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How an Indie-Rock Star Is Made in 2018

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:21:31 GMT

Lucy Dacus, a rising singer and songwriter, recorded her first album as an unknown. Things were more stressful as she prepared its follow-up, “Historian.”The singer and songwriter Lucy Dacus, 22, was deemed “up next.” Then she had to actually make the album.

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That Decisive Moment: Yannick, Sooner: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:52:19 GMT

Jaap van Zweden conducting the New York Philharmonic this week.The Philharmonic's next music director, Bach and a piece from the Harlem Renaissance were among the highlights.

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An Opera Star’s Song Cycle Conjures a Black Man’s Life in America

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:23:37 GMT

The tenor Lawrence Brownlee asked himself, “Why don’t I think about doing some type of song cycle, detailing our own perspective of what it is to be a black man in America?” The result, “Cycles of My Being,” has its premiere on Feb. 20 in Philadelphia.“Cycles of My Being,” written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee by Tyshawn Sorey and Terrance Hayes, grapples with hope and hate.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Frank Ocean Rescues ‘Moon River,’ and 10 More New Songs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:55:00 GMT

Frank Ocean reinterpreted "Moon River" for a Valentine's Day release.Hear the week's most notable tracks from Courtney Barnett, Gregory Porter, Tinashe and more.

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Jake Shears, of Scissor Sisters, Stages His Own Comeback

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:52:06 GMT

Jake Shears, formerly of the glam-rock band Scissor Sisters, in his Broadway dressing room. He stars in the musical “Kinky Boots.”After years of self-imposed exile, the glam rocker returns to the limelight on Broadway, and with a new memoir chronicling a saucy slice of Downtown New York.

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Critic’s Notebook: Coming Next Week, on Back-to-Back Nights: Operatic Royalty

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:51:09 GMT

Evelyn Herlitzius, left, who is continuing her Metropolitan Opera debut run in “Parsifal,” and Anna Caterina Antonacci, who will make a rare recital appearance at Zankel Hall next week.Two of Europe’s greatest singing actresses, Evelyn Herlitzius and Anna Caterina Antonacci, are making rare appearances in New York.

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Popcast: The Complex Intersection Where Rap and the Legal System Collide

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:49:08 GMT

Offset of Migos, left, with his lawyer, Drew Findling.A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.

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World Trade Center Arts Space Gets a Lease, and a Leader

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:42:00 GMT

Bill Rauch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been chosen to lead the performance space at the World Trade Center site.The new artistic director of the Perelman Center will be Bill Rauch, the theater director who currently leads the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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A Multiplex Where ‘Black Panther’ Plays Next Door to Experimental Music

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:01 GMT

The artist Peter Burr inside a theater at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, which will host the Interference AV festival, Feb. 19-21.Next week, AMC Empire 25 in Times Square will be home to a music and video festival that includes the Sun Ra Arkestra and JLin.

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An Organ — and Soon Another — Lands on Broadway

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:36:44 GMT

Trying out the newly installed organ at St. Paul’s Chapel: Julian Wachner, left, the director of music and arts at Trinity Wall Street, and Avi Stein, the associate organist and chorus master.As Trinity Wall Street prepares to welcome a new (if used) instrument to St. Paul’s Chapel, it is announcing a brand-new organ for Trinity Church.

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8 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:00:24 GMT

A scene from Act I of Rossini’s “Semiramide” with Angela Meade, center left, in the title role.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:00:24 GMT

Borns will be at Terminal 5 on Friday.Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

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Review: Restrained Wagner at the New York Philharmonic

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:55:52 GMT

Jaap van Zweden conducting the New York Philharmonic this week.The night after unveiling adventurous plans for his first season as music director of the Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden disappointed in concert.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:34:35 GMT

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Metropolitan Opera’s music director designate, rehearsing last year. He will become the company’s music director this fall, two years ahead of schedule.He will become the Met’s music director this fall and lead three operas next season, the company announced as it unveiled its 2018-19 season.

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Review: ‘Honor Up’ Offers a Raw View of Gangster Life

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:23 GMT

Daniel Jenkins and Stacey Dash in “Honor Up.”The filmmaking is point-and-shoot rudimentary, yet this anecdotal movie about drug dealers and their troubles can be oddly persuasive.

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Tom Rapp, the Voice of Pearls Before Swine, Is Dead at 70

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:30:43 GMT

Tom Rapp during the sessions for “A Journal of the Plague Year,” his final album, in Cambridge, Mass., in 1999.His band became a favorite in the underground-music scene of the 1960s and early ’70s. Then came a career as a civil rights lawyer.

