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Classical Composer Ezra Laderman Dies at 90

Laderman wrote for soloists like Yo-Yo Ma and led numerous professional organizations, including a stint as president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Kanye West at Outside Lands 2014

The 10 Best Quotes From Kanye West's Oxford Lecture

Kanye West spoke at Oxford University in England on Monday at a special event organized by the Oxford Guild Business Society. In all, it was a dense session, so here are the 10 best quotes from his lecture, listed chronologically.
Steve Earle

Singer-Songwriter Steve Earle Talks Divorce (for the Seventh Time), Fatherhood & Taylor Swift's Talent

The title of Steve Earle's 16th studio album 'Terraplane' is a nod to Delta blues legend Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," but the similarities end there. Cut with his crack band The Dukes, the record evokes the crunchy electric Texas blues-rock of ZZ Top and the fire of Chicago blues icon Howlin' Wolf, colored by the 60-year-old Earle's literate, world-weary lyrics. ("King of the Blues" may be the first of its genre to reference Charles Dickens.)
Troy Carter

Troy Carter's Atom Factory Debuts News Vertical Smashd, which debuted March 2, is a new online news vertical founded by Troy Carter (Atom Factory) dedicated to uncovering the personalities and trends in “tech, culture and hustle,” in the site’s parlance. Smashd is the result of a six-month plan hatched between Carter and Lori Kozlowski, a former writer-editor at Forbes who focused on covering entrepreneurs and the L.A. startup scene.
CeeLo Green

CeeLo Fulfills Probation Requirements in Drug Case

A judge says CeeLo Green has complied with the conditions of probation in a felony drug case and will not have to attend any further court hearings in Los Angeles.