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The faithful follow penitentes — lay members of a Catholic brotherhood — to Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, N.M., on Holy Thursday in 2013.

April 18, 2014 Life, death and piety are the recurring themes in the hauntingly beautiful hymns called alabados.


The late virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius enjoyed only a relatively brief career, but was influential to musicians across genres.

April 18, 2014 Metal superstar Robert Trujillo is funding a film of his hero, the late Jaco Pastorius.


Cheo Feliciano at the opening of The Fania All Stars 2013 world tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

April 18, 2014 One of the most respected figures in Latin music, Feliciano was a legend in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences.

April 17, 2014 Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Herbie Hancock speaks at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Induction Ceremony 2013 at Harvard University. The JJA awarded the pianist with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the musicians awarded for achievement in the year 2013.

A fan holds up a giant mask of Este Haim from the rock band HAIM at Coachella.

April 15, 2014 115 shots — from HAIM to Pharrell — of the festival that kicks off the summer concert season.

Kanye West performing in New York City, 2012

April 15, 2014 Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

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