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Rotations: Depeche Mode, Teddy Thompson, HAIM release new music

The U.K.’s electro-pop veterans Depeche Mode have had a banner year. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; they released an 18 CD boxed set, “Mode” in January, which rounds up all 14 of the band’s studio albums plus four additional discs of bonus material; and this ...

Paul Doiron cranks up a suspenseful, fast-paced plot

Fifteen years ago, a young Maine game warden went undercover to investigate a poaching ring in Maine’s north woods and was never heard from again; so his mentor, retired warden Charlie Stevens, is stunned when he stumbles onto the missing man’s badge being offered for sale at a flea ...

Rotations: Bob Dylan, Black Eyed Peas, Neil Young offer new releases

Bob Dylan’s new album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways” (Columbia) is enthralling. Six decades into his career, the Nobel prize winner delivers a record that lives up to its title. And if that wasn’t enough, he punches the point with the CD’s opener, “I Contain Multitudes,” softly crooning, ...

Dolls, Dolls, Dolls: Deep Inside ‘Valley of the Dolls’

“Valley of the Dolls” has left its lipstick marks all over pop culture. Film critic Roger Ebert called the 1967 flick a “dirty soap opera.” (Ironically, he would write the screenplay for the horrifically bad sequel, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”) The critical consensus of the ...

Rotations: Norah Jones, Liam Gallagher, Dub Allstars release new CDs

On her new album, “Pick Me Up Off The Floor” (Blue Note), nine-time Grammy-winner Norah Jones is unhurried and relaxed – her timing for releasing such a soothing album of soft jazz-pop impeccable. The album, her seventh, is the result of a series of collaborations with contributors such ...

New novel explores race, identity, belonging

A new novel explores the construct of race in the diverging lives of light-skinned black twins, one of whom transitions into a life as a white woman. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett is beautifully written, thought-provoking and immersive. It follows Desiree and Stella, who hail from ...

John Prine: An American poet and dreamer

America lost one of her great dreamers to COVID-19. In early April, at 73, the iconic country-folk singer John Prine died from complications of Coronavirus: the insidious virus that has stolen the lives of far too many people in the wake of its deadly rampage across the globe. The night that it ...

Madelaine LaRose gets to the art of the matter

NASHUA – In the past, Madelaine LaRose has described herself as an “emerging artist,” sometimes capturing her subject on a digital platform to transform one art piece into another. A graduate of Rivier College, with a B.A. in English Literature, LaRose has studied her craft with local ...

Rotations: New music from Paul Weller, Nick Lowe, Boomtown Rats hits shelves

Although not necessarily a household name in the U.S., the U.K.’s Paul Weller was the lead singer for the band the Jam in the ‘70s and ‘80s (and the Style Council), before flying solo. With “On Sunset” (Polydor), his 15th album, the prolific songwriter has traded in his angry, ...

Kooky and kinky, ‘Shakespeare for Squirrels,’ turns the Bard on his rear

Frenzied parodist Christopher Moore, fresh off some time in 1947 San Francisco (“Noir,” 2018), returns with a rare gift for Shakespeare fans who think “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” would be perfect if only it were a bit zanier, and a lot more dirty. Moore, who possesses an innate ...

New Hampshire Theatre Project presents Diane Edgecomb’s A Thousand Doorways

New Hampshire Theatre Project is proud to present Diane Edgecomb in A Thousand Doorways on Thursday, June 18 at 7 pm EDT. Re-scheduled from its original March date due to COVID-19, A Thousand Doorways will be streamed from NHTP's YouTube channel and followed by a live Meet the Artist zoom ...

Some long ago memories of Rick Nelson

“I’ve got to pack my bags and go. I’ve got to be some place tomorrow To smile and end my show” Excerpt from “Teenage Idol” – By Rick Nelson Just the title of this piece may find some people scratching their heads and asking themselves, “Why is this guy writing about an ...

Rotations: Jimmy Buffett, Lady Gaga and Pet Shop Boys have new releases

On his first album of new music since 2013’s “Songs From St. Somewhere,” tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett proves once again that he’s not a mere musical act, he’s a lifestyle choice with “Life on the Flip Side,” (Mailboat Records). And especially with a world teetering on the ...

A rock-ish life inside and outside a cult

The timing of the release of “Hollywood Park,” a memoir about redemption by Mikel Jollett, seems untidy – considering that the author is the frontman for the indie band Airborne Toxic Event. That, however, can be put aside. Jollett narrates his remarkable and unsettling tale of being born ...

Full slate of events scheduled at Tupelo Music Hall

Coming off a successful Memorial Day Weekend, Tupelo Music Hall has announced a new slate of events starting June 5. In addition to its outside activities, Tupelo will be putting a restaurant in its parking lot in the coming weeks so patrons can enjoy food along with live ...

Rotations: Huey Lewis and the News, The Weeknd, Rateliff offer new music

No, it’s not 1986. Bar and club maestros Huey Lewis and the News aren’t exactly kids anymore. They likely wear medic alert bracelets and are members of AARP. But Lewis’ trademark rasp is still strong on the band’s new album, “Weather,” (BMG) despite being diagnosed with Meniere’s ...

Today in History for May 23

Today is Saturday, May 23, the 144th day of 2020. There are 222 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 23, 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers. On this ...

Rotations: Butch Walker, All Time Low and Miles Davis have new releases

On Georgia native Butch Walker’s stellar new album, “American Love Story,” (Ruby Red Recordings), the first track opens with the phrase, “Are we having a conversation?” different voices, same sentence, looped over and over, often overlapping with distortion. Walker has crafted a rock ...

Putting Judgment Aside in the Grocery Aisles

Dear Annie: I know that these are trying and difficult times. For most of us, we have not seen hardship like this in our lifetimes. My husband is an essential worker, and we worry daily that he could get this illness, as he and our youngest have asthma and any upper respiratory illness is ...