JIm Hyatt Band

AURORA | The area’s most venerable and largest benefit for fallen military heroes will hold an annual benefit concert and soirée on Memorial Day at The Stampede at 2430 S. Havana St. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors program has aided more than 40,000 family members of fallen members of the military. Since 1994, the […]

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This April 14, 2015 photo shows Jay Sieleman, president and CEO of The Blues Foundation, next to a statue of blues musician Little Milton at the Blues Hall of Fame museum in Memphis, Tenn. The foundation raised nearly $3 million for the museum, which is set to open Friday, May 8, in Memphis. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

“Aw, man, I’m so proud to be living long enough to see this thing come along,” said veteran Mississippi bluesman Bobby Rush, a 2006 inductee who says his age is somewhere between 75 and 81. “You can walk through it, feeling like you were there when the music was done.”

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This CD cover image released by RCA shows "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue," the latest release by Van Morrison.  (AP Photo/RCA)

The duets format can be a lazy way to go, a predictable romp that showcases familiar old songs. Not so with Van Morrison’s new collection “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue” which skips obvious hits like “Moondance” and “Brown-Eyed Girl” for overlooked, sometimes eccentric tracks from memorable albums like “The Healing Game” and “A Period of Transition.”

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Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, left, and his ex-wife, Jan Gaye, take questions from the media outside Los Angeles U.S. District Court, after a jury awarded the singer's children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was read and was hugged by her attorney. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

“Today’s successful verdict, with the odds more than stacked against the Marvin Gaye estate, could redefine what copyright infringement means for recording artists,” said Glen Rothstein, an intellectual property attorney with the firm Greenberg Glusker.

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This CD cover image released by Capitol Nashville shows "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," by Luke Bryan. (AP Photo/Capitol Nashville)

“Checkin’ Out” is Bryan’s seventh spring-break collection in as many years; that’s in addition to four full-length albums since 2007. The 38-year-old CMA Entertainer of the Year understandably feels ready to focus on something deeper than beach-party soundtracks.

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This CD cover image released by Interscope Records shows "Rebel Heart," the latest release by Madonna. (AP Photo/Interscope Records)

While the majority of the material falls solidly in the positive, some of the tunes undoubtedly meant to sound fierce and liberating just feel tired, like the electro-clash braggadocio of “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, and the tedious X-rated bump-and-grind of the Kanye West-produced “Holy Water.”

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