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Apple Music’s Free Trial Ends Soon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Apple Music commercial that debuted during the Emmy’s telecast drew almost as much buzz as the show itself, thanks to star turns by Kerry Washington of Scandal, music legend Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson of Empire. When Jimmy Iovine came up with the idea for the ad, he asked a good friend to recommend a director. “I told the idea to Oprah,” Iovine recalled, “and she said, ‘Ava should do that.’” And, sure enough, Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, signed on. It’s deep show business relationships like those that got Iovine his job shepherding Apple Music. But it’s customers, not connections, …

’90s Pop Star, Tony-Winner Revived

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duncan Sheik has experienced clear success in two creative fields. As a pop singer and songwriter, he scored a top 20 hit in 1996 with Barely Breathing, a Grammy-nominated kiss-off that continues to resonate thanks to recent placements in youth-attuned TV series like Glee and Girls. And as a composer of theater music, …

The New Singing Von Trapps

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Washington — The modern-day Trapp family singers were hanging out on the craggy patio of a D.C. cafe, each wearing some variation on skinny jeans, bangs and combat boots. Melanie, 25, had wrapped herself in a leopard-print trench, while Sofi, 27, was clad in a cropped red leather jacket. Amanda, 24, was in …

Stage and Film Star Theodore Bikel Dies in Los Angeles at 91

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Theodore Bikel, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent Robert Malcolm said. …

Volunteers Sought For Seasonal Choir

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Woodstock — Congregation Shir Shalom is seeking volunteers for this year’s High Holy Day choir. The chorus will perform during Rosh Hashana, on the evening of Sept. 13 and morning of Sept. 14; and during Yom Kippur, in the evening on Sept 21. and Sept 22. It is …

Fourth Solo Album, First One Sober

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New York — His mother’s tears upon hearing Jason Isbell’s new song Children of Children were evidence that he’d nailed the complex emotions involved. The song about sacrifices made by a teenage mother is also the moment where …

Woman Goes From Starbucks Exec to a Life in Music

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Seattle — In 2005, Paula Boggs’ sister-in-law, Julie, was killed in a car accident. In her grief, Boggs picked up her guitar. It was like being reunited with an old friend. That feeling spurred her to successfully audition …

Movie Review: ‘Minions’ Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was inevitable that the Minions would get their own full-length movie. These strange cartoon creatures — overall-clad yellow munchkins resembling googly-eyed amoxicillin capsules — stole the spotlight from Steve Carell’s Gru in both Despicable Me movies. And …

Country Acts Drop Confederate Flag

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr. But the rebel banner that will soon be removed from the grounds of the South …

Apple’s DJs Are What Set It Apart

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It’s an old-fashioned concept remade for the mobile era: human DJs beaming out songs to people all over the world listening on their smartphones. Real-time radio, of all things, is what truly distinguishes the newest and splashiest streaming service, Apple Music. The nuts and bolts of the service, …

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 …

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 …

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 …