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Iraq Veteran's War Memoir Being Turned Into Opera

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo-area Iraq veteran's memoir of his harrowing experiences as a bomb disposal expert is being turned into an opera by a New York City opera company and will be premiered at an upstate theater this summer. Brian Castner's "The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows" was published in 2012 to strong reviews and comparisons to other highly regarded wa... more

Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammys, Beck Takes Home Album of the Year

Sam Smith accepts the award for best new artist at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thought Beyonce 's surprise album was shocking? Beck's win for album of the year was even more astonishing. The singer, who also won best rock album, beat out Beyonce , Sam Smith , Pharrell and Ed Sheeran for the top award. Kanye West , who famously interrupted Taylor Swift when she beat Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards, almost walked onstage when Prince announced Beck's name. Some in the audience seem... more

Former Navy SEAL to Open for Wynonna in Kentucky

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ASHLAND -- Fans attending Wynonna Judd's concert at Ashland's Paramount Arts Center Friday evening may want to make to get there early for Pete Scobell's opening act. Scobell is a former Navy SEAL and country music newcomer. He recently released his first album, "Unfinished Business," featuring the ballad "For the Ones I Stand Beside," which can also be heard on the soundtrack for the major moti... more

Rihanna Teases New Music at Fort Belvoir

Rihanna is hugged by CW2 William Fearrington during an event promoting her Rogue Man cologne at Ft. Belvoir Exchange on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 in Ft. Belvoir, Va. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Rihanna won't say when she plans to release new music but she is confident about what it sounds like. "I can't give you any hints of when it will drop. It's going to be great, that's all I'm going to tell you and I'm excited about it," said the singer at a meet-and-greet Wednesday with fans at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The critic she is worried about is herself. "I try to battle myself an... more

Grohl's Challenge to Band Results in TV Series

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Grohl doesn't think small. What began as an idea to challenge his band, Foo Fighters, turned into an HBO television series that celebrates the musical heritage of eight American cities and the idea of music as a community. "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" debuts Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern. After Foo Fighters recorded their last album in a garage, the ever-restless Grohl wanted to hit the road.... more

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