Music

Evans Haile, the new general director of Opera North, intends to expand the Lebanon-based opera company's footprint in the Upper Valley. (Courtesy photograph)

New Opera North Leader Plans for Growth

Thursday, March 5, 2015

E vans Haile, the recently appointed general director of Opera North in Lebanon, has a message for fans of the company: Opera isn’t just for August anymore. In the past, Opera North’s season has been concentrated in the summer months of July and August, with a Christmas production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors . While that …

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved banners reading “Gergiev Supports War in UKRAINE” and “Don’t Play Putin’s Tune.” The most prominent …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. What does it mean to make it in the music business these days? Billy Sharff …

Swift Sales for ‘1989’

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift’s 1989 album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail sales week had become a relic of glory days long past. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” the 24-year-old …

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Ended Well, but Most TV Shows Don’t

Monday, November 3, 2014

Some television shows end well, with a satisfying and thoughtful conclusion worthy of the critical acclaim and rabid fans it has kept to the end. Then there are all the others. Boardwalk Empire offered a “pitch-perfect” series finale on Sunday, joining the ranks of other acclaimed shows that …

Cream Vocalist, Bassist Jack Bruce Dies at 71

Sunday, October 26, 2014

London — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to …

Lebanon Opera House Names Four to Board

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — Four new members have been elected to the Lebanon Opera House board of directors. Matthew Locker is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He has been an electrical engineer and project …

Becky G Caught in Pop Music’s Cookie Cutter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Is there a campaign to make all Top 40 hits by female artists sound like an endless stroll through Forever 21? Consider the latest from Becky G, the Mexican American rapper from Inglewood, Calif., whose mix of Disney-like …

Prince Dazzles, Baffles on Two New Releases

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Never let it be said that Prince doesn’t retain the capacity to both dazzle and baffle. Through 36 years in the spotlight and one of the most influential of his generation, the man born Prince Rogers Nelson still …

‘A Death in the Family’

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The composer William Mayer was in his early 40s when he first read James Agee’s autobiographical novel A Death in the Family . Published posthumously, the novel, based on the death of Agee’s father in a car accident …

Going Mano a Mono With the Beatles Catalog

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The pin-your-ears-back moment came on a song I’d heard thousands of times. Having read of John Lennon’s complaint about the stereo mix of Revolution (“They took a heavy record and turned it into a piece of ice cream”), …

At 80, Old-Time Music Great Alice Gerrard Adds to Her Legacy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Last year, just weeks before turning 79, Alice Gerrard released Bittersweet, an album of new material recorded with bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis. Now, just months after her 80th birthday, the champion of old-time music is back with Follow …

Whole Lotta Nuance in Plant’s New Album

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective “histrionic” into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature …