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Updated Mar 27, 2015 at 10:25 AM

“The ground is gonna open up and swallow the evil.” – Tupac Shakur You know the world of music distribution has changed when a pop star like Rihanna can make waves by announcing that she’ll be releasing a new single online 24 hours before it happens. These days, it seems the trend is to surprise fans, releasing new music with no fanfare. If the artist has enough fans, or the work is striking enough, word will spread like wildfire.

Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Stealing is stealing, no matter how much Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. try to blur the lines. The fact remains – “Blurred Lines” is a blatant rip-off of the late Marvin Gaye’s “Got To...

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 10:13 AM

J.D. McPherson, Kingsley Flood and the Juliana Hatfield Three all have recent discs worth taking for a spin.J.D. McPherson, “Let the Good Times Roll” (Rounder Records)“Let The Good Times...

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 8:47 AM

I might be one of the few “American Idol” loyalists left to say this, but I like the new format. I enjoy the new scheme of things, although I think I much prefer the two-hour episodes instead of the cram-packed hour-long ones...

Updated Mar 12, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Madonna has never followed rules. In fact, she made up her own. She’s a pop pioneer of the greatest magnitude. Any pop princess who came after her can only say they took pages from her playbook to make their careers.

Posted Mar 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Children giggled as they heard some of the less-flattering sounds that a trombone can produce, but eyes lit up as each child got the chance to touch the instrument and get a feel for how it would be played.Meanwhile, in the next room,...

Updated Mar 6, 2015 at 10:24 PM

On Friday, the Pittsburg State Department of Music, the Student Government Association and Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium held the 41st Annual Jazz Festival, a daylong event that drew high school jazz bands from across the state and region for...

Updated Mar 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Sometimes, she can be pop perfection. Other times, she’s a rock star. She can sing the blues with the best of them, too. She has heart, soul, an edge, and she’s even topped the country music charts. Who am I talking...

Updated Mar 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Back in the early 1980s, the White Buffalo Café and Emporium — which used to be located in the Hotel Stilwell and created by J.T. Knoll, his wife, Linda, and Don Buche — was a hub of sorts for local poets, storytellers and...

Posted Feb 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM

A trip to the birthplace of the world’s premiere pianos provided a group from Pittsburg State University the opportunity to learn about and select the instruments that will grace the stages of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts for...

Posted Feb 19, 2015 at 8:31 AM

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19Bicknell Family Center for the ArtsAdmission is free and open to the public. The PSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert not...

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