‘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 […]

Britney Spears Invited to Testify in Front of Congress

In March, Gaetz and GOP Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote a letter to Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and requested he hold federal hearings about conservatorships to examine the system as a whole while taking a closer look at Spears’ case, which they described as the “most striking example.” Moved by the growing outcry from the #FreeBritney movement after the Framing Britney Spears documentary premiered […]

Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson Set for Central Park ‘Homecoming’

Bruce Springsteen! Jennifer Hudson! Paul Simon! Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced the first batch of headliners for the city’s planned “homecoming concert” in Central Park this summer, which is being booked with the 89-year-old music producer Clive Davis. During a video news conference, de Blasio confirmed that those three artists would be part of the show, which is […]

Vicky Cornell Shares Love Letter From Chris Cornell

In an interview, Vicky Cornell said that four years after her husband’s May 18, 2017 death in Detroit at age 52 she keeps his memory alive for their kids Toni and Christopher — Cornell has another daughter, Lily, from his first marriage — by keeping him “constantly” in the present. “We speak about him, we play his music, we share […]

The Conductor Transforming Period Performance

Think of the “period” or historically informed performance movement, and the mind probably turns to Monteverdi, Bach, Handel. The first advocates for performances on original instruments — post-World War II insurgents like Nikolaus Harnoncourt — concentrated their initial work on the Baroque and then Classical repertories, the music in which their findings were most audibly different compared with then-standard practices. […]