Music

Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin is dead at 76

(JTA) — Marty Balin, the co-founder of the iconic 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died in Tampa, Florida, of unspecified causes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 76.

Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald to Jewish parents in Cincinnati in 1942, Balin was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane and...
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Musaica presents Jewish-themed chamber concerts for High Holy Days

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Perfectly timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days, the nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, Musaica, is presenting two evening programs highlighting selected works of Jewish and Jewish-influenced composers.

On Monday, September 17, Musaica will open its 2018-19 season with...
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Jewish rapper Mac Miller found dead at 26

(JTA) — Rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Friday, TMZ reported.

The 26-year-old struggled with substance abuse for years, including during a high-profile relationship with pop star Ariana Grande.

According to TMZ, Miller was found by police at his home in California’s San Fernando...
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Indie band Of Montreal joins Lana Del Rey, other acts in pulling out of music festival in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The American indie pop band Of Montreal was the latest artist or group to cancel its participation in the Meteor Festival in  Israel.

The three-day festival began Thursday.

“After exhausting all of the different possible ways of justifying playing an Israeli party festival, while the political and...
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Lana Del Ray cancels appearance at Meteor Festival (after all)

By ILANIT CHERNICK

(TPS.ogr) — Following weeks of pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Lana Del Rey has canceled her performance at the Meteor Festival.

The festival is scheduled to kick off next week at Kibbutz Lehavot HaBashan in the Galilee.

In a statement on Twitter,...
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Lana Del Rey says she ‘will be visiting Palestine’ after pushback on Israel concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Singer Lana Del Rey said she “will be visiting Palestine” in addition to a planned appearance in Israel following a public relations campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

Earlier this week the American performer announced that she would stick to her decision to perform in Israel in the face of calls...
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How a Jewish producer helped unleash Aretha Franklin’s genius

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at the age of 76. Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama to musicians Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, took to social media...
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Rappers Tyga, Fat Joe cause cancelation of Israeli music festival

(JNS.org) — American celebrity rappers Fat Joe and Tyga, who were slated to headline the Shaka music festival in Rishon Letzion on Thursday, August 9, canceled suddenly on Sunday, August 5, citing the “security situation.”

The pair were set to be joined by a lineup of Israeli hip-hop artists.

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Israel wins Eurovision song contest

(JTA) — For the fourth time in its four decades of participating in the Eurovision song contest, Israel has won the international competition.

The song “Toy” by Netta Barzilai, 24, secured Israel’s victory at the Eurovision contest this year at the Finals Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal. The victory means Israel...
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Artists return German music award over rappers’ Holocaust lyrics

(JTA) — Several artists have returned their Echo Awards in Germany to protest the award won by two rappers whose lyrics boasted of having “bodies more defined than Auschwitz inmates.”

In response to the award controversy BMG, which distributes releases by Kollegah and Farid Bang, has announced a campaign...
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