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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Get On Up’

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”  Photo courtesy of Paramount

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”

Photo courtesy of Paramount

This week’s home video releases are anchored by a much-hyped project from writer-director Richard Linklater.

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Katy Perry visits the troops at Fleet Week

Recently Katy Perry visited with U.S. troops in New York. Fans will get a chance to see Perry on the big screen when her 3D movie, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” hits theaters over the July 4 weekend. For more information, check out this video:

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Joe Satriani interview in the Reno Gazette-Journal

I recently interviewed guitarist Joe Satriani for the Reno Gazette-Journal. He’s performing in Reno on Jan. 14. If you’re a fan of his music, check out the story here: http://www.rgj.com/article/20110107/ENT02/101070312/1056/ENT/Satriani-proves-success-is-possible-minus-stereotypes

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Def Leppard is still working hard

NOTE: The remainder of Def Leppard’s current tour dates (including the Reno, NV concert) were canceled after this story was initially published.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says he and his bandmates are convinced that they’re yet to write their best song, and it’s that belief that keeps them going.

“It doesn’t matter whether you or our audience think, ‘He must be kidding himself,’ ” Elliott said during a recent phone interview. “Just because we’ve had massive hit singles, doesn’t mean that we can’t write a better song. Maybe nobody will ever hear it, but we will try and do it. It’s just a self-belief that there’s more to life than there’s already been.”

Elliott and the rest of Def Leppard will play Reno Events Center on Thursday along with opening acts Cheap Trick and Man Raze. The band regularly fed the music charts in the 1980s with a stream of pop-metal hits including “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages,” but it hasn’t released a hit single in more than a decade. Still, Elliott said, the group draws large crowds on tour.

Click here for the entire story:  http://www.rgj.com/article/20091016/ENT02/910160321/1056/ENT/Def-Leppard-on-hunt-for-hit–but-not-worried-if-it-doesn-t-find-one

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Smash Mouth ready for Sparks show

Smash Mouth is playing a free concert Saturday in Sparks, Nevada.

Smash Mouth is playing a free concert Saturday in Sparks, Nevada.

Smash Mouth bassist Paul De Lisle says it doesn’t matter if the band is playing a festival, a club or even a free show at an outdoor mall, as it will Saturday night at Legends at Sparks Marina.

“We’ve played in the weirdest places and the weirdest situations,” De Lisle said. “It honestly doesn’t matter to us, man. If we’re gigging, we’re happy. “We approach every show the same way.”

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090731/ENT02/907310313/1056/ENT/A-sunny-outlook-for-Smash-Mouth

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Reno Philharmonic goes Gershwin

When the Reno Philharmonic played its first concert on Aug. 3, 1969, then-music-director Gregory Stone rolled out a lush program populated solely by George Gershwin tunes.

This weekend, in celebration of the philharmonic’s 40th anniversary, new music director and conductor Laura Jackson is taking the orchestra back to its roots. Her first program as artistic leader of the orchestra is an all-Gershwin affair featuring guest vocalist Anita Johnson and Reno pianist Jim Winn.

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090731/ENT02/907310314/1056/ENT/Philharmonic-marks-40-years-as-new-conductor-makes-debut

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Funk Brothers keep Motown alive

Eddie Willis, left, and Bob Babbitt, original Motown Funk Brothers, will perform Aug. 1 for Artown.

Eddie Willis, left, and Bob Babbitt, original Motown Funk Brothers, will perform Aug. 1 for Artown.

Don’t expect Bob Babbitt to hang up his bass any time soon. The veteran musician, best known for playing on Motown hits during the late 1960s and early 1970s, says his instrument is a “fountain of youth.”

“My sister once said to me, ‘Bob, are you ever gonna retire?’ And you know what I said to her? ‘What makes you think I work?’ I don’t care what you do, if you honestly and truly love it, it’s not work.”

So, Babbitt keeps playing, and Aug. 1 he’ll be in Reno to close the 2009 Artown festival with a free performance by his band, the Funk Brothers.

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090726/ENT/907260302/1056/Funk-Brothers-carry-Motown-tradition-to-close-of-Artown

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