It's typically the curse of the aging rock star that no matter how much he contemporizes, the music of his middle and old age never sounds as vital as the work of his youth.
Roy Burris, who played drums for Merle Haggard's band the Strangers and co-wrote "Okie From Muskogee," died Wednesday, April 20, of heart-related problems in Tulsa, Okla. He was 79.
Gerard Smith, bass player for Gotham indie rock outfit TV on the Radio, died this morning from lung cancer. He was 34.
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Los Angeles-based bandleader and club owner Orrin Tucker, who scored a nationwide hit with "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" in 1939, died April 9 of natural causes in the San Gabriel Valley. He was 100.
Astounding wildlife footage is given a kid-friendly narrative hook, but never overly cuddlified, in Keith Scholey's "African Cats," the third installment in the Mouse House's Disneynature series.
After a significant downturn in its fortunes last summer, the live music touring business is hoping for a shot in the arm with a healthy roster of acts hitting the road this summer.
Offering a fitfully funny sitcom plot clumsily stretched to 90 minutes, then goosed with increasingly tiresome doses of smuttiness and political incorrectness, "The Best and the Brightest" is neither.
New-model film music services provider the Cutting Edge Group has inked a 10-picture deal with Emmett Furla Films for projects to be distributed domestically by Lionsgate.
Given the ever immersive battles waged by musicians to to keep their fare share of profits in today's Wild West digital music landscape, a performing rights orgs often has its hands full.
"I sometimes feel like a hungry rat on a sinking ship, who's climbed to the top of the mast and is standing there on its toes."
Folk singer-songwriter, actor and club manager Gil Robbins died on Tuesday in Esteban Cantu, Mexico. He was 80.