Art & Music

Songwriter Jules Shear loves the quiet

Songwriter Jules Shear loves the quiet

Shear ended up writing two hit songs, “All Through the Night,” performed by Cyndi Lauper, and “If She Knew What She Wants,” by the Bangles. A total of 11 of his songs have made the top 100 either here or abroad, including his own recording of “Steady,” which made it to number 57 on the U.S. chart. He continues to write and record his music and has been living in Woodstock since the 1980s.

Joan Osborne sings Dylan at Bethel Woods

Joan Osborne sings Dylan at Bethel Woods

Sunday, April 15: Solidifying her reputation as a modern-era interpreter with a keen interest in classic rock, roots music and blues, Osborne has scored a major success with her “Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan” performance residencies, and now with the record Songs of Bob Dylan.

Arrested Development to perform in Woodstock

Arrested Development to perform in Woodstock

Sunday, April 15: Whether art should be a reflection of reality or a perfection of it is a little out of my scope at the moment, but I do want to recall how utterly alien the Afrocentric “conscious rap” of Arrested Development sounded to these ears in early ’90s, when the album for which they will always be known, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of…, dropped into the middle of a world obsessed with gangsta rap on the one hand and the inflammatory politics of Public Enemy on the other.