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Nearly 30 years into their career, Belle and Sebastian could hardly be called late developers, yet the seven-piece Glasgow band’s 11th album is still something of a surprise.

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Behold Winnipeg Fanfare and other New Music delights

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Behold Winnipeg Fanfare and other New Music delights

Holly Harris 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

The Winnipeg New Music Festival is back with a bang this week as its offers its first full line-up of nightly concerts since January 2020.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Returning to the Winnipeg New Music Festival tradition of taking concerts to unusual settings, co-curators Harabalos Stafylakis (left) and Daniel Raiskin have planned two performances at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

Add this Winterruption to your social calendar

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Add this Winterruption to your social calendar

Ben Waldman 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Some people view the coldest months of the year as a hibernation period for music festivals and concerts in Manitoba. Winterruption (Jan. 20-29) is out to wake those people up.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Matt Mac will perform at the West End Cultural Centre on Jan. 28. (Supplied)

Chorus of support has Vancouver folk fest board reviewing cancellation, letter says

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Chorus of support has Vancouver folk fest board reviewing cancellation, letter says

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

VANCOUVER - A groundswell of support for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival has its board of directors rethinking plans to cancel this year's event and dissolve the society.

An open letter from the board says several parties have offered possible solutions for funding and support since it announced the plan to end the festival last week.

It says the board has paused the motion to dissolve the society and moved the annual general meeting from Feb. 1 to March 1, while it explores options to save the festival.

The letter says there's been an extraordinary response to the decision to cancel the festival, with board members have receiving numerous messages of love and support from attendees, dedicated volunteers, musicians and many others.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Danny Davis Guitars are displayed in Huntsville, Ala. A groundswell of support for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival has its board of directors rethinking plans to cancel this year's event and dissolve the society.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, The Huntsville Times, Matt Wake

Winnipegger's vinyl-focused YouTube channel resonates with music fans, far and wide

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Winnipegger's vinyl-focused YouTube channel resonates with music fans, far and wide

David Sanderson 7 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

WEST ST. PAUL — Tone-arms up if you belonged to Columbia House, a mail-order service that rose to prominence in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, by allowing registered members to build a music collection on the cheap, through heavily advertised deals such as “13 records or tapes for $1!” or “8 CDs for a penny!!”

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Frank Landry, owner and host of Channel 33 RPM, has been talking about records, CDs and audio gear on his YouTube channel since 2014. He has almost 57,000 subscribers. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

Shania Twain says she feels ‘time crunch’ to record more albums while she has a voice

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Shania Twain says she feels ‘time crunch’ to record more albums while she has a voice

David Friend, The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Shania Twain says she worries her singing voice is on borrowed time and so she plans to "hurry up and make more records."

Twain told The Canadian Press she feels a "time crunch" on her voice, and feared she may lose it in the fallout of contracting Lyme disease roughly two decades ago.

"It may not last forever; I know that, I've been told that," she said Wednesday in a call from Las Vegas to promote her sixth album "Queen of Me," out Feb. 3.

"I've got so many songs written and I want to get in there and record them while I can."

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Shania Twain appears during a portrait session in New York on June 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP

Justin Bieber sells his rights to ‘Sorry,’ ‘Despacito’ and other hits to Hipgnosis

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Justin Bieber sells his rights to ‘Sorry,’ ‘Despacito’ and other hits to Hipgnosis

David Friend, The Canadian Press 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

TORONTO - Justin Bieber has sold the rights to his entire back catalogue, including megahits "Despacito," "Sorry" and "Baby," to Hipgnosis Song Management.

The song investment company says it's struck an agreement with the Stratford, Ont.-raised pop singer for his share of all publishing copyrights and royalties from his master recordings.

The deal covers Bieber's entire back catalogue of more than 290 titles released before the end of 2021.

Terms were not disclosed by Hipgnosis and the company declined to put a value on the deal.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Justin Bieber has sold the rights to his entire back catalogue of hits to Hipgnosis Song Management. Bieber attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Invision-Evan Agostini

Classified, The East Pointers lead East Coast Music Awards nominations with six each

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Classified, The East Pointers lead East Coast Music Awards nominations with six each

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia-based rapper Classified and Prince Edward Island pop-folk trio The East Pointers lead the nominations for the 35th East Coast Music Awards, with six each.

Classified's Retrospected is nominated for album of the year, and both he and The East Pointers are up for entertainer of the year and video of the year.

Newfoundland and Labrador country singer-songwriter Jason Benoit's five nominations include album of the year — for Time Traveller: Side A — entertainer of the year and Indigenous artist of the year.

