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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 Goo Goo Dolls. Having completed an extensive summer tour last year with Matchbox Twenty and an even lengthier headlining run in the …

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 months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung …

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, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified The Brand New Tennessee Waltz (one of the first …

Why Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Has Topped the Pop Charts

Friday, February 7, 2014

Before we talk about the new No. 1 song in America — Katy Perry’s latest in a hit-packed, half-decade career — here’s a quick pop-music pop quiz. In 2010-11, Perry tied an impressive chart record when her album …

Sisters Share A Drive to Succeed in Jazz

Thursday, February 6, 2014

In a small rehearsal room in the Hopkins Center, jazz musicians and sisters Ingrid and Christine Jensen are putting four students from Dartmouth College’s Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble through the paces. The students are working methodically through two …

Stars Pay Tribute to Beatles

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Los Angeles — There’s an easy way to give pop music’s most performance-hardened stars a case of the butterflies: Ask them to perform in front of The Beatles. Many of today’s top artists gathered last Monday night to …

Bruno Mars: See You at Halftime

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Super Bowl has attracted iconic performers over the years: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. After Beyoncé played last year’s halftime show, the NFL will stick with a younger performer for the mid-game festivities and bring a classical niche …

What Pete Seeger Taught Us

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago. — Pete Seeger I first heard these words sung by a colleague, Len Chandler, at the Gaslight in Greenwich Village in 1960. I felt as I listened to its rolling …

Grammy Predictions: Choices ‘Blurred’ as ‘Daft’ AP Critics Make ‘Random’ Guesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kendrick Lamar vs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Lorde vs. Katy Perry. Get Lucky vs. Blurred Lines a.k.a. Pharrell vs. Pharrell. There are so many tough choices this year at the Grammy Awards, where Jay Z is the top …

Passing the Baton: Community Band’s Director Stepping Down

Saturday, January 25, 2014

When Carole Blake steps to the podium tonight to direct the Upper Valley Community Band in its annual winter concert at the Lebanon Opera House, it will be her last performance as conductor. For health reasons, Blake chose …

Bieber’s Bust Seemed Almost Inevitable

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Justin Bieber’s arrest after police say he drag-raced on a Miami Beach street and failed a sobriety test arrives less as a shock than a kind of inevitable conclusion: the culmination of nearly two years of chafing against …

From Norwich to Grammy Nomination

Thursday, January 23, 2014

By the beginning of 2011, Celia Woodsmith was ready to move on. Several years before, after graduating college, the former Norwich resident decided to head to Boston to play music professionally, to see how it’d shake out. She …

Requiem for Classical Music?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton. Classical music has been circling the drain for years, of course. There’s little doubt as to the causes: the fingernail grip of old …