Music Review: New Chris Young album likable, not memorable
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Music Review: New Chris Young album likable, not memorable

Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over” (RCA Nashville) Chris Young ends his fifth album with “What If I Stay,” a sparse, tenderly swaying ballad that shows off the Tennessee-born country singer’s rich baritone, wide range and seductive phrasing. For most of “I’m Comin’ Over,” 30-year-old Young hitches his truck to rhythm-driven contemporary country music. He clips … Continue reading

Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson pay tribute to Toussaint
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Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson pay tribute to Toussaint

NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger and Robbie Robertson are paying tribute to the late Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans musician who wrote “Southern Nights,” ”Lady Marmalade” and many other hits. “He was such an influential songwriter and performer,” Jagger tweeted Wednesday. Early in their career, the Rolling Stones covered Toussaint’s “Pain in My Heart” … Continue reading

Music Review: Trey Anastasio finds groove on ‘Paper Wheels’
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Music Review: Trey Anastasio finds groove on ‘Paper Wheels’

Trey Anastasio, “Paper Wheels” (Rubber Jungle/ATO Records) When Phish frontman Trey Anastasio settles into a groove, his latest solo record “Paper Wheels” shines. Anastasio, on his first solo record in three years and 10th of his career, produces a tune, aptly titled “The Song,” that is not only the best track on “Paper Wheels” but … Continue reading

Ed Sheeran hosts MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan
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Ed Sheeran hosts MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan

MILAN (AP) — Ed Sheeran is host, nominee and performer as the music and fashion industries continue their affair in Italy’s fashion capital for the MTV Europe Music Awards. Pharrell Williams is the opening performer at Sunday night’s award ceremony, followed by Ellie Goulding and James Bay, among others. Williams and Sheeran will be vying … Continue reading

Superb new biography of the King of Pop
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Superb new biography of the King of Pop

“MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson” (Scribner), by Steve Knopper Steve Knopper begins his superb biography of Michael Jackson with an anecdote about a protest against school integration in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, in 1927, more than three decades before the singer was born. Then he fast-forwards to 1995, when the self-proclaimed King of … Continue reading