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Fats, food and fun: 1st weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off

Apr. 25, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of people are converging on the Crescent City this week for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival takes place over two weekends at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course and features out-of-town artists such as Rod Stewart as well as performers from across New...

Review: Twin Shadow once again flirts with '80s bombast

Apr. 24, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

Twin Shadow, "Caer" (Warner Bros./Reprise) For someone who was likely only in the first or second grade when the 1980s ended, George Lewis Jr. seems to have been powerfully affected by that decade's sonic landscape. Lewis, whose stage name is Twin Shadow, has embraced drum machines, synths and the wild...

Review: Van Morrison in relaxed groove with jazzy reworkings

Apr. 24, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

Van Morrison has come up with a simple, and surprisingly effective, way to combat possible writer's block — recycle old songs and standards with a brand new approach. He's tried it before with "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" in 2015 and is at it again in "You're Driving Me Crazy." This time he's teamed...

Celeb birthdays for the week of April 29-May 5

Apr. 24, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

April 29: Actor Keith Baxter is 85. Bluesman Otis Rush is 83. Singer Bob Miranda of The Happenings is 76. Country singer Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys is 75. Singer Tommy James is 71. Bassist Wayne Secrest of Confederate Railroad is 68. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 64. Actress Leslie Jordan ("The Help," ''Will...

At Tribeca, the night belongs to Patti Smith _ and Bruce

Apr. 23, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The night belonged to Patti Smith at the Tribeca Film Festival — and to her friend Bruce Springsteen, who thrilled the crowd with a surprise visit to perform the hit they co-wrote, "Because the Night." The occasion was Monday night's premiere of a new concert documentary about Smith,...

Music Review: Stryper shines on 'God Damn Evil'

Apr. 23, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

Stryper, "God Damn Evil" (Frontiers) Damn, this album is good! The Almighty really must be with Stryper — how else can one explain how they've been this good for this long? With "God Damn Evil," the Christian quartet has added another book to the gospel of heavy metal, as undaunted and energized as the...

Springsteen 'Born to Run' manuscript heads to summer auction

Apr. 20, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen's songwriting scrawl is born to make bucks. Sotheby's said Friday that it will auction a handwritten working manuscript of "Born to Run" in June. The presale estimate for the single sheet of notebook paper with 30 lines of writing is $200,000 to $300,000. It will be...

Julian Lennon's environmental books hope to 'empower' kids

Apr. 20, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom. The firstborn son of the late John Lennon is the co-author of "Heal the Earth," the second in his picture book series teaching kids as...

The Go-Go's going to Broadway with a merry, musical mashup

Apr. 20, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When the idea first came up, the Go-Go's found it so improbable and off-beat that they instantly fell in love with it. As band member Jane Wiedlin puts it: "Several of us are turning 60 and it's like, 'WHAT, we're still here? And now we're going to Broadway! Are you kidding me?" "Head...

Bono gets new George W. Bush Medal for leadership

Apr. 19, 2018 10:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Rock star Bono, frontman for the band U2, has been presented with the first of what the George W. Bush Presidential Center intends to be an annual medal for individuals who change the world in some way. Former President George W. Bush presented the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished...