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An American Original Meets English Romantic Poet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When the singer Martha Redbone began to record her most recent album, The Garden of Love, which sets the poems of William Blake to music, her benchmark of artistic success was whether it evoked her maternal great-grandmother singing on her porch in Kentucky. “That’s what I wanted it to sound like,” Redbone said. Redbone brings a performance of The Garden …

Goo Goo Dolls Plan Acoustic Tour

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

One senses many popular rock troupes don’t worry much about filling a brief break between near successive tours. Most, in fact, are likely to let a break be exactly that and enjoy the time off from the road. That’s not what happened with the longstanding rock/ pop troupe Goo Goo Dolls. Having completed an extensive summer tour last year with Matchbox Twenty and …

Valerie Harper Inspires Many

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There’s a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She’s defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung …

After Success in Germany, Will Musical ‘Rocky’ Be a Hit on Broadway?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New York — Yo, Broadway. Eight years after producers decided to take a chance on an “it’s so crazy, it just might work” project, opening night has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumble: Rocky enters the Broadway ring today. The show stars Andy Karl and Margo …

Fabian Is Still a Golden Boy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Allentown, Pa. — Take it from Fabian, who once was a teen idol who had a half-dozen chart hits in a year: Don’t be so hard on The Biebs. Yes, current teen idol Justin Bieber is besieged of …

Lea Michele Bares Her Soul On Debut Album ‘Louder’

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“I didn’t record one word I didn’t feel — whether or not I wrote it,” Lea Michele said during a recent listening session for her debut album. “These are words that are parts of me.” Louder, released last …

Neil Young Introduces High-Quality Music System Named Ponomusic

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Neil Young has long groused about the way music he and other artists make ends up sounding in the digital age. Now he is introducing his solution: PonoMusic, a combination online music store and playback system that gives listeners access to audiophile quality recordings. “It’s about the music, …

A Stringed Instrument Gets an Introduction

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Angela Biggs’ harp commanded the room. It sat in a corner in Claremont’s Union Episcopal Church, with six smaller harps propped on stands around it. “You might be surprised to learn you can play blues on a harp, …

Japanese Composer Apologizes for Deceiving

Saturday, March 8, 2014

He isn’t completely deaf. He didn’t really compose his own music. And now he’s sorry for lying about it. Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer who was once popularly referred to as the Beethoven of Japan, appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday and apologized for deceiving the …

The Irish Rovers Look to Stay Put

Friday, March 7, 2014

For a half of a century, the Irish Rovers have brought traditional-sounding Irish folk music to the world. The septet of Irish-born, Canada-based musicians are performing on their Farewell to Rovin’ tour, which will be the band’s final tour of the United States. The Rovers — which still …

It’s the Favorite Time of Year For the Dropkick Murphys

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pittsburgh — “For us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” says Matt Kelly, drummer and second-longest-running member of the Dropkick Murphys. Boston’s favorite punks have a 14-year tradition of playing St. Patrick’s Day bashes, basically on the same street. “The run-up to it is just as …

Entertainment Highlights: A Singer-Songwriter Stays True to His Roots

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Though Richard Shindell didn’t kick off his folk singer-songwriter career until his late 20s, it wasn’t because it took him that long to discover a love of music. “I had always been very focused, from the time I …

David Crosby Back With Album

Sunday, March 2, 2014

You can forgive David Crosby for not remembering the Washington-area venue he was playing in the summer of 1994 when his liver finally gave out after so many blurry years of dope and drink. But he does recall …