Arts & Entertainment

Teenie Hodges, genre-defining Memphis player, dies

Teenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and “Take Me to the River” songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68. Longtime friend and Royal Studio owner...

DATE: June 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Mixing the right notes

Making a living playing jazz music in a small Western city is no easy feat. But for Durango musician Jeff Solon, it’s always been the only option. “There was nothing more that I enjoyed than...

DATE: June 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club on ‘Adios Tour’

HAVANA – They were forgotten masters of a long-ago sound, their faces deeply lined and their hands spotted with age. Then, suddenly, at an age when many performers would be retired, the members of...

DATE: June 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s ex-husband, dies at 75

NEW YORK – Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “(You Make Me Feel...

DATE: June 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Instrumental FLC figure says goodbye

Jazz percussionist and Fort Lewis College instructor Jonathan Latta sidled up to a large marimba in the empty music room of Jones Hall on Tuesday afternoon, two mallets balanced in each hand. He...

DATE: June 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Review: Phish plays as a group on ‘Fuego’

For a band that made its name on being able to interact with one another while playing live, Phish has had a hard time translating that collaborative interplay in the studio. They succeed on...

DATE: June 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

How Pasquale Rotella went from raver to EDM king

The bright lights and big sounds of Las Vegas are about to get a whole lot brighter and much, much louder. This weekend, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) takes over Sin City, with 400,000 EDM fans...

DATE: June 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Shins, Coldplay, Bon Iver on ‘Wish I Was Here’ soundtrack

Ten years after releasing “Garden State” and its Grammy-winning soundtrack, actor/director Zach Braff is back with another toothsome twosome. “Wish I Was Here,” a Sundance Film Festival standout...

DATE: June 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

On ‘Ultraviolence,’ Lana Del Rey lets her songs speak

Is Lana Del Rey truly morose and reckless, or just a hot chick exploiting that persona to titillate audiences? On her latest album, “Ultraviolence” (three stars out of four), the controversial...

DATE: June 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

A pretty chill Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — The coolest thing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival might have been the weather, the balmy best in the fest’s 13-year history. USA TODAY cherry-picks the weekend highlights...

DATE: June 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or ‘drop dead’

NEW YORK – Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into their exclusive club before it’s too late. Checker says he doesn’t want to be inducted when he’s...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley heads to California

Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The old farm boy who used to raise cattle in a place called Big Spraddle Creek says at age 87, he doesn’t even raise a garden. But Ralph Stanley still raises his...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Music

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