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Music underpins eclectic array of Toronto film festival features

Yahoo! Music News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:30

Cast member Dustin Hoffman and his wife Lisa arrive for the premiere of the film "Boychoir" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in TorontoBy Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - From dramas about mentors and their apprentices, to imaginative musicals, biopics, and documentaries, music underpinned an eclectic swathe of movies appearing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. These ranged from high profile galas like Francois Girard's 'Boychoir' and the Canadian premiere of Sundance favorite 'Whiplash' to Ethan Hawke's intimate and well received study of a former concert pianist. Girard, who also made 'Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould' and 'The Red Violin', said he does not want to be pigeonholed as a director of music-related projects, but that once again a story centered around this theme spoke to him. "I trust music more than the words when it comes to depicting emotions." Girard's 'Boychoir' and director Damien Chazelle's semi-autobiographical 'Whiplash' both portray students striving for greatness under genius teachers - one simply demanding and one monstrously abusive.


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MCFW 2014: Music City Food & Wine 'Harvest Night' Lineup to Feature Kings of Leon, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, More

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:27

 Music City Food & Wine 'Harvest Night' Lineup to Feature Kings of Leon, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, MoreIt's edging ever so close to time for this year's Music City Food & Wine Festival, and the last of the major programming announcements is out today, as the music lineup for that Saturday's 'Harvest Night' event has finally...


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As music sales fall, sax player Kenny G turns to stockpicking

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:22

File photo of U.S. jazz musician and saxophonist Kenny G performing during a concert in Hong KongBy David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks. Instead, the man whose real name is Kenny Gorelick obsessively checks the company's stock price. Gorelick was one of the first investors in the Seattle-based chain. He was introduced to Starbucks chief Howard Schultz through an uncle, before the company went public, and soon bought a stake.


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'The Sound of Music' to tour without 'varnish'

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 00:30

FILE - In this March 17, 2008 file photo, producer, writer and lyricist Jack O'Brien attends the 4th Annual Stella by Starlight benefit in New York. O'Brien is working on a touring version of “The Sound of Music” starting next year, but he promises he won’t be “trotting out your mother’s version.” (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien is working on a touring version of "The Sound of Music" starting next year, but he promises he won't be "trotting out your mother's version."


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Chromeo, Arab-Jewish Electro-Funk Duo, Make Joyous Music Together

Yahoo! Music News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 00:13

Chromeo, Arab-Jewish Electro-Funk Duo, Make Joyous Music TogetherChromeo, the Arab-Jewish musical duo who made a splash this spring with their latest album “White Women,” joined HuffPost Live for a chat on Thursday.Canadians David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel met in high school and have been making electro-funk music together for 10 years. The pair claim they’ve discovered much in common, despite...


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Rebirths: The Mission's Viracocha Finally Scores Live Music Permit

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:31

 The Mission's Viracocha Finally Scores Live Music PermitViracocha, the performance space in the Mission that's been underground in more ways than one, is finally on the right side of the law. As the SF Weekly reports, owner Jonathan Siegel finally received an Entertainment Commission permit yesterday,...


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Retrial to proceed for Florida man who shot teens over loud music

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:03
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Despite prior widespread media coverage, a retrial can go ahead later this month for a white, middle-aged man charged with killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute about loud rap music, a north Florida judge ruled on Thursday. The defense wanted a change of venue after a Jacksonville jury previously deadlocked on a charge of first-degree murder for Michael Dunn, 47, who claimed to be acting in self-defense in the shooting death. Dunn, a software engineer, fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens listening to music in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The jury convicted Dunn in February on three lesser counts of attempted murder for firing at the three other black teens in the vehicle, which was parked next to Dunn’s. The trial received international attention over its racial overtones and Dunn's claims of self-defense, drawing comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old.
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Paul McCartney wrote music for Destiny for 'the creativity,' not cash

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:01

Paul McCartney wrote music for Destiny for 'the creativity,' not cashThere was "no check involved, big or otherwise" when it came to recruiting iconic singer and songwriter Paul McCartney for the soundtrack of Bungie's open-world shooter, Destiny, community manager Eric Osbourne told Vulture.


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EaterWire: Two Sisters' Cocktail Classes; Pop's Gets Live Music

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 23:16

 Two Sisters' Cocktail Classes; Pop's Gets Live MusicHAYES VALLEY—Want to learn to shake a cocktail like the pros at Two Sisters Bar and Books? Bartender Michael Cecconi, a Chron Bar Star and industry vet, will be teaching seminars on whiskey cocktails and cocktails for entertaining throughout the...


