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Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

When he was just 10 years old, Shankar began performing in Europe and the US with his family's Indian dance troupe. But at age 18, Shankar gave up all the glitter to study with a guru who taught him the sitar. He became a master, and introduced the West to his country's music.


Rush Is In! The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, That Is

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Canadian trio was among the bands that many fans thought had been unfairly excluded. Now, though, Rush is being inducted along with Heart, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler.


Never Enough 'Gangnam': K-Pop Video Is YouTube's Most-Viewed

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gangnam Style, by Korean pop star PSY, is now the site's most-viewed video of all time. With more than 810 million views and numerous spoofs, "the velocity of popularity for PSY's outlandish video is unprecedented," YouTube said.


Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Friday, independent record stores will offer new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl. We pick some of the best, including a collaboration between My Morning Jacket and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.


Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The composer, who was born in 1908 and won two Pulitzer Prizes for music that could be challenging and adventurously modern, died in New York.


Rocker Gary Glitter Arrested In Connection With U.K. Sex Abuse Investigation

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, is the first person to be arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile abuse inquiry that has rocked Britain and its publicly funded broadcaster, the BBC. Glitter was released on bail until mid-December after being questioned.


Banned In China: Ai Weiwei's 'Gangnam Style' Video

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is pushing authorities' buttons again, this time with a spoof that was quickly blocked from Chinese websites. He's mocking government censorship.


Barbra Streisand Live: Brooklyn Girl, Still Making Good

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This past week Barbra Streisand, born and raised in Brooklyn, played there for the first time since she was eight years old. She followed Jay-Z, making her the second performer ever at a new arena.


Found Photos Of The Rolling Stones: Who Took Them?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first gig. Which makes these found photos of the young rockers all the more poignant.


Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.


Taking Stock Of The MP3 At Midlife

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How the tiny digital file took down the mighty CD and came to dominate the music industry.


Frankie Valli On Hair Products And Finding His Falsetto

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Jersey boy also spoke to Scott Simon about his group's early names and his friend Joe Pesci.


Andy Williams Dies; Crooner Was Known For 'Moon River,' Christmas TV Specials

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The singer was 84. The cause of death, his family says, was bladder cancer.


How Musicians Make Money (By The Fraction Of A Cent) On Spotify

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The streaming music service offers millions of songs to millions of users, but it's not yet a reliable source of income for musicians.


Frank Ocean And Bon Iver Surprise Lucky NYC Fans

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

See photos from a surprise show featuring two of today's most recognizable voices.


An American Punk-Rock Band On Tour In The Land Of The Arab Spring

Monday, September 24, 2012

Last year, the the Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released an album called Arabia Mountain. Now, the band is in the middle of a tour of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.


Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

For a limited time, download five new songs curated by NPR stations, featuring music from country star Dwight Yoakam, blues singer Eric Bibb, Chicago rapper Mig Mora, Los Angeles soul producer Evan Bourgeois Lasry and Alaskan songwriter George Kuhar.


'American Idol' Picks New Judges And Makes A Surprising Grab For Relevance

Monday, September 17, 2012

American Idol announced its new judges, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, and showed some new interest in actually connecting with existing music fans.


Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Critic Ken Tucker says that some songs on Tempest sound less like concentrated efforts than outpourings of rambling thoughts; others are as precisely crafted as any Bob Dylan has written.


The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to an iconic event in America's history.

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