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Bob Dylan providing Nobel speech, Patti Smith to sing at ceremony

Bob Dylan still isn’t going to Sweden to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature on Saturday, but the Swedish Academy says he’s providing a speech to be read on his behalf at the Nobel Banquet. they’ve also announced that Patti Smith will attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony to perform Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” […]

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Prince fans have the best of “Times” at Paisley Park

Paisley Park is a glorious place to see a Prince movie. Last night, Prince’s former home kicked off the first of a series of Saturday night movie screenings. Along with Friday night dance parties and Sunday morning brunch, they’re all part of the revitalized Paisley Park After Dark (tickets available here). I got to Paisley […]

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Hear Dessa’s ferocious song on “The Hamilton Mixtape”

It’s finally here. Fans of Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that took home 11 Tony awards this year, have been eagerly anticipating companion project The Hamilton Mixtape. When the mixtape’s tracklist went public last month, expectations racheted up even higher, with Chance the Rapper, Ashanti, and Minnesota’s own Dessa announced as collaborators. Now, the whole project is out. Dessa’s contribution is […]

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Music News: Dolly Parton establishes Tennessee wildfire relief fund

Dolly Parton has established a fund “to aid those who have lost property and loved ones in the wildfires that have devastated portions of eastern Tennessee – particularly the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevier County – over the past week,” reports Rolling Stone. Parton was raised in the area, and owns extensive property there. The fires came […]

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