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    Variety loses to punk band in album cover dispute

    NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – Hollywood trade newspaper Variety has lost in its attempt to pursue a trademark claim in Delaware against the punk band The Vandals. The case will now move to a California federal court, since Vandals bassist and lawyer Joe Escalante, who is representing the band in the lawsuit, is based in Los Angeles. First, some background on the case: In 2004, the Vandals released their...

    NY opera awards show features Broadway stars

    NEW YORK – Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook joined director Francis Ford Coppola and playwright John Guare on Sunday to present this year’s Opera News Awards. Five artists were recognized for their international musical achievements: German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, American soprano Patricia Racette, New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and Italian conductor Riccardo...

    B.A.D. days here again for Clash rocker Mick Jones

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mick Jones is turning the clock back to the ’80s, the decade that saw his punk rock band the Clash become mainstream stars. But the singer/songwriter/guitarist behind such hits as “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” and “Train in Vain” is looking past those glory days to focus on the cult band he formed after he was kicked out of the Clash in 1983. Jones, 55,...

    Muti and Chicago orchestra perform mighty ‘Otello’

    NEW YORK – Without a stick of scenery on stage, Riccardo Muti waved his magic baton and turned a concert performance of Verdi’s “Otello” into one of the great operatic experiences of recent years. Muti, making his first Carnegie Hall appearance as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led his players, along with the orchestra’s chorus and soloists, in a single performance...

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