Arnold Skolnick, Whose Poster Embodied Woodstock, Dies at 85

On short notice, he created the bird-on-a-guitar design that advertised the 1969 festival — and became a symbol of the era.

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Conan Gray, a Budding Pop Singer Who Feels It All

The 23-year-old who got his start on YouTube put out his first album in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. Now he’s reintroducing himself with a new LP, “Superache.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #gray-conan-1998, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #superache-album

Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ and the Long Tail of ‘Show Me Love’

The ubiquitous 1992 remix of Robin S.’s song has endured in samples and covers. Its writers’ names appeared in the credits for Beyoncé’s track, were quickly removed and then restored again.

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Inside New York’s Throwback Roller-Skating Extravaganza

Music is the key to a summertime experience for pros and amateurs called the DiscOasis in Central Park. Its curator: the funk-disco guru and lifelong skater Nile Rodgers.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #discoasis, #pop-and-rock-music, #rodgers-nile, #roller-skating, #wollman-rink-manhattan-ny

Black Country, New Road, a Breakout Band, Starts Over (Again)

The group lost its lead singer just as it was gaining widespread acclaim. Its members have come up with an unusual solution.

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Drake’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ Review: Now It’s Time to Dance

On his seventh album, “Honestly, Nevermind,” the pop disrupter who rethought rap’s relationship with melody opts for a new direction: nightclub abandon.

#drake-rapper, #honestly-nevermind-album, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #two-thousand-tens-decade

Digging Into Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s Archives

Attempting to uncover unknown things about very well known people.

#archives-and-records, #audio-neutral-informative, #bob-dylan-center-tulsa-okla, #dylan-bob, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #pop-and-rock-music, #reed-lou-1942-2013

What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? Justin Bieber’s Diagnosis, Explained

Justin Bieber announced that he had the rare facial condition. Here’s what you need to know about it.

#bells-palsy, #bieber-justin, #chicken-pox, #content-type-service, #ears-and-hearing, #face, #pop-and-rock-music, #shingles-disease

Island Records’ Chris Blackwell Finally Tells His Story

In a new memoir, the 84-year-old founder of Island Records reflects on helping bring the music of Bob Marley, U2 and Grace Jones to the world.

#blackwell-chris, #content-type-personal-profile, #island-records, #jamaica-west-indies, #legend-album, #marley-bob, #pop-and-rock-music, #reggae-music, #the-islander-my-life-in-music-and-beyond-book, #u2-music-group

Dave Smith, Whose Synthesizers Shaped Electronic Music, Dies at 72

His innovations included the first polyphonic, programmable synthesizer and the universal connectivity of MIDI.

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Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return

The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical concerns and more.

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‘You Don’t Become Lou Reed Overnight.’ A New Exhibition Proves It.

“Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars” offers glimpses of a life in rock ’n’ roll — from doo-wop to “Metal Machine Music” — and tracks the evolution of one of music’s polarizing legends.

#archives-and-records, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #lou-reed-caught-between-the-twisted-stars-exhibit, #pop-and-rock-music, #reed-lou-1942-2013

Can Harry Styles’s Music Catch Up to His Fame?

How his time in One Direction and a powerful online fan base have shaped the pop star’s career.

#audio-neutral-informative, #harrys-house-album, #pop-and-rock-music, #styles-harry

Ronnie Hawkins, Rockabilly Road Warrior, Is Dead at 87

Besides performing, he mentored other musicians, including stars like Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and Rick Danko, who went on to form the Band.

#band-the-music-group, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #dylan-bob, #fayetteville-ark, #hawkins-ronnie, #helm-levon, #pop-and-rock-music, #robertson-robbie, #sun-records

The All-Female Band Fanny Made History. A New Doc Illuminates It.

The group put out five albums in the ’70s and counted David Bowie and Bonnie Raitt as fans. The filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart, dismayed its story hadn’t been told, took action.

