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15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark

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15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark
It’s difficult to find an aspect of popular culture that Hugh Hefner didn’t influence during his long, remarkable life. Spanning journalism, television, film, fashion and, of course, sexuality, his impact on music is one of the least heralded aspects of his legacy. Over the course of two seasons, Hefner used his weekly syndicated variety show, Playboy After Dark, as a platform for a broad spectrum of artists.

Psychedelic sounds from San Fransisco (courtesy of the Grateful Dead), early heavy metal (provided by Deep Purple), country-tinged balladeers (thanks to Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds) and old-school crooners (like the
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A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership

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A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership
Though his music can be heard in all corners of the globe, Paul McCartney’s songwriting process is impressively homegrown. When he teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, the pair met at McCartney’s personal studio: a converted corn mill dubbed Hog Hill Mill, a short drive from his farm in rural southern England. Armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world’s most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air.
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Childhood’s End

After 63 years somebody has taken a crack at Arthur C. Clarke's monumental sci-fi novel. This interpretation throws the emphasis way out of whack but succeeds too frequently to ignore. Charles Dance is the alarming Overlord Karellen, who comes from the stars to escort humanity through its next stage of development... and to announce the end of the world as we know it. Childhood's End Blu-ray Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 247 min. / Street Date March 1, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Osy Ikhile, Daisy Betts, Georgina Haig, Ashley Zukerman, Hayley Magnus, Charlotte Nicdao, Peretta, Lachlan Roland-Kenn, Julian McMahon, Colm Meany, Robert Morgan. Cinematography Neville Kidd Film Editor Sean Albertson, Yan Miles, Eric A. Sears Original Music Charlie Clouser Written by Matthew Graham from the novel by Arthur C. Clarke Produced by Nick Hurran, John C. Lenick, Paul M. Leonard Directed by Nick Hurran

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

This is
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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More
Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is
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TV highlights 14/03/2014

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Marvel's Agents Of Shield | In Their Own Words: 20th Century Composers | I Was There: The Great War Interviews | Edge Of Heaven | The Byrd Who Flew Alone | The Blacklist | Stella | Horse Racing: Cheltenham Gold Cup

Marvel's Agents Of Shield

8pm, Channel 4

Joss Whedon's Marvel universe spy spin-off returns to UK screens after a hiatus. This week's episode sees the search for linchpin Coulson continue. The team suffer a blow when Skye is taken off the case, but will the code-cracking smartypants help from afar? Meanwhile, Coulson suffers at the hands of bad guys Centipede, who are searching for the truth about his return from the afterlife. All-action thrills with appeal for superhero fans and beyond. Hannah J Davies

In Their Own Words: 20th Century Composers

8pm, BBC4

One of the many reasons to be glad of the existence of BBC4 is the outlet it provides for regular exhumations of the Beeb's peerless archives.
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Five-year Plan: January albums

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1963

Johnny Cash: Blood, Sweat and Tears (Columbia)

Some of Cash's '60s concept albums were burdened with much too talking between tracks; here the tribute to the American working man gets to mostly stand alone on its musical merits, and shines. Notably, it incluces the top version of the traditional "John Henry"” about the most legendarily heroic working man ever, and the version of "Casey Jones" here is classic as well. Politically and psychologically, Cash was the perfect man for this job.

1968

Byrds: Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)

Sometimes transitional albums, confusing listeners expecting a group's earlier style, are underrated. Not so with this classic. It's true that it didn't sell as well as earlier Byrds LPs, nor did the single from the album chart very high, but for decades Notorious Byrd Brothers has been widely revered, and not just by fans; some critics have even anointed it as the band's best album.
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Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band headline 2013 Stagecoach

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Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band headline 2013 Stagecoach
Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith will headline Stagecoach 2013, which takes place, April 26-28. A helpful countdown clock on the official Stagecoach site reminds us that is only 198 days away. Also among the nearly 50 acts on the Goldenvoice-produced, three-day fest at Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Grounds are Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Darius Rucker, Jeff Bridges (yes, that one), Roger McGuinn, Thompson Square, Lonestar, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams Jr. Eleven days from now, tickets will go on sale. General admission for all three days is $239, including fees, taxes and shipping. There are also tickets...
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My (Brief) Reunion With Nick Lowe

My (Brief) Reunion With Nick Lowe
Getty Nick Lowe in 2008

Nick Lowe’s set at Portland, Ore.’s Aladdin Theater Wednesday night segued between old tracks and new, songs dating back to his earliest days as a recording artist (the 1960s pub-rock band Brinsley Schwartz) to tunes from his latest CD.

