Music

Politicians Strive to Speak Meaninglessly About Culture

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The presidential campaign trail always intersects with pop culture, and the 2016 race has been no exception. Scott Walker tried to use the unofficial Star Wars holiday May 4th to bolster his flagging presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton snuck into Chipotle for a burrito bowl and campaigned with Girls creator Lena Dunham, just one of the many actresses and showrunners who have turned out for her campaign. The rapper and political …

Charlie Puth: ’Tween Idol and Music Nerd

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The shrieking of little girls filled the air at Staples Center in Los Angeles when Charlie Puth took the stage last month. A baby-faced pop singer best known for See You Again, his chart-topping duet with rapper Wiz Khalifa, Puth wasted no opportunity to milk the crowd’s adoration. There was grinning. There was …

Jefferson Airplane Guitarist Dies

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paul Kantner, the Jefferson Airplane guitarist, songwriter and fixture of the San Francisco ’60s rock scene, died Thursday of septic shock and organ failure, according to his publicist, who confirmed the news with the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74. “Paul was a key architect in the development of what became known as the San Francisco Sound,” wrote Recording Academy President Neil Portnow …

Vt. Music Train Draws Fans

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bellows Falls, Vt. — Stacey Nakasone had a choice to make: fly from her home in Los Angeles to Japan to learn more about taiko drums or take a 50-mile train ride in Vermont. For Nakasone and about 50 other people this fall, Vermont it was. The destination …

Joe Jackson Tries Out a New Sound

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Making a series of short albums based on Berlin, Amsterdam, New Orleans and New York seemed like a good idea at the time. But Joe Jackson, the British singer, songwriter and pianist behind immortal new-wave hits such as …

A Strong Comeback for ELO

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Los Angeles — Before it was Jeff Lynne’s recording studio, the barn-like structure on his property in Beverly Hills housed a previous owner’s collection of vintage pinball machines. “The guy was just mad for them,” said the British …

Will Smith to Tour With DJ Jazzy Jeff

Friday, November 6, 2015

New York — Will Smith says he’s ready to get back on the road. The entertainer told Ellen DeGeneres he’s planning to launch a tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Smith said he really wanted to “get out there and do it for real.” The Grammy winner also said …

The Best and Worst Moments From the CMA Award Show

Friday, November 6, 2015

Chris Stapleton may not be known to a ton of mainstream country music fans, but that’s about to change after Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards. The Kentucky bluegrass musician, who released his solo debut album Traveller earlier this …

Small Vermont Village Celebrates an Art Center to Its Own Tune

Thursday, November 5, 2015

When in doubt, think big. That could be the motto of Main Street Arts in the southern Vermont village of Saxtons River, which this weekend will host the world premiere of the Saxtons River Suite by composer, and …

‘Affair’ Star Ruth Wilson A Contrarian At Heart

Friday, October 30, 2015

New York — With her wide, pouting lips and sharply arched eyebrows, Ruth Wilson has a face that seems designed for drama. She’s put this genetic predisposition to memorable use playing intense, often troubled characters — Jane Eyre …

A Star Under the Radar

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Carrie Underwood has a voice capable of stunning people into silence. It’s a voice that launched the country singer to superstar status not long after she appeared on American Idol a decade ago and judge Simon Cowell told …

The Music of Time and Chance: For Composer Christian Wolff, Performance Is a Process

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The composer Christian Wolff likes to tell an anecdote about one of his favorite performances of his work. The occasion was the wryly-named Burdock Festival, an informal gathering of musicians that took place at his home in Royalton …

Sounds of Janet Jackson in Selena Gomez

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Selena Gomez hit all the usual notes in the run-up to Revival, the first album that this former Disney Channel star has made outside the House of Mouse. There was a sexed-up lead single, Good for You, with …