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    Andre Williams, 82, Dies; Sang of Bacon Fat and Tail Feathers


    An earthy R&B performer, he began his career in the 1950s, was sidelined by addiction, then was rediscovered in the ’90s by punk and garage...

    An earthy R&B performer, he began his career in the 1950s, was sidelined by addiction, then was rediscovered in the ’90s by punk and garage rockers.
    James Dapogny, Who Resurrected Jazz of the Past, Dies at 78

    James Dapogny, Who Resurrected Jazz of the Past, Dies at 78


    Professor Dapogny recognized Jelly Roll Morton, pictured here, as a remarkable multidimensional artist. Morton’s music, he once said, “was not like anything any of his forerunners wrote because it has a depth of thought that doesn’t exist in...

    He was especially known for bringing renewed appreciation to Jelly Roll Morton.
    ‘7 Rings’ Is a Hit for Ariana Grande, and a Knockout for Rodgers and Hammerstein

    ‘7 Rings’ Is a Hit for Ariana Grande, and a Knockout for Rodgers and Hammerstein


    The company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog cut an unusually lucrative deal with Ariana Grande over the rights to her single “7 Rings,” an extended reinterpretation of “My Favorite...

    The company that controls the composers’ catalog cut a deal for 90 percent of the royalties for the singer’s remake of “My Favorite Things” just weeks before its release.

    J.H. Kwabena Nketia, 97, Pre-eminent Scholar of African Music, Dies


    Dr. Nketia, who had an international presence, documented, analyzed and championed traditional music of the continent until his final...

    Dr. Nketia, who had an international presence, documented, analyzed and championed traditional music of the continent until his final days.
    In Music and in Life, Tamaryn Dreams in the Dark

    In Music and in Life, Tamaryn Dreams in the Dark


    The singer and songwriter Tamaryn’s fascination with mysticism largely stems from her new album, “Dreaming the Dark,” which finds her confronting childhood...

    In her first album since 2015, the singer-songwriter discovers a fascination with mysticism and confronts childhood memories in unexpected ways.

    Have ‘Flute,’ Will Travel: Mostly Mozart Announces Its Season


    The festival will feature a globally popular production of “The Magic Flute,” a new Mark Morris dance and a musical adaptation of a Langston Hughes...

    The festival will feature a globally popular production of “The Magic Flute,” a new Mark Morris dance and a musical adaptation of a Langston Hughes poem.
    Juice WRLD Hits No. 1 With ‘Death Race for Love’

    Juice WRLD Hits No. 1 With ‘Death Race for Love’


    Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” put him on the map last...

    The Chicago rapper topped the Billboard album chart for the first time with 176 million streams and 43,000 copies sold. Last year, he reached the Top 5 twice.
    Review: A ‘Dreamers’ Oratorio Tries to Transcend the Trump Moment

    Review: A ‘Dreamers’ Oratorio Tries to Transcend the Trump Moment


    The soprano Ana María Martínez with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in the premiere of “Dreamers” at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, Calif., on...

    Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz’s work, about the experiences of immigrants, had its premiere with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
    Dick Dale, 81, King of the Surf Guitar, Dies

    Dick Dale, 81, King of the Surf Guitar, Dies


    Dick Dale in an undated publicity photo. He recorded the hit song “Misirlou” and influenced guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van...

    Mr. Dale was known for “Misirlou,” which Quentin Tarantino used as the opening anthem to his film “Pulp Fiction.”

    Iggy Pop Is Fine With Being the Godfather of Punk


    In an interview, the influential proto-punk frontman discusses the Sex Pistols, Lester Bangs, drugs and “Punk,” his new documentary series on...

    In an interview, the influential proto-punk frontman discusses the Sex Pistols, Lester Bangs, drugs and “Punk,” his new documentary series on Epix.

    Lou Reed Archive Opens at New York Public Library


    To celebrate the opening, the library has issued limited-edition library cards featuring an image of the...

    To celebrate the opening, the library has issued limited-edition library cards featuring an image of the rocker.
    A Soprano Survived a Vocal Crisis. The Met Found Its Brünnhilde.

    A Soprano Survived a Vocal Crisis. The Met Found Its Brünnhilde.


    Christine Goerke at the Metropolitan Opera, where she sings Brünnhilde in Wagner’s “Ring” cycle this...

    Christine Goerke nearly quit opera before becoming one of the world’s top dramatic voices. Now she faces her biggest test: Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.
    Critic’s Pick: Review: Mozart’s Requiem Gets a Fresh Spin at the Philharmonic

    Critic’s Pick: Review: Mozart’s Requiem Gets a Fresh Spin at the Philharmonic


    Manfred Honeck, center, led the New York Philharmonic in Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the vocal soloists, from left, Joélle Harvey, Megan Mikailovna Samarin, Ben Bliss and Matthew...

    Manfred Honeck led a Mozart program that dealt in themes of death and transcendence with an unusual version of the composer’s unfinished final work.
    Meet Blueface, the Self-Aware Rapper Who Knows He’s More Than a Meme

    Meet Blueface, the Self-Aware Rapper Who Knows He’s More Than a Meme


    Blueface takes a selfie while performing at the Gothic Theater in Colorado. The 22-year-old rapper was nearly unknown a year...

    A year ago, he had a few songs up on SoundCloud; now his song “Thotiana” is a Top 10 hit. But Blueface knows music is only part of the job.