Music

Bela Fleck, left, and Abigail Washburn perform at Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida on Saturday. October 18, 2014. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

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 were faced with the conundrum many new parents face: balancing careers and family life. What’s a couple to do? The result? Bela …

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 numerous tours and PBS specials. Although Mary Travers died of leukemia at 73, five years …

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 album of the year, the top award, when The Recording Academy announced the nominees Friday …

AC/DC Not In Touch With Rudd

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New York — Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an …

Swift Sales for ‘1989’

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift’s 1989 album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail sales week had become a relic of glory days long past. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” the 24-year-old …

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Ended Well, but Most TV Shows Don’t

Monday, November 3, 2014

Some television shows end well, with a satisfying and thoughtful conclusion worthy of the critical acclaim and rabid fans it has kept to the end. Then there are all the others. Boardwalk Empire offered a “pitch-perfect” series finale on Sunday, joining the ranks of other acclaimed shows that …

Cream Vocalist, Bassist Jack Bruce Dies at 71

Sunday, October 26, 2014

London — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to …

Lebanon Opera House Names Four to Board

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — Four new members have been elected to the Lebanon Opera House board of directors. Matthew Locker is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He has been an electrical engineer and project …

Becky G Caught in Pop Music’s Cookie Cutter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Is there a campaign to make all Top 40 hits by female artists sound like an endless stroll through Forever 21? Consider the latest from Becky G, the Mexican American rapper from Inglewood, Calif., whose mix of Disney-like …

Prince Dazzles, Baffles on Two New Releases

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Never let it be said that Prince doesn’t retain the capacity to both dazzle and baffle. Through 36 years in the spotlight and one of the most influential of his generation, the man born Prince Rogers Nelson still …

‘A Death in the Family’

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The composer William Mayer was in his early 40s when he first read James Agee’s autobiographical novel A Death in the Family . Published posthumously, the novel, based on the death of Agee’s father in a car accident …

Going Mano a Mono With the Beatles Catalog

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The pin-your-ears-back moment came on a song I’d heard thousands of times. Having read of John Lennon’s complaint about the stereo mix of Revolution (“They took a heavy record and turned it into a piece of ice cream”), …

At 80, Old-Time Music Great Alice Gerrard Adds to Her Legacy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Last year, just weeks before turning 79, Alice Gerrard released Bittersweet, an album of new material recorded with bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis. Now, just months after her 80th birthday, the champion of old-time music is back with Follow …