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FILE --In a 1973 file photo Elvis Presley performs on stage in an unspecified location. A three-CD box set slated for release the first week of August  2013 chronicles two recording sessions by Elvis Presley at the renowned Stax Records in Memphis in 1973.  (AP Photo, files)

If Elvis Were Still Alive ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What if Elvis Presley had lived? In August 1977, the singer was found unconscious in his Graceland home and later pronounced dead at age 42. But what if the King of Rock ’n’ Roll had in fact been saved by paramedics and had continued his musical career? If so, we would be marking his 80th birthday in a very different way. And we would be pondering four more decades of Presley’s work and life, a life that might have looked like this ... August 1977. After recovering from his near-death experience, Elvis proclaims that he promised to live a saintly life if he was spared. …

With Interest Down, Piano Stores Close

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington — For months, Nick Margaritas has been reading stories of his coming demise. His intention, when he set up the alert for any news articles about “piano sales,” was to keep tabs on his world. What he learned instead from the emails that flowed in nearly every day was that his world …

Grateful Dead to Reunite for Final Concerts

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New York — The Grateful Dead is coming back to life for final concerts in July. The band announced Friday that surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform three shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the shows will mark its final performances, the band said. They …

Becky G Caught in Pop Music’s Cookie Cutter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Is there a campaign to make all Top 40 hits by female artists sound like an endless stroll through Forever 21? Consider the latest from Becky G, the Mexican American rapper from Inglewood, Calif., whose mix of Disney-like …

Prince Dazzles, Baffles on Two New Releases

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Never let it be said that Prince doesn’t retain the capacity to both dazzle and baffle. Through 36 years in the spotlight and one of the most influential of his generation, the man born Prince Rogers Nelson still …

‘A Death in the Family’

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The composer William Mayer was in his early 40s when he first read James Agee’s autobiographical novel A Death in the Family . Published posthumously, the novel, based on the death of Agee’s father in a car accident …

Going Mano a Mono With the Beatles Catalog

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The pin-your-ears-back moment came on a song I’d heard thousands of times. Having read of John Lennon’s complaint about the stereo mix of Revolution (“They took a heavy record and turned it into a piece of ice cream”), …

At 80, Old-Time Music Great Alice Gerrard Adds to Her Legacy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Last year, just weeks before turning 79, Alice Gerrard released Bittersweet, an album of new material recorded with bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis. Now, just months after her 80th birthday, the champion of old-time music is back with Follow …

Whole Lotta Nuance in Plant’s New Album

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective “histrionic” into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature …

Fall Music Preview: Big Season Features Big Names

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upper Valley devotees of live music will want to lay in plenty of the heating-fuel of their choice this fall. If you go to see even a fraction of the performers swooping through the region between now and …

Cat Stevens Announces Five-City U.S. Tour

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the Peace Train back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, …

Strokes Singer Makes Startling Shift

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Musicians go to Coachella for all kinds of reasons: to hype fresh work, unveil an anticipated reunion, collect a fat paycheck. But not many use the annual music and arts festival in Indio to turn off members of their audience, as Julian Casablancas of the Strokes appeared eager …

Garth Brooks Brings It

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rosemont, Ill. — Four songs into Garth Brooks’ opening-night show of his first world tour in 17 years, the country superstar screamed at about 17,500 fans packed into the sold-out Allstate Arena outside Chicago. “You came back!” he …