Music

The Grateful Dead perform at the Oakland Coliseum in December 1992. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

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 Jerry Garcia and his bandmates, there was another charismatic California icon who deserves a share of the credit. Ronald Reagan. Yes, that …

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 by a guy named Nobby and looks like it was coded in 1996. Unlike university …

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 solo artists on two stages, and the $20 ticket includes a four-course meal. Slated to …

Brian Wilson Reunites With Al Jardine

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — While Brian Wilson doesn’t plan to officially reunite with the surviving members of the Beach Boys, having an old friend sing on a new record certainly provided a comfort zone. Former bandmate Al Jardine, who …

‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ Has Staying Power

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The great Percy Sledge record When a Man Loves a Woman was released 49 years ago on Thursday. Credited to songwriters Andrew Wright and Calvin Lewis, it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala., and …

Musicians Blast Tidal Streaming

Thursday, April 16, 2015

For an allegedly artist-friendly take on streaming services, a lot of artists sure seem to hate Tidal. Over the last few days, several high-profile acts have been outspoken about their problems with Tidal’s optics and messaging, going so far as to hope for its downfall. One of the …

Ben Gibbard’s New Sound

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ben Gibbard never thought he’d find himself where he did at the end of 2012. The boyish frontman of Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie had spent the previous decade and a half establishing a reputation as one of …

At the Hopkins Center, An Updated ‘Figaro’

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Imagine Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro , one of the best loved and most performed operas in the r epertoire, set in Beverly Hills in the present day, and you have ¡Figaro (90210) , which arrives today at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College for a two-night run. The …

Does Dave Chappelle Have a Special in the Works?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The website Comedy Hype thinks Dave Chappelle might have been filming a new comedy special this week in Austin and is reporting that, according to their sources, it’s for HBO. If true, it would be Chappelle’s second for the network; Killing Them Softly aired all the way back …

Singer-Songwriter Van Morrison Partners With Others on Album

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Van Morrison is one of the most revered singers and songwriters of the postwar pop music era, which means there’s no shortage of singers eager to collaborate with him. But according to some of those close to the …

Rolling Stones Plan Big North American Tour

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Los Angeles — The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. Other stops include Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Nashville, …

Who Is Trevor Noah, Comedy Central’s New ‘Daily Show’ Host?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Um ... who? That was the question for a lot of people when Comedy Central told The New York Times that Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Here’s what we know so …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …