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In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, actor Theodore Bikel poses at the opening night performance of "November" at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Bikel, the Tony-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Monday, July 20, 2015 in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 91. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File)

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. He was 91. The Austrian-born Bikel was noted for the diversity of the roles he played, from a Scottish police officer to …

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 open to anyone who loves to sing, has a nice voice and a “good ear,” …

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 the new album, Something More Than Free, becomes something special, when it is clear that …

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 …

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 …

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj on Billboard Bill

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New York — Kanye West and Nicki Minaj have been added to the list of performers for Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions also announced that Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will perform their No. 1 hit remembering actor Paul Walker, See You Again, at the MGM …

A Living in Music: Patrick Ross Plays and Records With the Urgency of Manual Labor

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It’s about time I understand That timing is everything. The heart beats for a reason. I hear it beat in rhythms that dance. — from The Fun of A Chase April 2015 journal entry by Patrick Ross At …

Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her “Piece of Me” concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when, after a brief jump, she landed hard on …

‘Fun Home’ Earns 12 Tony Nods

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New York — The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and …

Still Commanding ‘Respect’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aretha Franklin is riding on the freeway, or maybe it’s just I-70, on her way home to Detroit from Washington, D.C. She was in the nation’s capital to play for the president at the White House, but that’s …

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 …