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The Stray Cats in mostly fine form on 1st album in 26 years

May. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

Stray Cats, "40" (Surfdog/BMG) After 26 years, the Stray Cats are back with a new album. And the seasoned felines are in mostly fine form. The boys who brought rockabilly back into the mainstream in the 1980s haven't lost a spare snare. The simple, elegant rhythm section of drummer Slim Jim Phantom and bassist...

Review: Morrissey offers 12 covers, with very mixed results

May. 21, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

Morrissey, "California Son" (Etienne/BMG) Morrissey delivers a dozen covers on his new album, "California Sun," which reimagines works by such masters as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon as well as more obscure musicians. It's a bold move by the former Smiths singer, a sonic face-off against some of...

Steven Van Zandt keeps on rocking but avoids the p-word

May. 20, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's plenty of rock on Steven Van Zandt's first album of original material in 20 years. There's also soul and funk and some mean horn solos. What there isn't plenty of is politics. The bandana-wearing guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, who in the past has never been shy...

Review: Egerton glitters in glossy, conventional 'Rocketman'

May. 18, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

Whatever you say about Dexter Fletcher's glossy, glittering Elton John blinged-out biopic "Rocketman ," a shiny sequin of a movie, it doesn't lack for sparkle. Like its flamboyant subject, it's a movie outfitted to the nines in dazzle and verve, even if it's gotten all dressed up with nowhere to go but the most...

Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

May. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of rebels. He didn't brag like Norman Mailer and was spared the demons driving the madness of Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint."...

'Kinky Boots' to star in movie theaters, coming full circle

May. 17, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If anyone is kicking themselves that they missed seeing the musical "Kinky Boots," relax — it's coming to a movie screen nearby this summer. Fathom Events plans to show a performance from the London cast in nearly 500 movie theaters across America on June 25 and again on June 29. The...

I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

May. 16, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — I.M. Pei (PAY), the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102. Pei's death was confirmed Thursday by Marc Diamond, a spokesman for the...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

May. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of May 15, 2019: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. Eric...

The charm is missing on The Head and the Heart's new album

May. 16, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

The Head and the Heart, "Living Mirage" (Warner Bros. Records) On the heels of bands like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, the Head and the Heart arrived into the folk-rock scene at just the right time. Their self-titled debut — self-released in 2009 and later released by record label Sub Pop in...

A T-shirt shopping trip with rock singer James Bay

May. 16, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, British singer James Bay's favorite music T-shirt is of the Rolling Stones, but the one he wishes he had? Aretha Franklin. "Somebody asked the other day, 'What's your greatest influence of all-time?' ... I can't see how it's not Aretha," Bay said while shopping at a vintage store...