Singer-songwriter David Myles, musical duo Madison Violet, musician Andrew Waite and singer-songwriter Lisa LeBlanc each have four nominations.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Nova Scotia-based rapper Classified performs at the 2018 East Coast Music Awards gala in Halifax on May 3, 2018. Classified and P.E.I. pop-folk trio The East Pointers lead the nominations for the 35th East Coast Music Awards, with six each. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Star Trek rogue John de Lancie leans in to narrator role for Peer Gynt with WSO

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Star Trek rogue John de Lancie leans in to narrator role for Peer Gynt with WSO

Alan Small 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Few can snap their fingers so audibly, and so famously, as John de Lancie.

It’s a handy skill for an actor who plays an omnipotent alien that can change the universe with the snap of his fingers while making life miserable for Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series in the franchise that explore “Space, the final frontier.”

Q, de Lancie’s roguish character that returned to the small screen last year in the Star Trek offshoot Picard, has become the actor’s calling card in the science-fiction realm.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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John de Lancie, who plays Q in Star Trek, will narrate a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt alongside the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Singer Michelle Willis on the ‘joy of knowing’ late David Crosby, a mentor and friend

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Singer Michelle Willis on the ‘joy of knowing’ late David Crosby, a mentor and friend

David Friend, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

TORONTO - David Crosby was an acclaimed musician to many, but for Michelle Willis he was also a surprise mentor who became a friend in recent years.

The Ontario-raised singer-songwriter says she first met Crosby, who died Wednesday at 81 years old, during a recording session for the instrumental band Snarky Puppy.

Both of them had been invited to record on Snarky Puppy's 2015 album "Family Dinner, Vol. 2," a collaborative project that attracted musician friends from around the world.

Once in the studio, it was clear she shared a spark with the founder of the folk-rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

David Crosby of the band Crosby, Stills and Nash, performs at Glastonbury Festival in England, on June 27, 2009. Crosby died Wednesday at 81 years old.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joel Ryan

Reports: David Crosby, rock star and CSNY co-founder, dies

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Reports: David Crosby, rock star and CSNY co-founder, dies

Robert Jablon, The Associated Press 8 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

David Crosby, the brash rock musician who evolved from a baby-faced harmony singer with the Byrds to a mustachioed hippie superstar and an ongoing troubadour in Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, has died at 81, several media outlets reported Thursday.

The New York Times reported, based on a text message from Crosby's sister in law, that the musician died Wednesday night. Several media outlets reported Crosby's death citing anonymous sources; The Associated Press was unable to reach Crosby's representatives and his widow.

Crosby underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after decades of drug use and survived diabetes, hepatitis C and heart surgery in his 70s.

While he only wrote a handful of widely known songs, the witty and ever opinionated Crosby was on the front lines of the cultural revolution of the ’60s and ’70s — whether triumphing with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young on stage at Woodstock, testifying on behalf of a hirsute generation in his anthem “Almost Cut My Hair” or mourning the assassination of Robert Kennedy in “Long Time Gone.”

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

FILE - Musician David Crosby and wife Jan Dance attend a special screening of "David Crosby: Remember My Name," hosted by Sony Pictures Classics and The Cinema Society, at The Roxy Cinema, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in New York. Crosby, the brash rock musician who evolved from a baby-faced harmony singer with the Byrds to a mustachioed hippie superstar and an ongoing troubadour in Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, has died at age 81. His death was reported Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, by multiple outlets. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

New music: Reviews of this week’s CD releases

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New music: Reviews of this week’s CD releases

7 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

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Indigenous music series launches third season

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Indigenous music series launches third season

AV Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

The third season of a video series highlighting live performances and original new music by First Nation, Métis and Inuit artists will première on Facebook and YouTube on Jan. 20.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Ila Barker (right) and vocalist Hera Nalam, record a session for Talking Stick at the Southeast Resource Development Council’s Wellness Lodge. (Supplied)

Vancouver folk festival cancels, Squamish’s future uncertain as music fests pressured

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Vancouver folk festival cancels, Squamish’s future uncertain as music fests pressured

David Friend, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

TORONTO - Two West Coast music festivals say their future is in doubt as soaring costs and uncertain ticket sales make it impossible to plan and stage their events.

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival announced Tuesday it's decided to cancel its 2023 edition due to rising production costs that are "not realistic or sustainable" under the current model. It says the festival would need another $500,000 to cover higher expenses this year.

And the Squamish Constellation Festival, which hosts an array of independent Canadian rock acts, said it must decide within the next two weeks whether to scrap this year's edition.

Both festivals described an industry that underwent seismic changes after the COVID-19 pandemic ground live music to a halt in 2020.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Electronic music fans attend day 2 of the 2022 Veld Music Festival in Downsview Park, Toronto, July 30, 2022. Two long-running West Coast music festivals say their futures are on the line as soaring production costs and uncertain ticket sales make it impossible to plan and stage music events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

Nunavut plans to support Inuit language, culture with new music industry association

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Nunavut plans to support Inuit language, culture with new music industry association

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

IQALUIT, Nunavut - Nunavut musicians have a music industry association to call their own.

