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Mike Patton of Faith No More performs on the North American Tour at the Fillmore in Detroit on May 8, 2015. (Marc Nader/Zuma Press/TNS)

Not ‘Alternative’ Anymore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the first of three concerts last month, they didn’t warm up the crowd with one of their old hits. Instead, the reunited hard-rock band opened with a new song from an album that hadn’t even come out yet; what’s more, …

Stamina, Consistency Marked B.B. King’s Legacy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let nothing that follows detract from B.B. King’s indelible legacy — a legacy that, though King died early Thursday at 89, stands unparalleled in the history of the blues. He was an incredible guitarist, “without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century,” as AllMusic.com put it. He …

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj on Billboard Bill

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New York — Kanye West and Nicki Minaj have been added to the list of performers for Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions also announced that Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will perform their No. 1 hit remembering actor Paul Walker, See You Again, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Imagine Dragons will pay tribute to the late Ben …

A Living in Music: Patrick Ross Plays and Records With the Urgency of Manual Labor

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It’s about time I understand That timing is everything. The heart beats for a reason. I hear it beat in rhythms that dance. — from The Fun of A Chase April 2015 journal entry by Patrick Ross At …

Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her “Piece of Me” concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when, after a brief jump, she landed hard on …

‘Fun Home’ Earns 12 Tony Nods

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New York — The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and …

Still Commanding ‘Respect’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aretha Franklin is riding on the freeway, or maybe it’s just I-70, on her way home to Detroit from Washington, D.C. She was in the nation’s capital to play for the president at the White House, but that’s …

Brian Wilson Reunites With Al Jardine

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — While Brian Wilson doesn’t plan to officially reunite with the surviving members of the Beach Boys, having an old friend sing on a new record certainly provided a comfort zone. Former bandmate Al Jardine, who …

‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ Has Staying Power

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The great Percy Sledge record When a Man Loves a Woman was released 49 years ago on Thursday. Credited to songwriters Andrew Wright and Calvin Lewis, it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala., and …

Musicians Blast Tidal Streaming

Thursday, April 16, 2015

For an allegedly artist-friendly take on streaming services, a lot of artists sure seem to hate Tidal. Over the last few days, several high-profile acts have been outspoken about their problems with Tidal’s optics and messaging, going so far as to hope for its downfall. One of the …

Ben Gibbard’s New Sound

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ben Gibbard never thought he’d find himself where he did at the end of 2012. The boyish frontman of Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie had spent the previous decade and a half establishing a reputation as one of …

At the Hopkins Center, An Updated ‘Figaro’

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Imagine Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro , one of the best loved and most performed operas in the r epertoire, set in Beverly Hills in the present day, and you have ¡Figaro (90210) , which arrives today at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College for a two-night run. The …

Does Dave Chappelle Have a Special in the Works?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The website Comedy Hype thinks Dave Chappelle might have been filming a new comedy special this week in Austin and is reporting that, according to their sources, it’s for HBO. If true, it would be Chappelle’s second for the network; Killing Them Softly aired all the way back …