Music

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT launching what everyone but Stern would consider its 10th season (Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC), he’s having a ball with …

Not ‘Alternative’ Anymore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the first of three concerts last month, they didn’t warm up the crowd with one of their old hits. Instead, the reunited hard-rock band opened with a new song from an album that …

Stamina, Consistency Marked B.B. King’s Legacy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let nothing that follows detract from B.B. King’s indelible legacy — a legacy that, though King died early Thursday at 89, stands unparalleled in the history of the blues. He was an incredible guitarist, “without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century,” as AllMusic.com put it. He …

This Court Case Will Change Music

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Will Madonna sue Lady Gaga? Will George Clinton sue OutKast? Will Prince sue Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and umpteen-hundred others? And then will Little Richard sue Prince? These idiotic questions became frighteningly legitimate on Tuesday after a …

NBC Brings Back Veteran to Run News Division

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NBC took a step toward stabilizing its troubled news operations Friday by rehiring Andrew Lack to oversee NBC News and MSNBC, placing the two operations in the hands of a seasoned executive. Lack, 67, oversaw NBC News in its 1990s heyday, when the Today show, Meet the Press …

The Sound of Civil Rights

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Occasionally, for reasons of fate or coincidence, sounds from the past converge in the present at key moments. Consider the Staple Singers, whose gospel recordings starting in the early 1960s carried them through the next four decades and …

New Opera North Leader Plans for Growth

Thursday, March 5, 2015

E vans Haile, the recently appointed general director of Opera North in Lebanon, has a message for fans of the company: Opera isn’t just for August anymore. In the past, Opera North’s season has been concentrated in the …

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. …

Why Lady Gaga Needs ‘American Horror Story’

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After Lady Gaga’s majestic Sound of Music medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX …

Country King Garth Brooks Returns

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pittsburgh — There’s always a chance that Led Zeppelin will go back in the studio or Jim Morrison will return out of the blue, but we can probably go ahead and declare the return of Garth Brooks “the …

‘Laugh-In’ Announcer Gary Owens Dies at 80

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Los Angeles — Gary Owens, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80. The veteran voiceover star died …

Sam Smith Wins Song, Record of the Year

Monday, February 9, 2015

A partial list of winners from the 57th Grammy Awards: ∎ Album of the year: Morning Phase, Beck. ∎ Song of the year: Stay With Me, Sam Smith. ∎ Record of the year: Stay With Me, Sam Smith. ∎ New artist: Sam …