George Porter Jr. ‘Cryin for Hope’ Video: Watch

Legendary bassist George Porter Jr. has released the video for “Crying for Hope,” a powerful anthem that combines the signature sound of Porter’s iconic funk group The Meters with a message of  resistance and urgency for 2021. The New Orleans funk master and Meters founding member released the title track for his 2021 album on March 26 via Controlled Substance Sounds […]

Retooling ‘La Bohème’ for Pandemic Performances

LONDON — It’s an evening of drinking and revelry at Café Momus. A group of young men chatter away as a femme fatale tries to get their attention, jumping on tables and tossing undergarments. But the night spot is not as crowded as usual. There are few waiters in attendance, and by the windows in the back three patrons dine […]

‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’: How to Watch

The traditional Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show will return to New York City this weekend after the pandemic forced changes to the celebration in 2020. The fireworks will be launched from five barges in the East River starting at 9:25 p.m. on Sunday (July 4), said Will Coss, executive producer of the show. The show will be broadcast live […]

Company Set to Manage Britney Spears’s Estate Asks to Withdraw

The wealth management firm that was set to take over as the co-conservator of Britney Spears’s estate, alongside her father, has requested to resign from the arrangement, according to a document filed in court on Thursday, throwing her conservatorship into greater turmoil. Bessemer Trust, a professional wealth management firm that manages more than $100 billion in assets, said in a […]

‘A Capitol Fourth’ With Jimmy Buffett: How to Watch

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves and has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States. It was made a federal holiday this year. A Capitol Fourth is marking 41 years on the air. The show is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS and streaming platforms as well as troops around the […]

Taylor Swift Rejoins Her ‘Folklore’ Crew, and 8 More New Songs

Big Red Machine is the project of Aaron Dessner — the guitarist in the National who was a producer on Taylor Swift’s “Folklore,” “Evermore” and her remake of “Fearless” — and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), who wrote and sang “Exile,” a high-angst duet with Swift on “Folklore.” Swift sings two songs on the Big Red Machine album due Aug. 27, […]

Big Red Machine & Taylor Swift and More: Vote for Your Favorite New Music Release

Before fireworks light up the sky for the Fourth of July, superstar collaborations are blowing up the music business. After The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon teamed up with Taylor Swift on her Grammy-winning album Folklore and its sister LP Evermore, she lent a hand to their indie-folk outfit Big Red Machine‘s brand-new song “Renegade.” Brent Faiyaz enlisted Drake to throw a verse in and […]

A Reigning Opera Composer Writes of Trauma and ‘Innocence’

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — Susanna Malkki wanted more. “Can you make the crescendo even bigger here?” she asked the London Symphony Orchestra as she conducted it in a recent rehearsal here. “Don’t be afraid to go beyond the mezzo-piano on the page.” They played the passage again, and this time the music swelled to a shock, one of many in the […]

Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly, Jaden Smith to Headline ‘Freedom Experience’ at SoFi Stadium

Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly and Jaden Smith will headline the July 24 “Freedom Experience” show at SoFi Stadium as part of 1DayLA’s COVID-19 service event. According to a statement, the effort aims to mobilize 20,000 volunteers across Southern California from July 18-24 to offer “hope and help by organizing city beautification projects, back-to-school events, free medical clinics, homeless assistance, and […]

Louis Andriessen, Lionized Composer With Radical Roots, Dies at 82

Louis Andriessen was born on June 6, 1939, into a Roman Catholic family in Utrecht, the Netherlands. His father, Hendrik Franciscus Andriessen, was a composer and organist who became the director of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His mother, Johanna Justina Anschütz, was a pianist. Louis was the youngest of six children, all of whom were musical. (Two brothers […]

Bobby Brown vs. Keith Sweat Verzuz Recap & Scorecard

“This is truly a celebration of two giants of the culture…” DJ Cassidy enthused later in the evening and he couldn’t be more on target. Bobby Brown’s career soared in the mid-‘80s as part of the omnipresent R&B boy band New Edition — and while he ventured out on his own in 1987 with a built-in fanbase, Keith Sweat was […]

China’s Communist Party Turns 100. Cue the (State-Approved) Music.

Yan Shengmin, a Chinese tenor, is known for bouncy renditions of Broadway tunes and soulful performances in operas like “Carmen.” But lately, Mr. Yan has been focusing on a different genre. He is a star of “Red Boat,” a patriotic opera written to celebrate the 100th anniversary this week of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Mr. Yan has […]

Seventeen’s ‘Your Choice’ Arrives at No. 1 on Top Album Sales

K-pop group Seventeen lands its first No. 1 on  Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as the 13-member act’s latest effort, Your Choice: 8th Mini Album, opens atop the tally (dated July 3). It sold 20,500 copies in the U.S. in the week ending June 24, according to MRC Data — the act’s best sales week yet. Your Choice is the […]

Mimi Stern-Wolfe, Presenter of Socially Conscious Concerts, Dies at 84

Mimi Stern-Wolfe, a pianist and conductor who specialized in music programs with a social-justice or political theme, most notably an annual concert that featured music of composers lost to AIDS, died on June 21 at a care center in Manhattan. She was 84. Her daughter, Laura Wolfe, said the cause was complications of a series of strokes. In the late […]