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Review: Americana folk singer Mark Erelli amps it up a notch

Review: Americana folk singer Mark Erelli amps it up a notch

Mark Erelli, “Blindsided" (Soundly Music) Americana singer-songwriter Mark Erelli has turned things up a notch.
Review: Béla Fleck's 'Africa' mixes new material with old

Review: Béla Fleck's 'Africa' mixes new material with old

Béla Fleck, “Throw Down Your Heart: The Complete Africa Sessions” (Craft Recordings) Béla Fleck has built his unparalleled career expanding both what it means to be a banjo player and what banjo music can or should be.

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 drug

WASHINGTON — Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits for its treatment.
Review: Jessie Reyez's great debut reveals an intense star

Review: Jessie Reyez's great debut reveals an intense star

Jessie Reyez, “Before Love Came to Kill Us" (FMLY/Island Records) Jessie Reyez might be petite, but she's a monster. We didn't say that. She did, on her official debut album. But she memorably adds a certain expletive before the word “monster.
Review: Trans woman and her sister learn acceptance, love

Review: Trans woman and her sister learn acceptance, love

“My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both,” Bold Type Books, by Selenis Leyva and Marizol Leyva In alternating chapters, Selenis Leyva of “Orange is the New Black” and her sister, Marizol Leyva, tell the heart-wrenching story of Marizo
Chef Floyd Cardoz dies at 59 of coronavirus complications

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies at 59 of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK — Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef,” won “Top Chef Masters” and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus, his company said in a statement. He was 59.
Prentice Penny puts a fresh spin on wine films in 'Uncorked'

Prentice Penny puts a fresh spin on wine films in 'Uncorked'

LOS ANGELES — In an early scene in Prentice Penny’s debut feature, “Uncorked,” his main character Elijah is trying to help a customer who doesn’t know much about wine find the right bottle. “Do you like hip hop?” he says. She does.
Review: Lukas Nelson offers outtakes, alternative versions

Review: Lukas Nelson offers outtakes, alternative versions

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Naked Garden" (Fantasy Records) Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real offer 10 outtakes and five alternative versions of songs that appeared on last year's “Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)” with their late
Review: `Kilo' paints a harrowing picture of cocaine trade

Review: `Kilo' paints a harrowing picture of cocaine trade

“Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels – From the Jungles to the Streets,” William Morrow/Harper Collins, by Toby Muse Recreational and party drug use in America rarely is portrayed as the terminus of a chain of pollution, human trafficking and
Review: `Kilo' paints a harrowing picture of cocaine trade

Review: `Kilo' paints a harrowing picture of cocaine trade

“Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels – From the Jungles to the Streets,” William Morrow/Harper Collins, by Toby Muse Recreational and party drug use in America rarely is portrayed as the terminus of a chain of pollution, human trafficking and