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Gord Downie, a Canadian Rock Legend, Sings Goodbye

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:31:14 GMT

The singer and songwriter Gord Downie in 2016. After learning he had terminal brain cancer, he went on a final tour with his band, the Tragically Hip, and recorded a last solo album.Inside the making of “Introduce Yerself,” the intimate new solo album that the Tragically Hip frontman made before his death this week.

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As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:30:41 GMT

The audience at the renovated Music Hall in Cincinnati on Oct. 6.Reopening after a $143 million renovation, which removed a thousand seats, Cincinnati’s stately Music Hall offers a model for Lincoln Center.

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Jackie Shane, a Transgender Soul Pioneer, Re-emerges After Four Decades

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:40:47 GMT

The soul singer Jackie Shane captivated audiences in the 1960s, then vanished from public life in 1971. A Numero Group boxed set is introducing her to a new generation.Her electric performances in the 1960s made her an elusive cult heroine. A Numero Group boxed set unravels her true story for the first time.

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French Magazine Draws Outrage for Putting Convicted Killer on Its Cover

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:08:02 GMT

The music weekly Les Inrockuptibles featured Bertrand Cantat, who was jailed for fatally beating his partner in 2003, on the front of its latest issue.

Review: The Berlin Philharmonic Stages a Musically Glorious ‘Vixen’

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:56:38 GMT

The conductor Simon Rattle, center right, and cast members performing Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” in Berlin.Lucy Crowe’s rendition of the title character was a highlight of Peter Sellars’s production, a collaboration with Simon Rattle and his orchestra.

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The Gay Architects of Classic Rock

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:22:48 GMT

The Beatles with their manager Brian Epstein, right, in October 1965.Who created that gorgeous 20th-century creature, the rock star? Consider the gay image makers of the day, like Brian Epstein and Jann Wenner.

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Stephen Sondheim | "I'm Still Here"

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:30:33 GMT

The song from his 1971 musical, “Follies,” as sung by campers from the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York.

Stephen Sondheim | "Broadway Baby"

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:30:08 GMT

The song from his 1971 musical “Follies,” as sung by employees of The New York Times.

The Rapper NF Tops the Chart With ‘Perception’

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:42:59 GMT

Nathan Feuerstein, a.k.a. NF, performing in 2015. His album “Perception” (Caroline) opened at the top of the latest Billboard album chart.Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Greatest Hits” holds at No. 2 and Lil Pump opened at No. 3 with his self-titled album.

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William Eggleston, at 78, in a New Key

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:37:42 GMT

When Mr. Eggleston played piano for “Nature Boy” on Big Star’s third album, back in the late 1970s, “he seemed like an old soul,” the band’s drummer, Jody Stephens, recalled.“I’m making it up as I go,” the photographer said of his keyboard playing on “Musik,” his first album.

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Encounters: Waiting for Bruce

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:00:28 GMT

Bruce Springsteen leaving the Walter Kerr Theater with his wife, Patti Scialfa, after his opening night debut on Broadway.Bruce Springsteen has a triumphant night for his Broadway debut, but leaves his fans at the Hard Rock Cafe to party on their own.

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Woman Who Accused Nelly of Rape Wants to Drop Case

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:54:38 GMT

The rapper Nelly. The woman who accused him of rape last weekend wants to “put a halt to the criminal investigation,” according to her lawyer.The accuser’s lawyer said, “She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her.” Nelly’s lawyer said he may seek a public apology.

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That Decisive Moment: Spitfire Fiddling: The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:52:05 GMT

Patricia Kopatchinskaja playing in Bucharest in September.Copland, Philip Glass and Leontyne Price were some of the highlights.

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Review: Leif Ove Andsnes Blazes Out a Rachmaninoff Rarity

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:31:56 GMT

The pianist Leif Ove Andsnes playing Rachmaninoff with the New York Philharmonic and Paavo Jarvi.The pianist, starting a residency with the New York Philharmonic, played the seldom-heard Fourth Piano Concerto with the conductor Paavo Jarvi.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Mavis Staples Warns of Deadly Force, and 9 More New Songs

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:16:16 GMT

On “Little Bit,” from her new album, “If All I Was Was Black,” Mavis Staples sings about police shootings over a spare blues riff.Hear the songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from a studio reverie by Beck to a globe-hopping track by Major Lazer.

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Popcast: Shania Twain Was Country’s Crossover Queen. What Is She Now?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:22:42 GMT

“Now,” a vulnerable new album by Shania Twain, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.In the 15 years since she last released an album, the music industry has undergone big changes, but Ms. Twain’s new LP still debuted at No. 1. A conversation, on Popcast.

