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Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. The singer, songwriter and bandleader_who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said on his website and his Facebook page. Hicks began his musical career in San Francisco in the 1960s…

  • Instrument made from old agave plant starring in concert The Canadian Press - 14 hours ago

    A concert of original music composed for a flute made from the stalk of an 80-year-old agave plant is taking place at the University of Michigan. Saturday's concert … More »Instrument made from old agave plant starring in concert

    A concert of original music composed for a flute made from the stalk of an 80-year-old agave plant is taking place at the University of Michigan. Saturday's concert at the Ann Arbor school is titled "Listening to the Agave" and will be performed by shakuhachi flute player Michael Chikuzen Gould and University of Michigan …

  • Band's frontman: No Super Bowl halftime show for Metallica The Canadian Press - 14 hours ago

    While Metallica has steadily attracted more of a mainstream audience throughout its 35-year career, frontman James Hetfield feels they will never play the Super Bowl, … More »Band's frontman: No Super Bowl halftime show for Metallica

    While Metallica has steadily attracted more of a mainstream audience throughout its 35-year career, frontman James Hetfield feels they will never play the Super Bowl, and he doesn't seem to mind. "As far as us playing halftime for the Super Bowl, I have a feeling that ship has passed," Hetfield told The Associated Press …

  • Musician Kaytranada poses in this undated handout photo. Congratulations to all Juno nominees - now please double check your eligibility. The Juno Awards have yanked one of this year's dance recording of the year nominees after realizing the song wasn't eligible in the first place. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which organizes the annual event to celebrate Canadian music, says it discovered after "an internal review" that Kaytranada's song "At All" was released outside the eligibility period. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - The Windish Agency
    Musical gaffe: Juno Awards replace nominee after realizing song was ineligible The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    DJ and producer Kaytranada is fuming after Juno Awards organizers yanked his nomination on Friday once they realized his song was ineligible. "Shoutout to the Canadian … More »Musical gaffe: Juno Awards replace nominee after realizing song was ineligible

    Musician Kaytranada poses in this undated handout photo. Congratulations to all Juno nominees - now please double check your eligibility. The Juno Awards have yanked one of this year's dance recording of the year nominees after realizing the song wasn't eligible in the first place. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which organizes the annual event to celebrate Canadian music, says it discovered after "an internal review" that Kaytranada's song "At All" was released outside the eligibility period. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - The Windish Agency

    DJ and producer Kaytranada is fuming after Juno Awards organizers yanked his nomination on Friday once they realized his song was ineligible. "Shoutout to the Canadian music scene for being so out of touch," Kaytranada posted on his Twitter account shortly before the Junos issued an official announcement. "I've lot my …

  • FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016 file photo, Nicki Minaj, right, and Meek Mill, left, watch action from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Mill must serve three months of house arrest for parole violations that he blames on his erratic concert schedule but Philadelphia prosecutors link to his romance with Minaj. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley also ordered him to spend six more years on probation.(AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
    Meek Mill gets 3 months house arrest for parole violation The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    A Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday ordered … More »Meek Mill gets 3 months house arrest for parole violation

    FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016 file photo, Nicki Minaj, right, and Meek Mill, left, watch action from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Mill must serve three months of house arrest for parole violations that he blames on his erratic concert schedule but Philadelphia prosecutors link to his romance with Minaj. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley also ordered him to spend six more years on probation.(AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

    A Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday ordered Mill to serve 90 days on house arrest, effective March 1, for violating the terms of his parole in a 2009 drug and gun case. Mill, 28, was found in violation …

  • Victoria Justice attends a Super Bowl event promoting the Verizon Virtual Reality Game Winner Experience on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Justice talked to Associated Press about starring in FOX's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" show in fall 2016. (AP Photo/John Carucci)
    Victoria Justice talks 'Rocky Horror' at Super Bowl The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO - "Dammit, Janet," there's another musical coming to television, and Victoria Justice could not be happier to hear those words. The television star will … More »Victoria Justice talks 'Rocky Horror' at Super Bowl

    Victoria Justice attends a Super Bowl event promoting the Verizon Virtual Reality Game Winner Experience on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Justice talked to Associated Press about starring in FOX's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" show in fall 2016. (AP Photo/John Carucci)

    SAN FRANCISCO - "Dammit, Janet," there's another musical coming to television, and Victoria Justice could not be happier to hear those words. The television star will play Janet Weiss in a "re-imagined" version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a classic stage musical and cult film. Kenny Ortega is directing it.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign stop at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, N.H., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
    Adele might not like it, but Donald Trump can use her music The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," said Benny Tarantini, an Adele spokesman. Legally, the Republican presidential … More »Adele might not like it, but Donald Trump can use her music

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign stop at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, N.H., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," said Benny Tarantini, an Adele spokesman. Legally, the Republican presidential candidate has paid for the right to blast pretty much any music he wishes, as long as he does it correctly.