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Beyoncé Songs Come to the Olympics. But Who Pays for the Rights?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:15:53 GMT

The French skater Maé-Bérénice Méité competed at the Olympics to a medley of Beyoncé songs.Songs with lyrics are permitted at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang for the first time. And because the Games are considered a “live event,” no special permission is required.

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Cardi B Wins New York Fashion Week

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:10:06 GMT

Cardi B (on phone) in the front row at the Jeremy Scott show during New York Fashion Week.The rapper capped off months of career and style successes with key appearances and a chat with Anna Wintour that set the internet on fire.

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It Took Trump to Make Superchunk Go Political

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:01:44 GMT

From left: Laura Ballance, Jon Wurster, Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilbur of Superchunk. After nearly 30 years, the group has made its first political album, “What a Time to Be Alive.”A band known for noisy, tuneful, hyperkinetic guitar rock has changed course for its 11th studio album.

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The Carpetbagger: The Agony, Absurdity and Ecstasy of the Oscar for Best Song

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:17:07 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Sufjan Stevens; a scene from “The Greatest Showman; Common and Diane Warren; a scene from “Coco.”The first-time nominees Sufjan Stevens and Mary J. Blige join repeat nominees in a category that has always been a mash-up of hits, snoozers and misfires.

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar Gives ‘Black Panther’ a Weighty Soundtrack

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:29:43 GMT

Kendrick Lamar packed “Black Panther the Album” with nearly as many ideas, allusions and ambitions as one of his solo records.The album attached to the superhero film juggles multiple missions, and is nearly as densely packed and ambitious as one of the rapper’s own solo LPs.

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Fifty Shades of Fever Ray

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:55:25 GMT

In the music video for “To the Moon and Back,” Ms. Dreijer plays a baldheaded creature, reawoken from a cryogenic slumber to enjoy a sadomasochistic tea party.In her latest album, the Swedish pop star Karin Dreijer explores her newfound taste for kinky sex.

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The New York Philharmonic’s Fresh Start: A Season Spent at Home

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:47:21 GMT

Jaap van Zweden conducting the New York Philharmonic in 2012. Next season will be his first as the orchestra's music director.The orchestra has canceled an international tour planned for Jaap van Zweden’s first season as music director to devote itself to strengthening hometown ties.

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Johann Johannsson, Award-Winning Movie Composer, Dies at 48

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:32:15 GMT

Johann Johannsson at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., with the award he received for his score for “The Theory of Everything.”With an indie-rock past, he blended elements of electronic and classical music in his scores for “The Theory of Everything,” “Sicario” and “Arrival.”

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Rare Bernstein and Rimsky-Korsakov at the 2018 Bard SummerScape

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:24:40 GMT

Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2017. The orchestra will celebrate Rimsky-Korsakov at Bard Summerscape.The festival will take place June 28-Aug. 19 and feature Bernstein’s musical “Peter Pan,” Anton Rubinstein’s opera “The Demon” and a Pam Tanowitz premiere.

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Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ Knocks Migos Out of No. 1

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:18:23 GMT

Justin Timberlake performed the halftime show at the Super Bowl the week his new album, “Man of the Woods,” was released.Despite mixed reviews, the pop star’s latest album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with the equivalent of 293,000 sales in the U.S.

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Berklee College Expands Online, to Graduate Degrees

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:47:59 GMT

The Berklee College of Music is expanding its online degree offerings.Applications for the graduate programs — a master of music in music production and a master of arts in music business — will be accepted starting Feb. 21.

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Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:19:45 GMT

Vic Damone during a rehearsal in Columbus, Ohio, in 1978.In an era dominated by Sinatra, Como and Bennett, Mr. Damone built his own following on records and television and in nightclubs.

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Review: Chicago Symphony Displays Out-of-Character Modesty at Carnegie

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:08:09 GMT

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Saturday.Under Riccardo Muti, the orchestra made no huge statements, no overarching themes, during its performances in New York.

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Review: ‘Written on Skin,’ an Opera of Love, Betrayal and a Little Cannibalism

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:53:25 GMT

Mark Stone with Lauren Snouffer in the opera “Written on Skin,” staged by Opera Philadelphia.George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s 2012 work, presented resourcefully by Opera Philadelphia, gives the impression of reticence concealing surging colors.

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Lucinda Williams, Singer and Prolific Songwriter, Is Writing a Memoir

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 05:01:20 GMT

The singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams has a book deal for a memoir.Lucinda Williams, a singer-songwriter whose career stretches back more than three decades, will write a memoir due out in 2020.

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