Organizers of Nunavut Music say the non-profit will work to support industry professionals, build careers and strengthen Inuit language and culture.

They say Nunavut was the only Canadian province or territory without an official music industry association until now.

Founding members include the Qaggiavuut Society, Alianait Arts Festival and Iqaluit Music Society.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Thor Simonsen will be executive director of music industry association Nunavut Music. Simonsen, seen in an undated handout photo, grew up in Iqaluit, is based in Ottawa and has worked previously as a professional musician, music producer, instructor and record label executive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Nunavut Music **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Country singer Tenille Townes, Punjabi rapper AP Dhillon added to Juno performers

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Country singer Tenille Townes, Punjabi rapper AP Dhillon added to Juno performers

David Friend, The Canadian Press 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

TORONTO - A dazzle of country and a sparkle of pop are being added to this year's Juno Awards in the latest round of performers joining the broadcast.

Organizers say they've booked Nashville-based Alberta singer Tenille Townes as well as Punjabi-Canadian viral sensation AP Dhillon for the show being held this March in Edmonton.

They join a trifecta of dance-pop names in rising Montreal singer Rêve who will perform alongside Preston Pablo of Timmins, Ont., and Montreal producers Banx & Ranx.

Former "Kim's Convenience" star Simu Liu will return as host for the second consecutive year, ahead of his appearance in the summer movie "Barbie."

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Tenille Townes performs at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Country singer Tenille Townes is among the latest performers added to this year's Juno Awards in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

What’s old is new: Why a Weeknd song from 2016 is now a chart smash

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What’s old is new: Why a Weeknd song from 2016 is now a chart smash

David Friend, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

TORONTO - If the Weeknd's fresh hit "Die For You" seems mighty familiar, it's probably because it first soared up the radio charts five years ago.

The Toronto pop superstar's moody and melodic track is scaling the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100 — a chart where new singles reign supreme. This week, it rises to No. 6 from No. 8.

But it's hardly a new song, having appeared three studio albums ago on the Weeknd's smash 2016 record "Starboy." In that era, it was released as a radio single and became a Canadian hit long before its more recent comeback.

"Die For You" is part of an increasingly frequent phenomenon in which an older song climbs the music charts after a gale force of social media attention makes it impossible to ignore.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

The Weeknd performs during The After Hours Til Dawn Global Stadium Tour at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Aug. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. The Weeknd's latest radio hit "Die For You," which sits at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, comes from an album the Toronto pop singer released six years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP

Hamilton snowplow named after Arkells lead singer Max Kerman in landslide vote win

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Hamilton snowplow named after Arkells lead singer Max Kerman in landslide vote win

David Friend, The Canadian Press 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

TORONTO - Max Kerman can fill a stadium with his rock band Arkells, but his latest claim to fame will be how his namesake clears the streets.

The frontman of the Hamilton act secured a landslide victory in the city's name-that-plow contest, resulting in one of 10 newly named plows being dubbed the "Max Kermanator."

Kerman told The Canadian Press he was "delighted" by the "incredibly stupid" honour.

"I don't even own a car, so having my own snowplow is pretty cool," he said Monday.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Max Kerman of Hamilton rock band Arkells says he's "delighted" by the "incredibly stupid" honour of winning a naming contest for one of the city's snow plows, now called the "Max Kermanator." Kerman watches the Toronto Raptors take on the Miami Heat in NBA basketball action in Toronto on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Madonna unveils 2023 North America and European tour dates

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Madonna unveils 2023 North America and European tour dates

The Associated Press 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna will “Take a Bow” with a new tour through North America and Europe starting this summer that will be a “Celebration” of the pop icon's hits, which include 38 songs in the Billboard Hot 100.

The 35-city Live Nation-backed "Madonna: The Celebration Tour" will kick off July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta and Boston, among others. That leg ends on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas.

Then the Material Girl hits Europe, where she has 11 dates throughout the fall, including London, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Milan and Stockholm, among others. The tour will wrap in Amsterdam on Dec. 1.

The singer will “be highlighting her unmatched catalog of music from the past 40-plus years,” according to the announcement. It will also “pay respect to the city of New York, where her career in music began.”

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

FILE - Madonna speaks at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Madonna will launch a new tour through North America and Europe this summer that will be include 38 songs in the Billboard Hot 100. The 35-city tour will kick off on July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Local singer-songwriter is unapologetic in his embrace of his home

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Local singer-songwriter is unapologetic in his embrace of his home

Ben Waldman 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Jacob Brodovsky is sitting in a West Broadway diner, sipping cheap coffee, talking about music. He is not shy about the artists who make his world turn around, and he lists a few that he just can’t quit, not that he’d ever want to: Death Cab for Cutie, Neil Young, Charlotte Cornfield, the Saskatoon songwriter Ellen Froese, a personal friend to Brodovsky, who he calls one of the best songwriters he knows.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

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Jacob Brodovsky finds inspiration in little nuggets of life.

