Sonny Osborne, Bluegrass Innovator, Is Dead at 83

NASHVILLE — Sonny Osborne, the banjo player and singer who, with his older brother, Bobby, led one of the most innovative and beloved bands in bluegrass music, died on Sunday at his home in nearby Hendersonville, Tenn. He was 83. His death, after a series of strokes, was confirmed by his friend and protégé Lincoln …

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Mary Lattimore: Has Harp, Must Travel

Mary Lattimore made her public harp debut in an Arby’s parking lot. Her mother, Lelia Hall Lattimore, thought they might be late for her teenage daughter’s recital the moment they left their small North Carolina town for the state’s largest city, Charlotte. When a tire blew, she knew they were doomed. As they fished the …

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A BRIC in Flux Turns Out an Intimate, Focused JazzFest

As jazz festivals go, BRIC JazzFest is on the small but ambitious side, aspiring to a few ideas at once. It operates in Brooklyn with something close to Manhattan-scale resources, but like BRIC’s flagship music series, the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, it aims to serve a broad audience, not a particularly affluent one. To a greater …

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Adele Is No. 1 Once Again, With ‘Easy on Me’

After a six-year wait, new music by Adele was sure to be a hit. But how big of one, especially for a song like “Easy on Me” — a classic piano torch ballad that ignores virtually all contemporary pop standards — was unclear. Turns out it was a really big hit. The song reached No. …

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El Alfa, the King of Dembow, Dazzles at Madison Square Garden

“Who said the Dominican Republic couldn’t go global?” El Alfa announced in Spanish from the stage halfway through his first concert at Madison Square Garden, as red and blue Dominican flags fluttered across the crowd of thousands. The 30-year-old performer, born Emanuel Herrera Batista, had good reason to celebrate: On Friday night, the global ambassador …

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Dee Pop, Drummer and Downtown New York Fixture, Dies at 65

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his mother; a sister, Tara Papadopoulos; a daughter, Nikki Ziolkowski; a son, Charlie Papadopoulos; and a granddaughter. Two marriages, to Elizabeth Vogdes and the musician known as Deerfrance, ended in divorce. In the late 1990s, Mr. Pop began hosting a weekly performance series that roamed the …

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Lana Del Rey’s Sisterly Solidarity, and 10 More New Songs

“Blue Banisters,” out Friday, is the ever-prolific Lana Del Rey’s second album released this year, and its melodically roving title track feels like a kind of spiritual sequel to “Dance Till We Die” from her previous record, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club.” Del Rey’s music has recently become populated with a kind of coterie of …

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