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FILE - In this July 11, 2010 file photo, singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester performs on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala. Winchester, a U.S.-born songwriter who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, died Friday, April 11, 2014, of cancer. He was 69. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin, File)

Revered Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at 69

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It was an offhand comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series Spectacle on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified The Brand New Tennessee Waltz (one of the first songs for which he’d gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he’d ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs. Costello interrupted, in utter disbelief: “You mean to say that was actually the first song you …

Kelela: An R&B Star Is Born?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There are Japanese and Portuguese words that describe the interstitials of love, but for the rest of us, there is R&B. Kelela — a petite, dreadlocked vocalist born in Washington and based in Los Angeles — understands that. Her futuristic love songs feel like high-def screen grabs of latent passion, micro-tonal desire and …

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 …

Sons Use Dad’s Voice to Sing

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — Roy Orbison’s three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad — until now. Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father …

A Different Type of an ‘American Idol’

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Los Angeles — A year ago, Candice Glover would have dreaded having to perform during American Idol ’s results show, a night where dreams of victory are shattered for the contestant with the fewest votes. But the days of singing for anyone’s vote are behind Glover now. She’s …

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 …