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Apple Music’s Free Trial Ends Soon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Apple Music commercial that debuted during the Emmy’s telecast drew almost as much buzz as the show itself, thanks to star turns by Kerry Washington of Scandal, music legend Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson of Empire. When Jimmy Iovine came up with the idea for the ad, he asked a good friend to recommend a director. “I told the idea to Oprah,” Iovine recalled, “and she said, ‘Ava should do that.’” And, sure enough, Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, signed on. It’s deep show business relationships like those that got Iovine his job shepherding Apple Music. But it’s customers, not connections, …

’90s Pop Star, Tony-Winner Revived

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duncan Sheik has experienced clear success in two creative fields. As a pop singer and songwriter, he scored a top 20 hit in 1996 with Barely Breathing, a Grammy-nominated kiss-off that continues to resonate thanks to recent placements in youth-attuned TV series like Glee and Girls. And as a composer of theater music, …

The New Singing Von Trapps

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Washington — The modern-day Trapp family singers were hanging out on the craggy patio of a D.C. cafe, each wearing some variation on skinny jeans, bangs and combat boots. Melanie, 25, had wrapped herself in a leopard-print trench, while Sofi, 27, was clad in a cropped red leather jacket. Amanda, 24, was in …

Small Town to Music City

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I’ve got bigger plans Than meets the eye You can’t catch the fish If you don’t try — from Hometown by Brooks Hubbard Not long before Brooks Hubbard took his talents to Nashville this past summer, music teacher …

All-Star Guests Join Don Henley’s Album

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — When the Eagles’ Don Henley started looking for guest singers to accompany him on his new country album, he compared it to casting for a film. “It’s like reading a screenplay. Who would be the best to play this part?” Henley said. “I was extremely …

Music Preview: Performers Swing by From Across the Genre Spectrum

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rage, rage, if you must, against the dying of the autumn light. Then seek solace from the advancing darkness in the live music — sacred, secular, Scottish and Slambovian — coming to venues around the Upper Valley over …

Theater and Dance Season Preview: The Stage Is King in the Upper Valley

Thursday, September 24, 2015

In less than two weeks, Northern Stage opens its fall season with the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town on a brand-new stage in a state-of-the-art theater in downtown White River Junction. Repeat: The Barrette Center for the Arts, …

Federal Judge Rules ‘Happy Birthday’ Song in Public Domain

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Los Angeles — The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song Happy Birthday to You for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled …

Disconcerted: The Angst of Taking a Teen Daughter to See a Boy Band

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Problem 1: If a vehicle containing two adults and two teenage girls traveling at a speed of 70 mph reaches the outskirts of Foxborough, Mass, at 5 p.m., how long will it take the vehicle to reach Gillette …

Opera Illuminates a Mythical Vermont Town

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It’s been 15 years since A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine, a collaboration between composer Erik Nielsen and poet and writer David Budbill, was first produced by the Vermont Opera Theater of Montpelier. Based on Budbill’s suite …

Rolling Out a Solo Album

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New York — Keith Richards had just picked up a pack of cigarettes from the coffee table in front of him, skillfully removed the cellophane and fired up the first of a string of smokes while talking about …

Pianist Henry Butler Presses Ahead

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Ten years ago this week, the colossal New Orleans singer-pianist Henry Butler saw his life very nearly wrecked by Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath. Butler’s New Orleans house was deluged in six feet of water, most of …

Black Sabbath Announces Dates For Final Tour

Friday, September 4, 2015

New York — After five decades, Black Sabbath will launch a farewell tour next year. The heavy metal band starring Ozzy Osbourne announced dates for its The End tour, which kicks off Jan. 20, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska. Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler will visit …