Ever-diversifying city reflected in its night-life options for fun, food and fellowship

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Ever-diversifying city reflected in its night-life options for fun, food and fellowship

AV Kitching 11 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

It’s 11:30 p.m. Saturday night and most people are tucked up in bed. But in corners of the city, a number of souls brave the frigid weather to seek out spaces hidden below icy pavement and behind closed doors, to gather with night owls like themselves.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Robbie Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive dies at 69

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Robbie Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive dies at 69

The Associated Press 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Robbie Bachman, the drummer for the Canadian hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive that was known for such 1970s hits as “Takin' Care of Business" and “You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," has died at age 69.

His death was announced on social media Thursday by his brother and bandmate, Randy Bachman, who did not cite a cause.

“The pounding beat of BTO has left us," Randy Bachman wrote. “He was an integral cog in our rock ‘n roll machine and we rocked the world together."

The Bachman brothers were Winnipeg natives who had been playing music since childhood.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

FILE - Randy Bachman, right, holds the Juno as Robbie Bachman videotapes a closeup of the trophy after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg on March 30, 2014. Robbie Bachman, the drummer for the Canadian hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive that was known for such 1970s hits as “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” has died at age 69. His death was announced on social media Thursday by his brother and bandmate, Randy Bachman, who did not cite a cause. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Lizzo, Ed Sheeran among acts set for 2023 Jazz Fest

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Lizzo, Ed Sheeran among acts set for 2023 Jazz Fest

Chevel Johnson, The Associated Press 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lizzo and Ed Sheeran are among the headliners at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place over two weekends beginning April 28.

The lineup released Friday also includes Dead & Company, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Santana, Jon Batiste, Jill Scott, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kane Brown, H.E.R., the Steve Miller Band and Ludacris.

Quint Davis, the festival's producer, said he's really excited about this year's event.

“This one is special,” Davis told The Associated Press by phone. “We've got something for everybody. Don't just read through the first few names on the list. Read down through it. There's some great stuff all over it. If there's someone scheduled that you haven't heard of, go to YouTube or Google them. There's buried treasure in this festival."

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

FILE - Kane Brown performs during CMA Fest 2022 on Friday, June 10, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Brown is among the headliners at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place over two weekends beginning April 28. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Robbie Bachman, co-founder and drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, dies at 69

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Robbie Bachman, co-founder and drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, dies at 69

David Friend and Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Robbie Bachman, the self-taught drummer who co-founded Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has died at age 69.

Bachman died this week in Vancouver, where he lived, said his older brother and former bandmate Randy Bachman. He did not have any more details.

The younger Bachman — born Robin Bachman — played drums to hits "Takin' Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," helping establish the band as a formidable force in Canadian music during the 1970s.

"He was a really cool, inventive — not a disciplined — drummer," Randy Bachman said in a phone interview. "He never had drum lessons. He just listened to the records and played like John Bonham and Ringo Starr."

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Randy Bachman (right) holds the Juno as Robbie Bachman videotapes a closeup of the trophy after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Robbie Bachman, co-founder and drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has died at 69, representatives for his brother Randy confirm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Harry Styles, Wet Leg lead Brit Awards nominations

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Harry Styles, Wet Leg lead Brit Awards nominations

The Associated Press 2 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

LONDON (AP) — Former One Direction star Harry Styles and Wet Leg, an indie rock duo from the Isle of Wight, were the front-runners at this year’s Brit Awards, with each securing four nominations.

Styles earned nods Thursday for album of the year for “Harry’s House,” song of the year for “As It Was,” artist of the year and best pop/R&B act at the U.K.'s leading music prizes.

Wet Leg was nominated for album of the year for their chart-topping self-titled debut, and also received nods for group of the year, best new artist and best alternative rock act.

Others on the nomination list included George Ezra, Stormzy and dance music DJ Fred again, who were shortlisted for artist of the year.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

LONDON (AP) — Former One Direction star Harry Styles and Wet Leg, an indie rock duo from the Isle of Wight, were the front-runners at this year’s Brit Awards, with each securing four nominations.

Styles earned nods Thursday for album of the year for “Harry’s House,” song of the year for “As It Was,” artist of the year and best pop/R&B act at the U.K.'s leading music prizes.

Wet Leg was nominated for album of the year for their chart-topping self-titled debut, and also received nods for group of the year, best new artist and best alternative rock act.

Others on the nomination list included George Ezra, Stormzy and dance music DJ Fred again, who were shortlisted for artist of the year.

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