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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, …

Valerie Harper Inspires Many

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There’s a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She’s defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three …

Revered Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at 69

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It was an offhand comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series Spectacle on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, …

Kelela: An R&B Star Is Born?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There are Japanese and Portuguese words that describe the interstitials of love, but for the rest of us, there is R&B. Kelela — a petite, dreadlocked vocalist born in Washington and based in Los Angeles — understands that. …

Dartmouth Jazz Guitarist Releases Album

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ever since Michael Blum began devoting his time to the electric guitar as a Dartmouth freshman several years ago, he’s experienced it as a solitary pursuit. While playing in the school’s practice rooms, his only audience is himself. …

Rock Hall Welcomes KISS, Nirvana and More

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its “Who’d have thought?” surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance …

Kiss to Rock Hall: Kiss Off

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, …

Classics Join Recording Register

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Los Angeles — Linda Ronstadt’s commercial breakthrough album, Heart Like a Wheel, the Everly Brothers’ career-rejuvenating 1960 hit Cathy’s Clown and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 social protest song Fortunate Son are among 25 new entries in the Library …

Reflecting on Kurt Cobain 20 Years After Suicide

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kurt Cobain changed Win Butler’s world. Billie Joe Armstrong thought the Nirvana frontman was his generation’s John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And Beck thinks he owes a debt of gratitude to the singer-guitarist for opening the world’s ears to a thriving, but little-heard underground scene. It’s been two …

Master Maestro Inspires All Ages: Upper Valley Musicians Playfully Celebrate Bach’s Birthday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hanover — Aristotle Williamson waited for the waves of veteran organist Peter Beardsley’s rendition of the Prelude and Fugue in B minor to recede from the soaring ceiling in the sanctuary of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Then the …

Emmylou Harris Looks Back At Release of ‘Wrecking Ball

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Emmylou Harris never fit any mold. From the beginning of her recording career in country music four decades ago up until today, the singer and songwriter has chosen songs without regard to boundaries or convention. That same open-minded, artistic drive is at work as she talks about the …