A rare photo of East of Underground in performance. The band formed while its members were stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
October 30, 2011 In the late 1960s and early '70s, a handful of active-duty service members formed their own pop bands, which toured and recorded with the military's official backing. Those records were long considered lost, before a few resurfaced in the past decade.
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Mono Blanco, a veteran Son Jarocho band from Veracruz, performs in Los Angeles.
October 28, 2011 Son jarocho is a musical style from the Gulf Coast of Mexico, which carries with it a culture of community and participation. In Los Angeles, Mexican-Americans have turned to son jarocho as a way of connecting with their roots — and each other.
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A screen grab from Scandal's video for "The Warrior." That's right, it's referee uniform body paint and he's keeping score on a string abacus.
October 28, 2011 Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks, co-authors of I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, pick the worst of the worst. As it happens half of them were made in 1983.
At least they're honest about it: a new compilation from Naxos.
October 28, 2011 A label comes clean about their bloody gore, the Bolshoi reopens and much more: all the news that's fit to link.
October 28, 2011 News and notes from around the web, including the new jazz standards, twentysomethings reviewed, political jazz c. 2012, A Love Supreme video, DIY touring, "jass and jassism," Lennie Tristano and happy trails to Dan Morgenstern.
Jennifer Lopez onstage at Mohegan Sun on Oct. 22 — unfortunately without her ex-lookalikes.
October 27, 2011 How can we know what's real and what is staged in the distant world of the super-famous?
Musicians, festival organizers and a union representative conducted a press conference on Monday to announce the new Winter Jazzfest agreement in the festival's premier venue, Le Poisson Rouge.
October 26, 2011 Following a dispute earlier this summer, the popular New York showcase and its performers have developed new terms of employment. On Monday, festival organizers, artists and representatives of the musicians' union announced the mutual agreement.
A displeased-looking Jeff Tweedy, onstage in 2009.
October 26, 2011 Dad rock, 'NPR Muzak' and the phenomenon of knee-jerk reactions to a genre growing up (or old?).
Paul Cross, creative director of Rocksmith, plays the game at a demonstration event in San Francisco, Calif.
October 25, 2011 A new video game makes use of that guitar that's been hibernating in your attic.
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October 24, 2011 The leather-clad, self-taught axeslinger riffs on Beethoven and Revolver's Hottest Chicks in Metal.
The Passenger is staged to juxtapose Auschwitz during the Holocaust — on the lower stage — with a chance encounter on the upper level years later.
October 24, 2011 Unearthed after 40 years of Soviet repression, Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger is packing the English National Opera.
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Soprano Anna Netrebko, right, portrays Anne Boleyn in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Anna Bolena in New York. The Met raised $182 million in in donations in its last fundraising year.
October 22, 2011 While the overall U.S. economy seems to be stuck in neutral, one bright spot is that charitable giving to the arts is up 5 percent more than last year. It's good news, but a new study cautions that much of that support serves audiences that are wealthier and whiter than the country as a whole.
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Illustration of Franz Liszt. The Hungarian composer and pianist revolutionized the art of performance.
October 22, 2011 The classical pianist, who turns 200 today, changed the art of performance forever with his over-the-top concerts, creating a craze that historians have dubbed "Lisztomania."
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October 21, 2011 News and notes from around the web, including a dustup over institutional racism in jazz journalism, the new Search and Restore, the new JazzDIY, Pete Rugolo, Rudy Van Gelder, Ari Hoenig, Jimmy Cobb, Jim Hall and jazz in D.C.
She's happy to sign, but she won't be singing: Anna Netrebko in New York on October 12, 2011 in New York City.
October 21, 2011 Anna cancels, Sir Colin knits, Vanessa-Mae goes to Chechnya and Uchida dines out: all the news that's fit to link.
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