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Woods Takes Helm Of Bel Canto Singers

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lebanon — Jane Woods, former choral director for Hanover High School and Richmond Middle School, is returning as music director of the Bel Canto Chamber Singers, the group announced recently. Woods, who previously led the ensemble from 1991 to 1997, succeeds Hal Sheeler, who had directed and often performed with Bel Canto since 2007. “I am delighted for this opportunity … to continue being part of the rich choral life in the Upper Valley,” Woods said in a statement released by Bel Canto. “Bel Canto is a wonderful group of accomplished and dedicated singers with an impressive musical history. I look forward to making music …

Clapton Says Thank You to JJ Cale

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music. Singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction, though the man known as the main architect of the highly influential Tulsa Sound didn’t know Clapton at the time. “I went …

Opera North’s ‘Street Scene’ Is Magnificent

Thursday, August 14, 2014

After hearing Kurt Weill’s epic Street Scene , which is being given a remarkable production by Opera North at the Lebanon Opera House, I’m staggered that it hasn’t been revived on Broadway since it opened in 1946, and that it isn’t as well known by the general public as it should be. Any music lover should hear this magnificent, endlessly inventive score, for …

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 …