Classy connoisseurs of classical music know that keyboard genius Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750, wasn’t only a prolific composer of mathematically minded musical masterpieces. He was also a prodigious producer of musical children.
Every summer, growing up in Philadelphia, Ira Wolf Tuton moved the chairs in between musical pieces at his uncles’ chamber series. Both are classical musicians, the sons of his great-grandmother, a concert violinist who journeyed from Russia to teach at the Curtis Institute of Music. And Tuton’s father is a jazz bassist who used to tour Europe in Dixieland bands. So while his family may not fully understand the experimental pop music Tuton makes in Yeasayer, his indie-rock band for 10 years, they can still relate.
Paul McCartney is bringing fans into his world by way of virtual reality through a six-part series of VR experiences created to support the June 10 release of “Pure McCartney,” his new retrospective album surveying the music of his career after the Beatles disbanded.
John David Souther wrote or co-wrote some of the most definitive country rock songs of the ’70s and ’80s, performed by almost all of the genre’s defining artists: the Eagles (“Heartache Tonight,” “Best of My Love”), Don Henley (“The Heart of the Matter”), James Taylor (“Her Town Too”), Linda Ronstadt (“Prisoner in Disguise”).
If a filmmaker were to tell the story of Florida rock group Mudcrutch, it would go something like this: Rock ’n’ roll-loving teenagers form a band and head for Hollywood in search of fame, only to fall short and disband.
Rock memoirs rarely live up to expectations, but Moby’s “Porcelain” (Penguin Press) is an exception. It ranks with Kim Gordon’s “Girl in a Band” and a handful of others in recent years as a particularly incisive look at not just a life in music, but at the cultural and social circumstances that helped shape it.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The pop group Maroon 5 on Friday joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of its law that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms transgender people can use.
Before she finally broke through last year, singer-songwriter Tori Kelly had tried everything. When she was in grade school, she appeared on televised talent competitions like “Star Search” and “America’s Most Talented Kid.” As a teenager, she wiped out on “American Idol” Season 9 early on, after Simon Cowell told her — crushingly at the time — that her voice was “almost annoying.”
Peter Wolf has seemingly had it all. He’s topped the charts and headlined arenas as the singer with the J. Geils Band, and is in the midst of a long-running solo career that recently saw the release of his eighth studio album, “A Cure for Loneliness” (Concord).