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Little Richard: Rock & roll’s flamboyant architect

We’re in a transitional pocket of time now as we descend deeper into the gray and gusty days of November. We can now feel the days of this waning year drawing down. Now, in the throes of the holiday stretch, the bleak colorless landscape hangs over us like a pewter pall. Each year we say a ...

Trebek remembered for grace that elevated him above TV host

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Alex Trebek never pretended to have all the answers, but the “Jeopardy!” host became an inspiration and solace to Americans who otherwise are at odds with each other. He looked and sounded the part of a senior statesman, impeccably suited and groomed and with an ...

New England Musicians Relief Fund launches new fundraising drive

The New England Musicians Relief Fund (NEMRF) has launched a new fundraising drive and hopes to distribute $200,000 to musicians in need in time for the holidays. NEMRF was created in 2020 to help musicians dealing with the financial strain that the pandemic has put on the entertainment ...

Rotations: Eagles, Wilco, U2, Fatboy Slim have new CDs

“We did our first gig here 43 years ago,” Eagle co-founder Don Henley announces on their new live 2-CD/1 Blu-ray set, “Live from the Forum: 2018” (Eagles Touring Inc./Rhino). Recorded over three nights at the famed Forum in Inglewood, California, Eagles have found a new joy and ...

Review: ‘Cobble Hill’ a delightful look at connected lives

Cecily Von Ziegesar, “Cobble Hill” (Atria) ––– With “Cobble Hill,” acclaimed “Gossip Girl” author Cecily Von Ziegesar has brought readers a brand new — and fascinating— cast of characters. The book follows the lives of four families who all live near one another in ...

Currier Museum of Art debuts new work by artist Larissa Fassler

MANCHESTER – The Currier Museum of Art premiered a suite of immersive large-scale drawings by Larissa Fassler that were inspired by her time as artist-in-residence at the museum. Critical Cartography: Larissa Fassler in Manchester opened Thursday. “Larissa Fassler’s works are extremely ...

Former N.H. writer drew inspiration from Merrimack River

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Cindy Donnelly Kibbe lives in Arizona, but as a local, award-winning journalist, she began writing a book when she lived in the Granite State. Kibbe moved to Merrimack, New Hampshire in 2000 because she and her husband had both secured jobs here. And it was here that she ...

ROTATIONS: Costello, Bassey, Wainwright have new offerings

After Elvis Costello won a Best Traditional Pop Vocal Grammy for 2018’s punchy lounge-affair, “Under Lime,” the former new wave punkster is back with “Hey Clockface” (Concorde). It seems that ever since Costello joined forces with composer Burt Bacharach for 1998’s “Painted From ...

Local nationally-touring band feeling COVID pinch

LONDONDERRY – For nationally touring metal band Astronoid, the coronavirus stymied their gig schedule, but not their creativity. Made up of Casey Aylward, Daniel Schwartz, Brett Boland, and Matt St. Jean, the metal band was booked solidly for 2020, but had to cut short their tour due to the ...

Review: Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in ‘Let Him Go’

Superman, that boring lug, has thankfully flown the coop. Writer-director Thomas Bezucha’s Western thriller “Let Him Go” reunites Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, who as the Kents were easily the warmest presences in the otherwise dully dour “Man of Steel.” They are together again in ...

Review: Why small farms need a reordering of our society

“A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth,” by Chris Smaje (Chelsea Green) With the possible exception of parks, perhaps no use of the land is viewed more favorably in America than a small ...

Gospel great Rance Allen dead at 71

NEW YORK (AP) – Gospel star Rance Allen, whose Rance Allen Group drew upon contemporary sounds for such 1970s hits as “Ain’t No Need of Crying” and “I Belong To You” and anticipated such crossover gospel artists as the Winans and Amy Grant, has died at age 71. Allen’s wife, ...

Actor Carol Arthur DeLuise, widow of Dom DeLuise, dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carol Arthur DeLuise, an actor who appeared in several Mel Brooks films and was the widow of Dom DeLuise, has died. She was 85. A family statement said DeLuise died Sunday in Los Angeles after an 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. One of her most memorable roles ...

Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails set for Rock Hall induction

NEW YORK (AP) — Years after their deaths, Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex's Marc Bolan will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining them as part of the hall's 2020 class are Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and the Doobie Brothers. Houston, T. Rex, B.I.G. and ...

Johnny Depp exits ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp has exited the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise following his failed libel case against The Sun tabloid newspaper for a 2018 article that labeled him a "wife beater." Depp said Friday in a letter posted on Instagram that he would depart the role of the dark wizard ...

Rotations: Gorillaz, Stevie Nicks, Beasties, Joni Mitchell have new CDs

Gorillaz’s “Song Machine: Season One- Strange Timez” (Warner) is pure pop elixir for a pandemic. Frontman Damon Albarn must have a big head - he sure wears a lot of hats. He’s the live-wire frontman of Blur, the maestro behind the mayhem of the Good, the Bad & the Queen and the ...

Springsteen ponders aging, life, loss and death

For the most part, a fair statement might be that when most of us envision life in our 70’s, in our mind’s eye we see warm images of grandchildren playing in our yard that are accompanied by a slow surrender to an increasing steady stream of free time, relaxation and reflection that this ...

Paris Jackson mines her heartache for solo debut album

NEW YORK (AP) — It started in her bedroom with just a guitar, but Paris Jackson has turned coping with the heartache after a recent breakup into her debut solo album. Jackson, 22, has been a devoted music fan all her life and dabbled in making her own, but has been hesitant to call herself ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber releases first song from ‘Cinderella’

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of his "Jesus Christ Superstar" album with the first single from his latest musical, "Cinderella." The rollicking song is called "Bad Cinderella" and it's sung by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who will play the ...

Television special to replace canceled 2021 Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but viewers will still get a show with a two-hour television special on New Year's Day, organizers said. The Tournament of Roses Association said in a Thursday news release that the TV special ...