Kelsea Ballerini Is Ready for Lift Off

Ever since Kelsea Ballerini saw Shania Twain soar into a theater on a flying motorcycle wearing a catsuit and closer-to-God hair, the rising country star has known she wanted to be a boundary-breaking daredevil. But, like Kelly Clarkson, she also wanted to be a bare-it-all open book — hitting the big notes and still cracking … Read more

Three Convicted in 2018 Murder of Rapper XXXTentacion

Nearly five years after the killing of the rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in broad daylight during a 2018 robbery just as his polarizing career was exploding, a jury in Florida on Monday ended more than a week of deliberations when it found three men guilty of first-degree murder in the case. … Read more

Review: A Contemporary Music Group’s Next Era Begins

Some artists earn the “multi-hyphenate” label by doing two or three things. But Douglas R. Ewart works on a whole other level. That much was clear when this composer, visual artist, poet, multi-instrumentalist and instrument-maker put on a true multimedia event at the Chelsea Factory on Friday night. He gave a thrilling tour of his … Read more

Morgan Wallen Holds at No. 1 With Strong Streaming Numbers

After a big opening last week, the country star Morgan Wallen easily takes No. 1 again with his latest album, “One Thing at a Time,” holding off new releases from Miley Cyrus and the K-pop group Twice. The 36-track “One Thing at a Time” tops the Billboard 200 chart with the equivalent of 259,000 sales … Read more

The Exquisite Darkness of Depeche Mode

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Martin Gore, who is now 50 percent of Depeche Mode, works in a studio on a low hill near Santa Barbara, hidden behind jungle-green foliage and fragrant flowering shrubs. On a Tuesday morning in January, he sat at a console in the center of the control room, which was spacious and … Read more

Review: Protecting and Defending Ukraine’s Cultural Identity

The shadow of the war in Ukraine once again hovered over the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival on Friday when it began its three-day tribute to the 20th-century composer Borys Liatoshynsky at Merkin Hall. Hours before the opening-night program, which highlighted composers who influenced Liatoshynsky, the International Criminal Court accused the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, … Read more