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Playing the witty, rough-around-the-edges Eliza Doolittle, Emily Brockway sings about Eliza's wishes for a better life in "Wouldn't it be Loverly," during a rehearsal for Opera North's production of My Fair Lady at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover, N.H., on July 22, 2014.  Brockway is flanked by Cockney girls played by Caitlyn McKechney, left, and Emily Geller. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

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 a Young Artists performance of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene , it will deploy nearly 90 singers, musicians and extras, two conductors, three …

‘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 Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, Mandatory Fun. For his …

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 to town: country rap, combining hip-hop beats and rhythms with country-themed rap or spoken-word lyrics. …

Confident Susan Boyle Readies 1st U.S. Tour

Sunday, June 8, 2014

New York — Five years after her musical breakthrough, Susan Boyle says she’s feeling confident and comfortable — and ready to launch her first U.S. tour. The 53-year-old will hit the road in October on a 21-date trek. …

How Concerts Became Spectacles

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the beginning, there was Alice Cooper. By the late ’60s, rock bands had been tinkering with rudimentary special effects, like the oily projections the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane used as psychedelic backdrops. Cooper, however, was a …

The Black Keys Adjust To Bumpy Life at the Top

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — Patrick Carney is reconsidering his very non-pop star policy on openness and honesty. The Black Keys drummer feels he’s had a tough run in the press recently, and for the first time in his career …

A Blues Master Swings Through

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Superharp” Cotton brings his James Cotton Blues Band to the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth, N.H., on Friday night at 7:30. Cotton began his career playing for the Muddy …

‘Stairway’ Outrage Misplaced

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The big news in the music world these days has been the Stairway to Heaven lawsuit. The people who run the estate of Randy California, the phenomenal guitarist and songwriter from the phenomenal band Spirit, announced they are …

Carlene Carter Continues Legacy

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Aspiring artists face few challenges more daunting than escaping the shadow of a family member who has established a reputation in the same field. That goes double for Carlene Carter. The veteran singer and songwriter not only is the daughter of one of the most …

‘Now’ Music Series Reaches 50

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — Like many music fans, Taylor Swift’s relationship with the Now That’s What I Call Music series stretches back more than a decade. She and her brother would listen to the series when they were children …

The Time Is Finally Right for the Flamin’ Groovies’ ‘Action’

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chicago — Time rarely has been in sync with the Flamin’ Groovies. Thrashing through ’50s-style rock ’n’ roll, the San Francisco-formed band’s nascent late-’60s/early-’70s efforts came across as retro while anticipating punk, even as the bluesy raunch of 1971’s Teenage Head drew comparisons, some favorable, to the Rolling …

NBC Does a Victory Lap, Showcases New Season’s Offerings

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New York — After a season in which it’s poised to finish No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic for the first time since the end of Friends 10 years ago, NBC ran a triumphant victory lap at its annual upfront presentation before an audience of advertisers and …

‘Love’ Reminds Us of Michael Jackson’s Best

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Here’s something unexpected: The new Michael Jackson single rules. When Epic Records announced in March that it would release a posthumous album from the pop superstar who died in 2009 — another posthumous album, that is — there seemed little reason to get excited. In 2010, the label’s …