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Briefly: Billy Joel, Beyonce, Audioslave, Paul Westerberg

Billy Joel is set to perform a Dec. 16 concert at Honolulu's Blaisdell Arena, marking his first performance in Hawaii in nearly 20 years.

Briefly: Opry, Wu-Tang's lawyer, rock and roll high school, Deathray, the New Hype

The Grand Ole Opry will return to its former home at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during January and February.

Review: Jonathan Richman, Deathray At Old Ironsides, Sacramento, CA

Ever since he surfaced as the frontman for proto-punks The Modern Lovers in the mid-70s, Jonathan Richman has forged a career by making entertainment of life's minutiae. Ever get the silent treatment from a significant other? Ever wonder how the Velvet Underground got that sound? Richman wrote a simple, funny and poignant song about it. He's also penned similar tomes about UFOs, the ice cream man, and airplanes (from a first person perspective, no less).