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Cristina, Cult Downtown New York Singer, Dies at 64

Cristina, Cult Downtown New York Singer, Dies at 64

Consistently, Cristina injected a wry, burned-out, misadventuring patrician sensibility into her lyrics and delivery, especially on her rendition, that same…
Bill Withers’ Death: The Singer’s 10 Most Overlooked Songs

Bill Withers’ Death: The Singer’s 10 Most Overlooked Songs

Bill Withers always sounded like he was strumming the guitar from a seat at his kitchen table — or maybe,…
Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Lovely Day,’ Dies at 81

Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Lovely Day,’ Dies at 81

Bill Withers, the soul singer behind 1970s hits like “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” died on…
Ellis Marsalis Jr., Jazz Pianist and Patriarch of a Musical Family, Dies at 85

Ellis Marsalis Jr., Jazz Pianist and Patriarch of a Musical Family, Dies at 85

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.…
Nine Inch Nails Faces the Pandemic With Hope, Despair and Noise

Nine Inch Nails Faces the Pandemic With Hope, Despair and Noise

Timing may not be everything, but it’s a lot. Last Thursday, Nine Inch Nails — which currently means Trent Reznor…
Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

But then, opera had been his most troublesome genre. Even “The Devils of Loudun” (1969), his first opera and the…
What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

Out in the world, the coronavirus is upending the economy and global politics, tearing at the social fabric, and also,…
Mister Rogers Song and Dr. Dre Added to National Recording Registry

Mister Rogers Song and Dr. Dre Added to National Recording Registry

The theme song for “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.,” the original cast album for “Fiddler on the Roof”…
Jessie Reyez Is Yelling and Loving at the Same Time

Jessie Reyez Is Yelling and Loving at the Same Time

Since 2016, Jessie Reyez, a Canadian songwriter whose parents came from Colombia, has built a fervent audience for songs that…
Eric Weissberg, ‘Dueling Banjos’ Musician, Dies at 80

Eric Weissberg, ‘Dueling Banjos’ Musician, Dies at 80

Eric Weissberg, a gifted multi-instrumentalist whose melodic banjo work on the 1973 hit single “Dueling Banjos” helped bring bluegrass music…
Danny Ray Thompson, 72, Dies; Mainstay of Sun Ra’s Otherworldly Band

Danny Ray Thompson, 72, Dies; Mainstay of Sun Ra’s Otherworldly Band

Danny Ray Thompson, who spent the better part of five decades as the baritone saxophonist and linchpin of Sun Ra’s…
Kenny Rogers, Who Brought Country Music to a Pop Audience, Dies at 81

Kenny Rogers, Who Brought Country Music to a Pop Audience, Dies at 81

Kenny Rogers, a prolific singer who played a major role in expanding the audience for country music in the 1970s…
Sam Hunt Brought Hip-Hop to Country. After ‘Old Town Road,’ He’s Back.

Sam Hunt Brought Hip-Hop to Country. After ‘Old Town Road,’ He’s Back.

NASHVILLE — Every time country and hip-hop collide, the Sam Hunt bat-signal goes up. So it was no surprise that last…
Glastonbury Festival Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Glastonbury Festival Canceled Because of Coronavirus

LONDON — Glastonbury, one of the world’s most prominent and pioneering music festivals, announced its cancellation on Wednesday in a…
Lil Uzi Vert Is No. 1 as Streaming Holds Strong During Pandemic

Lil Uzi Vert Is No. 1 as Streaming Holds Strong During Pandemic

Concert tours may have ground to a halt, but at least one source of revenue for the music industry remains…
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Musician, Artist and Provocateur, Dies at 70

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Musician, Artist and Provocateur, Dies at 70

“But she didn’t see herself squarely in any of those groups,” Mr. Mohr said in an interview. “Basically she was…
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