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Review: Pandemic inspires Laura Jane Grace with new songs

Oct. 1, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

Laura Jane Grace, “Stay Alive” (Polyvinyl Record Co.) Between life and death in these strange days comes the welcome voice of Laura Jane Grace. The Against Me! singer and guitarist has taken a break from both her superb punk band and her side project, Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers....

Review: Rocker Corey Taylor mixes genres on 1st solo album

Oct. 1, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

Corey Taylor, “CMFT” (Roadrunner Records) Corey Taylor had songs bursting out of him and nowhere to perform them. The singer with the roaring-yet-melodic voice churned out heavy metal and hard rock hits for more than 20 years with Slipknot and Stone Sour. The other tunes Taylor had spinning in his...

FILE - Musician Mac Davis performs at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter,   died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. He was 78. Davis started his career writing hits for Presley, including “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto.” The Lubbock, Texas-native had a varied career over the years as a singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named ACM entertainer of the year in 1974 after the success of songs like “Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me.” (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

Sep. 30, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was 78. His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a...

FILE - Shania Twain appears during a portrait session in New York on  June 14, 2019. Twain is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album that turned her into a global superstar. She is releasing a deluxe reissue set of her 1995 breakthrough album “The Woman in Me,” which became the best-selling record by a woman in country music at the time. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)

Shania Twain reflects on breakout album that changed country

Sep. 30, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The record that turned Shania Twain from a struggling singer-songwriter from Canada into a global superstar also changed country music for years to come. Twain is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “The Woman in Me” with a deluxe reissue set out Friday...

Director Schele Williams is writing book on enslavement

Sep. 30, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway director Schele Williams is working on a book for young people about the history of enslavement. Abrams Children’s Books announced Wednesday that Williams' “Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History” will come out in October 2021. The publisher is...

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Review: Bon Jovi livin' on lots of prayers in '2020'

Sep. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

Bon Jovi, “2020” (Island) This is not your momma’s Bon Jovi. Tommy and Gina aren’t wild in the streets anymore. It’s 2020, and these days, no one’s having a nice day as a virus kills hundreds of thousands of citizens, Black people die at the hands of police and millions...

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Review: Live album shows why Lambert is perfect for Queen

Sep. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

Queen and Adam Lambert, “Live Around the World” (Hollywood) Adam Lambert is not Freddie Mercury. Nor, to his credit, does he try to be. What he is, though, is the perfect successor to the iconic Queen vocalist, seemingly predestined to revive the supergroup with his own impossible vocals and...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Oct. 4 - Oct. 10 shows, from left, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Emily Mortimer, Simon Cowell, Nick Cannon, Guillermo del Toro and Tanya Tucker. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 4-10

Sep. 28, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 4-10: Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 91. Actor Felicia Farr (“The Player,” “Kotch”) is 88. Author Roy Blount Jr. is 79. Author Anne Rice is 79. Actor Lori Saunders (“Petticoat Junction”) is 79. Actor Clifton Davis...

Music fan seriously hurt by stage diver wins $2M settlement

Sep. 25, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who suffered serious spinal injuries when a stage diver landed on his head during a concert in New Jersey has reached a $2 million settlement with the show's organizer. Jason Kooken, 46, of Exeter, was injured at an April 2017 punk music festival staged at...

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Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

Sep. 24, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like many other events, an annual John Lennon tribute concert that takes place in his adopted city of New York on his Oct. 9 birthday has been forced online because of the coronavirus pandemic. There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday, not...