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fanny-music-group, #fanny-the-right-to-rock-movie, #hart-bobbi-jo, #millington-june, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #pop-and-rock-music, #women-and-girls

The Horror and Happiness of Oliver Sim

The xx singer on going solo, disclosing his H.I.V. status and learning that he actually likes people.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #content-type-personal-profile, #hideous-song, #hideous-bastard-album, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #pop-and-rock-music, #sim-oliver, #xx-the-music-group

‘What New York Is All About’: Welcome Back to the Piano Bar

On any night of the week, New Yorkers can be found in piano bars that carry on the city’s tradition of live performance.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #jazz, #music, #new-york-city, #pianos, #pop-and-rock-music

Martha Wainwright Tells a Few Stories She Might Regret

With a new memoir, the singer-songwriter from a famous musical family says she is happy to be “letting go of this story of being No. 4 on the totem pole.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #pop-and-rock-music, #stories-i-might-regret-telling-you-book, #wainwright-martha

Why We Collect

A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold.

#audio-neutral-informative, #books-and-literature, #hsu-hua-author, #pop-and-rock-music

Ethel Cain Is the Most Famous Girl at the Waffle House

The singer-songwriter Ethel Cain has an elaborate vision of becoming a different kind of pop star. She’s doing it from rural Alabama.

#alabama, #cain-ethel-1998, #content-type-personal-profile, #gottwald-lukasz-dr-luke, #pop-and-rock-music, #preachers-daughter-album, #transgender-and-transsexuals

How Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot Escaped From Russia

After more than a decade of activism, Maria Alyokhina disguised herself as a food courier to evade the police — and a widening crackdown by President Vladimir Putin.

#alyokhina-maria, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fugitives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iceland, #kjartansson-ragnar, #lithuania, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #pop-and-rock-music, #pussy-riot, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Kevin Morby Chases Ghosts, and a New Album, in Memphis

Since he was an anxious teen, Morby, a Kansas City singer-songwriter, has been fixated on death. By facing his fears in a mythical city, he found a way to reckon with it.

#content-type-personal-profile, #morby-kevin, #pop-and-rock-music, #this-is-a-photograph-album

How the King of Rock ’n’ Roll Still Makes Australia Sing

Elvis never played a concert “down under,” but that hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of Australians from making him their own at an annual festival.

#australia, #festivals, #impersonators-and-impressionists-entertainment, #pop-and-rock-music, #presley-elvis

Bad Bunny on His Surprise Album, ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’

“I’ve made it clear to people that I’m never going to make a record that’s the same as another,” the pop star said. His fourth album was inspired by a spectrum of Caribbean music.

#bad-bunny-singer, #content-type-personal-profile, #pop-and-rock-music, #un-verano-sin-ti-album

Dolly Parton Voted Into Rock & Hall Hall of Fame

The country singer had objected to being included, but will join a class that includes Carly Simon, Duran Duran and others from across genres.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #benatar-pat, #duran-duran-music-group, #eminem, #eurythmics-music-group, #jimmy-jam-and-terry-lewis, #judas-priest-music-group, #parton-dolly, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #richie-lionel, #rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum, #simon-carly

Reconsidering the Spice Girls: How Manufactured Girl Power Became Real

Even as the girl group topped the charts, it was dismissed as a pop confection. Twenty-five years later, its legacy is still being written.

#friendship, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #spice-girls-music-group, #spice-world-movie, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #youth

The Sheryl Crow You Never Knew

For decades, the singer-songwriter carved her own path while battling sexism in the music industry and personal darkness. Now, at 60, she’s telling her story in a new documentary.

#content-type-personal-profile, #crow-sheryl, #pop-and-rock-music, #scott-amy-1985, #sheryl-movie, #showtime, #women-and-girls

Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot

After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that had roots in SoundCloud rap, and a champion in Travis Barker.

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How Arcade Fire Found a Way Back

After a meteoric rise that built a passionate fan base, the band had trouble connecting on its last album. A new release, “We,” links the group’s past to its hopes for the future.

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Art Rupe, Who Brought Rhythm and Blues to the Mainstream, Dies at 104

As the founder of the independent label Specialty Records, he helped set the table for the rock ’n’ roll era by signing performers like Little Richard.

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Britney Spears Says She Is Pregnant in Instagram Post

During her successful effort to end her conservatorship, the performer had complained that the team appointed to supervise her had blocked her from having additional children.

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Can a Brazilian Pop Star Crack the U.S. Market? Anitta Says Yes.

In the past decade, the singer has earned fame and the respect of some of Brazil’s most lauded musical elders. Now she’s taking aim at new audiences but hoping to hold on to her roots.

