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  • Frank Zappa: He did his Mothers proud

    There was a story Frank Zappa liked to tell about the time in the late '60s when he and the Mothers of Invention were booked, along with Woody Herman's big band, to play a dinner for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.Seeing as these were the same folks who gave out the Grammy Awards each year, it should have been a real prestige gig. But the Baltimore-born Zappa wasn't so flattered once he saw the programs: "Music by Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd. Entertainment by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention."
  • Top 5 Concerts of the Week

    Here are the Top 5 concerts of the coming week 1. LYLE LOVETT and JOHN HIATT Lyle Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. He’s had eight albums hit the Top...

    Weekend jazz picks: The Bad Plus, 'Feed the Blue Whale' and more

    Thursday-Friday In 10 years of existence, the Bad Plus has somehow become easy to take for granted. Since breaking out with "These Are the Vistas" back in 2003, the group has specialized in a tough-to-categorize and tougher-to-resist brand of acrobatic...

    Axe to grind? Steve Vai to teach budding guitar gods with Berklee online course

    Here's one New Year's resolution you can keep: get guitar lessons from a rock god. Boston's Berklee College of Music , whose alumni range from Bill Frissell to John Mayer, is offering a new online course through its Berkleemusic continuing education...

    Orlando Science Center: Roger McGuinn event to kick off guitar exhibit

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Byrds co-founder Roger McGuinn will be featured at an Orlando Science Center event on the eve on the world premiere of the touring exhibition called “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” McGuinn will...