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  • Smashing Pumpkins’ Corgan looks ahead, not back

    LONDON (AP) — The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s fair to say lead singer Billy Corgan has an ambivalent relationship with his band — as well as with the music…

  • Punk rock doc makes DC area premiere at AFI Silver

    The punk rock documentary “Salad Days” makes its D.C. premiere Friday night at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Directed by Scott Crawford, the film examines the DC punk scene from the early…

  • Year’s top album is Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press’ top albums of 2014 list: 1. “In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith: Sam Smith’s album was an emotional roller coaster…

  • Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February. Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single “First Kiss.”…

  • Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again. 1. “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce: Contemporary music’s top singer and songwriter…

  • Mistrial declared for man accused of stalking Ashanti

    NEW YORK (AP) — R&B star Ashanti could have to face being questioned by an accused stalker again after a juror’s illness prompted a mistrial. The Grammy-winning singer’s representative didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry…

  • NYC event marks winter solstice with music parades

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles. An outdoor musical celebration is marking the winter…

  • Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and…

  • NYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over…

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Just for fun, let’s try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Suddenly a…

  • Musical of ‘School of Rock’ heading to Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” may be going, but get ready for “The School of Rock.” Producers said Thursday that a musical version of the 2003 film starring…

  • McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on…

  • Freud’s goal: Keep Chicago’s Lyric Opera relevant

    CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, “dreaming about…

  • NYC rapper Bobby Shmurda arrested in drug case

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper was among several people arrested Wednesday in an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in the city. Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name…

  • Broadway seeks a new Carole King with open auditions

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you think you can sing “It’s Too Late” and “So Far Away” like Carole King, some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Nationwide open casting calls were announced…