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Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer's parent company told the ...

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the original motion picture soundtrack for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Records)

Music Review: Spidey enhanced by Zimmer soundtrack

Various Artists, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack" (Columbia Records/Madison Gate Records) Even Oscar-winning composers can use a little help once in a while. So it makes sense that Hans Zimmer created his own band of superhero hitmakers, including white-hot Pharrell, to work on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack. The so-called ...

Jon Bon Jovi, center, takes part in a ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the JBJ Soul Homes, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Bon Jovi attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

Jon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes opened in the Francisville neighborhood after about 18 ...

FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Tom Petty performs on Day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Songwriting has gotten harder, not easier, with time, says Petty, who will receive top honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, for his four decades in music.  (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, file)

Tom Petty reflects on 40 years of songwriting

Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more carefree or distracted by other things and you have to really police yourself — I do — into sitting down and doing something that pleases me," the 63-year-old ...

Former President Bill Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey on stage together at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Bill Clinton jokes with Spacey at benefit concert

Near the end of the first half of Thursday's 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man who recently learned he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton. After Clinton praised the Rain Forest Foundation, he thanked ...

A brand new Fender Stratocaster is shown on a routing machine in the Custom Shop at the Fender factory in Corona, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. The iconic instrument is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Guitarists still making memorable music with Strat

Jimi Hendrix made it shriek. Buddy Holly made it swing. Stevie Ray Vaughn made it snarl. Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive double-cutaway guitar born in a small Fullerton, Calif., workshop 60 years ago this month. It's ...

FILE - This March 8, 2011 file photo shows musician and former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes Linda Perry in Los Angeles. The 90’s rock group will reunite for one night on May 10 for the “An Evening with Women” event supporting the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

4 Non Blondes to reunite for 1 night at LA event

What's up with 4 Non Blondes? How about a one-night-only reunion? The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for years. Perry said ...

FILE - This June 17, 2003 file photo shows British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany. Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The band posted on its Facebook page Wednesday, April 16, 2014, that the 61-year-old guitarist is halting from the band “due to ill health” after 40 years (AP Photo/Jan Pitman, File)

Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

Malcolm Young is taking a break from AC/DC to focus on his health, the band said. The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in "ill health" was posted on the band's Facebook. No details were provided. "Malcolm would like to thank the group's die-hard legions of fans worldwide for their ...

FILE - This Sept. 27, 2012 file photo shows singer-songwriter Neil Young posing for a portrait at The Carlyle hotel in New York. Young has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign to fund his digital music project PonoMusic. Kickstarter closed the campaign Tuesday after raising 6.2 million through 18,000 supporters. The campaign is the third most funded project for Kickstarter. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, file)

Young raises $6M in Kickstarter campaign for Pono

Neil Young has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the singer-songwriter's digital music project PonoMusic. Kickstarter closed the campaign Tuesday after it raised $6.2 million through 18,000 supporters. The campaign is the third most-funded project for Kickstarter. Young's portable player will cost $399 when it ...

This CD cover image released by New West Records shows "Tarpaper Sky," the latest release by Rodney Crowell. (AP Photo/New West Records)

Review: Rodney Crowell in fine form on new album

Rodney Crowell, "Tarpaper Sky" (New West) At 63, Rodney Crowell's ready to cross over. On "Frankie Please," a highlight on his new album, the Nashville singer-songwriter tosses out rhymes like some prolific young rapper: "Your p's and q's and don't and do's are all the news to light my fuse." ...

Hall of Fame Inductee of Nirvana, Dave Grohl speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Nirvana, Kiss and the E Street Band join rock hall

Kiss made up, but its music went unheard. Nirvana used four women rockers to sing Kurt Cobain's songs. And Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band — predictably — turned its honor into a marathon. The three acts were ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a ...

Hall of Fame Inductee Peter Gabriel appears in the press room at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Nirvana, Kiss lead new class in Rock Hall of Fame

Nirvana, who set music and fashion trends with their grunge sound but whose career was cut short by leader Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago, led inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday. Kiss entered the Hall thumbing its nose at critics, the blue-eyed soul duo ...

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs at the Whisky A Go Go on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. Aerosmith announced their “Let Rock Rule” summer tour featuring Slash. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Tyler, Perry's new 'Dream On' for marathon victims

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded a new arrangement of "Dream On" to honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The rockers are accompanied by the Southern California Children's Chorus in the video of their signature hit. Aerosmith had performed "Dream On" during the Boston Strong Concert benefit ...

FILE - This undated file photo released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Mary Bridget Davis performing in "A Night with Janis Joplin," at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Producers said Wednesday, April 9, 2014, they have had to postpone indefinitely the off-Broadway opening “due to production issues.” The show, which made a splash on Broadway in October 2013, was to open Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the smaller Gramercy Theatre in Chelsea, New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus, file)

Off-Broadway Janis Joplin musical delayed

Fans of "A Night With Janis Joplin" will just have to hold on, hold on. Producers said Wednesday they have had to postpone indefinitely the off-Broadway opening "due to production issues." The show made a splash on Broadway in October and was to open Thursday at the smaller Gramercy Theatre ...

FILE - In this May 8, 2008 file photo, members of Kiss, from left, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer, poses for a photograph during a news conference to promote the start of their KISS Alive/35 European Tour  in Oberhausen, Germany. This year it's Kiss that's angry with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, its members upset over the organization's decision only to induct original members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley while excluding members who joined later. As a result, the makeup-wearing rockers won't be wearing makeup or rocking at the ceremony Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Volker Wiciok, file)

Kiss not the first to tell Rock Hall to kiss off

Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock 'n' roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, whether continuing once-private feuds in public or launching criticism at the hall ...

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