Jimmy Page deflects, air guitars through Zeppelin copyright testimony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page demonstrated a deft touch at deflecting questions aimed at showing he might have lifted a passage for the introduction to the 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven." Testifying in his defense Thursday in a copyright infringement case, Page showed little interest in comparing his composition with the obscure earlier instrumental work in question, "Taurus," by the late Randy Wolfe, founder of the band Spirit.

White Lung’s “Paradise” signals shape of punk to come

White Lung may hail from Vancouver, Canada, but Los Angeles has molded the punk band’s adventurous new album, “Paradise,” into something entirely unique. Producer Lars Stalfors, who’s worked with some of LA’s most progressive artists (HEALTH, Chelsea Wolfe) and poppiest rock ’n‘ rollers (Deap Vally, Cold War Kids), brings little touchstones of the city’s diverse sounds to White Lung’s otherwise brutal punk, making this effort more expansive in its sonic range and, at times, more approachable.

Outlaw country legend Merle Haggard dies at 79

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame though his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.