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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 …

A Band Built on Friendship

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sitting with her bandmate Cleo Tucker on the back patio of a coffee shop in Los Angeles, Girlpool’s Harmony Tividad remembers the jarring contrast when the acoustic pop duo arrived in Philadelphia after uprooting their lives in their …

What Will the Song of the Summer Be?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Real quick, before school’s out forever, raise your hand if you still care about the song of the summer. Everyone should. The annual debate over which pop single will rule our hot months is the best kind of music debate. Why? Because it’s impossible for anyone to win, …

Theatrics Take Second Place on New Album

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Florence Welch flung open the door to her suite at the Chateau Marmont last month like a woman in the middle of an important task. Inside, dozens of designer gowns, maybe a hundred in all, hung on several …

Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown Dead

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, died Thursday. He was 81. Brown died of cancer at Williamson Medical Center …

Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman Remembered as a ‘True Pioneer’

Friday, June 12, 2015

New York — Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, the visionary saxophonist and composer who pioneered “free jazz” and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007, has died. Publicist Ken Weinstein says Coleman died on Thursday at 1 a.m. in Manhattan. …

At 73, David Crosby’s Still Got It

Sunday, June 7, 2015

David Crosby — who puts the cantankerous in Crosby, Stills & Nash — was in a particularly good mood the other day. “I’m in a very good space,” said the outspoken, voluble Crosby. He’s lost 40 pounds. The …

Stones Re-Release ‘Sticky Fingers’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

London — Keith Richards doesn’t keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. But he’s happy to place Sticky Fingers, being re-released in a deluxe edition next week, near the very top. “I put it up there,” he said in a recent interview. “I don’t No. …

Janet Jackson to Release First Album in 7 Years

Sunday, June 7, 2015

New York — Let’s Wait Awhile ? Not really. Janet Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall. The pop icon said on her website Wednesday that the album, not yet titled, will be released …

Leading Frontman Goes Solo

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here’s one way to win Brandon Flowers’ confidence: Tell him you like a song of his that nobody else likes. That’s what Ariel Rechtshaid did when the Killers frontman, on the hunt for a producer for his second …

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT …