UK fans wonder if Taylor Swift will say ‘So long, London’ after Eras Tour

LONDON — Taylor Swift fans enjoy parsing the singer-songwriter’s lyrics for references to her romantic life and insights into her state of her mind. But the pop superstar’s fans in the U.K. didn’t have to listen closely to her latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” to get the sense that Swift had soured on the … Read more

Jazz, justice and Juneteenth: Wynton Marsalis and Bryan Stevenson join forces to honor Black protest

NEW YORK — Black music traditions such as jazz are central to celebrations of Juneteenth, says civil rights lawyer and jazz pianist Bryan Stevenson. That’s why he and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis have debuted “Freedom, Justice and Hope,” a live performance album of historic jazz records created to protest racial injustice, in time … Read more

Zsela is letting go and leaning into uncertainty with her debut album ‘Big For You’

LOS ANGELES — Zsela leans into the ebb and flow of uncertainty and invites listeners to do the same throughout her debut album “Big For You.” The album, written over four years, follows Zsela’s 2020 EP “Ache of Victory,” which she describes as “an imprint of time.” “I’m connected to it since it’ll always be … Read more

Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

NEW YORK — As Roger Daltrey hits the road on a short solo tour this June, he’s unsure if fans will ever see another tour from The Who. “I don’t see it. I don’t know whether The Who’ll ever will go out again,” he told The Associated Press over Zoom. The 80-year-old rocker has a … Read more

Diana Ross, Eminem and Jack White perform for thousands at former Detroit eyesore

DETROIT — A myriad of Detroit’s greatest musical exports, including Diana Ross, Eminem and Jack White, took to the stage Thursday night in a pulsating sonic spectacle held on the eve of the historic reopening of an 18-story structure that long had symbolized their hometown’s decline. The 90-plus-minute “Live From Detroit: The Concert at Michigan … Read more

Music Review: The María’s ‘Submarine’ immerses listeners in a blue world of mellow dance beats

When the indie pop band The Marías emerged in 2017 with their first EP, “Superclean Vol. 1,” they quickly solidified a sound. It wasn’t any one sound, really, but a sonic identity. With lead vocalist María Zardoya’s mellow, romantic vocals serving as the unifier, the band’s productions were free to oscillate between dance beats, Latin … Read more

Music Review: Willie Nelson takes it back to Texas, with notes of Mexico, on ‘The Border’

Willie Nelson has never in his long life not wanted to be making music. After 2023 saw him celebrate his 90th birthday with an epic two-night concert celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and release two studio albums along with the usual constant touring, 2024 finds … Read more

Music Review: British guitarist Richard Thompson’s ‘Ship to Shore’ is a gem, with dazzling solos

For more than half a century, British guitarist Richard Thompson has created albums filled with curious characters, love laments, dark chords, dark humor and peerless guitar work. That makes each release a cause for celebration, which is the case with his new album “Ship to Shore.” It ends a five-year recording hiatus, the longest break … Read more

Music Review: RM of BTS has a new solo album, ‘Right Place, Wrong Person,’ an elastic experiment

All seven members of BTS are currently serving South Korea’s compulsory enlistment for men of a certain age — and in what should feel like an absence, the K-pop boy band is keeping their fans occupied with a steady release schedule of eclectic solo material. Next up is rapper RM’s second solo full-length album, “Right … Read more

New survey reveals just how much Brits love classical music | UK | News

A huge majority of music lovers in the UK believe orchestras continue to play a crucial role in the nation’s cultural heritage and will continue to supercharge the country’s creative economy for years to come. The finding of a survey comes as a major three-year campaign is this week launched to celebrate the power of … Read more