#anitta-singer, #content-type-personal-profile, #pop-and-rock-music, #tedder-ryan, #versions-of-me-album

Minnesota T.V. Station Finds Old Footage of a Very Young Prince

The 1970 clip is a “miraculous” find, a former editor at the local CBS station said. It shows an interview with Prince, 11, commenting on a teachers’ strike in Minneapolis.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #minneapolis-minn, #pop-and-rock-music, #prince-1958, #purple-rain-album, #strikes

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Tour Is a Punky Heartbreak Revue

Two nights after she won three Grammys, the new pop star began her first tour with a show both rowdy and intimate.

#drivers-license-song, #pop-and-rock-music, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #sour-album

Bobby Rydell, Teenage Idol With Enduring Appeal, Dies at 79

He had his first hit in 1959. Six decades later, teamed with his fellow singers Frankie Avalon and Fabian, he was still drawing crowds.

#american-bandstand-tv-program, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #bye-bye-birdie-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #rydell-bobby-1942-2022

Grammys 2022 Best-Dressed: Lil Nas X, Billy Porter and More

The Vegas evening was an exuberant reminder of why red carpets can be fun for both stars and fans.

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At the Grammys, the Young Succeed Most When They Seem Old

Despite nods to Gen Z, this year’s show favored history-minded performers like Silk Sonic, Jon Batiste, H.E.R. and Lady Gaga.

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Lady Gaga and Silk Sonic Follow the Grammy Formula: Old, but New

Despite nods to Gen Z, this year’s show favored history-minded performers like Silk Sonic, Jon Batiste, H.E.R. and Lady Gaga.

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2022 Grammy Awards Winners: Updating List

The list of winners for the 64th annual Grammy Awards.

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Bill Fries, Singer Known for 1970s Trucking Ballad ‘Convoy,’ Dies at 93

Mr. Fries, who performed under the stage name C.W. McCall, was an ad executive before he scored a hit with “Convoy,” a CB radio-inspired ode to renegade truckers.

#bill-fries, #c-w-mccall, #cb-radio, #convoy-movie, #convoy-song, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #ouray-colo, #pop-and-rock-music, #trucks-and-trucking

The Grammys, Always Unpredictable, Face New Surprises

The lead-up to the awards has involved controversy over a last-minute ballot change, Covid-19 cases, a nominee’s death and, of course, The Slap. But producers say the show will be ready.

#foo-fighters, #grammy-awards, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #recording-academy, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #television, #west-kanye

Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop

The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties, as well as spirited conversations about her ambitions and aesthetic innovations.

#audio-neutral-informative, #charli-xcx, #crash-album, #pop-and-rock-music

For Grammy Nominee Rogét Chahayed, Pop Isn’t Far From Mozart

Up for producer of the year, non-classical, on Sunday, a conservatory-trained collaborator focuses on “finding the simplicity, finding that golden chord progression.”

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Debating the Grammys’ Biggest, Oddest Category

Only in record of the year could Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo face off against Abba and Tony Bennett. Our critics break down all 10 nominees in a new “Diary of a Song” video.

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Supreme Court to Hear Copyright Fight Over Andy Warhol’s Images of Prince

The justices will decide whether the artist’s reliance on a photograph of the musician was copyright infringement or protected as a new, transformative work.

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Wet Leg, the Indie-Rock Duo, Blew Up Fast. They Know It’s Weird.

The group’s droll single “Chaise Longue” racked up playlist spots and star endorsements. Its debut album has more springy bass lines, jabbing guitars and sharp, observational lyrics.

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Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dies at 50

The band confirmed the death of the hard-hitting member, but no cause was given.

#foo-fighters, #pop-and-rock-music, #taylor-hawkins

Questlove: My Collection Is an Act of Devotion, and Creation

A collection starts as a protest against the passage of time and ends as a celebration of it.

#collectors-and-collections, #music, #pop-and-rock-music

Aldous Harding’s Gloriously Peculiar World of Songs

On her fourth album, “Warm Chris,” the New Zealand singer and songwriter delivers unpredictable but enchanting vocals and enigmatic lyrics that revel in simplicity.

#harding-aldous, #pop-and-rock-music, #warm-chris-album

The Many Worlds of Rosalía

The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most sonically ambitious and critically dissected pop artists today.

#audio-neutral-informative, #motomami-album, #pop-and-rock-music, #rosalia-singer