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Alice Gerrard says she is still surprised when she draws a big crowd, but she's a legend among roots music lovers. Her newest album is "Follow the Music." (Irene Young photograph)

At 80, Old-Time Music Great Alice Gerrard Adds to Her Legacy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Last year, just weeks before turning 79, Alice Gerrard released Bittersweet, an album of new material recorded with bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis. Now, just months after her 80th birthday, the champion of old-time music is back with Follow the Music, a bracing set of traditional and original songs produced by the roots musician Hiss Golden Messenger, a.k.a. Mike (M.C.) Taylor, out on Tompkins Square Records this week. At such an advanced stage in their career, most musicians might be content to rest on their laurels. This would certainly be understandable in the case of Gerrard, who, with the late Hazel Dickens, founded Hazel & Alice, …

Whole Lotta Nuance in Plant’s New Album

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective “histrionic” into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature vocal style, hitting melodic heights that defied gender while exploring expansive and exotic themes as …

Fall Music Preview: Big Season Features Big Names

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upper Valley devotees of live music will want to lay in plenty of the heating-fuel of their choice this fall. If you go to see even a fraction of the performers swooping through the region between now and the holidays, you’ll need to re-stoke the stove or the furnace late in the evening …

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Rock on Latest Album, ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Before easing into a conversation about his new album with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, the longtime Malibu beach-dweller Tom Petty has a score to settle. It’s in response to an old Los Angeles Times survey …

Behind the Scenes at Opera North

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When Opera North opens its annual season on Saturday at the Lebanon Opera House with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical My Fair Lady , followed in the next two weeks by Verdi’s La Traviata and …

‘Weird Al’ Talks About His Weirdly Successful Week in Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and …

Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet for Stars of Country Rap

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix …

Pop Music Streaming More Than Selling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles — One brutal truth emerges from Nielsen SoundScan’s report on trends in the music industry for the first half of 2014: Today’s consumers are far more interested in seeing and hearing pop music than buying it. Album sales dropped nearly 15 percent compared with the same …

‘Thrones’ Leads Emmy Nominees

Friday, July 11, 2014

Los Angeles — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga Game of Thrones, defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other …

An Appreciation: Bobby Womack, Soul Legend and Guitarist

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The connections are endlessly surprising, those that Bobby Womack forged during a 60-year career that transcended genre, border and race. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and longtime Los Angeles resident, who died June 27 at age 70, was the …

Vinyl Is Big, and One Firm Is All Over It

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White’s album Lazaretto sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles. Jack …

Why Gordon Lightfoot Changed Lyric to His Signature Song

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gordon Lightfoot exercised some lyrical license when he wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Canadian balladeer paid painstaking attention to the facts when he wrote the line that would haunt him for decades. New evidence, …

Jennifer Lopez: ‘I Don’t Get Credit for Being Great at One Thing’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Los Angeles — In the course of one recent week, Jennifer Lopez was honored with a Billboard Icon Award, her single First Love became the most-added song on pop radio, she played to a sold-out crowd in Anaheim, …