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‘It Doesn’t Feel Dark to Me’: PJ Harvey on Her Surreal New Novel, Growing Older, and the Beauty of Ugliness

In Orlam, the surrealistic new novel written in poetic verse by alt-rock firebrand Polly Jean Harvey, a nine-year-old girl named Ira-Abel, in England’s Dorset region, swoons over ghosts and encounters real-life villains, all as foretold by her village’s oracle, Orlam, the eviscerated eye of Ira’s pet lamb. Harvey, who was once a nine-year-old Dorset girl herself, wrote the entire work in the region’s dialect — rendering words like “grievance” as “engripement” and “hot” as “hetful” — which makes the whole story even more delightfully strange. (She also included a standard-English...
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Luke Combs Explains Why He’s Not Raising Ticket Prices in 2022

Back when Luke Combs announced his 2022 Middle of Somewhere Tour, he pledged to keep his tour prices the same as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, in a nod to those who are struggling to afford concert tickets amid the rapidly-increasing costs of seats across all genres."I know that the price of everything has been going up these last couple of years. And there's nothing I can do about that, but the one thing that I could do is set the price of my tickets," he said at the...
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Ludacris’ Manager Chaka Zulu ‘Stable’ After Being Shot in Atlanta

Ludacris’ longtime manager Chaka Zulu was shot Sunday night, June 26, in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, local news station 11 Alive reports. Zulu, a music industry veteran, was one of three people shot around 11:35 p.m. last night. All three were transported to the hospital, where one was pronounced dead. Zulu is reportedly in stable condition according to a reporter for another local news outlet, WSBTV, who received a text from former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: “We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and...
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PICS: Country Stars Find Pit Road During NASCAR Race in Nashville

Evan Paul is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show heard on more than 100 country radio stations nationwide, every night from 7PM to midnight. He plays the best new country music and interviews today's top stars, like Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Maren Morris, + more! It was a weekend that won't soon be forgotten for Tennesseans, NASCAR fans, country music fans and my family and me. Nashville was host to Nascar's Ally 400 and it was a day to remember. It...
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The Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow, the Roots Lead New Climate-Themed Festival This Fall

The Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow, the Roots, and more will play a climate action concert at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium this September. The 3-day festival, dubbed The Big Climate Thing, will take place September 16 -18, with a goal to raise awareness and take action on the climate crisis. The lineup also includes Haim, the Weather Station, Sunflower Bean, Khruangbin, Courtney Barnett, Princess Nokia, Gary Clark Jr., and more. “I think music, along with all the cultural industries, have spent way too long sitting back on this issue,” the...
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INTERVIEW: Alex Miller Stuck to His Guns, and It’s Paying Off

Telling Luke Bryan thanks, but no thanks wasn't Alex Miller's first moment of defiance. The Season 19 American Idol singer was a country favorite on the show. With his baby face, sturdy stature and strong voice, the teen seemed like an easy finalist, if not a winner.What worked once for Scotty McCreery would surely work again, right?We'll never know. Miller refused to bend his traditional country sound toward the center, even after Bryan told him that's what he needed to do to advance deep into the competition."I feel like I'm kind...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Tells British Crowd He’s ‘Renouncing’ U.S. Citizenship After Roe Repeal

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong told a British crowd that he’s “renouncing” his American citizenship following the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Roe v. Wade. Performing live at London Stadium on the band’s Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer on the night of the Court’s decision Friday, the American Idiot singer said, “Fuck America, I’m fucking renouncing my citizenship. I’m fucking coming here.” Armstrong added, “There’s just too much fucking stupid in the world to go back to that miserable fucking excuse for a country.” As for...
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Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Celebrate ‘Sweet 16’ Anniversary

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated their wedding anniversary on Saturday (June 25), and it was a big one: The couple have now been married for 16 years."HAPPY SWEET 16 BABY," Urban wrote on Instagram to celebrate the milestone, along with a recent snapshot of the happy couple hanging out outdoors in shades and sunhats. In the photo, both are smiling, with Kidman holding up her hand to wave to the camera.After more than a decade and a half of wedded bliss, Urban and his superstar actor wife are still...
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Giveon Goes Deep on the Making of His New Album, ‘Give or Take’

After seven Grammy nominations without a full-length album, Giveon has finally released his debut, Give or Take. Over 16 tracks, the singer delivers some of his most personal ballads to date, with help from top-flight producers like Bo-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Sevyn Thomas and Leon Thomas. It was just the album he wanted to make — a place to say everything he wanted to say. “Every time I am making a song or writing a story, at the moment, I don’t have the intention of where that will be placed,” he...
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Charlie Daniels’ Lavish $200,000 Tour Bus For Sale — See Inside

Charlie Daniels' luxurious tour bus is currently for sale, and the price has been significantly reduced for a custom-built motor coach that's like a high-end home on wheels.The online listing states that Daniels' Prevost Liberty bus was built in 1994, but the luxury touring vehicle has been updated extensively in recent years. The stunning motor coach includes a full lounge area with a sofa and chairs, a dining area, an office with an office chair and a recliner, a kitchenette and even laundry facilities.The highlight of the lavish bus is a full...
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Olivia Rodrigo Sings ‘Fuck You’ to Supreme Court Justices at Glastonbury

Olivia Rodrigo condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and dedicated a cover of Lily Allen’s “Fuck You” to five of the Justices responsible for the repeal during the singer’s Glastonbury set Saturday. “I’m devastated and terrified. So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” Rodrigo told the thousands of festivalgoers at the famed U.K. fest.  olivia rodrigo: “so many women and so many girls are gonna die because of this” no sugarcoating at all! as it SHOULD BE! and then...
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Alan Jackson’s Unexpected Dance Moves Will Blow Your Mind [Watch]

Alan Jackson ... dancing fool? That's not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when fans think about the usually somewhat reserved country superstar, but they might change their minds after they see his dance moves in a new video posted to social media.That's right, we said "dance moves." And not just any dance moves, either. Jackson turned to social media to mark the release of his new Silverbelly Whiskey, and in a clip shared with fans, he busted some moves that are about as far away from his...
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The Best Summer Songs of All Time

The summer song is one of pop’s truest pleasures, be it a hit that dominates the Top 40 and every backyard cookout, or a sweet ode to the season itself. Here are our picks for the most sizzling summer songs ever — from rock to hip-hop, from Chubby Checker to Led Zeppelin to Cardi B. The summer song is one of pop’s truest pleasures, be it a hit that dominates the Top 40 and every backyard cookout, or a sweet ode to the season itself. Here are our picks for...
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Country Music Memories: The Chicks’ ‘Fly’ Certified Diamond

Twenty years ago today, on June 25, 2002, the Dixie Chicks -- the trio now known as the Chicks, made up of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison (now Strayer) and Martie Maguire -- achieved a career milestone that only a few country artists have. It was on that date that their sophomore studio record, Fly, was certified diamond, for sales of 10 million copies.Fly, which was released on Aug. 31, 1999, includes the No. 1 singles "Cowboy, Take Me Away" and "Without You," as well as the humorous tune "Goodbye Earl." The latter song, certified gold, was...
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