Anastasia Tsioulcas

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Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Aims At No. 1, And Misses. Why?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Getting "Hotline Bling" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was something that Drake really, really wanted. He said so, very publicly, last week on Instagram:

The "Hotline Bling" video, which was originally only posted on Apple Music, proved to be endlessly remixable, ...


The Life And Death Of Tower Records, Revisited

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A new documentary from Colin Hanks looks back on a business empire that helped shape the tastes of many music fanatics.


Paolo Angeli: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, October 19, 2015

Paolo Angeli has a whole toy shop aboard his guitar: He's got hammers, pedals, propellers, springs, drone strings and even a couple of cell-phone ringers at his disposal.

The base of it all is a six-stringed instrument from his native island of Sardinia, and the seed of Angeli's ...


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music In September

Monday, September 28, 2015

Imagine the band Haim meeting the late Ofra Haza, with some EDM thrown in for good measure. That's the wave the fast-rising Israeli sister act A-WA — Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim — rides. (Yes, their last name is Haim, too.) They pull inspiration ...


Why Can't Artist Bios Be Better?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Over in London, the Independent's arts editor, David Lister, recently published a scathing commentary about the paucity of valuable or even interesting information in artist biographies. He wrote it in a fury after paying £4 to obtain the program for a Proms concert he attended, featuring the excellent ...


A.R. Rahman Responds To Fatwa Issued For 'Muhammad' Biopic

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A big-budget Iranian biopic depicting the childhood of the Prophet Muhammad has already faced a fair amount of backlash. But now the film's director and its composer — the hugely popular Indian musician A.R. Rahman — have had a fatwa, or religious edict, issued against them by ...


Sam Lee: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, September 11, 2015

English vocalist Sam Lee has an amazing backstory: He found his way to singing professionally after stints as a wilderness survival expert and a burlesque dancer. But what really matters are his mesmerizing performances, as well as his incredible ability to connect with people — certainly with the ...


First Listen: Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott, 'Songs From The Arc Of Life'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

When it comes to artistic partnerships, there's a lot to be said for the fireworks of musicians joining together for the first time. But there's another kind of collaboration that can yield profound pleasure: a recording with two artists who know each other deeply, in a relationship that has unfolded ...


An Unlikely Archivist For Armenian Aleppo: A Punk Drummer From D.C.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

An American punk drummer has become an unlikely historian of the Armenian community in Aleppo, Syria. And he's recently released a recording of their religious music — just as the city is crumbling during Syria's ongoing civil war.

Jason Hamacher doesn't seem like the kind of guy who ...


Latitudes: The Music You Must Hear In August

Monday, August 31, 2015

We are sad to note the passing of Senegalese drum master Doudou N'Diaye Rose, who died in Dakar Aug. 19 at age 85. Named a "living human treasure" by UNESCO in 2006, Rose played with such American and British artists as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Gabriel and the ...


Why Is 'Billboard' Asking Industry Execs If They Believe Kesha?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Billboard magazine used to be known as "the bible of the music business," a trade publication trusted for its straightforward analysis of industry trends. But an anonymous questionnaire that leaked online last Thursday has some readers questioning Billboard's journalistic skills and integrity.

The magazine regularly solicits reflections from ...


In Age Of Black Lives Matter, 3 Young Black Men Share Their Fears — And Hopes

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The name "Brownsville" doesn't necessarily vibrate the way neighborhoods and cities like Compton, Englewood and Camden do, places that stay in national headlines thanks to the extreme risks their mostly black and poor residents have to deal with every day.

But this area in central Brooklyn — just over a ...


Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear Right Now

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This month's picks for international sounds run the gamut of ideas and emotions. They range from a deeply thought-provoking documentary film to a viral sensation from India that pokes fun at club culture. Think of them as the aural equivalents of a meaty long read to some lightest-of-light beach novels.



Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vic Firth was the principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 46 years. He became even more widely revered as an entrepreneur who made drumsticks, mallets, brushes and other percussion gear — one whose company has outfitted everyone from jazz legend Buddy Rich to avant-garde ensemble Sō ...


Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sam Lee wants to bridge old U.K. folk traditions and today's music — even though his own path to folk was circuitous, to say the least.


Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike, with more than 1200 outdoor concerts across the five boroughs running from morning till night.

For the 2015 ...


Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In June

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This month, some very old songs from India and England rub shoulders with new sounds from Madagascar and Japan — along with one emerging Hawaiian hit, courtesy of Pixar and Disney.

Unfortunately, the summer touring schedule has been wracked by visa problems for international artists trying to enter the ...


Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gunther Schuller, one of America's most wide-ranging musicians — a French horn prodigy and tireless advocate for bridging classical music and jazz — died Sunday morning in Boston, his son Ed Schuller said. Gunther Schuller was 89.

Extraordinarily active and influential as a composer, conductor and educator, he was also ...


'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

Friday, June 19, 2015

Composer Terry Riley turns 80 Wednesday. He's been called the father of minimalism for his groundbreaking 1964 work In C. But his influence has spread far beyond, sparking the imaginations of many artists, from cutting-edge electronic musicians to rock gods.

Riley's musical footprints have been followed by generations of ...


Help Us Make An Exquisite Corpse In New York City

Monday, June 15, 2015

For this year's edition of Make Music New York, we come not to praise the dead, but to sing the blues and create a new "exquisite corpse."

This Sunday, June 21 at 4 p.m. ET, join NPR Music and regulars at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln ...