Prototype Festival to Offer Premieres, One Somewhat Gruesome


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Prototype Festival to Offer Premieres, One Somewhat Gruesome
David Lang’s ‘anatomy theater,’ a piece about the public dissection of a murderer, will be one of the highlights of the festival, which begins Jan. 5.

Rocking Out in the Mosh Pit, With Baby in Tow
As the festival industry grows, parents are starting to take their children with them — but not without some sidelong glances.

Review: Jeff Beck’s Virtuosic Sleight of Hand at Madison Square Garden
There was something particular, specialized and unusual about nearly every sound Mr. Beck produced.

Wilco, Julia Holter to Perform at Le Guess Who? Festival
The Dutch music festival will also feature programs from Savages and Suuns.

Review: Stephen Marley Uses His Father’s Roots Reggae as a Springboard
Social justice, love, perseverance and partying all take their turns on Mr. Marley’s sprawling new album, “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life.”

Jaap van Zweden: Before You See Him, Listen
One of our music critics explored recordings to get a feel for this conductor’s work before he takes the role of music director of the New York Philharmonic.

So Percussion, More Than Enough Bang for the Buck
The virtuosic ensemble plays three concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. It will mix classics with newer works.

Eric Revis, Holding Down the Center Again
The jazz bassist, with a quartet, will be performing at the Jazz Gallery.

Aretha Franklin to Headline a New City Winery Festival in Queens
Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers, Gillian Welch and Dawes will also perform at this two-day festival at Forest Hills Stadium in September.

Prophets of Rage Bring Their Anger to the Republican Convention
The group, with members of Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill, formed with the announcement “Dangerous times demand dangerous songs.”

Critic’s Notebook: A Cute Internet Star Flirts. All He Wants Is Your Password.
Jack Johnson asked his Twitter followers to send him their passwords. And tens of thousands did.

Review: Drake Opens Tour in Austin, Rapping, Singing and Sneering
As Drake continues to refashion his sing-rap hybrid, his tour is bookended by tough talk, but oscillates between that and smoother, more tender sections.

Review: Kidz Bop Kids, Singing Sanitized Pop With Relentless Cheer
The group performed sweetened and softened pop hits at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, in Brooklyn.

The Gathering of the Juggalos, Now in Its 17th Year
Thousands of fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse have converged in Ohio for what one observer has called “a psycho-porn theme park.”

Not Even Plácido Domingo Can Say No to ‘Mozart in the Jungle’
Mr. Domingo is the latest classical star to shoot a cameo for the Amazon show at a time when TV opportunities for artists have dried up.

Gucci Mane, Buff, Sober, Out of the Pen and Ready to Flow
The Georgia rapper, while under house arrest, prepares to reassert his place in the hip-hop hierarchy with his album “Everybody Looking.”

Street Style: Pitchfork Music Festival
The photographer Drew Anthony Smith documents the looks on some of the fans and artists at the festival in Chicago.

Street Style: Bold Style Headlines Pitchfork Music Festival
At the Chicago music festival, attendees and artists showed off their personal styles.

For Sia, Dance Is Where the Human and the Weird Intersect
The soulful singer-songwriter and her choreographer, Ryan Heffington, are working hard to raise the standards of pop-music movement.

Brooklyn Blowhards Navigate the Free Jazz of Herman Melville
Inspired by Melville and the saxophonist Albert Ayler, Jeff Lederer’s jazz band plays a frothy blend of sea chanteys and avant-garde jazz.

Paul Tollett Discusses His Latest Project, Panorama Music Festival
This weekend on Randalls Island, the festival will feature performers like Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire and Alabama Shakes, as well as the Lab, a high-tech exhibition space.

‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Provides a Spotlight for Classical Stars
Plácido Domingo is the latest classical star to shoot a cameo for “Mozart in the Jungle,” at a time when TV opportunities for classical artists are not plentiful.

The Haggler: Spotify and Apple Music: The Goth vs. the Stoner
The perfect music streaming service, the Haggler writes, would be Spotify without the ghoulish user interface, combined with a clearheaded Apple Music.

Drake’s ‘Views’ Returns to No. 1
This album has now been at the top of the Billboard album chart for 10 nonconsecutive weeks, after yielding last week to Blink-182’s “California.”

Critic’s Notebook: Ken-David Masur, Back at Tanglewood, Feels His Father’s Spirit
Mr. Masur conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood on Saturday, filling in for Christoph von Dohnanyi.

Apple, in Seeming Jab at Spotify, Proposes Simpler Songwriting Royalties
Apple proposed that streaming services pay 9.1 cents for every 100 plays of a song. That would significantly increase what its rival Spotify pays.

Gregg Smith, Choral Leader Who Elevated Standards, Dies at 84
Mr. Smith founded the Gregg Smith Singers in 1955 when he was still a graduate student and most choruses were made up of amateur singers.

Bonnie Brown, Part of Sibling Country Trio, Dies at 77

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