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Ballinger theater offers food, entertainment and community

Exchange Small-Town Hotspot

Ronald W. Erdrich

Things have been up and down for the Old Texas Theater over the years. Now, the venue is coming back once again. Read more

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band back in New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are back in New Jersey for three concerts at MetLife Stadium. Read more

Remembering 'Heroes': Berlin unveils plaque to David Bowie

Germany David Bowie

Kay Nietfeld

Berlin's mayor has inaugurated a memorial to a hero: a plaque commemorating David Bowie's time in the then-divided city in the late 1970s. Read more

DUI, possession charges dropped against bus driver in crash

A judge has dropped charges against a former Knox County school bus driver suspected of being intoxicated during a crash. Read more

Headley Bennett, sax player on Bob Marley's first song, dies

Saxophonist Headley Bennett, who played on "Judge Not," Bob Marley's first song, has died at age 85, his family said Monday. Read more

Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip holds final show

Tragically Hip Bobcaygeon

Fred Thornhill

A delirious sold-out crowd and countless Canadians on live TV watched the final concert by rock band The Tragically Hip, whose lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Read more

Founding guitarist of 3 Doors Down Matt Roberts dies

Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin. Read more

EXCHANGE: Originality a big role in southern Illinois music

Exchange Music Scene

Byron Hetzler

Originality, and a love for live music, is what you will find in Southern Illinois. Read more

New exhibit at UNF explores tattoos of U2 fans

The idea for the U2 Tattoo Project, which can be seen in exhibit form starting Monday at the University of North Florida's Gallery of Art, came together last year. Read more

Italian soprano Daniela Dessi dies at 59 after brief illness

Italy's La Scala opera house says soprano Daniela Dessi has died. She was 59. Read more

Canadians bid adieu to beloved band whose singer is dying

Tragically Hip Kingston

Lars Hagberg

The rock concert did not begin with a rock song. Instead, it started with flag-waving fans breaking into a national anthem, "O Canada." Read more

Correction: Prince Death story

Prince Death

Photo by Chris Pizzello

In a story Aug. 21 about pills found at Prince's estate after his death, The Associated Press misidentified a synthetic drug found in some pills. It was U-47700, not U-4770. Read more

McComb native songwriter's son releases album

The son of a McComb native who made it big as a Nashville songwriter has been making his own inroads in the music business and receiving critical acclaim for his virtuosic guitar work. Read more

Lawmaker fighting ticket freeze-out in name of Springsteen

Tens of thousands of fans will crowd into MetLife Stadium three times over the next week to watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, some because they acted quickly enough to buy tickets at face value — and others because they were willing to pay more on the secondary market. Read more

Teen fatally shot in Md. was up-and-coming rapper

An 18-year-old man fatally shot near his home in Suitland was an up-and-coming rapper. Read more

4-vehicle crash in Pennsylvania kills mother, daughter

Authorities say a mother and daughter were killed in a four-vehicle crash in central Pennsylvania. Read more

Frank Ocean debuts 'Blonde,' his 1st album in 4 years

Frank Ocean

Photo by John Shearer

The wait for Frank Ocean's latest album is finally over. Read more

La Crosse rapper's fifth album shares message of hope, peace

Mario Street felt an explosion of pain as a bullet shattered bone and blood began to gush from the punctured artery in his leg. As the screaming of the crowd grew fuzzy and the sensation faded, Street realized, "Oh my God, I'm going to die." Read more

Kanye West's weekend pop-up store in Boston draws big crowds

Kanye West "Pablo" Pop-Up Shop Opens in LA

Photo by Chris Pizzello

Kanye West's pop-up clothing store has opened in downtown Boston. Read more

'NSync, Backstreet Boys creator Lou Pearlman dies in prison

Boy Band Creator Dies

AP Photo

Lou Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSync, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme. Read more

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