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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 to do at this year’s edition. Prowling the stage of the Mojave Tent backed by his startling new band, the Voidz, the …

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 shouted, then repeated: “You came back!” “I’ve waited a long, long, long time for this,” …

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 music he said he’d written himself, maybe 10. Out loud during open-mic night at Shepard’s …

WRJ Venue Splits With Tupelo

Thursday, August 14, 2014

White River Junction — While the beat will go on at the music stage next door to the Elixir restaurant on South Main Street, the venue will go by a new name: Freight House Hall. Citing “creative differences” with the management of Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H., …

Kiss’ Gene Simmons Is Not So Mean, Well, Maybe

Thursday, August 14, 2014

No surprise: Gene Simmons ate up a lot of our interview time singing the praise of his biggest fan. Yep, Gene Simmons. More surprising, Kiss’ tongue-wagging, demon-faced co-founder also had nice — or at least not entirely antagonistic …

Tom Ellis Gains Attention as Renegade Doctor on ‘Rush’

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beverly Hills, Calif. — Ever since he was born, Welsh actor Tom Ellis has entertained an audience. “I have a twin sister and when we were born in Cardiff at the University of Wales hospital — it’s a …

Yahoo Streams Daily Live Concert

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Los Angeles — Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. Live Nation’s partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The …

Opera North Opens Season With a Sparkling ‘My Fair Lady’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Fair Lady , the Lerner and Loewe musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion , is one of those perfect works with which it’s impossible to find fault. And you might think that having led with that sentence that a “but” was on its way. …

‘La Traviata’ Suffers From Tepid Staging, Chemistry

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (in English, a close approximation would mean “the fallen woman”) was based on Alexandre Dumas the younger’s La Dame aux Camellias , the story of Violetta, a consumptive courtesan who falls deeply in love with a young man , Alfredo. She renounces him at …

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Rock on Latest Album, ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Before easing into a conversation about his new album with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, the longtime Malibu beach-dweller Tom Petty has a score to settle. It’s in response to an old Los Angeles Times survey …

Behind the Scenes at Opera North

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When Opera North opens its annual season on Saturday at the Lebanon Opera House with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical My Fair Lady , followed in the next two weeks by Verdi’s La Traviata and …

‘Weird Al’ Talks About His Weirdly Successful Week in Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and …

Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet for Stars of Country Rap

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix …