Guernsey's auction house says the six-string instrument with gold-plated hardware set the standard for other Les Paul Gibson guitars. Paul was a jazz, country and blues...
COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (AP) — One of the three professional training orchestras in the United States is getting a new music director. Camden, New Jersey-based Symphony in C announced Thursday that Bulgarian-born conductor Stilian Kirov will take the baton July 1. Kirov is the...
Imagine Dragons, "Smoke + Mirrors" (Interscope) Imagine Dragons' second studio album, "Smoke + Mirrors," is certainly one of the more technically ambitious releases of this young year. It's a boisterous but hit-and-miss effort from the alt-rock band still swooning in...
Steve Tyrell, "That Lovin' Feeling" (Concord) "That Lovin' Feeling" takes vocalist Steve Tyrell full circle to where he began his professional musical career as a producer-promoter for Scepter Records. The label had offices in Broadway's iconic Brill Building packed with the...
Sweet & Lynch, "Only to Rise" (Frontiers) Is this heaven-sent hair metal, or did they just get lucky? Either way, Sweet & Lynch have hit it out of the park on the debut album by some of the '80s leading purveyors of melodic metal. Fronted by Stryper singer Michael Sweet...
ATLANTA (AP) — The man Whitney Houston's daughter calls her husband says he is looking for permission from Bobbi Kristina Brown's family to visit her in the hospital. Nick Gordon said in a statement through his lawyers Randy Kessler and Joe Habacy on Wednesday night that he...
Jose Gonzalez, "Vestiges & Claws" (Mute) The latest album from Swedish-Argentine Jose Gonzalez was partly produced by himself in his kitchen and the intimacy is felt throughout "Vestiges & Claws." Across 10 arresting tracks, Gonzalez plays his acoustic guitar with a...
NEW YORK (AP) — Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. But the folk-singing legend, who is being celebrated as part of Black History Month with a TV documentary and 5-CD box set, left behind a treasure trove of...
LONDON (AP) — Britpop icons Blur are back, with a big summer show and their first album in more than a decade. The band members announced Thursday that they will headline a British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park on June 20. Blur last reunited for the 2012 Olympics closing...