Music

Picture These Bands in Their Prime

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A shirtless Mick Jagger, relaxing poolside in Clearwater, Fla., in 1965, intently studies the back cover of Bob Dylan’s then-new Bringing It All Back Home album, still in the shrink wrap. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon into the air as the Beatles cavort in 1964 on the patio of a private Bel-Air mansion. These are images from a …

Old Meets New in Planned Grammy Duets

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Young will meet old — again — at this year’s Grammy Awards. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Recording Academy has arranged several May-December duets for the Feb. 8 ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday, including planned performances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Hozier and Annie Lennox, and Jessie J and Tom Jones. Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, whose 10-year age difference doesn’t quite …

‘Stay With Me’ Credits Expand

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated breakout hit, Stay with Me, both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s names have been added to the song’s writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with two others due to the similarities between Stay with Me and Petty and Lynne’s 1989 hit I Won’t Back …

Bringing Back the Blues

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Canaan — From the Canaan Old Home Days parade to Autumnfest in Woonsocket, R.I., Teddy Makalinaw and Eben Brown have covered a lot of ground since taking their Blues Brothers act on the road in 2013. But heading …

Song Leak May Help Madonna

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The year-end surprise album release is becoming a holiday tradition. First, Beyonce, then D’Angelo: Each of them released recordings that came out of nowhere to capture the pop imagination just in time for the New Year. But what …

The Passion of Joe Cocker

Friday, December 26, 2014

A few years ago we were watching a televised concert series, when the voice on the stage suddenly thundered through the TV speakers. In the flesh, with gravel and grit, Joe Cocker was live and spouting the blues. …

Meryl Streep Sings Sondheim, and Finds Her Own Voice

Friday, December 26, 2014

New York — Meryl Streep sings. Her fans know this. Meryl Streep sang in Postcards From the Edge, in Ironweed, on the children’s album Philadelphia Chickens and, of course, in Mamma Mia, the movie that improbably, given all …

Dr. Burma: One Last Chance

Sunday, December 21, 2014

No more staying out late for me No more narrow escapes for me I’ve reached the, I’ve reached the turning point in my life — from Turning Point, by Tyrone Davis About 20 minutes shy of showtime, Dr. …

Tower Records Store Still Standing in Tokyo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tokyo — In 2006, the Great American Group, no great American, won the right in court to liquidate the bankrupt Tower Records, despite other bidders who hoped to salvage the record business. For much of the U.S. — …

Two Banjos Are Better Than One

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, two banjo players equally respected in the different corners of the Americana music world, got married in 2010 and last year became first-time parents with the arrival of their son, Juno. Suddenly they …

Three-Part Harmony

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Even now, Peter, Paul and Mary can’t be stopped. During the early ’60s folk boom, their entwined harmonies seemed to be a part of every progressive rally, and since then, they have gained new generations of fans through …

Sam Smith, Beyonce Lead Grammys

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New York — British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyonce — the most nominated woman in Grammy history — are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each. Smith and Beyonce were likely to earn nominations for …

‘Peter Pan Live!’ Flies Clear of Disaster Critics Longed to See

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Take that, haters: NBC’s Peter Pan Live! did not provide nearly the fodder you so voraciously anticipated. The show went off Thursday night without any major hitch or clunky notes — and was far more entertaining and certainly more endurable than its zombie predecessor, last year’s The Sound …