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Music man: Owner of Colorado Springs-area shop develops passion for ukulele

John Ramsey poses for a portrait in his shop, Avenue Guitars in Manitou Springs. Ramsey has been in business for over 40 years and has built over 200 guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and banjo necks. Article source:

Wendy Kirkland: The Music’s On Me review – making it seem easy

Almost two years ago I heard the debut album of a terrific pianist and singer. Her name was Wendy Kirkland and I’d never heard of her, which was odd, because when there’s something really good in the offing the word soon gets round. After my review appeared, it turned out that some musicians knew about […]

At Hampton Coliseum, Common uses his music to take history to task, look toward future – Virginian

“We do this in honor of those who created a situation so we could vote. I’m talking about the women and men of the Civil Rights movement who fought, who marched, who strategized, who were hosed down and dogs were sicked on them, who lost their lives so that we could vote,” he said, standing […]

Is BTS Working On New Music During Their Break?

BTS | (John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp) BTS is on hiatus until their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour resumes in October. This is the group’s first official vacation without a schedule since their debut in 2013. Since going on break, J-Hope traveled to Los Angeles, Jungkook’s posts on Weverse caused the app to crash, and […]

53th Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival brings music to Litchfield

LITCHFIELD, Maine (WMTW)- Music, memories, and fun. That’s what this weekend in Litchfield has been focused on for the 53rd Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival. People of all ages camp on-site come for a day all to enjoy bluegrass music and this special atmosphere. For this community, they say it feels more like a homecoming […]

Joan Shelley On Her Musical Love Letter To Kentucky

SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Joan Shelley is a musician. Musicians write love songs. It comes with the territory. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THE SWAY”) JOAN SHELLEY: (Singing) Here on this night. Here on this floor. Everything I call mine I want to rot with yours. I don’t know what it is because there’s so much else to […]

Essential Arts: The impenetrable Music Center gets an accessible new look

The Music Center gets a nip and tuck, and a critic visits a half-empty LACMA. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential art news — and Japanese death poetry. Music Center redo When architect Welton Becket designed the Music Center in 1964, he placed his trio of […]

Can Taylor Swift really re-record her entire music catalogue?

There are two different copyrights in play here: that of the song composition (the musical arrangement and lyrics), and that of the recording itself. And “the copyright for the song is compensated completely separately from the compensation for the song recording,” said David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association. And “because Taylor writes […]

New music center at University of Memphis to anchor arts corridor

CLOSE The University of Memphis’s new music center will be built at 3800 Central Avenue. The Scheidt Family Music Center is expected to open in spring of 2021. (Photo: Courtesy University of Memphis) The University of Memphis has applied for a building permit for its new music center.  The $35 million permit was filed for 3800 […]

‘Succession’ Composer Nicholas Britell on Making Music for the One Percent

The Roys, the media empire family at the heart of HBO’s “Succession,” are ridiculously rich. They’re manipulative and cruel. They’re also a bit delusional and absurd. When Nicholas Britell conceived the show’s score, he wanted to capture all of that. “I wrote in this almost late-1700s, dark classical zone,” says Britell, the Oscar-nominated composer of […]