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This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Aldis Hodge, from left, as MC Ren, Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, in the film, “Straight Outta Compton." The movie released in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP)

‘Compton’ Worth the Wait

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How much time has passed since Dr. Dre put out an album under his own name? Pop-culturally speaking, eons. In 1999, when the definitive G-funk producer and founding N.W.A. member released 2001 — the album title was postdated into the new millennium to convey that it was ahead of its time — a brand-new Internet service called Napster had begun …

Dartmouth Conductor Departs

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hanover — Students at Dartmouth College are questioning what they view as a lack of transparency surrounding the recent departure of the school’s longtime symphony orchestra conductor. Until last month, Anthony Princiotti, of Walpole, N.H., had for decades led the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and served as a violin instructor in the music department. …

Motley Crue’s Goodbye Tour

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eugene, Ore. — There will be fire and explosions. There will bone-shaking guitar riffs, scantily clad dancers and an upside-down drum solo. Middle-aged men and women will pump their fists and bang their heads, remembering back to younger days when monsters of rock roamed the Earth. Throw your devil horns in the air, …

Woman Goes From Starbucks Exec to a Life in Music

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Seattle — In 2005, Paula Boggs’ sister-in-law, Julie, was killed in a car accident. In her grief, Boggs picked up her guitar. It was like being reunited with an old friend. That feeling spurred her to successfully audition …

Movie Review: ‘Minions’ Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was inevitable that the Minions would get their own full-length movie. These strange cartoon creatures — overall-clad yellow munchkins resembling googly-eyed amoxicillin capsules — stole the spotlight from Steve Carell’s Gru in both Despicable Me movies. And …

Country Acts Drop Confederate Flag

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr. But the rebel banner that will soon be removed from the grounds of the South …

Apple’s DJs Are What Set It Apart

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It’s an old-fashioned concept remade for the mobile era: human DJs beaming out songs to people all over the world listening on their smartphones. Real-time radio, of all things, is what truly distinguishes the newest and splashiest streaming service, Apple Music. The nuts and bolts of the service, …

How Reagan Helped the Dead

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The rise of the Grateful Dead from cult band to rock ’n’ roll juggernaut didn’t take hold until some 20 years after the group was born in Palo Alto, Calf., in the 1960s. Who led the charge? Besides …

The Mekons Remain a Beacon of Punk Persistence and Creativity

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Born in art school at the University of Leeds in 1977, the Mekons long ago conceded that fame and fortune were outside their grasp, and it kind of shows. The band’s fan site, while kept current, is run …

Musicians Cooperative Throws a Bash

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A new musicians cooperative is kicking off the summer season with seven hours of music and food Sunday at the Old Farmers Exchange in Windsor. The BYOB event, which is being organized by Caballbreakeradio, features nine bands and …

Is Taylor Swift a Hero or a Hypocrite?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taylor Swift may currently be basking in the glory of being the artist who took on Apple and won, but to a group of photographers, she’s nothing but a hypocrite. Less than 24 hours after Swift slammed Apple …

Indie Labels Join Apple

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shortly after Taylor Swift got Apple Inc., to change its mind on royalty payments, thousands of independent record labels have now voiced their support for Apple Music. Beggars Group, a consortium of labels, said Wednesday it endorses the new Apple Music deal. Merlin Network, which collects digital royalties …

With a New Album and Tour, Bette Midler Is a Powerhouse

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Bette Midler knows what’s expected of her onstage in 2015. “I have to sing well, and I have to have a great band,” she said recently. “But my audience, they’ve known me at this point …