With barely a break to take a sip of bottled water, the singer/songwriter/arranger/producer and raconteur barreled through almost two dozen numbers, alone on stage with an acoustic guitar, never stopping even once
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Edinburgh Film Festival 2011: Day Six – Troubadors, Bleak Night

I had every intention of seeing three movies today, which is generally the average, but between Bleak Night and Almanya the heavens above Edinburgh opened and I was subjected to so-hard-it’s-slightly-painful rain; I had to forego the latter movie, so inappropriate was my T-shirt and leather jacket combo. However I was so struck, this afternoon, with Festival Fatigue that – though I was quite looking forward to Almanya, a comedy about Turkish immigrants in Germany – I was so exhausted after Bleak Night that part of me was relieved.

The day started fairly well with Troubadours, sub-titled The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter. It is a documentary concerning the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, particularly in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Carole King and James Taylor provide a sort of running thread throughout the movie, as we hear their stories and see them performing, then and now. The interviewees comprise
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Bob Dylan In The Movies

The legendary Bob Dylan turned 70 years old on May 24th. This article takes a close look at his association with the movies…

Bob Dylan had his first acting gig aged 21 on British TV with a play called Madhouse on Castle Street. His eponymously-titled first album had been released but few people in Britain would have known him; this was a few months before Freewheelin’ hit the shelves and Dylan-fever (which is like Beatlemania, only less wild and more pretentious) swept the Western world. He was intended to play the lead but quickly proved that he wasn’t interested in learning lines and was perhaps more interested in his recent discovery of cannabis, so David Warner was hired as the lead and Dylan provided a Greek chorus to the action.

In its wisdom, the BBC has long since destroyed the footage so it’s not easy to gauge how people would
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Dawn Landes: Sweet Heart Rodeo

A little too sweet Let’s say you trust Brooklyn-via-Louisville singer/songwriter Dawn Landes when she says the title of her new album isn’t a nod to The Byrds’ 1968 country-rock classic. Fair enough—Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons and company certainly weren’t the first, and Landes won’t be the last, to equate the ups and down of life and love to the tumult of a bareback ride....
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Report: Dennis Hopper may be losing battle with prostate cancer

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First off, there's no confirmation on this news about Dennis Hopper's health. 

But veteran entertainment writer Roger Friedman reports that Hopper may be losing his battle with prostate cancer.

We hope and pray that this isn't true. 

A call to his manager Sam Maydew has not been returned. 

It will be a terrible loss for his fans, friends, his wife Victoria Duffy and his six-year-old daughter.

The "Easy Rider" creator is only 74 and, as Friedman points out, he's always been a late bloomer.

He's best known for "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet," "Hoosiers" and "River's Edge."

But Hopper is also an accomplished photographer/artist and writer/director.  

I was lucky enough to do a feature on Hopper for Aficionado magazine and get a private tour of his own impressive art collection in his Venice, California home. 

He's a class act. Hang in there, Dennis.

This isn't really a prayer but
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Forrest Gump: Sapphire Series Blu-ray Review

"You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded." . Kurt Lazarus

Forrest Gump (1994) has transcended the realm of mere cinema to become such a piece of Americana that turning a critical eye its way is almost blasphemy. I remember seeing director Robert Zemeckis' (Back to the Future, Polar Express) Academy Award winning effort during its theatrical run and, while it was cute, wondering what all the fuss was about (and being even more miffed at stealing the Best Picture Oscar from Pulp Fiction). Revisiting Gump over the years on home video, the main character's absurd adventures have slowly grown on me. Now I can happily state that though I still have minor reservations, watching Paramount's stellar Blu-ray release was thoroughly enjoyable.

Admittedly the movie, even as beloved as it is,
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A Short, Reductionist Kiwi Pop Primer

There was something magical going on long before Peter Jackson transformed the rugged wilderness of New Zealand into Middle Earth. In the early 1980s, Dunedin music impresario Roger Shepherd founded Flying Nun Records. The rest is history, although it's history that is surprisingly little known in the U.S. Perhaps it's time to change that. Because from the mid '80s through the early '90s, Flying Nun Records put out the best music on the planet. And yes, I'm looking at you, Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder.

As with any "sound" associated with a city (Seattle, Athens, Austin), there is far more variety in the Flying Nun roster than can be reasonably captured by reductionist labels. Still, there was and is a distinctive Dunedin sound, and it is characterized by the lo-fi aesthetic and minimalist drone of The Velvet Underground and the jangly guitar work of Roger McGuinn and The Byrds.
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Writing Rockers On Tour

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Writing Rockers On Tour
Author Stephen King's (photos) rock group have kicked off a three-city tour to raise money for children's charities. His band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, the publishing term for books that don't sell, also includes writers Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Kathi Goldmark, Ridley Pearson and Scott Turow. And they're set to add The Byrds star Roger McGuinn and Simpsons creator Matt Groening (photos) to the group for the tour. Turow, who writes legal thrillers and performs The Troggs' "Wild Thing", says the group is "an average garage band who like to play songs that were popular when they were kids." The group played in Boston, Mass, Thursday and in plays in Washington on Friday. Proceeds will go to each city's branch of America Scores, which supports after-school soccer and writing programs for inner-city children.

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