Punk mainstays NOFX add best-selling book to achievements
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Punk mainstays NOFX add best-selling book to achievements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Punk rock mainstays NOFX have been defying music industry trends for three decades. Now its members can add a new achievement to their unlikely success story: Best-selling authors. The collaborative autobiography “Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories” reached No. 9 on the New York Times best seller list for paperback nonfiction this … Continue reading

Oprah, Mick Jagger among celebs to react to Prince’s death
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Oprah, Mick Jagger among celebs to react to Prince’s death

Musicians, actors and other celebrities react to the death Thursday of music great Prince via interviews, statements and social media: ___ “Prince, the doves really are crying now.” — Oprah Winfrey. ___ “The news of Prince’s sudden and unexpected passing is very difficult to process. He was my creative partner and friend. We shared tremendous … Continue reading

Hungary’s Nobel-winning author Imre Kertesz laid to rest
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Hungary’s Nobel-winning author Imre Kertesz laid to rest

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Imre Kertesz, the Hungarian writer who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature, was laid to rest Friday in the National Burial Garden in Budapest’s Kerepesi Cemetery. “Fatelessness,” his most famous book, was based largely on his teenage experiences in Nazi death camps. Kertesz’s work frequently reflected on the fate of … Continue reading

Review: In ‘Green Room’ a punk band faces the truly hardcore
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Review: In ‘Green Room’ a punk band faces the truly hardcore

“Play your early stuff,” is the advice given to the punk band The Ain’t Rights when their dirt-broke, gas-siphoning tour lands a last-minute gig at an Oregon backwoods roadhouse in Jeremy Saulnier’s brisk and brutal genre exercise “Green Room.” The tip from the spikey-haired ‘zine reporter who’s set up the show (an excellent David W. … Continue reading

A look at how Oculus compares to Vive and PlayStation VR
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A look at how Oculus compares to Vive and PlayStation VR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After four years of hype, high-end virtual reality is coming to consumers’ living rooms next week with the release of the consumer edition of the Oculus Rift. The debut will be followed by the introduction of similar high-fidelity head-mounted displays, the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Despite comparably offering immersive windows … Continue reading

Video Game Hall of Fame reveals finalists for May induction
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Video Game Hall of Fame reveals finalists for May induction

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — “Sonic the Hedgehog,” ”Space Invaders” and “John Madden Football” are among 15 games named Tuesday as finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The winners will be inducted May 5 at The Strong museum in Rochester, where the hall opened last year. The contenders also include: “Elite,” ”Final Fantasy,” … Continue reading

End of a TV era: ‘American Idol’ vows ‘spectacular’ finale
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End of a TV era: ‘American Idol’ vows ‘spectacular’ finale

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol,” which gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has one more chance to mint a star before it fades into TV and music history. Whether viewers choose a future chart-topper or trivia question remains to be seen. But executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who helped translate Britain’s … Continue reading

Cool rockin’ granddaddy Willie Nile glorifies untamed aging
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Cool rockin’ granddaddy Willie Nile glorifies untamed aging

KILEY ARMSTRONG, Associated Press Willie Nile, “World War Willie” (River House Records) Willie Nile is loud and proud. While other rockers merely strut around leathered and weathered, Nile takes one giant leap for mankind: glorifying the aging process with the party-hearty song “Grandpa Rocks” (its featured character depicted in a Clash T-shirt and dirty combat … Continue reading

‘Fallout 4’ crowned game of the year at DICE Awards
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‘Fallout 4’ crowned game of the year at DICE Awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) — “Fallout 4” wasted the competition at the D.I.C.E. Awards. Bethesda Softworks’ role-playing video saga set in a post-apocalyptic Boston won the game of the year prize at the 19th annual D.I.C.E. Awards. “Fallout 4” was also honored with trophies for outstanding achievement in game direction and as a role-playing game of … Continue reading

Indie games ‘Firewatch,’ ‘Unravel’ fall short
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Indie games ‘Firewatch,’ ‘Unravel’ fall short

What makes a game a game? That question has arisen around some of the most popular independent video games of the last few years — titles like “Gone Home,” ”Her Story” and “That Dragon, Cancer” that steer away from traditional video-game mechanics in favor of narrative and character development. “Firewatch” (Campo Santo, for PlayStation 4, … Continue reading

Author of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ has new novel coming
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Author of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ has new novel coming

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” the million-selling young adult novel being developed as a Netflix series, has finished his first solo work of fiction in nearly a decade. Penguin Young Readers told The Associated Press on Wednesday it would be publishing Jay Asher’s “What Light,” billed as a “contemporary romance” … Continue reading