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FILE - In this July 11, 2010 file photo, singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester performs on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala. Winchester, a U.S.-born songwriter who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, died Friday, April 11, 2014, of cancer. He was 69. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin, File)

Revered Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at 69

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It was an offhand comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series Spectacle on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified The Brand New Tennessee Waltz (one of the first songs for which he’d gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he’d ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs. Costello interrupted, in utter disbelief: “You mean to say that was actually the first song you …

Kelela: An R&B Star Is Born?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There are Japanese and Portuguese words that describe the interstitials of love, but for the rest of us, there is R&B. Kelela — a petite, dreadlocked vocalist born in Washington and based in Los Angeles — understands that. Her futuristic love songs feel like high-def screen grabs of latent passion, micro-tonal desire and …

Dartmouth Jazz Guitarist Releases Album

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ever since Michael Blum began devoting his time to the electric guitar as a Dartmouth freshman several years ago, he’s experienced it as a solitary pursuit. While playing in the school’s practice rooms, his only audience is himself. He said not having anyone to hear his work is “surreal.” But no longer. Last …

Rock Hall Welcomes KISS, Nirvana and More

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its “Who’d have thought?” surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance …

Kiss to Rock Hall: Kiss Off

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, …

Classics Join Recording Register

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Los Angeles — Linda Ronstadt’s commercial breakthrough album, Heart Like a Wheel, the Everly Brothers’ career-rejuvenating 1960 hit Cathy’s Clown and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 social protest song Fortunate Son are among 25 new entries in the Library …

Reflecting on Kurt Cobain 20 Years After Suicide

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kurt Cobain changed Win Butler’s world. Billie Joe Armstrong thought the Nirvana frontman was his generation’s John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And Beck thinks he owes a debt of gratitude to the singer-guitarist for opening the world’s ears to a thriving, but little-heard underground scene. It’s been two …

Master Maestro Inspires All Ages: Upper Valley Musicians Playfully Celebrate Bach’s Birthday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hanover — Aristotle Williamson waited for the waves of veteran organist Peter Beardsley’s rendition of the Prelude and Fugue in B minor to recede from the soaring ceiling in the sanctuary of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Then the …

Emmylou Harris Looks Back At Release of ‘Wrecking Ball

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Emmylou Harris never fit any mold. From the beginning of her recording career in country music four decades ago up until today, the singer and songwriter has chosen songs without regard to boundaries or convention. That same open-minded, artistic drive is at work as she talks about the …

Stars to Join ‘Superstar’

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It sounds a bit like an announcement that should’ve been made on April Fools’ Day, but evidently it’s no joke. A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar will tour the United States and Canada this summer with a truly odd cast of mixed-and-matched pop stars, including Michelle Williams …

Claremont Hip-Hop Artists Stress the Positive

Thursday, April 3, 2014

J eremy Herrell, Robert Chivers and Arundell Robinson are the men behind the Claremont hip-hop trio Team Dilligaf, which has been shaking up the local music scene on Saturday nights at Club 188 in Tupelo Music Hall in …

Artists Finish Incomplete Dylan Songs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his Basement Tapes period are being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James for release as an album and …

Music Festival Lollapalooza Announces Lineup

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chicago — Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year’s three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane’s Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday. The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and …