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Only a few seats remain for the “Legends: Motown!” shows today and Saturday at Killeen’s Vive Les Arts Theatre, 3401 South W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.

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TEMPLE — Country music star Neal McCoy will perform in April as the headlining musical act at this year’s Bloomin’ Temple Festival, officials with the city of Temple and the Temple Parks and Recreation Department said.

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At 15, during the summer between school years at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., Joe Trohman hit the road as the bassist for a rock ‘n’ roll band called Arma Angelus. His mother was cool with it. His dad, a cardiologist, was not. “But my dad trusted my mom a lot,” Trohman said. “She…

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SALADO — One of Central Texas’ most revered jazz pianists, Waco’s Dave Wild, is slated to join trumpeter Steve Pettit on Saturday evening at what’s become a monthly musical soiree at Johnny’s Steaks & Barbecue.

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Not bad for a bunch of leftovers — not bad at all. In this era of surprise album releases, Kendrick Lamar dropped his latest project “Untitled, Unmastered” (Top Dawg/Afermath/Interscope) on Thursday with little advance notice.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Loretta Lynn was growing up in Butcher Hollow in Kentucky in 1930s, her home in the coal mining community was always filled with music, either from her own voice echoing through the trees or the sound of the Carter Family’s songs.

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TEMPLE — Musical selections from the Broadway stage combine with scores from Hollywood blockbusters for the Temple Symphony’s Saturday concert, and ticket holders arriving early may attend a free preconcert program that tells the stories behind the evening’s music.

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Being in a classic rock cover band isn’t complicated, especially if you’re Taylor Hawkins, frontman of Chevy Metal (specialty: Black Sabbath, Queen and early Van Halen covers) and drummer for the Foo Fighters.

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Behind the tiers of audience seats, surrounded by mixing consoles, faders and audio cables, sat Vive Les Arts Theatre’s technical expert John Arceneaux. It was dress rehearsal for the Lieber and Stoller rock ’n’ roll revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and if the daunting prospect of 40 separate song…

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Killeen High School’s longtime choir tradition Club Allegro will bring to the stage musical sounds from past decades in a showcase featuring the guys against the girls.

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Hailing from Buenos Aires, Josefina Asconape (who performs simply as Josefina) spent her childhood and most of her adult life living in different countries. Among the many she has spent time in (everywhere from Italy to China to Japan to Belgium), Paris appears to be the most influential in …

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The announcement that Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct members of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles in the Super Bowl halftime show is big news for the world of classical music. Nothing like that has happened in the 50 years of the event.

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By all accounts, G-Eazy has had an excellent past couple years: the San Francisco rapper’s 2014 major-label debut album, “These Things Happen,” landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200; his latest work, last month’s “When It’s Dark Out,” sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week.

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Rapper Kanye West will roll out his new album, which he has retitled “Waves” after announcing it as “Swish,” at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11 during his “Yeezy Season 3” presentation during New York Fashion Week, Billboard reports.

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As we mourn the loss of David Bowie, what keeps coming to mind is the huge impact he had on our times, anticipating and, often, helping to shape its twists and turns through the past few decades. “He always got to the unknown first,” the theater critic Hilton Als wrote in the New Yorker on Monday.

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COPPERAS COVE — High School band students from all over Central Texas hope to stand out this weekend at The 2016 Texas Music Educators’ Association Region 8 High School Band Clinic and Concerts in Copperas Cove earning them a spot in one of the coveted All-State Bands.

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Anyone surprised by the news that Guns N’ Roses will reunite at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is clearly forgetting one of Axl Rose’s signature mantras: “All we need is just a little patience.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Kings of Leon took it easy this year after finishing up their international tour for their 2013 album “Mechanical Bull,” but the Grammy-winning family rock group is ready to start 2016 with a bang, literally.

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Rhiannon Giddens, “Tomorrow Is My Turn” (Nonesuch): A tour de force by the lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops in her solo debut. She can sing anything from Southern blues to Celtic folk and French cabaret with equal aplomb, and is shaping up as a first-rate songwriter as well.

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On its new album, Coldplay sounds like a band gearing up to play the Super Bowl — which it is. Everything sounds bigger, catchier, and the references to birds flying free, soaring eagles and faraway stars abound. Cue the confetti and fog machines, and pass the nacho dip.

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Louie Perez of Los Lobos is calling from Los Angeles, and for a brief moment he turns the tables on the interviewer and starts asking questions. The band formerly known as Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles had just released its latest studio album, “Gates of Gold” (429 Records), and it finds…

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To help ticket holders ring in the Christmas season, the Temple Symphony Orchestra will again present a free preconcert talk about Saturday’s holiday repertoire.

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Central Texas’ titan of the tenor sax, Pat Trahan, will bring his smooth jazz stylings to Killeen’s newest live music venue, Stillhouse Wine Room, on Saturday evening.

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BELTON — Jonathan Gary smiled when he looked at the children and parents taking their seats in Hughes Recital Hall on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus Monday evening. “This is a good turnout,” he said.

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The incendiary amplified chamber group touted as “the bridge between the contemporary classical ensemble and the mainstream popular audience,” New York-based Fireworks Ensemble performs Sunday at Temple Cultural Activities Center.