Steve Earle and 8 More Musicians Who Unexpectedly Dabbled in Acting

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Steve Earle as Walon on HBO's The Wire.
Many varied and unique paths splinter from Steve Earle's main road as a musician. Over the last 40 years, Earle has been a political activist, a prisoner and a novelist in addition to leading his band, the Dukes, with whom he will be appearing at the Old Rock House this Friday, July 3.

Those unfamiliar with his music and biography may see a picture of the bearded Earle and recognize him as Walon, a recovering addict on HBO's The Wire. Possibly based in part on Earle's own struggles with heroin, his character would serve as the support system that series junkie Bubbs finally uses to get clean. (Earle's cover of the show's theme -- Tom Waits' "Down in the Hole" -- would also play under the credits in the show's final season.)

From the film careers of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Ice-T's hilarious turn as a streetwise detective whose lines are clearly written by white people on Law and Order: SVU, many musicians have found second careers in the world of acting. But for others such as Earle, the dalliance is brief -- a one-night stand briefly interrupting a committed relationship to music. Here are some of the more interesting musicians that had a brief fling with the world of television and film.

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8 Surprising Crossovers Between Music and Sports

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Press Photo via Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling
Disarm you with a flying elbow drop, more like it.
Decades after providing an avenue through which youth in the '90s could steer their angst, Billy Corgan has found a new group whose anger he's been hired to direct.

Corgan, whose Smashing Pumpkins will be appearing tonight, June 23, at the Pageant, announced earlier this year that he has joined TNA Wrestling as a senior producer, focusing on talent and development. A lifelong wrestling fan, Corgan is known to tweet frequently about the sport and in 2011 even founded his own Chicago-based wrestling company, Resistance Pro Wrestling.

From the Bears' Super-Bowl-Shuffling crew to Garth Brooks' appearance at San Diego Padres' spring training, the flirtation between music and athletics (and vice versa) is a frequent story in the history of the two pastimes. For some, however, this coquetry in another field became more serious -- occasionally creating a second career. With that in mind, here are eight surprising crossovers between music and sports.

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The Blue Pearl, New Bar/Music Venue, to Open on Cherokee This Summer

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Whoa Thunder performing at the space that will hold The Blue Pearl

At 2926 Cherokee Street, owner/manager Julie Sommer is getting close to opening a different kind of Cherokee bar -- one she hopes will appeal to an older, more sophisticated clientele. The Blue Pearl plans to feature roots music and light food offerings.

The business has already had its hearing for a liquor license. While Sommer needs to apply for occupancy and health department permits before her license can be finalized, her goal is to open within the next few months.

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Recklessly Everything: A Track-By-Track Breakdown of Bryan Adams' 1984 Masterpiece

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By Jeremy Essig

Over 30 years ago, Bryan Adams released the musical equivalent to a relationship Swiss Army knife.

Reckless, Adams' multi-platinum 1984 release, contains all the tools necessary to navigate whatever place one finds oneself through the course of a relationship -- a blade to stab an ex-lover or a ruler to measure the depth of commitment. Clocking in at fewer than 40 minutes, Adams manages to hits all the relationship fence posts within the album, from the unplanned bar hookup to finally regaining your confidence after a nasty breakup.

Or, in other words, Reckless is the one album to have on a deserted island if you happen to fall in love and break up with someone on that island (while also cheating with a third person on said island).

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Why Isn't Iron Sheik Roasting Justin Bieber's Tiny Balls on Comedy Central?

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You're about to get bashed, boyfriend.
Most of us (over the age of seventeen) have been talking shit for years about Justin Bieber, thanks to his over-publicized bad choices, frequent run-ins with the law and rebellious lifestyle -- all of which combine to supply stories that ultimately write themselves. And while we could personally do without hearing so much about the Biebs, Comedy Central had a much different idea.

On March 30 some of the best in the biz will rip this asshole a second one for the whole world to see on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. At first glance, the list of guest speakers on the dais looks promising -- Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Natasha Leggero, Pete Davidson, Jeffrey Ross, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Ludacris and Shaquille O'Neal. However, we noticed one glaring omission...

See also: Crotching Whiskey at the Justin Bieber Concert and Getting Thrown Out: A Review

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New Music Circle Offers "Struggling Music Lover" Prices for Upcoming Concerts

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Okkyung Lee and Lotte Anker performing at a New Music Circle event in February 2015

St. Louis' premier presenter of high-end musical weirdness, New Music Circle, is offering some pretty great deals on its upcoming shows at the Stage at KDHX.

New Music Circle is an organization that is "dedicated to the creation and performance of improvisational and experimental music" and it's been supplying St. Louis with cool, artistic, adventurous, creative, innovative, weird, touching, intellectual, off-the-map and joyfully WTF events since 1959.


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Music Hasn't Gotten Crappy These Days, You Have

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The kids are all right.
By Gina Tron

"This music is garbage. They aren't even using real instruments," my mom said. It was 1994, and I was happy that my favorite song at the time -- "The Sign" by Ace of Base -- was on the radio. She would try to expose me to the music that she liked, which was all good music: Stevie Wonder, the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd. All that music I love today, but I wasn't open to it then, because I already resented her for hating on my music. I felt stupid, and so I vowed to never hate on the music of the younger generation, even if I didn't understand it.

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Banjo Unceremoniously Fired By Mumford & Sons

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By Kandace Lytle

Mumford & Sons has officially left the West London folk-scene sound and entered into mainstream music with its newest single, "Believe."

This week, members of the Mumford & Sons fan club received an email encouraging them to download the band's newest hit (or to stream it on YouTube or Spotify), but to many fans' dismay, it would seem as though founding member Banjo has left the band.

See also: Half of the Village People Banned From Ballpark Village By Dress Code

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Why the "Blurred Lines" Ruling Sets an Extremely Dangerous Precedent

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On Tuesday a Los Angeles jury awarded $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye owing to the similarity between Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." In the courtroom, Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams both defended their song's originality and acknowledged the reference to Gaye's track.

A jury of their peers found in favor of Gaye's family, and that decision is, for lack of a more eloquent term, complete and utter bullshit.

See also: Thicke on Thicke: Alan Thicke Talks About His Son Robin Thicke

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Elvis Costello Is Not Your Regular Renaissance Man

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Elvis Costello will perform at the Pageant Monday night.
Ever since Elvis Costello burst on to the scene with his 1977 album My Aim Is True, the British new-waver has dabbled in a wide range of activities that have nothing to do with strumming a guitar or shouting "Pump it Up" into a microphone.

There's something about this man, born Declan MacManus, that has allowed him to both excel for forty years at his not-so-easy day job as a rock star and also explore some pretty impressive side perks denied his peers. Would David Byrne get his own cable television talk show? Would Paul Weller be invited on to Sesame Street and Treme? Would Chrissie Hynde be granted a handful of honorary doctorates from respected academic institutions?

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