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Who’s Afraid of ‘Goldberg Variations’? Not This Choreographer.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:00:40 GMT

The pianist Simone Dinnerstein, left, with the choreographer Pam Tanowitz; they are collaborating on “New Work for Goldberg Variations.”The music may be intimidating, but Pam Tanowitz, collaborating with the pianist Simone Dinnerstein, found freedom in its formal structure.

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The Pioneering Modernist Who Wrote an Audacious String Quartet

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:55:01 GMT

Ruth Crawford Seeger, in her 20s.Ruth Crawford Seeger created pathbreaking music. But her family’s folk revival legacy has overshadowed her avant-garde compositions.

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Your Week in Culture: Jay-Z, Eugene O’Neill and ‘Princess Bride’ in Theaters Nationwide

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:57:16 GMT

Jay-Z will headline Also the week of Oct. 15: Monteverdi’s groundbreaking “Orfeo” in Manhattan, and Mona Hatoum’s sly sculptures in Houston.

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Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ Reveals the Artist, Real and Intense

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:18:37 GMT

The intimacy of a small theater emphasizes the mournful power of Bruce Springsteen’s voice and guitar in “Springsteen on Broadway.”In a hybrid of concert and autobiography, Bruce Springsteen delivers a major statement about his life’s work — but also a major revision of it.

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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:22:25 GMT

Halsey performing at the Forum in Los Angeles in December 2015. Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.

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Classical Music in NYC This Week

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:32:35 GMT

Alisa Weilerstein in her dressing room at the Symphony Hall in Boston in March. See listing below.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

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A Monteverdi Master Returns to His Roots With a Rare Trilogy

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:31:08 GMT

John Eliot Gardiner in Chicago, where he was conducting Monteverdi’s three surviving operas before bringing them to New York.John Eliot Gardiner, who founded his Monteverdi Choir in 1964, opens Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival with the composer’s three surviving operas.

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Grady Tate, Jazz Drummer Turned Vocalist, Dies at 85

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:09:37 GMT

Grady Tate performing at Merkin Hall in Manhattan in 1997.Celebrated for his versatility as a percussionist, Mr. Tate “never thought of singing as a career,” but somehow it happened.

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Vincent La Selva, Dauntless Founder of New York Grand Opera, Dies at 88

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:25:54 GMT

Vincent La Selva, conductor of the New York Grand Opera, in his office in New York in July 2001, when the company was performing 28 operas by Guiseppe Verdi at SummerStage in Central Park on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Verdi’s death.Mr. La Selva’s loftily named troupe, though intended as a people’s opera company, brought masterworks to Carnegie Hall as well as Central Park.

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Margo Price, Nashville Outsider, Tells It Like It Really Is

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:23:29 GMT

Margo Price has mined hardship in her personal and professional life for creative inspiration. “The struggle is who I am,” she said.The singer and songwriter, who isn’t afraid to brush up against the country music establishment, is releasing a new album that draws on her lifetime of struggle.

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Return of the ’80s! Synth-Pop Bands Stage a Middle-Aged Comeback

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:21:35 GMT

Clockwise from top left, videos from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark; Erasure; Depeche Mode; and Alphaville.Pioneering electronic music bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Alphaville and Erasure have released new material. It's like the 80s all over again.

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Bunny Sigler, Philadelphia Soul Mainstay, Dies at 76

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:54:31 GMT

Bunny Sigler in 2009.A singer, songwriter and producer, Mr. Sigler was a key figure in the development of a sound characterized by lush arrangements and smooth vocals.

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‘Rocktopia’ and ‘Home for the Holidays’ to Hit Broadway

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:38:52 GMT

An image from “Rocktopia: Live in Budapest.” The show will come to Broadway next March.“Rocktopia,” created by the Broadway actor and Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Rob Evan, will mix classical and rock songs at the Broadway Theater.

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Neighborhood Joint: The Secret Zen Master of Guitar Repair

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:01:52 GMT

A wall of pictures of customers of Richie’s Guitar Shop, including members of the Strokes and other downtown luminaries.You don’t have to be a member of the Strokes to get Richie Baxt to set up your Les Paul. But you do have to know somebody who has his phone number.

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Robert Plant, Party of One. (With Friends, Too.)

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:11:33 GMT

For Robert Plant’s new solo album, “Carry Fire,” the onetime Led Zeppelin frontman focused on “grooves and moods.”On his new solo album, “Carry Fire,” the onetime Led Zeppelin frontman explores “grooves and moods,” from the blues to North African rhythms.

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Album Review: St. Vincent Makes Her Move Into Pop With ‘Masseduction’

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:23:58 GMT

Annie Clark, who records as St. Vincent, teamed with the producer and songwriter Jack Antonoff for “Masseduction.”Ten years after her debut, Annie Clark teams up with the hitmaker Jack Antonoff for an album that paints pop as deep, dark and filled with paradoxes.

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