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By Christian Hertzog Could Tom Waits be one of the trumpeters on this old junior high school band recording? A 1964 album by a Chula Vista junior high concert band -- an ensemble in which the songwriter is known to have performed - was recently listed on eBay, and could well be his first LP. Title ... More >>
Gregory Porter The Blue Note Monday, July 25 Better than: Most hackneyed Amy Winehouse tributes people are going to put together over the next couple of days. The publicist wanted to make it clear that despite a tribute to Amy Winehouse being teased on The Blue Note's website, Gregory Port ... More >>
• The body of missing 22-year-old San Diego State University business student Austin Taylor Bice has been found in the Manzanares River in Madrid, after the river was drained. Bice was last seen out more than a week ago at a discotheque. The body did not seem to indicate signs of violence, ... More >>
You can't stop us from picking plants, crops
Bruce McMahan and his daughter, Linda Dear Bruce, Listen, I know you have a lot of money. Like, piles of cash that you don't know what to do with. But surely, there's got to be a better way to throw your money away than to keep trying to haul me into court. I suppose you might be thinking ... More >>
Do you know what Bros Icing Bros is? It's a "game" that is turning the absurd fiction that people would walk around forcing other people to drink The Grosses Malt Beverage on Earth - Smirnoff Ice - into a reality. As far as anyone can tell, the phenomenon started with an original website (Bro ... More >>
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