AC/DC, Jack White, Drake lead Coachella line-up

AC/DC, Jack White, Drake lead Coachella line-up

Australian hard rockers AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline this year's edition of the Coachella music festival in April, organizers said Tuesday.
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Almanac: Rudyard Kipling on national cowardice

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation To call upon a neighbour and to say:— “We invaded you last night—we are quite prepared to fight, Unless you pay us cash to go away.” And that is called asking for Dane-geld, And the people who ask it explain That you’ve only to […]
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Words, words, words, words, words

Words, words, words, words, words

Today has been an orgy of self-righteousness and pusillanimity. Tomorrow will be no different. To be sure, there is no shortage of those who claim to “be Charlie” and “stand with Charlie,” but there has long been a shortage—in France, I fear, a fatal one—of those who are prepared to do anything more than affect […]
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Neil Young brings high-res music player to the masses

Rock star Neil Young announced Tuesday his high-resolution music player Pono to the general public after delivering some 20,000 devices to Kickstarter supporters.
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Universal Music Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Mixtapes Sent to Prisoners (Exclusive)

Universal Music Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Mixtapes Sent to Prisoners (Exclusive)

A care package featuring Eminem songs is “contraband personified,” says the music giant
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Bill Cosby's Canadian Concert Tour Sparks Protests

Mounting rape allegations against the TV star brought planned disruption and fundraisers ahead of three comedy dates in Ontario
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Almanac: David Cecil on premature disillusionment

Almanac: David Cecil on premature disillusionment

“Along with his prolonged childhood Max kept the child’s confidence in the possibility of happiness. Unlike so many sensitive artists, he suffered no premature disillusionment, was not brought up against the brutality and ugliness of life before he was old enough to stand it. In consequence, he did not suffer from any of those inner […]
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Snapshot: Charles Boyer on What’s My Line?

Charles Boyer appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line? on Nov. 25, 1962. He was appearing on Broadway in the title role of Lord Pengo, a play by S.N. Behrman about Joseph Duveen, the celebrated English art dealer: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space […]
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Scott Weiland, Lindsey Stirling Join Lineup for Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe

Scott Weiland, Lindsey Stirling Join Lineup for Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe

The series runs from Jan. 23 through Jan. 30
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AC/DC charge up 2015 Coachella lineup with Jack White and Drake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran Australian rockers AC/DC will headline the first night of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, organizers Goldenvoice said on Tuesday, joining alt-rocker Jack White and hip hop star Drake as lead acts of the desert fest. The festival, promoting the same three-night lineup over two consecutive weekends in the Southern California town of Indio, has a reputation for being the venue where top acts of the 1980s and 1990s reunite or kick off a tour in the hopes of drawing a new generation of fans. …
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Lookback: on receiving a presidential commission

Lookback: on receiving a presidential commission

From 2005: I figure I’m entitled to a little more than my train fare and the satisfactions of a job well done. Obviously the White House agrees, which I assume is the reason why presidential appointees are given such handsome-looking documents to hang on their walls. It went without saying that I’d put mine in […]
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Almanac: David Cecil on children and humor

“Children often have a sense of fun, but it is very rare for them to take a predominantly humorous view of life, still less an ironical pleasure in the spectacle of human folly. If humour comes into their daydreams at all, it is as comic relief to thrills and romance.” David Cecil, Max: A Biography […]
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Just because: Groucho Marx sings Gilbert and Sullivan

Just because: Groucho Marx sings Gilbert and Sullivan

Groucho Marx and Helen Traubel sing a duet from The Mikado, originally telecast on The Bell Telephone Hour in 1960: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Ten selfish wishes

Yes, I’ve been fortunate beyond my wildest dreams and am well aware that it would be churlish to ask for more. Be that as it may, I still wish that I: • Could read and speak French fluently • Owned a Frank Lloyd Wright-style beach house on Florida’s Sanibel Island (this one would do quite […]
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Almanac: Eric Hoffer on leisure

Almanac: Eric Hoffer on leisure

“The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.” Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind
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Turning loose

Mrs. T and I boarded a train in New York last Sunday, and twenty-six hours later we got off in West Palm Beach. The next day we drove to Sanibel Island. Since then I’ve read three and a half books, watched nine movies, taken a sunset cruise, plucked a stray coconut out of the Gulf […]
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Almanac: George Santayana on skepticism

Almanac: George Santayana on skepticism

“Skepticism like chastity should not be relinquished too readily. Indeed skepticism is the chastity of the intellect and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer. There is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth until at last, when instinct and discretion have ripened, it can be […]
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Hold the breadsticks, pass the melancholy

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review two new off-Broadway plays, Pocatello and Every Brilliant Thing. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Originality is overrated. Even the most hackneyed-sounding plot can be made fresh by a writer who understands that life is always the same—and always new. That’s the secret of Samuel D. Hunter’s “Pocatello,” […]
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