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Review: The Waterboys do musical archaeology on new album

May. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

The Waterboys, "Where the Action Is" (Cooking Vinyl) The liner notes to the Waterboys' latest album credit frontman Mike Scott for vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass — and "archaeology." And "Where the Action Is" does indeed offer an entertaining survey of music history in 10 songs. The title track, which...

Review: Justin Townes Earle sings the blues on fine album

May. 22, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

Justin Townes Earle, "The Saint of Lost Causes" (New West) Justin Townes Earle is feeling bad, and his music has never been better. On "The Saint of Lost Causes," Earle inhabits a range of doleful, downcast characters who span our troubled land, from the cop killer on "Appalachian Nightmare" to the teen trying to...

Jake Black, of Alabama 3 and 'Sopranos' theme fame, dies

May. 22, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened "The Sopranos" and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died. The band announced Black's death Tuesday on Facebook and says it is "heartbroken." His age and the cause of death were not available. The group wrote that Black, who...

Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic

May. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, it would be 20 years before Lahav Shani was even born. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of the acclaimed orchestra. Stepping into the shoes of a beloved living...

Hank Williams Jr. offering reward for grandfather's shotgun

May. 22, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward for his grandfather's missing shotgun. The singer known for hits including "Family Tradition" has posted a letter online saying he spent time growing up in south Alabama with his grandfather. The letter says he can't...

Review: Smith's fine in 'Aladdin.' Another guy's the problem

May. 22, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

It's pretty clear after watching the new live-action "Aladdin" that doubts about Will Smith's casting as the Genie are overblown. It's the guy behind the camera who should be doubted. And stuffed into a small lamp forever. Guy Ritchie — that lover of gritty gangsters and violent action — was always...

Recreating 'Aladdin's' magic with Will Smith and fresh faces

May. 21, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1992, Disney transported audiences to the mythical land of Agrabah, where they met a street rat with a heart of gold, a flying carpet, a headstrong princess and a magical genie with some oddly current pop culture references. With the music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and...

Why Quebec endlessly beckons those on a bicycle

May. 21, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — In Montreal each spring, an epic bicycle festival demonstrates how 25,000 people can let the good times roll without bumping into each other too much.  In Quebéc City and its hinterlands, cyclists plunge into a history shaped by French explorers, the Roman Catholic Church,...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

May. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly...

DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: 'He's like a prophet'

May. 21, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle's final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about "our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love," Khaled recalls. The result of the session is "Higher," the latest single from Khaled's new album "Father of...