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Weird Al Yankovic poses for a portrait during an interview on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

‘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 Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, Mandatory Fun. For his 14th studio effort, released last week, Yankovic …

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 to town: country rap, combining hip-hop beats and rhythms with country-themed rap or spoken-word lyrics. …

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 period last year, and overall music consumption, which combines sales and streaming activity, dropped 3.3 …

Rock Hall Welcomes KISS, Nirvana and More

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its “Who’d have thought?” surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance …

Kiss to Rock Hall: Kiss Off

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, …

Classics Join Recording Register

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Los Angeles — Linda Ronstadt’s commercial breakthrough album, Heart Like a Wheel, the Everly Brothers’ career-rejuvenating 1960 hit Cathy’s Clown and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 social protest song Fortunate Son are among 25 new entries in the Library …

Reflecting on Kurt Cobain 20 Years After Suicide

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kurt Cobain changed Win Butler’s world. Billie Joe Armstrong thought the Nirvana frontman was his generation’s John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And Beck thinks he owes a debt of gratitude to the singer-guitarist for opening the world’s ears to a thriving, but little-heard underground scene. It’s been two …

Master Maestro Inspires All Ages: Upper Valley Musicians Playfully Celebrate Bach’s Birthday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hanover — Aristotle Williamson waited for the waves of veteran organist Peter Beardsley’s rendition of the Prelude and Fugue in B minor to recede from the soaring ceiling in the sanctuary of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Then the …

Emmylou Harris Looks Back At Release of ‘Wrecking Ball

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Emmylou Harris never fit any mold. From the beginning of her recording career in country music four decades ago up until today, the singer and songwriter has chosen songs without regard to boundaries or convention. That same open-minded, artistic drive is at work as she talks about the …

Stars to Join ‘Superstar’

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It sounds a bit like an announcement that should’ve been made on April Fools’ Day, but evidently it’s no joke. A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar will tour the United States and Canada this summer with a truly odd cast of mixed-and-matched pop stars, including Michelle Williams …

Claremont Hip-Hop Artists Stress the Positive

Thursday, April 3, 2014

J eremy Herrell, Robert Chivers and Arundell Robinson are the men behind the Claremont hip-hop trio Team Dilligaf, which has been shaking up the local music scene on Saturday nights at Club 188 in Tupelo Music Hall in …

Artists Finish Incomplete Dylan Songs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his Basement Tapes period are being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James for release as an album and …

Music Festival Lollapalooza Announces Lineup

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chicago — Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year’s three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane’s Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday. The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and …