| May 17, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Donna Summer was typecast as the disco-era “bad girl,” the diva who was too salty and sexual for some radio stations to play in the ‘70s. But she was also a musical revolutionary, a versatile singer who created a radical new template for...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. Now he finds himself as a labelmate of Radiohead, M.I.A. and Adele. His debut album...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 11:49 AM
Little Feat's Bill Payne had done just about everything a piano-playing rock 'n' roller (with a side order of Erik Satie and Bill Evans) can do over the last 40 years, except perform a concert under his own name — until last year.
At age 63, Payne...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 12:38 PM
Van Hunt, who is back with a terrific new album that he will showcase Friday at Schubas, is trying to be philosophical about one of the worst periods of his life. In 2008, the acclaimed, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was preparing to release his...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 5:26 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Don't hold your breath waiting for an overhaul of U.S. copyright law to reflect the massive changes the Internet has ignited in the way consumers access music.
In a keynote speech delivered Monday at the Future of Music Summit, U.S....
| Nov 21, 2012
| 8:19 AM
Ask Miguel about the prevailing emotion he felt in the weeks before the release of his second studio album, “Kaleidoscope Dream” (RCA), and he’ll tell you straight up: “Nervous. I was nervous as hell, man. To tell you the truth,...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 1:41 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At the intersection where Capitol Hill policy, technological innovation and musical creativity meet, tensions spilled over at the two-day Future of Music Summit while government officials washed their hands of the mounting chaos....
| Nov 19, 2012
| 12:57 PM
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In celebrity annals, few things are more attention-grabbing – or degrading – than working out an abusive relationship in public.
On Rihanna’s seventh studio album, “Unapologetic” (Def Jam), the singer...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 2:31 PM
It's not every day you get invited to witness a museum destroy a work of art.
And not just any work of art — a nearly 60-year-old piece from the Japanese master Saburo Murakami. In fact, because Murakami died in 1996, the Museum of Contemporary...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:54 AM
It's that time of year again, time to check out some of the more artistically enterprising U.S. summer classical music festivals. Whether it's a world premiere, an unusual opera, an orchestral or chamber rarity, or a gifted young artist seeking exposure...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:29 AM
He may not have composed more than 1,100 musical works, nor has he fathered 20 children. Otherwise, Richard Webster has much in common with Johann Sebastian Bach.
Like the German Baroque master, Webster is an active church musician, choral conductor,...