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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sometimes you can't fully appreciate your home and surroundings until you leave it for a while. Take country / Americana singer-songwriter Kim Richey.
ATLANTA - It's just past noon, but singer-songwriter Gregg Allman is putting the finishing chews on his breakfast at his home outside of Savannah, Ga.
MINNEAPOLIS - Jackson Browne enlisted Dawes as his band for a 2011 tour. The Band's Robbie Robertson hired the young Los Angeles quartet that year, too, to back him on a few TV shows. This spring former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty insisted that Dawes play with him on "The Late Show With David Letterman" even though he has his own touring band.
LOS ANGELES - "You ain't gotta count it ... I can add / 1 million, 2 million, 3 million, 20 million / Oh, I'm so good at math / Might crash ya Internet / And I ain't even into that," Jay-Z boasts on "Somewhereinamerica."
LOS ANGELES - One of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles in June was for a last-minute club show by Atoms for Peace, the high-profile side project built around an odd couple of alternative-rock superstars.
JAY-Z "Magna Carta Holy Grail" (Samsung) 3 stars
Thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, performances by Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow and selections from the "Lincoln" score played by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond are among top entertainers scheduled to perform on the National Mall for Fourth of July celebrations that also will feature a 17-minute fireworks display.
A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public.
Bernadette Nolan, a member of singing sister act The Nolans, has died of cancer aged 52.
A judge in Geneva has rejected an application from Shakira's ex-boyfriend seeking rights to one of her bank accounts.
Rapper 50 Cent denies allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - One would think an industrious horn man who has traveled the country with the spacious indie-pop of the band Beirut, toured the world with the anthemic rock presentations of Arcade Fire and cracked the cosmos just a touch with a series of his own indie/avant jazz - adventures would have scaled the peaks of what popular music had to offer.
Mac Miller had a quick decision to make when Kanye West jumped the street date for his new album: Move his "Watching Movies with the Sound Off" to a different week or stand firm in the face of "Yeezus."
Demi Lovato is a no-go for Philadelphia's Fourth of July show.
For Bobby McFerrin, breaking new ground has always been synonymous with his music.
LOS ANGELES - For a notoriously perfectionist band like Fleetwood Mac, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that its live show leaves nothing to chance.
Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, has left out some of the rougher details of her early life for a new teen edition of her memoir, "Nowhere But Up."
Derek Vincent Smith, the internationally renowned DJ who performs under the name Pretty Lights, has a simple request: Don't call what he does electronic dance music.
Charles Carr, who was just a college freshman when he drove country music legend Hank Williams on his final, lonesome journey six decades ago, has died.
LOS ANGELES - Musician and producer Pharrell Williams is asking a New York court to rule that he has not infringed on any trademarks for the phrase "I am."
A British inquest has found that reggae star Smiley Culture died from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest during a 2011 police raid.
Amy Winehouse seemed to live in public, but her fans never knew the private person.
A once-grand opera house that's now a scene of decaying rubble was the latest remarkable venue for Chanel's haute couture.
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, has died at 91.