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Picture These Bands in Their Prime

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A shirtless Mick Jagger, relaxing poolside in Clearwater, Fla., in 1965, intently studies the back cover of Bob Dylan’s then-new Bringing It All Back Home album, still in the shrink wrap. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon into the air as the Beatles cavort in 1964 on the patio of a private Bel-Air mansion. These are images from a …

Old Meets New in Planned Grammy Duets

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Young will meet old — again — at this year’s Grammy Awards. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Recording Academy has arranged several May-December duets for the Feb. 8 ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday, including planned performances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Hozier and Annie Lennox, and Jessie J and Tom Jones. Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, whose 10-year age difference doesn’t quite …

‘Stay With Me’ Credits Expand

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated breakout hit, Stay with Me, both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s names have been added to the song’s writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with two others due to the similarities between Stay with Me and Petty and Lynne’s 1989 hit I Won’t Back …

Swift Sales for ‘1989’

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift’s 1989 album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail sales week had become a relic of glory days long past. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” the 24-year-old …

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Ended Well, but Most TV Shows Don’t

Monday, November 3, 2014

Some television shows end well, with a satisfying and thoughtful conclusion worthy of the critical acclaim and rabid fans it has kept to the end. Then there are all the others. Boardwalk Empire offered a “pitch-perfect” series finale on Sunday, joining the ranks of other acclaimed shows that …

Cream Vocalist, Bassist Jack Bruce Dies at 71

Sunday, October 26, 2014

London — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to …

Lebanon Opera House Names Four to Board

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — Four new members have been elected to the Lebanon Opera House board of directors. Matthew Locker is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He has been an electrical engineer and project …

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 …