  • FILE - In this July 7, 2003 file photo, Philip Bailey, from left, Maurice White, and Ralph Johnson, of Earth Wind & Fire hold up the plaques from their induction at the Hollywood Rock Walk at a ceremony in Los Angeles. White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74 The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," … More »Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

    FILE - In this July 7, 2003 file photo, Philip Bailey, from left, Maurice White, and Ralph Johnson, of Earth Wind & Fire hold up the plaques from their induction at the Hollywood Rock Walk at a ceremony in Los Angeles. White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the …

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Feb. 4, 2016: More »The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Feb. 4, 2016:

  • FILE - In this July 14, 2009 file photo, American jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield performs on the Miles Davis Hall stage during the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Scofield is nominated for two Grammys for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the CD's title track, which the guitarist describes as "a futuristic blues." (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre, File)
    John Scofield goes back to the future on Grammy-nominated CD The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Jazz guitarist John Scofield went back to the future on his Grammy-nominated CD "Past Present," reuniting members of his acclaimed quartet from the early 1990s to play … More »John Scofield goes back to the future on Grammy-nominated CD

    FILE - In this July 14, 2009 file photo, American jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield performs on the Miles Davis Hall stage during the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Scofield is nominated for two Grammys for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the CD's title track, which the guitarist describes as "a futuristic blues." (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre, File)

    Jazz guitarist John Scofield went back to the future on his Grammy-nominated CD "Past Present," reuniting members of his acclaimed quartet from the early 1990s to play his new compositions. Scofield credits his wife and manager, Susan, for coming up with the album's title, which he says has multiple meanings. Most of …

  • This CD cover image released by Highway 20 Records shows "The Ghosts of Highway 20," the latest release by Lucinda Williams. (Highway 20 Records via AP)
    Review: Lucinda Williams' new album isn't a fun listen The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams digs deeper into raw, mystical electric blues on her new double album, "The Ghosts of Highway 20." Focused on faith, death, the afterlife … More »Review: Lucinda Williams' new album isn't a fun listen

    This CD cover image released by Highway 20 Records shows "The Ghosts of Highway 20," the latest release by Lucinda Williams. (Highway 20 Records via AP)

    Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams digs deeper into raw, mystical electric blues on her new double album, "The Ghosts of Highway 20." Focused on faith, death, the afterlife and rural Southern settings, "Highway 20" sounds like a William Faulkner novel put to music.

  • This CD cover image released by Capitol Nashville shows "The Driver," by Charles Kelley. (Capitol Nashville via AP)
    'The Driver' focuses on songs about love, life on the road The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    On the song "Leaving Nashville," singer Charles Kelley delves into the personal and professional struggles that a songwriter faces after tasting a modicum of success. … More »'The Driver' focuses on songs about love, life on the road

    This CD cover image released by Capitol Nashville shows "The Driver," by Charles Kelley. (Capitol Nashville via AP)

    On the song "Leaving Nashville," singer Charles Kelley delves into the personal and professional struggles that a songwriter faces after tasting a modicum of success. The complex narrative establishes why this member of the country trio Lady Antebellum wanted to record a solo album: Kelley's intimate, emotional performance …

  • In this image released by Paramount Pictures, David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a scene from "Selma." THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Atsushi Nishijima
    Next Big Thing: Three standout films for Black History Month The Canadian Press - Fri, 5 Feb, 2016

    The weekly Next Big Thing column highlights what's bubbling under the surface in entertainment with a look at rising stars in the world of music, as well as standout … More »Next Big Thing: Three standout films for Black History Month

    In this image released by Paramount Pictures, David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a scene from "Selma." THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Atsushi Nishijima

    The weekly Next Big Thing column highlights what's bubbling under the surface in entertainment with a look at rising stars in the world of music, as well as standout TV shows, movies and web series that would be a shame to overlook. Former Olympian Harry Jerome is often missed in the scope of Canadian sports history, but …

  • A look back at Earth Wind & Fire's greatest hits The Canadian Press - Thu, 4 Feb, 2016

    "Boogie Wonderland": Inspired by the film "Looking For Mr. Goodbar," Earth, Wind & Fire teamed up with The Emotions for this 1979 disco hit that reached No. 6 on the … More »A look back at Earth Wind & Fire's greatest hits

    "Boogie Wonderland": Inspired by the film "Looking For Mr. Goodbar," Earth, Wind & Fire teamed up with The Emotions for this 1979 disco hit that reached No. 6 on the Billboard singles chat. "Sing a Song": White produced and wrote with Al McKay this peppy 1975 track that peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard singles chart.  …

  • Chris Martin of Coldplay speaks during a halftime news conference for the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    Coldplay to honour past, present and future at Super Bowl The Canadian Press - Thu, 4 Feb, 2016

    Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl halftime show will try to honour the past, present and future. At a news conference Thursday, the band's … More »Coldplay to honour past, present and future at Super Bowl

    Chris Martin of Coldplay speaks during a halftime news conference for the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl halftime show will try to honour the past, present and future. At a news conference Thursday, the band's members said they will have the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles there to represent the future and Beyoncé — whose 2013 performance they adore — for the past. …

  • NFL: Super Bowl 50-Halftime Show Press Conference
    Playful Coldplay ready to heat up Super Bowl 50 Reuters - Thu, 4 Feb, 2016

    By Steve Keating SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Diplomatic Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was asked on Thursday who he thinks will win Super Bowl 50, when his band will play … More »Playful Coldplay ready to heat up Super Bowl 50

    NFL: Super Bowl 50-Halftime Show Press Conference

    By Steve Keating SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Diplomatic Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was asked on Thursday who he thinks will win Super Bowl 50, when his band will play the halftime show, and he joked, "I don't care as long as LeBron James has a good game". Of course, NBA superstar James will not be on Levi's Stadium …