Music

Swift Takes a Dig at Spotify From AMA Stage

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The American Music Awards are usually a jumbled collection of different genre artists trying to outdo each other with crazy performances. But it actually got pretty topical on Sunday night. Host Pitbull got things started early with a shout-out to President Obama’s immigration plan. “We’ve got everybody here tonight,” Pitbull said, gesturing to the crowd. “Black, white, pink, purple, orange, Asian, Latinos. And guess what? President Obama says we can …

University Builds Dylan Collection

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Philadelphia — The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down — before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted to helping researchers discern the meaning of his every move and utterance? The answer, my friends, is …

Concerto Commissioned for Claremont’s 250th Debuts Friday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Claremont — Far from his native Syria and New York City home — both geographically and culturally — composer Kinan Azmeh nonetheless feels a close connection to the rural landscape of Northern New England. It was in New Hampshire more than 20 years ago when he decided to pursue a career in music, …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of …

Wonder Mixes Politics With Music

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New York — Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. “I challenge America, I challenge the …

Audio Slideshow: The Cowboy And the Celt

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bethel —To set the scene at his concerts, cowboy singer and fiddler Skip Gorman sometimes places a fake campfire onstage. But he didn’t need that prop for a recent house concert with renowned Celtic singer Connie Dover, where …

AC/DC Not In Touch With Rudd

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New York — Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an …

Swift Sales for ‘1989’

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift’s 1989 album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail sales week had become a relic of glory days long past. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” the 24-year-old …

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Ended Well, but Most TV Shows Don’t

Monday, November 3, 2014

Some television shows end well, with a satisfying and thoughtful conclusion worthy of the critical acclaim and rabid fans it has kept to the end. Then there are all the others. Boardwalk Empire offered a “pitch-perfect” series finale on Sunday, joining the ranks of other acclaimed shows that …

Cream Vocalist, Bassist Jack Bruce Dies at 71

Sunday, October 26, 2014

London — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to …

Lebanon Opera House Names Four to Board

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — Four new members have been elected to the Lebanon Opera House board of directors. Matthew Locker is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He has been an electrical engineer and project …

Becky G Caught in Pop Music’s Cookie Cutter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Is there a campaign to make all Top 40 hits by female artists sound like an endless stroll through Forever 21? Consider the latest from Becky G, the Mexican American rapper from Inglewood, Calif., whose mix of Disney-like …

Prince Dazzles, Baffles on Two New Releases

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Never let it be said that Prince doesn’t retain the capacity to both dazzle and baffle. Through 36 years in the spotlight and one of the most influential of his generation, the man born Prince Rogers Nelson still …