Music

Russian conductor Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 12, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pa. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved banners reading “Gergiev Supports War in UKRAINE” and “Don’t Play Putin’s Tune.” The most prominent Russian artist of our time, Gergiev has …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. What does it mean to make it in the music business these days? Billy Sharff …

Why Lady Gaga Needs ‘American Horror Story’

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After Lady Gaga’s majestic Sound of Music medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX announced Wednesday that Lady Gaga will star on the fifth season of American Horror Story, …

Back on the Chain Gang

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Rock legend Chrissie Hynde is back with an album called, Stockholm, and a new band that is not called the Pretenders. After fronting the Pretenders for 35 years, Hynde, 62, is finally recording and touring under her own …

Like or Hate the American Music Awards? Blame It on the Fans

Saturday, November 29, 2014

There’s only one place where One Direction would be named artist of the year, Iggy Azalea would beat Drake and Eminem for a hip-hop prize and Wyclef Jean, would be described as no less than a “genuine reggae …

Swift Takes a Dig at Spotify From AMA Stage

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The American Music Awards are usually a jumbled collection of different genre artists trying to outdo each other with crazy performances. But it actually got pretty topical on Sunday night. Host Pitbull got things started early with a shout-out to President Obama’s immigration plan. “We’ve got everybody here …

University Builds Dylan Collection

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Philadelphia — The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down — before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted to helping …

Concerto Commissioned for Claremont’s 250th Debuts Friday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Claremont — Far from his native Syria and New York City home — both geographically and culturally — composer Kinan Azmeh nonetheless feels a close connection to the rural landscape of Northern New England. It was in New …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of …

Wonder Mixes Politics With Music

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New York — Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. “I challenge America, I challenge the …

Audio Slideshow: The Cowboy And the Celt

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bethel —To set the scene at his concerts, cowboy singer and fiddler Skip Gorman sometimes places a fake campfire onstage. But he didn’t need that prop for a recent house concert with renowned Celtic singer Connie Dover, where …

AC/DC Not In Touch With Rudd

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New York — Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an …

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 …