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In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, actor Theodore Bikel poses at the opening night performance of "November" at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Bikel, the Tony-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Monday, July 20, 2015 in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 91. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File)

Stage and Film Star Theodore Bikel Dies in Los Angeles at 91

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Theodore Bikel, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent Robert Malcolm said. He was 91. The Austrian-born Bikel was noted for the diversity of the roles he played, from a Scottish police officer to …

Volunteers Sought For Seasonal Choir

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Woodstock — Congregation Shir Shalom is seeking volunteers for this year’s High Holy Day choir. The chorus will perform during Rosh Hashana, on the evening of Sept. 13 and morning of Sept. 14; and during Yom Kippur, in the evening on Sept 21. and Sept 22. It is open to anyone who loves to sing, has a nice voice and a “good ear,” …

Fourth Solo Album, First One Sober

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New York — His mother’s tears upon hearing Jason Isbell’s new song Children of Children were evidence that he’d nailed the complex emotions involved. The song about sacrifices made by a teenage mother is also the moment where the new album, Something More Than Free, becomes something special, when it is clear that …

Woman Goes From Starbucks Exec to a Life in Music

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Seattle — In 2005, Paula Boggs’ sister-in-law, Julie, was killed in a car accident. In her grief, Boggs picked up her guitar. It was like being reunited with an old friend. That feeling spurred her to successfully audition …

Movie Review: ‘Minions’ Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was inevitable that the Minions would get their own full-length movie. These strange cartoon creatures — overall-clad yellow munchkins resembling googly-eyed amoxicillin capsules — stole the spotlight from Steve Carell’s Gru in both Despicable Me movies. And …

Country Acts Drop Confederate Flag

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr. But the rebel banner that will soon be removed from the grounds of the South …

Apple’s DJs Are What Set It Apart

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It’s an old-fashioned concept remade for the mobile era: human DJs beaming out songs to people all over the world listening on their smartphones. Real-time radio, of all things, is what truly distinguishes the newest and splashiest streaming service, Apple Music. The nuts and bolts of the service, …

How Reagan Helped the Dead

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The rise of the Grateful Dead from cult band to rock ’n’ roll juggernaut didn’t take hold until some 20 years after the group was born in Palo Alto, Calf., in the 1960s. Who led the charge? Besides …

The Mekons Remain a Beacon of Punk Persistence and Creativity

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Born in art school at the University of Leeds in 1977, the Mekons long ago conceded that fame and fortune were outside their grasp, and it kind of shows. The band’s fan site, while kept current, is run …

Musicians Cooperative Throws a Bash

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A new musicians cooperative is kicking off the summer season with seven hours of music and food Sunday at the Old Farmers Exchange in Windsor. The BYOB event, which is being organized by Caballbreakeradio, features nine bands and …

Is Taylor Swift a Hero or a Hypocrite?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taylor Swift may currently be basking in the glory of being the artist who took on Apple and won, but to a group of photographers, she’s nothing but a hypocrite. Less than 24 hours after Swift slammed Apple …

Indie Labels Join Apple

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shortly after Taylor Swift got Apple Inc., to change its mind on royalty payments, thousands of independent record labels have now voiced their support for Apple Music. Beggars Group, a consortium of labels, said Wednesday it endorses the new Apple Music deal. Merlin Network, which collects digital royalties …

With a New Album and Tour, Bette Midler Is a Powerhouse

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Bette Midler knows what’s expected of her onstage in 2015. “I have to sing well, and I have to have a great band,” she said recently. “But my audience, they’ve known me at this point …