Children of Bodom Frontman Alexi Laiho on His New Album

Since their 2003 breakthrough, Hate Crew Deathroll, Finland’s Children of Bodom has been a staple of the international metal scene, thanks to the high-speed shredding of frontman Alexi Laiho, the precise interplay between the guitars and prominently-featured keyboards, and their relentless touring schedule. Their latest, I Worship Chaos, is the band’s first album recorded as a four-piece, and the stripped-down lineup resulted in what editor Thom Jurek hailed for its “very sharp teeth, a nasty…

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The Show-Stopping Singing Of Javier Camarena

In our jobs, when we’re told to redo something, it usually means we’ve made a mistake. That’s not the case for Javier Camarena. Earlier this month at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the tenor had the chance to retake an aria during a performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale because the audience went bonkers after the first time he sang it. For many decades, the Met followed a strict no-encores policy. Camarena, who turned 40…

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On ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,’ Margo Price Hits Her Breaking Point — And Big Break

Margo Price knows hard times; her music practically aches with them. In the first song on her new album, she yearns to “turn back the cruel hands of time.” Midwest Farmer’s Daughter is Price’s first solo album, and even though she’s been kicking around making music in Nashville for over a decade, the identity outlined by that title still defines her. Her family lost its firm in Buffalo Prairie, Ill., years ago during the tough…

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