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FILE - In this July 11, 2010 file photo, singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester performs on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala. Winchester, a U.S.-born songwriter who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, died Friday, April 11, 2014, of cancer. He was 69. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin, File)

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 songs for which he’d gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he’d ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs. Costello interrupted, in utter disbelief: “You mean to say that was actually the first song you …

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. Her futuristic love songs feel like high-def screen grabs of latent passion, micro-tonal desire and …

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. He said not having anyone to hear his work is “surreal.” But no longer. Last …

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 …

Will Daft Punk Make Grammys Dance?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dance music has never been a particular favorite at the Grammy Awards. For decades, even as electronic music sold millions of albums around the world, it was virtually ignored by the music industry’s most prestigious awards show. But …

The Making of a Cellist: Hanover High Grad Daniel Lelchuk Wins a Spot With Symphony

Saturday, January 18, 2014

When Daniel Lelchuk was 2 years old, his mom took him to Norwich’s Montshire Museum to see an exhibit on sound. A cellist was there, asking the assembled kids to put their hand on the instrument’s wood and …