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Come to Zelda's Kokiri Forest for the fairies, stay for the violin music

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 01:00

Come to Zelda's Kokiri Forest for the fairies, stay for the violin musicViolinist Taylor Davis took to the woods of Kokiri Forest recently to play her violin arrangement of the fairy's theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Press play above to watch the video, which is inspired by the 1998 Nintendo 64 Game. If you like what you hear, you can purchase Davis' cover of the Kokiri Forest theme from Amazon, Bandcamp, Google Play, iTunes or Loudr, which is available on her album "Melodies of Hyrule: Music from 'The Legend of Zelda'." You can also see her take on Gerudo Valley, Song of Time" and "Song of Storms, and music from Journey.


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U2's free iTunes album surprises at Apple launch gala

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:02

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks with U2 during an Apple event announcing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch at the Flint Center in CupertinoVeteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off the largest album release in history at Tuesday's Apple Inc event to launch new products, after making its latest record available for free on Apple's iTunes online stores to half a billion iTunes users. The Grammy Award-winning band performed its latest single "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" at the Cupertino, California event, at which Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a smart watch and a mobile payments system. U2 released its new 11-track "Songs of Innocence" live on stage with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook.


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U2 Is Giving Its New Album Away For Free on iTunes

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:30

 SplashWhere the streets have no name? More like where the album has no price! Apologies for that bad intro, but it comes with good news. Irish rockers U2 are giving their new album  Songs of Innocence away for free. Yes, for free! Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com U2


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U2 surprise Apple event with new album released for free on iTunes

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:19

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks with U2 during an Apple event announcing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch at the Flint Center in CupertinoVeteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off a surprise at Apple Inc's event to launch new products on Tuesday, making its latest album available for free on Apple's iTunes online store. The Grammy Award-winning band performed at the Cupertino, California event, at which Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a smart watch and a mobile payments system. U2 released its new 11-track "Songs of Innocence" live on stage with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook. The album immediately appeared in iTunes users' music libraries.


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Bowie out with new music for hits collection

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:56

British rock legend David Bowie (C) performs on stage on October 20, 2003 at the Bercy stadium in ParisRock icon David Bowie, who broke a decade of silence with an album last year, will release more new music in November as part of a greatest-hits collection. The 67-year-old pioneer of glam rock will release a nearly eight-minute song entitled "Sue (or In a Season of Crime)" recorded with his long-time producer Tony Visconti, his label said Tuesday. The track will appear on "Nothing Has Changed," a career-spanning compilation in editions of two or three CDs or a double-vinyl set. The compilation comes ahead of the release of the movie "David Bowie Is," which is based on an exhibition on the influential artist at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.


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U2 releases new album free on Apple iTunes 

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:39

Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (R) during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, CaliforniaIrish superstars U2 on Tuesday released their first album in five years free on Apple's iTunes as the tech giant unveiled its latest smartphones. At a launch event near San Francisco, U2 played a single from the new album, "Songs of Innocence," which Apple announced it had sent out for free to half a billion iTunes customers around the world. Frontman Bono described the album, the band's first since "No Line on the Horizon" in 2009, as deeply personal and called the release "instant gratification." "From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose -- so today is kind of mind-blowing to us," Bono said.


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U2 releases new album free on Apple iTunes

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:44

U2 releases new album free on Apple iTunesIrish superstars U2 on Tuesday released their first album in five years free on Apples iTunes as the tech giant unveiled its latest smartphones.


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Bowie out with new music for hits collection

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:27

British singer David BowieRock icon David Bowie, who broke a decade of silence with an album last year, will release more new music in November as part of a greatest-hits collection. The 67-year-old pioneer of glam rock will release a nearly eight-minute song entitled "Sue (or In a Season of Crime)" recorded with his long-time producer Tony Visconti, his label said Tuesday. The track will appear on "Nothing Has Changed," a career-spanning compilation in editions of two or three CDs or a double-vinyl set. The compilation comes ahead of the release of the movie "David Bowie Is," which is based on an exhibition on the influential artist at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.


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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 01:56

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending September 8, 2014:


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Alabama music festival cancels CeeLo Green show

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:26
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A music festival in Mobile, Alabama, is canceling an appearance by singer CeeLo Green following his online comments about sexual assault.
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Q&A: Richards on new book, Stones tour, solo music

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:03

 The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar," by Keith Richards and art by Theodora Richards. The book will be released on Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindless Records, Brian Rasic)NEW YORK (AP) — There's one person who knew Keith Richards would become Keith Richards: his grandfather.


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