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America’s Quintessential Maverick Composer, at 100

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:19 GMT

Lou Harrison, the American composer, in 1973.Lou Harrison, who died in 2003, is celebrated for his iconoclasm. But, our critic writes, he should also be recognized as a modern musical master.

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Queens of the Stone Age, Redefining Itself to Renew Its Sound

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:20:04 GMT

Joshua Homme said he wanted to embrace change on Queens of the Stone Age’s new album: “Your willingness to take a risk is its own reward in this day and age.”Joshua Homme’s band teamed with the pop- and soul-leaning producer Mark Ronson for its seventh album, “Villains,” but didn’t stray far from its aesthetic.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Bieber Pleads on the Dance Floor and 9 More New Songs

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:19:15 GMT

Justin Bieber's latest song is a collaboration with BloodPop®.Hear the week's 10 most important new songs by Miley Cyrus, Julien Baker, Radiator Hospital and more.

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Reporter's Notebook: Watching Neo-Nazis in Virginia From a German Opera House

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:45:47 GMT

Left, Hitler meeting with a daughter-in-law of Wagner at the Bayreuth festival. Right, a scene from last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.Ruminating on a storied German opera festival’s troubled past, only to learn at intermission that Nazi sympathizers were on the march back home.

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Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:06:27 GMT

Dolly Parton presenting Jo Walker-Meador with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence for broadening country music’s influence in 1991, as other country stars look on.Mrs. Walker-Meador was the first employee of the Country Music Association and its longtime executive director.

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That Decisive Moment: Bleak, Gentle and Sweet: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:25:01 GMT

The tenor Ian Bostridge in “The Dark Mirror: Hans Zender’s Winterreise,” at Lincoln Center.A work by the Arkansas-born composer Florence Price, and a performance by Vikingur Olafsson were among the highlights.

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Popcast: Kesha and Taylor Swift Find New Voices

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:27:49 GMT

Kesha’s new album, “Rainbow,” is her first record made without creative input from Dr. Luke.On “Rainbow,” Kesha steps away from her old persona but keeps her former spark. In court, Taylor Swift speaks with no filter. A panel discussion, on Popcast.

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A Pianist With Modern Flair Takes Over the Salzburg Festival

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:59:46 GMT

The pianist Markus Hinterhäuser in Salzburg. As the new artistic director of the Salzburg Festival, he programmed the event this year to establish his vision.Markus Hinterhäuser trades his piano bench for an impresario’s chair at one of classical music’s grandest, and most important, festivals.

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Azealia Banks Eyes a Comeback and a Homecoming

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:26 GMT

Azealia BanksThe Harlem rapper, scheduled to perform in Manhattan on Wednesday, is back outside of the system.

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The Locrian Chamber Players Put ‘New Music’ on the Manhattan Map

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:01 GMT

A coming installment of the group’s series at Riverside Church features the harpist Jacqueline Kerrod, and works by John Luther Adams and Adrienne Albert.

Classical Music in NYC This Week

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:03:59 GMT

Joined by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the pianist Paul Lewis will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Sunday in Lenox, Mass.; see listing below.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:52:14 GMT

The R&B star Mary J. Blige (above, last month in Zurich) will play the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night; see listing below.Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.

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Paul Oliver, Pre-eminent Authority on the Blues, Dies at 90

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:38:43 GMT

Paul Oliver interviewing the blues artist Lightnin’ Hopkins in Houston in 1960.The author of “The Story of the Blues” and other books, he was a respected British architectural historian better known for his sideline as a student of black music.

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Encounters: Cardi B Makes Her Money Move: From Reality Star to Rapper

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:41:58 GMT

Cardi B on the balcony of her suite at the W hotel in Midtown Manhattan before her Aug. 12 performance at MoMA PS1 in Queens.The “regular degular schmegular girl from the Bronx,” whose “Bodak Yellow” is this summer’s rap anthem, prepared for a hometown show.

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‘I’m Grateful for What Taylor Swift Did’: Readers React to the Verdict

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:50:08 GMT

Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif., in 2016.The New York Times asked women to share their experiences and thoughts about the pop star’s testimony on sexual assault.

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American Boychoir School to Close

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:10:37 GMT

The American Boychoir performing with the New York Philharmonic in 2008.The 80-year institution in New Jersey struggled to recruit students amid the lingering effects of a sexual abuse scandal.

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Critic's Notebook: A Weekend Can Span Centuries at Tanglewood

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:27:25 GMT

Our critic’s visit to the Boston Symphony’s home in the Berkshires began with Purcell’s 17th-century “Fairy Queen” and ended with a work from 2015.

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Album Review: Review: Grizzly Bear Staves Off Despair With Beauty on ‘Painted Ruins’

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:14:49 GMT

Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear performing in 2013. The band’s new album, “Painted Ruins,” pushes its music further both inward and outward.The band’s fifth album — its first for a major label — turns more cryptic and voluptuous, and emphasizes its longstanding 1960s and ’70s influences.

