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Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her “Piece of Me” concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when, after a brief jump, she landed hard on her left ankle and twisted it. Video from the incident indicated that she was in significant pain as she performed, but she …

‘Fun Home’ Earns 12 Tony Nods

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New York — The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and Ira Gerswin songs — and the other moody — the dark show based on Vermont …

Still Commanding ‘Respect’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aretha Franklin is riding on the freeway, or maybe it’s just I-70, on her way home to Detroit from Washington, D.C. She was in the nation’s capital to play for the president at the White House, but that’s old hat to her. She played for President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, and …

Drops Co-Founder Finds True Calling

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What a difference a year makes. Toward the end of 2013, singer-fiddler Rhiannon Giddens and her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, were at a crossroads. One of the group’s original members, Dom Flemons, had decided to pursue a …

Bringing Back the Blues

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Canaan — From the Canaan Old Home Days parade to Autumnfest in Woonsocket, R.I., Teddy Makalinaw and Eben Brown have covered a lot of ground since taking their Blues Brothers act on the road in 2013. But heading …

Song Leak May Help Madonna

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The year-end surprise album release is becoming a holiday tradition. First, Beyonce, then D’Angelo: Each of them released recordings that came out of nowhere to capture the pop imagination just in time for the New Year. But what …

The Passion of Joe Cocker

Friday, December 26, 2014

A few years ago we were watching a televised concert series, when the voice on the stage suddenly thundered through the TV speakers. In the flesh, with gravel and grit, Joe Cocker was live and spouting the blues. …

Meryl Streep Sings Sondheim, and Finds Her Own Voice

Friday, December 26, 2014

New York — Meryl Streep sings. Her fans know this. Meryl Streep sang in Postcards From the Edge, in Ironweed, on the children’s album Philadelphia Chickens and, of course, in Mamma Mia, the movie that improbably, given all …

Dr. Burma: One Last Chance

Sunday, December 21, 2014

No more staying out late for me No more narrow escapes for me I’ve reached the, I’ve reached the turning point in my life — from Turning Point, by Tyrone Davis About 20 minutes shy of showtime, Dr. …

Tower Records Store Still Standing in Tokyo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tokyo — In 2006, the Great American Group, no great American, won the right in court to liquidate the bankrupt Tower Records, despite other bidders who hoped to salvage the record business. For much of the U.S. — …

Two Banjos Are Better Than One

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, two banjo players equally respected in the different corners of the Americana music world, got married in 2010 and last year became first-time parents with the arrival of their son, Juno. Suddenly they …

Three-Part Harmony

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Even now, Peter, Paul and Mary can’t be stopped. During the early ’60s folk boom, their entwined harmonies seemed to be a part of every progressive rally, and since then, they have gained new generations of fans through …

Sam Smith, Beyonce Lead Grammys

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New York — British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyonce — the most nominated woman in Grammy history — are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each. Smith and Beyonce were likely to earn nominations for …