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Iggy Pop turns 70, takes on jazz

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Musician Iggy Pop performs at the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert & Gala Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th Birthday on March 16, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tibet House US)
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Rock music icon Iggy Pop is still reinventing himself, even as he turns 70.

The prolific musician talked to Rolling Stone about turning 70 and collaborating on a project with Jamie Saft's jazz trio.

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Henry Rollins penned a tribute to Pop in LA Weekly, calling him the "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll." 

Pop doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Kamala Harris creates playlist for African-American Music Appreciation Month

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08:  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) questions former FBI Director James Comey during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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June not only marks Pride Month. It’s also recognized as African-American Music Appreciation Month, and one politician is celebrating the occasion with her very own playlist.

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California Sen. Kamala Harris dug into her musical archives to round up nearly 50 songs for Spotify. The list covers an array of genres including jazz, hip-hop, gospel and funk. 

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It also features several different artists from Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone to SZA and Migos. And she plans to add more musicians throughout the rest of the month. 

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“Our nation has an indelible soundtrack, songs that have become anthems recognized across the world,” she told Blavity. “To celebrate African-American music is to dance, sing, and even march to the rhythms that have long served as vehicles for honesty, inspiration, struggle, success and joy.”

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed June as Black Music Month in 1979. In 2009, President Barack Obama changed the month-long holiday to African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Want to give Harris’ tunes a go? Click here to listen to the full collection. Some songs on the playlist include “ABC” by The Jackson 5, “Happy” by Pharrell, “Kiss” by Prince and “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar.

Member of Ohio bluegrass band, mother shot to death

Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 4:28 AM

Authorities in Ohio are investigating a double murder and suicide attempt involving members of a family bluegrass band, Cantonrep reported Thursday.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office said one member of The Stockdale Family Band and his mother are dead after a fellow band  member shot them before turning the gun on himself, WEWS reported.

James W. Stockdale, 21, and Kathryn B. Stockdale, 54, his mother, were killed, Sheriff George T. Maier said. Jacob T. Stockdale, 25, fired a shotgun at his mother and brother, deputies said.

Jacob Stockdale then shot himself, Cantonrep reported. He was taken to Canton’s Aultman hospital and then was airlifted to Cleveland Metro Hospital, Maier said.

Early Friday, Calvin Stockdale, the eldest brother of James and Jacob, released a statement saying the family "appreciates the prayers and support we are receiving from our friends and the community,” The Associated Press reported.

Man charged with selling fake drugs at Tennessee music festival

Published: Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Big Gigantic performs onstage at The Other Tent during Day 2 of the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival on Friday.
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Deputies in Tennessee arrested a man from New York, accusing him of selling mushrooms, fake acid and other fake drugs out of a tent at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, deputies spotted David Brady selling what appeared to be narcotics, WZTV reported. He stood up when deputies approached him, threw a bag behind him and a bag of mushrooms fell from his waistband, deputies said.

Deputies searched him and found 37 pills made to look as if they were molly, a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception, 22 bags of fake mushrooms, approximately 1,000 hits of fake acid, 20 bags made to look like cocaine and an incense stick made to look like black tar heroin.

The arrest warrant said Brady told deputies he was “doing God's work by selling fake drugs,” WZTV reported.

Brady was charged with two counts of counterfeit controlled substances and will be extradited to Arkansas, where he is wanted in Franklin County on a felony bench warrant, WZTV reported.

Ariana Grande's ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ cover released as part of One Love Manchester playlist

Published: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 @ 6:58 PM

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert, Ariana Grande performs on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
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Days after headlining the One Love Manchester benefit concert, Ariana Grande’s cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” has been released online.

The concert was announced by Grande May 26 in response to the May 22 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people and injured more than 100 shortly after Grande’s concert that night.

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USA Today reported that the singer closed her set at the concert in Manchester, England, Sunday with the song from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The benefit concert included performances from Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and others. 

Related: Ariana Grande visits Manchester bombing victims in hospital

A 40-song playlist with audio of live performances form the concert is on Spotify and includes Grande’s collaboration with Cyrus, a cover of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and Grande’s performance of her song “My Everything” with a children’s choir.

Related: School choir joins Ariana Grande at ‘One Love Manchester’ benefit concert

The concert has proven to be a success. The British Red Cross said in a tweet Monday that the Manchester Emergency Fund has raised over 10 million pounds (about $13 million) because of the 2.7 million pounds (about $3.5 million) donated during the benefit show. 

Grande’s performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” can be watched in the video below.