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Singing in the cold: Mars preps for spotlight at Super Bowl

NEW YORK — Everyone is in Bruno Mars’ ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? “Everyone’s putting the fear of God in me like there’s going to be a blizzard,” Mars said in a phone interview this month from Los Angeles, where he talked about the weather conditions in the New York-New Jersey area.

Oh, say can she sing!

MIAMI — The feared high and low notes of the national anthem should be easily navigated this year at Super Bowl XLVIII. That’s because the honor of performing the difficult song has been given to famed soprano Renée Fleming, who will perform it before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2, as 164 million people watch from home.

Daft Punk, Macklemore top left-of-center Grammys

LOS ANGELES — The Grammy Awards celebrated outcasts and outsiders, lionizing a couple of French robots, white rappers and a country gal espousing gay rights, and a Goth teenager who’s clearly uncomfortable with the current themes in pop music.

For young classical musicians: A spot on stage

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra will offer two young musicians the chance at a cash prize and a spot as a guest soloist at one of the orchestra’s performances next year.

Best music soared above cheap stunts for publicity

The biggest-selling albums of 2013 were by Justin Timberlake, country star Luke Bryan, and rappers Jay-Z, Drake and Eminem. Timberlake topped the list with more than 2.3 million copies sold of the first part of his two-part “The 20/20 Experience,” according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Zeal on the keys: A chat with Oksana Ezhokina

Oksana Ezhokina plays piano the way she talks. As she launches the staccato opening of Beethoven’s first piano concerto — which she’ll perform with the Tacoma Symphony next weekend — her phrases are direct, forthright, and with a bluntness that echoes her words. But as she switches to a dreamy Scriabin etude, her tone is as veiled and mellifluous as her voice.

The Head and the Heart keep moving with ‘Let’s Be Still’

“There’ve been four or five times where someone quit the band because a terrible show turned into a fight after,” says singer-guitarist Josiah Johnson of the Seattle nu-folk phenomenon The Head and the Heart, whose highly-anticipated second album, “Let’s Be Still,” comes out Tuesday and will be a featured item at Starbucks nationwide. “Then the next morning everyone’s like ‘OK, never mind.’ ”

Back to basics: Black Sabbath still amazed by success of reunion album

DETROIT — Even the most grizzled rock ‘n’ roll veterans can still get bowled over once in a while. So it’s been for Black Sabbath founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi, the pioneering English metal musicians who have watched as their new album, “13,” tops sales charts across the globe.

15-year-old girl’s pop country career gains momentum

Some people spend their entire lifetime stricken with stage fright, but for 15-year-old pop country singer Afton Prater, the stage couldn’t be more comfortable. Afton, a sophomore at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, began performing when she was 12, traveling to Kitsap, Pierce, and Jefferson County over the past three years, singing and playing guitar in a variety of venues. This August she’ll be visiting in Chelan County for two acoustic performances, one Aug. 3 at Smallwood’s Harvest market in Peshastin, and another Aug. 10 at the Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s ...

A sizzling summer 24-pack of music

Song-of-the-summer seekers will find many gone-viral candidates in this first summer in which YouTube clicks count in sending a song toward the top of the charts.


After 40 years, Kansas is anything but dust in the wind

Some of you remember listening to them when your hair was down to your butt and all the coolest bands were named after places in the U.S. Some of you only know them from your parents’ record collections. It’s no secret that they’ve been around a while — 40 years to be exact.


Here for the party: Gretchen Wilson starts over with her own label

CHICAGO — Gretchen Wilson didn’t think turning 40 last week was a big deal. To her, it was just another number. Turning 36 a few years ago? That was a different story.

“For whatever reason, 36 was hard for me,” Wilson said on Monday, two days before she officially hit 40, from her home in Tennessee. “I felt like that was getting old. When I was a kid, as soon as someone said they’re 36, I thought, ‘Oh, they’re old.’ Maybe 50 will be hard for me as well. But ...


Check it out: Overtures

On Tuesday, more than 100 jazz band students from Wenatchee and Eastmont schools attend workshops led by professional musicians.

Under the baton

It’s probably the first question anybody asks Nikolas Caoile, upon seeing his name in print for the first time. “It’s pronounced ‘Koh-WILL-ee,’” says the new conductor of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. “My last name’s actually Filipino, from my father. My mother’s Vietnamese.”