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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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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Garfunkel Defends His Art

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Though he went on to a string of Top 40 solo hits, Art Garfunkel is still best known as half of a legendary duo. With the release of a new retrospective, which covers his work from Simon & Garfunkel's heyday through the present, Garfunkel says he's looking for some long-overdue credit.

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Remembering Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Leader And My Friend

Friday, August 31, 2012

As a teenager he carried records for DJs. As a professional, he carried water for an industry and for a culture.

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Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

Monday, August 27, 2012

The iconic American classical pianist who first rocketed to fame at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 has announced his advanced illness.

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You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You

Thursday, August 09, 2012

More than ever, music matters to us. But why do we like what we like? "Six Songs of Me," a new project launched by a British publication, may ultimately provide some answers.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Tony-winning lyricist and composer says "El Padre Antonio y Su Monaguillo Andres," a song by Blades, helped him understand the interplay of music and lyrics. Miranda says he didn't notice how dark Blades' song was at first, but eventually figured out what a powerful trick he'd pulled off.

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Jonah Lehrer Resigns From 'New Yorker,' Admitting He Made Up Quotes In Book

Monday, July 30, 2012

His publisher is halting shipments of the prolific science writer's latest book Imagine.

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A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Don't be caught empty-headed when talk turns to the music of the London Games.

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For Jazz Musicians Looking For Mentors, Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Monday, July 23, 2012

A New York Times article explains how apprentice musicians still find masters — just in new ways.

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Mariah Carey Is Joining 'American Idol' As A Judge

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mariah Carey has been announced as the newest American Idol judge, in the wake of the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

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