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May 3, 2009 | Melinda Newman
Times might be tough for the record industry, but they're good for Stevie Blacke. The multi-instrumentalist has appeared on such hit songs as Pink's "Sober," Rihanna's "Rehab" and Hinder's "Without You" -- and tracks from Madonna, Beck and Snoop Dogg -- playing violin, cello, mandolin, lap steel, Dobro or more than a dozen other instruments, including the two-stringed Chinese Erhu.
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June 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It takes a nation of millions … to make Public Enemy's next remix. The political hip-hop group, best known for such songs as "Bring the Noise" and "Fight the Power," is letting fans remix its new single, “Get Up Stand Up,” featuring Brother Ali, for a contest. Peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent Inc. is providing the raw materials through a “bundle” for fans to download for free. The Public Enemy package gives fans access to the 37-stem multi-track for the song, allowing them to make their own remixes and submit their work.
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May 3, 1998 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Some days, trombonist Mark McGrain was so far down he couldn't get himself to crawl out of bed, let alone make his gigs. Then he injured his ankle and was afraid it might be broken. It had been several years since he left the faculty of Boston's Berklee College of Music and, with it, his health insurance. He couldn't pay a doctor. "You're very lucky if you can even eke out a hand-to-mouth existence in music these days," he said.
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August 18, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Romanian pan flute is an instrument most often heard in folkloric settings, rarely outside its element. In the hands of Romanian expatriate Damian Draghici, it becomes something else again. One of the world's virtuosos on his instrument, Draghici has pushed the envelope of technical aplomb, using a complex triple-tonguing method that led to his nickname, Speed of Light.
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March 4, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN
The CalArts Contemporary Music Festival this year may be only a faint echo of past glories, but its collective ear is clearly on the future. There was more artifice than art in the opening programs, but the technologies surveyed dazzled in their own right and hold much promise. Interactive was the word in trendy neighborhoods Friday and Saturday.
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April 3, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
"The Voice" wrapped up its second and penultimate week of blind auditions for Season 4 on Tuesday night, with each of its four coaches adding two singers to his or her team. Usher added 20-year-old former Ford model Audrey Karrasch, who was excited to show her stuff to the coaches, but not quite as thrilled as her mom, who gushed, "I'm so excited I could pee. " She sang "Price Tag," spinning Blake Shelton and Usher, and while it looked like she might go Shelton's way, before anyone even had a chance to ask, she blurted out to the newer coach, "OK, Usher, I'll do it. I pick Usher.
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May 25, 1997 | Elysa Gardner
In her hit single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?," Paula Cole plays the part of a lonely woman pining for her "John Wayne"--a meat-eating, beer-drinking, gunslinging kind of guy who will keep her happily barefoot and pregnant while he works on his tractor and raises Cain at the local bar. Cole wouldn't be likely to meet such a fellow in the place she's having lunch this afternoon--a macrobiotic Japanese restaurant.
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July 3, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wynton and Branford Marsalis are two of the most influential young musicians anywhere. But you might not have heard of Delfeayo Marsalis, unless you're a habitual reader of the fine print in CD booklets. Until now, Delfeayo Marsalis has been mainly known as a record producer who's overseen about 20 projects by such notables as his brother Branford, pianists Marcus Roberts and Kenny Kirkland and pianist-singer Harry Connick Jr.
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June 14, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
The career of Mike Metheny has closely paralleled that of his brother, Pat. Like Pat, he started out on trumpet (but, unlike him, he stayed with the horn while Pat, to quote Mike, "got smart and switched to guitar, an instrument that doesn't require lips"). Like Pat, Mike was raised in Lees Summit, Mo., but wound up in Boston, playing and teaching at the Berklee College of Music.
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February 20, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
"Our mission," says Dr. William J. Coffey, "is to preserve and perpetuate jazz--and what better way is there than to teach jazz appreciation to school children?" Coffey's current Jazz Goes to School project is among more than 100 local events timed to coincide with Black History month. Aided by funding from the Musician's Union, the Berklee College of Music and other sources, Coffey, as the president of the Los Angeles-based International Assn.
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