He chalks it up to The Beatles. Lou Gramm says that after seeing John, Paul, George and Ringo on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at age 12 in February 1964, he had no doubt that his future lay in music.  

The former voice of Foreigner, one of the best selling bands of the 1970s and 1980s, Gramm has finally released his autobiography.  

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:20

Dave Davies of The Kinks

Dave Davies says there is something about playing for an appreciative crowd that invigorates him. Charged after a series of live shows in late 2014 to support his latest studio album, “Rippin’ Up Time,” Davies is about to hit the road again in support of the just-issued “Rippin’ Up New York City: Live at the City Winery,” recorded at the venue last November.  

“That’s a special place and we had a great crowd on both nights,” Davies told me in a phone interview last week. “I was excited about ‘Rippin’ Up Time’ and playing those songs live. It’s different playing live. It suggests things, and with a good audience, it can be a great night.”

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Irish band to return to Portland on Sept. 14

“What have you been listening to?” asked friend and fellow radio-guy Ric Tyler from an adjacent studio as we each prepared to begin another show one morning last week.

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When Particles Collide is back, and they’ll rock you and grab your heart at the same time with their third and most powerful effort to date.   

Since forming in Bangor in 2010, Sasha Alcott (guitar, vocals) and Chris Viner (drums) of When Particles Collide have racked up tens of thousands of touring miles and blown away hundreds of audiences from Cambridge to Colorado.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:06

Chris Ross and The North

New Band, New Album – ‘Young Once’

Make a little room, take me when you go. We could let the coastline fade. We could call the highway home.” The opening lines of “Annabelle” – one of the standout tracks from “Young Once,” the third album from Chris Ross and the first recorded with his new band.  

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The 2nd Annual Penobscot Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.  

A celebration of the area’s local music scene, the benefit concert will feature eight bands for a $3 cover at the door.  

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Fully authorized documentaries, like authorized biographies, have a reputation for providing a whitewashed version of their subject. When Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen (“On The Ropes,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture” and the Rolling Stones doc, “Crossfire Hurricane”) signed on to write, direct and produce a documentary on the life of Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain, he was given just one dictate: “Keep it honest.”  

The result, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” set to premiere on HBO Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. and 14 more times throughout the month, is a searingly real mélange of images and audio pulled every part of Cobain’s life, much of it never seen or heard before.  

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Many of us dread the doctor’s office weigh-in, knowing that the number is frequently a little higher than we’d prefer.  

For Derek Mitchell, 34, of Kansas City, Missouri, a weigh-in at his doctor’s office last November was a wake-up call.  

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With literally hundreds of appearances in television and film dating back to the 1960s, you might think that Ed Begley, Jr. (“St. Elsewhere,” “Arrested Development,” “Best in Show”) could be a little jaded about the idea of returning to series television.   

But as Begley reveals in the following interview, after reading the script and seeing the pilot for a new one-hour domestic comedy called “Your Family or Mine” (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TBS), he couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.  

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Spencer Albee – ‘Mistakes Were Made’

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