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Dispatch From Lebanon: Next Door to War, an Indie Arab Band Sings of Defiance and Joy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:57:11 GMT

Mashrou’ Leila during an outdoor concert on Saturday in Ehden, Lebanon.At an outdoor concert, a reporter learns why Mashrou’ Leila’s music is like air to its fans.

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Manchester Arena to Reopen After Terror Attack With Benefit Concert

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:40:24 GMT

Ariana Grande headlined the “One Love Manchester” show in June. On Sept. 9, the Manchester Arena will reopen with a benefit concert featuring Noel Gallagher and others.Noel Gallagher of Oasis will headline a show also featuring the Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley on Sept. 9.

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Taylor Swift Spoke Up. Sexual Assault Survivors Were Listening.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:22:21 GMT

Taylor Swift’s blunt words about being groped by a radio host have caught the attention of lawyers and others who work with sexual assault survivors.The pop superstar gave blunt testimony in her case against a radio host in Denver, and provided a voice for others in similar situations.

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‘Hamilton’ Tries New Sales Method to Battle Bots and Scalpers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:19:26 GMT

Javier Muñoz, left, and Christopher Jackson in “Hamilton,” in 2015.The show is the third on Broadway to declare that it will use Verified Fan, the Ticketmaster technology that scrutinizes potential ticket buyers.

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Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:55:21 GMT

Members of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra practicing on their vegetable instruments for a performance in July at the Oyster Bay Music Festival on Long Island. From left: Solomon Elyaho, Daniel Battaglia and David Elyaho, Solomon’s twin brother.The musicians of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra make their instruments from things that grow in the garden.

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Taylor Swift Was Groped by Radio Host, Jury Finds

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:13:15 GMT

Taylor Swift performs last year at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.On its first day of deliberations, a jury found that a radio host had groped Taylor Swift during a meet-and-greet photo session before a 2013 concert.

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Pandora, After Shake-Up, Picks New C.E.O.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:18:19 GMT

Roger Lynch, the chief executive of Sling TV, will join Pandora, the internet radio giant, on Sept. 18.Roger Lynch, the chief of the video streaming service Sling TV, will be the new chief executive and president of the struggling internet radio giant.

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Your Playlist for the Solar Eclipse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:08:15 GMT

If you won’t be able to view the solar eclipse next week, perhaps the music of artists like Sun Ra will help you achieve a feeling approximating totality.Eclipses provoke strong feelings that make us reckon with the awesomeness of space. Here are some songs that might give you the feeling of totality.

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Party Coverage: Scene City: Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams Performed at Apollo in the Hamptons

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:00:52 GMT

The benefit at Ronald Perelman’s Wainscott estate was a hot ticket. Guests included Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Chris Rock and Rashida Jones.

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Review: A Funky Rethinking of Schubert’s Winter Journey

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:37:15 GMT

The tenor Ian Bostridge in “The Dark Mirror: Hans Zender’s Winterreise,” at Lincoln Center.Netia Jones’s staging of Hans Zender’s “composed interpretation” at Mostly Mozart added several layers of concept to the song cycle “Winterreise.”

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Shoegaze, the Sound of Protest Shrouded in Guitar Fuzz, Returns

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:37:17 GMT

Rachel Goswell and Nick Chaplin of the shoegaze band Slowdive, at Brooklyn Steel in May.The British bands Slowdive and Ride achieved critical acclaim in the 1990s and recently released new albums that have reverberated on both sides of the Atlantic.

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‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ to Open on Broadway Next Summer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:24:19 GMT

“Gettin’ the Band Back Together” at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey in 2013.This new musical comedy is scheduled to open in August 2018 at the Belasco Theater. The early announcement shows the hot competition for audiences and space.

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Kendrick Lamar Returns to No. 1 in Doldrums of Music Sales

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:10:29 GMT

Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, “DAMN.,” released in April, returned to the top of the Billboard chart.Arcade Fire, which debuted at the top last week, slipped to No. 38 while the new album by Brett Eldredge opened at No. 2.

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How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:14:38 GMT

An artwork created using DeepDream, which researchers at Google developed in 2015. The newer work at Google, with Project Magenta, involves music, and has led to creation of a tool called NSynth.Project Magenta, a team at Google, is crossbreeding sounds from different instruments based on neural networks and building networks that can draw.

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In South Korea, K-Pop Pleads for Peace

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:10:16 GMT

The South Korean K-Pop band B1A4 performing at the annual DMZ Peace Concert on Saturday night; the concert was organized with the South Korean Ministry of Unification.During heightened tensions, thousands of young people turned out to a concert near the demilitarized zone.

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Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer as Sisters With a Painful Bond

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:15:30 GMT

Shelby Lynne, left, and Allison Moorer have collectively released 22 albums, but hadn’t recorded an LP together until now.The two musicians have released more than 20 albums, but didn’t record together until now. They address a childhood trauma on “Not Dark Yet.”

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Abrons Arts Center Season Includes a Parody of an Albee Classic

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:51:33 GMT

Scott Shepherd, seated on floor, as Nick in the Elevator Repair Service production “Gatz” at the Public Theater in 2010.Elevator Repair Service, the innovative theater company, will stage an irreverent play inspired by “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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