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FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York. Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road. He announced Monday, Sept. 15, that he will make a brief concert tour in North America this December. He's also releasing a blues album in October produced by Rick Rubin. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

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, his first series of shows in the U.S. since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed, putting his music career on hold for …

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 to do at this year’s edition. Prowling the stage of the Mojave Tent backed by …

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 shouted, then repeated: “You came back!” “I’ve waited a long, long, long time for this,” …

‘Love’ Reminds Us of Michael Jackson’s Best

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Here’s something unexpected: The new Michael Jackson single rules. When Epic Records announced in March that it would release a posthumous album from the pop superstar who died in 2009 — another posthumous album, that is — there seemed little reason to get excited. In 2010, the label’s …

When Music Came to Main Street in Hanover

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Canoe Club, in its decade on Hanover’s Main Street, has hosted somewhere around 3,600 nights of live music, often jazzy and Americana guitarists and pianists playing to an audience of restaurant-goers. It’s an atmosphere that has been …

Hall & Oates Have to Choose From Their Many Hits

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

John Oates of legendary pop duo Hall & Oates isn’t shy to admit his group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was way overdue. The duo had been eligible for induction since 1997. “It wasn’t like Daryl (Hall) and I were losing sleep over this,” …

Rock Hall Call a Milestone for E Street Band

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pittsburgh — Fifteen years after their Boss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 10 members of the E Street Band (past, present and deceased) finally gained entry during the ceremony April 10. Bruce Springsteen …

A Love Of Music With a Long Life: Sharon’s Jim Rooney Has Produced Some Greats

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Jim Rooney, musician and producer, has as many anecdotes about the musicians he’s worked with and listened to as could fit in a weighty volume of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Here’s one. In the 1960s, …

‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Leads Tony Bids

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York — The musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a comedic romp in which a poor man eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations on …

An American Original Meets English Romantic Poet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When the singer Martha Redbone began to record her most recent album, The Garden of Love, which sets the poems of William Blake to music, her benchmark of artistic success was whether it evoked her maternal great-grandmother singing …

Goo Goo Dolls Plan Acoustic Tour

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

One senses many popular rock troupes don’t worry much about filling a brief break between near successive tours. Most, in fact, are likely to let a break be exactly that and enjoy the time off from the road. That’s not what happened with the longstanding rock/ pop troupe …

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, …