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In “Dead Pool” - the final installment in the “Dirty Harry” film franchise - Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan tracks down a serial killer responsible for the deaths of celebrities whose names appeared in an organized high-stakes dead pool. 

Beloved by generations of listeners, frequently cited as one of the most influential rock guitar albums of the 1960s and occasionally denigrated by its creator, Jeff Beck’s “Truth” has finally received its sonic due in a numbered, limited edition CD/SACD hybrid from audiophile label Audio Fidelity.  

Sharon Houston - comedian, storyteller and longtime go-to girl for hidden camera TV shows (including MTV’s “Punk’d” and Oxygen’s “Celebrities Undercover”) - is celebrating a #2 chart placement for her debut comedy album “Shuran Shuran.” 

TV personality, blogger, columnist, actor and celebrity gossip raconteur Perez Hilton says he had an unforgettable 2017.

Beyond the hurricane of Hollywood-related sexual harassment headlines which provided him a bottomless source of material, Hilton welcomed his third child in October.

For a recap of the year’s top stories in entertainment, along with some sneak-peek predictions for 2018, I spoke with Hilton for what turned out to be a high-energy, freeform interview - one that began with his projection that we will hear much more about a Maine-born country music artist this year. 

An unsuspecting person, hand raised, stands curbside somewhere in New York City. A clean taxi approaches and the passenger takes a seat in the back while stating their destination. The driver, with head bowed, mumbles in a strange voice as the passenger looks on with concern.

Suddenly a fanfare blast of music jolts the passenger upright as the inner ceiling of the taxi begins flashing a bank of multi-colored lights. The driver turns toward his passenger and says “You’re in the ‘Cash Cab!’ It’s a TV game show that takes place right here in my taxi. What do you say, want to play?” 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:38

The best of 2017's Maine-made music

I continue to be astonished at the high level of musical talent on display in Maine. Regardless of your preferred genre, this state has got it going on.

Some of Maine’s best artists chose to perform only in a live setting this year, while others headed into the studio (or in one case, a cottage and living room) to transform their latest ideas into a series of digital ones and zeroes.

From that latter group, here are the best homegrown musical releases I heard in 2017. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:35

The Rock Hall needs to change

To quote endlessly brilliant but eternally cranky Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”

That pretty much sums up my feelings about The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:58

Rock Hall inducts 2018 class

Social media was set alight last week, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the names of inductees for the class of 2018: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Also scheduled for induction in the “Early Influence” category is rock pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:50

Leroy Van Dyke talks ‘mailbox money’ and more

Music legend finding new audiences via Subway commercial

BANGOR - Since 2011, the annual Maine Harvest Festival - held in Bangor in mid-November - has been championing Maine growers, chefs, food processors, vintners, brewers, distillers, authors, musicians, and fiber artisans. 

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