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This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Aldis Hodge, from left, as MC Ren, Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, in the film, “Straight Outta Compton." The movie released in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP)

‘Compton’ Worth the Wait

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How much time has passed since Dr. Dre put out an album under his own name? Pop-culturally speaking, eons. In 1999, when the definitive G-funk producer and founding N.W.A. member released 2001 — the album title was postdated into the new millennium to convey that it was ahead of its time — a brand-new Internet service called Napster had begun …

Dartmouth Conductor Departs

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hanover — Students at Dartmouth College are questioning what they view as a lack of transparency surrounding the recent departure of the school’s longtime symphony orchestra conductor. Until last month, Anthony Princiotti, of Walpole, N.H., had for decades led the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and served as a violin instructor in the music department. …

Motley Crue’s Goodbye Tour

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eugene, Ore. — There will be fire and explosions. There will bone-shaking guitar riffs, scantily clad dancers and an upside-down drum solo. Middle-aged men and women will pump their fists and bang their heads, remembering back to younger days when monsters of rock roamed the Earth. Throw your devil horns in the air, …

A Band Built on Friendship

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sitting with her bandmate Cleo Tucker on the back patio of a coffee shop in Los Angeles, Girlpool’s Harmony Tividad remembers the jarring contrast when the acoustic pop duo arrived in Philadelphia after uprooting their lives in their …

What Will the Song of the Summer Be?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Real quick, before school’s out forever, raise your hand if you still care about the song of the summer. Everyone should. The annual debate over which pop single will rule our hot months is the best kind of music debate. Why? Because it’s impossible for anyone to win, …

Theatrics Take Second Place on New Album

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Florence Welch flung open the door to her suite at the Chateau Marmont last month like a woman in the middle of an important task. Inside, dozens of designer gowns, maybe a hundred in all, hung on several …

Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown Dead

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, died Thursday. He was 81. Brown died of cancer at Williamson Medical Center …

Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman Remembered as a ‘True Pioneer’

Friday, June 12, 2015

New York — Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, the visionary saxophonist and composer who pioneered “free jazz” and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007, has died. Publicist Ken Weinstein says Coleman died on Thursday at 1 a.m. in Manhattan. …

At 73, David Crosby’s Still Got It

Sunday, June 7, 2015

David Crosby — who puts the cantankerous in Crosby, Stills & Nash — was in a particularly good mood the other day. “I’m in a very good space,” said the outspoken, voluble Crosby. He’s lost 40 pounds. The …

Stones Re-Release ‘Sticky Fingers’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

London — Keith Richards doesn’t keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. But he’s happy to place Sticky Fingers, being re-released in a deluxe edition next week, near the very top. “I put it up there,” he said in a recent interview. “I don’t No. …

Janet Jackson to Release First Album in 7 Years

Sunday, June 7, 2015

New York — Let’s Wait Awhile ? Not really. Janet Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall. The pop icon said on her website Wednesday that the album, not yet titled, will be released …

Leading Frontman Goes Solo

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here’s one way to win Brandon Flowers’ confidence: Tell him you like a song of his that nobody else likes. That’s what Ariel Rechtshaid did when the Killers frontman, on the hunt for a producer for his second …

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 …