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Weird Al Yankovic poses for a portrait during an interview on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

‘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 14th studio effort, released last week, Yankovic …

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. …

Pop Music Streaming More Than Selling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles — One brutal truth emerges from Nielsen SoundScan’s report on trends in the music industry for the first half of 2014: Today’s consumers are far more interested in seeing and hearing pop music than buying it. Album sales dropped nearly 15 percent compared with the same period last year, and overall music consumption, which combines sales and streaming activity, dropped 3.3 …

Hall & Oates Have to Choose From Their Many Hits

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

John Oates of legendary pop duo Hall & Oates isn’t shy to admit his group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was way overdue. The duo had been eligible for induction since 1997. “It wasn’t like Daryl (Hall) and I were losing sleep over this,” …

Rock Hall Call a Milestone for E Street Band

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pittsburgh — Fifteen years after their Boss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 10 members of the E Street Band (past, present and deceased) finally gained entry during the ceremony April 10. Bruce Springsteen …

A Love Of Music With a Long Life: Sharon’s Jim Rooney Has Produced Some Greats

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Jim Rooney, musician and producer, has as many anecdotes about the musicians he’s worked with and listened to as could fit in a weighty volume of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Here’s one. In the 1960s, …

‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Leads Tony Bids

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York — The musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a comedic romp in which a poor man eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations on …

An American Original Meets English Romantic Poet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When the singer Martha Redbone began to record her most recent album, The Garden of Love, which sets the poems of William Blake to music, her benchmark of artistic success was whether it evoked her maternal great-grandmother singing …

Goo Goo Dolls Plan Acoustic Tour

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

One senses many popular rock troupes don’t worry much about filling a brief break between near successive tours. Most, in fact, are likely to let a break be exactly that and enjoy the time off from the road. That’s not what happened with the longstanding rock/ pop troupe …

Valerie Harper Inspires Many

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There’s a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She’s defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three …

Revered Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at 69

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It was an offhand comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series Spectacle on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, …

Kelela: An R&B Star Is Born?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There are Japanese and Portuguese words that describe the interstitials of love, but for the rest of us, there is R&B. Kelela — a petite, dreadlocked vocalist born in Washington and based in Los Angeles — understands that. …

Dartmouth Jazz Guitarist Releases Album

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ever since Michael Blum began devoting his time to the electric guitar as a Dartmouth freshman several years ago, he’s experienced it as a solitary pursuit. While playing in the school’s practice rooms, his only audience is himself. …