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Tom Petty reflects on 40 years of songwriting

People-Tom Petty

Photo by Wade Payne

Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. Read more

Chris Brown's trial on assault charge delayed

Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington, which had been set for Monday, has been postponed until Wednesday. Read more

Casino owner planning 'Rock in Rio' site in Vegas

A group including casino company MGM Resorts announced plans Monday to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning in May 2015. Read more

Today in History

Today is Monday, April 28, the 118th day of 2014. There are 247 days left in the year. Read more

Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

Obit Kevin Sharp

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Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43. Read more

Review: B'way's 'Violet' shows beauty in its score

Theater Review Violet

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Some musicals are big and brassy, calling out for attention with their razzle-dazzle and sassy sets. Others are more demure, letting their simple beauty shine. How appropriate then that a show about inner loveliness chose the latter path. Read more

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Jack White records songs, releases vinyl in hours Read more

Ballroom dance club creates Elvis dance festival

For three days starting Friday, the Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club will go all-Elvis. Read more

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

OBIT Rubin Carter Boxing

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. Read more

Misa Panamericana a tradition at Houston church

Exchange Mariachi Mass

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It's the final Mass on Palm Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and although the rows of hard oak pews already are packed, an insistent throng pushes through the door. Each worshipper receives a palm frond, then genuflects to God before moving into the holy interior that smells faintly of candl... Read more

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Rethinking Pot 4/20

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Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Read more

Signs to guide visitors to Shoals' music heritage

Signs will soon point visitors to The Shoals region toward the musical landmarks that made the area famous. Read more

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

OBIT Rubin Carter Boxing

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. Read more

Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too. Read more

Sutton Foster and Jeanine Tesori bond backstage

Theater Sutton Foster

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There were two visitors to Sutton Foster's Broadway dressing room the other day. Read more

Anita Baker countersues home improvement company

Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has countersued a company that says it hasn't been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home. Read more

Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise

Corporate Coachella

Photo by Chris Pizzello

When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend. Read more

Even in death, Tampa teen's heart keeps giving

Amandas Heart

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March 9, the first anniversary of his daughter's death, and Ronald Pierce was anxious. Read more

Shreveport's Bluebirds soaring into 27th year

Well into their third decade, Shreveport's Bluebirds continue to soar into new areas of music. Read more

Jack White records songs, releases vinyl in hours

Music Jack White

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Jack White played his new single "Lazaretto" for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl. Read more

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