Tejal Rao Digs the Chicken for Two, Hates the Music at Dirty French

Tejal Rao Digs the Chicken for Two, Hates the Music at Dirty French

The much buzzed about chicken is good, but not without fault. Tejal Rao stops by Dirty French and despite her typical disdain for dishes that are served “for two,” she enjoys the elaborate chicken presentation, which comes for two, in two services:The chicken and crepes dish for two ($72) at Dirty French is something else. You will need a large table to comfortably hold the setup. The breast meat has been roasted and sliced beautifully, laid over some kind of creamy mustard sauce….The legs, which arrive separately, are poached slowly in chicken fat, then grilled. …
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Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.
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Lookback: on not being able to write fiction

Lookback: on not being able to write fiction

From 2004: Whatever the reason, I’ve reached the age of forty-eight without once successfully completing a work of fiction (or unsuccessfully, for that matter), and though it’s not unheard of for incautious writers to unexpectedly extrude a novel in the middle of life, I doubt it’ll happen to me. I regret it bitterly, just as […]
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Fantasia: Music Evolved review: note for note

Fantasia: Music Evolved is the most demanding rhythm game I've ever played. The problem with Fantasia is that it takes those cylinders — catchy songs, even catchier remixes and even entire game mechanics — and holds them hostage behind a frustrating, over-padded slog of a campaign. Harmonix nails the hard part of making a modern rhythm game Harmonix actually managed to nail the hard part of making a modern rhythm game: The studio found a new, intuitive way to interact with music.
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Report: American Music Awards Producers Say Sinead O'Connor Lied About Pope Duet

Report: American Music Awards Producers Say Sinead O'Connor Lied About Pope Duet

The American Music Awards producers say a duet between Sinead O'Connor and  Pope Francis was never going to happen. In a lengthy post on her official website, O'Connor said that she was approached to perform at the American Music Awards — but that her invitation was rescinded after Dick Clark Productions couldn't get the Pope to agree to come on stage with her. According to TMZ, the producers say the singer's claims are completely made up. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Saturday Night Live Sinead O'Connor Pope Francis
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Music Monday (10/20): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Sleater-Kinney, Shabazz Palaces, Foxygen, and Thurston Moore. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Just because: Glenn Gould plays a Bach concerto

Just because: Glenn Gould plays a Bach concerto

Glenn Gould plays Bach’s G Minor Concerto, BWV 1058, on the CBC in 1969, accompanied by Vladimir Golschmann and the Toronto Symphony: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Time out

Just in case you’re wondering why there wasn’t a nice long posting today containing my considered thoughts on something or other, this is One of Those Weeks. Not only do I have two Wall Street Journal columns and a Commentary essay to write, but I also had to knock out two lectures that I’ll be […]
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Meghan Trainor tops UK music chart for third week running

Meghan Trainor tops UK music chart for third week running

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. singer Meghan Trainor topped the British singles chart for a third consecutive week on Sunday with her catchy pop tune “All about that Bass”, the Official Charts Company said. Trainor's three-week stint at number one is the longest by any female artist in 2014 and the second-longest reign at the top by any act in 2014. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift rose to second place while British boy band One Direction entered in third place with “Steal my Girl” . …
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Almanac: Jean Anouilh on inspiration

“Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration?—a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.” Jean Anouilh (quoted in the New York Times, Oct. 2, 1960)
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On the Town comes home at last

On the Town comes home at last

In today’s Wall Street Journal I write with unrestrained enthusiasm about the new Broadway revival of On the Town. Here’s an excerpt. * * * When did you last see a big-budget musical that made you want to shout with joy? If you’ve been feeling anxious about the lukewarm state of American musical comedy, get […]
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Florida man sentenced to life plus 90 years in rap music murder

By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) – Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 90 years, by a Florida judge on Friday for killing an unarmed black teenager in an argument over loud rap music. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified at his murder trial last month he thought he was defending himself from an armed threat when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot, killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012. …
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Almanac: Aaron Copland on depression and creativity

Almanac: Aaron Copland on depression and creativity

“Too much depression will not result in a work of art because a work of art is an affirmative gesture. To compose, you have to feel that you are accomplishing something. If you feel you are accomplishing something, you won’t feel so depressed. You may feel depressed, but it can’t be so depressing that you […]
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PS4 firmware 2.0 to add music playback, dashboard customization, library sorting, more (update)

The list of features in PlayStation 4 system software update 2.0 continues to grow, with new elements now including further customization options for the dashboard and better sorting for your game library, Sony announced today. Firmware 2.0 is codenamed “Masamune,” presumably for the renowned swordsmith from feudal Japan. The update is led by Share Play, which Sony detailed during Gamescom 2014 in August.
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PS4 firmware 2.0 to add music playback, dashboard customization, library sorting, more

PS4 firmware 2.0 to add music playback, dashboard customization, library sorting, more

The list of features in PlayStation 4 system software update 2.0 continues to grow, with new elements now including further customization options for the dashboard and better sorting for your game library, Sony announced today. Firmware 2.0 is codenamed “Masamune,” presumably for the renowned swordsmith from feudal Japan. The update is led by Share Play, which Sony detailed during Gamescom 2014 in August.
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Almanac: Merce Cunningham on “failure”

“Falling is one of the ways of moving.” Merce Cunningham (quoted in The Creative Experience: How and Why Do We Create?, courtesy of Maria Popova)
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In the Mood for a Melody? 8 D.C. Restaurants and Bars With Live Piano Music

In the Mood for a Melody? 8 D.C. Restaurants and Bars With Live Piano Music

Where to hear piano music with a drink in hand, from sing-alongs at Mr. Smith's new Georgetown location to old-school dining rooms with live jazz. Mr. Smith's of Georgetown's big move from M Street to K Street created a little schism in D.C.'s piano bar scene. Not only did Mr. Smith's end up continuing the Billy Joel sing-alongs in a new location in the former Chadwicks space at 3205 K St NW, but former Mr. Smith's staffers ended up opening a piano bar of their own called Georgetown Piano Bar.
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Bono: U2's Album Release on iTunes Was “Megalomania”

Bono has issued a mea culpa to iTunes users who were unhappy to discover the new U2 record in their music library. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Bono U2
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