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B.B. King: Five tracks to hear beyond "The Thrill Is Gone"

chicagotribune.com — One of the biggest voices in blues and blues guitar, B.B. King's discography stretches back almost 60 years. And just about any music listener can call to mind his signature track "The Thrill Is Gone" by memory along with "When Love Comes to Town," his '80s pairing with U2.

B.B. King: Five tracks to hear beyond "The Thrill Is Gone"

latimes.com — One of the biggest voices in blues and blues guitar, B.B. King's discography stretches back almost 60 years. And just about any music listener can call to mind his signature track "The Thrill Is Gone" by memory along with "When Love Comes to Town," his '80s pairing with U2.

Jazz Bakery awarded NEA grant to support upcoming concerts, workshops

latimes.com — Though still awaiting a planned new home in Culver City, the Jazz Bakery remains a visible force for jazz through its Moveable Feast concert series. That effort has gained further support with the news that the organization was awarded an NEA Art Works grant of $30,000 to support a series of what's billed as "concerts, conversations and workshops" to be scheduled between Nov.

Kamasi Washington expands jazz's boundaries on new album 'The Epic'

latimes.com — When jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington was contributing string arrangements to rapper Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly," few could have predicted that both L.A. artists would end up dominating the conversation about hip-hop and jazz in 2015.

Charles Lloyd finds riveting sonic textures in 'Wild Man Dance'

latimes.com — When fans are considering the most treasured voices in jazz, Charles Lloyd's name should quickly come to mind. An expressive saxophonist who was honored as a 2015 NEA Jazz Master on Monday, Lloyd burst onto the national scene in 1966 with the million-selling live album "Forest Flower" and eventually bridged the gap between jazz and psychedelic rock in subsequent dates with the Grateful Dead .

Grateful Dead announce two more 'Fare Thee Well' shows in California

latimes.com — West Coast Grateful Dead fans, your miracle ticket may well be on its way. Faced with overwhelming demand for what's been billed as the last run of shows together for surviving Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir at Chicago's Soldier Field, the band has announced a pair of shows scheduled for June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chris Barton: A digital bill that's far too broad

nzherald.co.nz — "We need look no further than the Roast Busters case, where we had young Kiwi men take to social media to continue to harass and demean their victims far beyond the time and place of the initial attack, and it is happening more and more."

'Blurred Lines' verdict: In jazz, the vibe is everything

latimes.com — Jazz may be miles away from pop in terms of financial power -- its intake roughly amounts to the change Pharrell Williams leaves behind in the couch cushions -- but its Twitter community reacted to this week's "Blurred Lines" verdict, in which a jury compelled Williams and Robin Thicke to pay $7.4 million to the Gaye estate, like much of the music world: with a mostly appreciative indictment of Thicke, who is already easily pegged as an interloper for appropriating the sound of a legend like Marvin Gaye.

Grammys 2015: Jazz sticks to the familiar as Chick Corea wins two

sacbee.com — Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album "Life in the Bubble": "Once again we want to thank Chick Corea for not making a large ensemble album."

Grammys 2015: Jazz sticks to the familiar as Chick Corea wins two

latimes.com — Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album "Life in the Bubble": "Once again we want to thank Chick Corea for not making a large ensemble album."
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May 13, 2015

Taking a break for some R&R, Internetiverse. See you in a couple weeks -- Don't you go changing on me.

May 13, 2015

@davidegreenwald I know it, and though i'm so tired of those it's probably worth it. That record accidentally said a lot about 2005

May 13, 2015

Where's my Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album oral history, internet? DON'T YOU HIDE FROM ME.

May 11, 2015

Deflate footballs: four games. Knock fiancee out in elevator: two games. Beat up girlfriend: you're hired when can you start? #nfl

May 11, 2015

If you think Idol was fun the past few years, just wait until you see it congratulate itself to the finish twitter.com/PopHiss/status…

May 10, 2015

RT @latimes: Chris Burden, the Conceptual artist behind LACMA's ‘Urban Light’ sculpture, dies at 69 lat.ms/1IuEZUP

May 08, 2015

This song's almost 15 years old, pretty ridiculous and it really shouldn't still kill me the way it does but youtube.com/watch?v=JHkfMp…

May 08, 2015

@Mark_Stryker Heh, thanks -- though maybe my view here is skewed because of set designers driving the prices even higher.

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