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In this July 12, 2014 photo, Motown legend Smokey Robinson poses for a photo, in Los Angeles. Robinson's his latest album, “Smokey & Friends,” comes out Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The collection of Robinson tunes pairs the Motown veteran with Elton John, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, CeeLo Green, Miguel, and Steven Tyler. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP)

Smokey and Friends

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Los Angeles — After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like My Girl and Tears of a Clown said he can’t stop writing. Smokey Robinson said he scribbles down lyrics on a pad or leaves a fragment of a tune on his own voice mail whenever inspiration hits. “I write on the …

At MTV Video Music Awards, Expect Surprise Performances

Sunday, August 24, 2014

With a legacy that includes Madonna tongue-kissing Britney Spears, Beyonce announcing her pregnancy and Howard Stern’s bare behind, the MTV Video Music Awards has never had trouble generating buzz. But this year’s ceremony, which will be shown Sunday night at 9, has a special challenge: How do you compete with Miley Cyrus’ twerking …

Who Should Win — And Will Win — Top Awards

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The MTV Video Music Awards have always been less about the awards and more about the performances. (What got more attention last year? Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors winning video of the year or Miley Cyrus’ twerking? Case closed.) However, this year’s nominations do try to make the fan-voted categories more of a fair fight, …

The Time Is Finally Right for the Flamin’ Groovies’ ‘Action’

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chicago — Time rarely has been in sync with the Flamin’ Groovies. Thrashing through ’50s-style rock ’n’ roll, the San Francisco-formed band’s nascent late-’60s/early-’70s efforts came across as retro while anticipating punk, even as the bluesy raunch of 1971’s Teenage Head drew comparisons, some favorable, to the Rolling …

NBC Does a Victory Lap, Showcases New Season’s Offerings

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New York — After a season in which it’s poised to finish No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic for the first time since the end of Friends 10 years ago, NBC ran a triumphant victory lap at its annual upfront presentation before an audience of advertisers and …

‘Love’ Reminds Us of Michael Jackson’s Best

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Here’s something unexpected: The new Michael Jackson single rules. When Epic Records announced in March that it would release a posthumous album from the pop superstar who died in 2009 — another posthumous album, that is — there seemed little reason to get excited. In 2010, the label’s …

When Music Came to Main Street in Hanover

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Canoe Club, in its decade on Hanover’s Main Street, has hosted somewhere around 3,600 nights of live music, often jazzy and Americana guitarists and pianists playing to an audience of restaurant-goers. It’s an atmosphere that has been …

Hall & Oates Have to Choose From Their Many Hits

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

John Oates of legendary pop duo Hall & Oates isn’t shy to admit his group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was way overdue. The duo had been eligible for induction since 1997. “It wasn’t like Daryl (Hall) and I were losing sleep over this,” …

Rock Hall Call a Milestone for E Street Band

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pittsburgh — Fifteen years after their Boss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 10 members of the E Street Band (past, present and deceased) finally gained entry during the ceremony April 10. Bruce Springsteen …

A Love Of Music With a Long Life: Sharon’s Jim Rooney Has Produced Some Greats

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Jim Rooney, musician and producer, has as many anecdotes about the musicians he’s worked with and listened to as could fit in a weighty volume of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Here’s one. In the 1960s, …

‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Leads Tony Bids

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York — The musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a comedic romp in which a poor man eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations on …

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 …

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 …