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In this July 12, 2014 photo, Motown legend Smokey Robinson poses for a photo, in Los Angeles. Robinson's his latest album, “Smokey & Friends,” comes out Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The collection of Robinson tunes pairs the Motown veteran with Elton John, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, CeeLo Green, Miguel, and Steven Tyler. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP)

Smokey and Friends

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Los Angeles — After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like My Girl and Tears of a Clown said he can’t stop writing. Smokey Robinson said he scribbles down lyrics on a pad or leaves a fragment of a tune on his own voice mail whenever inspiration hits. “I write on the …

At MTV Video Music Awards, Expect Surprise Performances

Sunday, August 24, 2014

With a legacy that includes Madonna tongue-kissing Britney Spears, Beyonce announcing her pregnancy and Howard Stern’s bare behind, the MTV Video Music Awards has never had trouble generating buzz. But this year’s ceremony, which will be shown Sunday night at 9, has a special challenge: How do you compete with Miley Cyrus’ twerking …

Who Should Win — And Will Win — Top Awards

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The MTV Video Music Awards have always been less about the awards and more about the performances. (What got more attention last year? Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors winning video of the year or Miley Cyrus’ twerking? Case closed.) However, this year’s nominations do try to make the fan-voted categories more of a fair fight, …

Amazon Prime Adds Music Streaming

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Seattle — Amazon.com is adding a streaming music service to its Amazon Prime membership benefits. The service, called Prime Music, allows Prime members in the U.S. to stream songs, ad-free, and download them for offline listening as long …

Mushroom Magic: Corinth Man Hones His Skills as Hunter of the Elusive Morel

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Corinth — Mushroom hunter Brad Wheeler spent a recent Thursday evening tromping around Orange County in search of an elusive, highly prized fungus. The first two stops left him empty handed, but then, in an old apple orchard, …

Led Zeppelin Remasters Masterpieces

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s first song outline much of what followed: A mean series of Jimmy Page riffs introduces Good Times, Bad Times, from its self-titled 1969 debut, followed by a typically wild John Bonham drum-bang, …

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 …