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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aug 17, 2018

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Publicist ...

Towa Tei goes deep on death and puns

Aug 9, 2018

Towa Tei goes deep on death and puns

by Patrick ST. Michel

Towa Tei has mortality on his mind. "More and more, I've been thinking about what death means and what life is. One of my best friends died about 10 years ago, and then there was March 11," says the 53-year-old musician referring to the Great ...

Fuji Rock sees a slow pivot to a more Japanese lineup

Jul 25, 2018

Fuji Rock sees a slow pivot to a more Japanese lineup

by James Hadfield

When Fuji Rock Festival started in late 1990s, the principal attractions were invariably imported. Although the event also featured plenty of Japanese bands, even in the early years, it was Westerners that exerted the biggest draw — from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo ...