Music

Photographed at Union Episcopal Church in Claremont, N.H. on July 21, 2014, Kinan Azmeh is composing an orchestral piece for the city's 250th anniversary. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Concerto Commissioned for Claremont’s 250th Debuts Friday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Claremont — Far from his native Syria and New York City home — both geographically and culturally — composer Kinan Azmeh nonetheless feels a close connection to the rural landscape of Northern New England. It was in New Hampshire more than 20 years ago when he decided to pursue a career in music, and for the last six years Azmeh …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of polished commercial country music. Even within the roots music scene, the record label has marched …

Wonder Mixes Politics With Music

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New York — Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. “I challenge America, I challenge the world, to let hatred go, to let racism go,” Wonder told the sold-out audience at …

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 …

Whole Lotta Nuance in Plant’s New Album

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective “histrionic” into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature …

Fall Music Preview: Big Season Features Big Names

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upper Valley devotees of live music will want to lay in plenty of the heating-fuel of their choice this fall. If you go to see even a fraction of the performers swooping through the region between now and …

Cat Stevens Announces Five-City U.S. Tour

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the Peace Train back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, …

Strokes Singer Makes Startling Shift

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Musicians go to Coachella for all kinds of reasons: to hype fresh work, unveil an anticipated reunion, collect a fat paycheck. But not many use the annual music and arts festival in Indio to turn off members of their audience, as Julian Casablancas of the Strokes appeared eager …

Garth Brooks Brings It

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rosemont, Ill. — Four songs into Garth Brooks’ opening-night show of his first world tour in 17 years, the country superstar screamed at about 17,500 fans packed into the sold-out Allstate Arena outside Chicago. “You came back!” he …

Young Guy ‘Takes Over’

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Give me a reason O, I see no reason To fall in love with you — from Reason, by Noah Kahan Hanover — In his head, Dave Clark gave the kid five minutes to sing and play the …

Ariana Grande Takes Big Step Forward

Sunday, September 7, 2014

From Meet Miley Cyrus to Bangerz in less than a year — that was Ariana Grande’s path. In-your-face production. Cameos from high-profile rappers. A lead single about how, lingering attraction (and proper grammar) be damned, she’d have “one …

The Dude Open to Acting, Music Muses

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hey, dude. You in the second row. With the bowling shirt, chewing on the ice in your White Russian. Got news for you. Jeff Bridges doesn’t mind that you showed up at his concert because you worship him …

Album of Lost Dylan Songs Due Nov. 11

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, an ambitious new project in which a few contemporary musicians have completed unfinished songs by Bob Dylan nearly half a century old, now has a release date: Nov. 11. A …