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Happy Birthday, Townes

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Yesterday was Townes Van Zandt's birthday.

 

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Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" video more than meets the eye


Pop music producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke were inspiring with the musical innovation for Britney Spears' record-breaking single "Hold it Against Me." The track musically pits Britney's bubblegum pop past against the straight up electropop that she debuted in her (highly underrated) 2007 "Blackout" album. Jonas Ackerlund's "Hold it Against Me" video, which premiered Feb. 17 (above), expands on that dichotomy by using images from Britney's past and points to her future.

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Betty Buckley speaks

Broadway diva and Fort Worth native Betty Buckley's signed on for a run of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Dallas Theater Center. Buckley is most famous for creating the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats." She stopped the show every night with her version of "Memory." She also played the loving stepmother, Abby, in the TV series, "Eight is Enough," from 1977-1981.

 

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Florence +The Machine [ The New British Invasion Part 3]

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“Happiness hit her like a train on a track.”

This charged lyric opens Florence + The Machine’s 2009 debut, “Lungs.” It is simultaneously intriguing, morbid and beautiful - just like the album itself. “The Dog Days Are Over,” the opening number of “Lungs” (from which that quote is taken) has proven itself to be the driving force for Florence Welch’s fame.

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Nothin' better than the blues - low country style

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One of rock's most intriguing bad boys is releasing his first CD in 14 years. This is news because (1) it's Gregg Allman, (2) he's put together some fabulous songs and a tremendous roster of talent (3) the CD is produced by T. Bone Burnett (He of "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Crazyheart" fame) and (4) Allman underwent a successful liver transplant this summer.

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I miss Molly Ivins and Tim Russert every day

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The world is coming unhinged ... and the two people I depended on to help me make sense of it all and to even laugh about it from time to time are gone.

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The ghost of Townes Van Zandt and me

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I can check one more thing off my bucket list.

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Al Jarreau: In the moment with the music

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Al Jarreau, one of music's most talented vocalists, is coming to Texas for two shows next month.

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Goodbye, 2010. I'm going to ring in the new year with a ghost.

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I'm glad to see 2010 go. As weird as it might sound, I plan to spend the first day of 2011 looking for a ghost. 
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Holiday hustle and bustle frazzling your brain? Find some peace and quiet with Cassandra Wilson

While I love the holidays and all their activities, sometimes the hustle and bustle overwhelms my aging brain, and sends me searching for a quiet place.

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