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Michael Blum

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 month, Blum, now a junior and a …

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 speech when he quipped: “I never thought I’d be on the same stage as KISS, …

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, whether continuing once-private feuds in public or launching criticism at the hall itself. This year …

Steve Earle Reinvents Himself Again As a Duet Partner

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Steve Earle is something of a Renaissance man. Or maybe a workaholic. After nearly a year of touring with a band for his acclaimed, successful album The Low Highway, Earle now is working on his third book, just …

Entertainment Highlights: Ukulele Great Coming to Randolph

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For the recording of Grand Ukulele, his 2012 album, Jake Shimabukuro did something different: He went big. With the help of famed engineer Alan Parsons, who has worked with The Beatles and Pink Floyd, Shimabukuro outfitted his ukulele …

Winners, Losers at South by Southwest

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Austin, Texas — Here’s to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this …

Miley Is New Queen of the Button-Pushers

Monday, March 17, 2014

Minneapolis — What’s your favorite Miley moment? When she twerked on MTV’s Video Music Awards? When she appeared nude in the strategically staged Wrecking Ball video? When she smoked a bong on YouTube? Or, conversely, which has been …

Outspoken Miley Cyrus Talks About Her Tour

Monday, March 17, 2014

Miley Cyrus is the mouse that roars. The former Disney Channel star is as provocative in conversation as she is in action. Here are some of the things she had to say in a conference call with journalists before the start of her Bangerz tour. On her goal …

After Success in Germany, Will Musical ‘Rocky’ Be a Hit on Broadway?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New York — Yo, Broadway. Eight years after producers decided to take a chance on an “it’s so crazy, it just might work” project, opening night has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumble: Rocky enters the Broadway ring today. The show stars Andy Karl and Margo …

Fabian Is Still a Golden Boy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Allentown, Pa. — Take it from Fabian, who once was a teen idol who had a half-dozen chart hits in a year: Don’t be so hard on The Biebs. Yes, current teen idol Justin Bieber is besieged of …

Lea Michele Bares Her Soul On Debut Album ‘Louder’

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“I didn’t record one word I didn’t feel — whether or not I wrote it,” Lea Michele said during a recent listening session for her debut album. “These are words that are parts of me.” Louder, released last …

Neil Young Introduces High-Quality Music System Named Ponomusic

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Neil Young has long groused about the way music he and other artists make ends up sounding in the digital age. Now he is introducing his solution: PonoMusic, a combination online music store and playback system that gives listeners access to audiophile quality recordings. “It’s about the music, …

A Stringed Instrument Gets an Introduction

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Angela Biggs’ harp commanded the room. It sat in a corner in Claremont’s Union Episcopal Church, with six smaller harps propped on stands around it. “You might be surprised to learn you can play blues on a harp, …