May 31, 2012 At Maryland Deathfest, a community of decibel-shattering catharsis thrives and headbangs. Meet four people who headbanged and high-fived at Maryland's Deathfest Memorial Day weekend.
The entrance to the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street in New York City.
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May 31, 2012 One of New York's most loved cabaret spaces will not return after renovations. Singer Andrea Marcovicci was kind of a lifer at the Oak Room. For 25 years she performed there, surrounded by its burnished wood panels and ornate wall sconces.
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Black Hippy are (from left) Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul.
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May 30, 2012 Solo rappers might be the norm, but one Los Angeles management company is hitting with a group.
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Doc Watson performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1, 2009.
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May 29, 2012 Doc Watson, who was called "a living national treasure" for his virtuoso flat-picking and his repertoire of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, has died. He was 89. Fresh Air remembers the blind guitar and banjo player with excepts from a 1988 interview.
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Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson in the 1960s.
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May 29, 2012 The blind folk musician from North Carolina revolutionized not just how people play guitar but the way people around the world think about mountain music. He was 89 years old.
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Tablo, also known as Dan Lee, really did earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Stanford — in less than four years.
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May 27, 2012 Two degrees from Stanford aren't your usual recipe for hip-hop credibility, but Korean rapper Tablo found success at the top of the charts. That was, until a single rumor set websites ablaze with pop-culture paranoia and conspiracy.
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Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo will finance a film about his hero, pioneering electric bassist Jaco Pastorius.
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May 25, 2012 Ralph Peterson, Neneh Cherry, the Library of Congress archives and a generous Metallica bassist.
Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb in Tokyo in May 2011.
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May 25, 2012 The Met critiques critics, Czechs conquer concerts and Zinman stays up late: all the news that's fit to link.
Greg Dulli at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City Wednesday night.
May 25, 2012 Afghan Whigs, fronted by Greg Dulli, always mixed an intense, complicated view of sexuality with a hybrid-style of rock. This week, the band played its first show in more than a decade at New York's Bowery Ballroom.
In this promotional image of the band James Farm, Joshua Redman is second from left, and Aaron Parks is to his left.
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May 25, 2012 The saxophonist performs a piece by his contemporary — a practice much rarer than you might think.
Russia's singing group Buranovskiye Babushki hold their national flag as they celebrate making it through to the Eurovision final on May 22 with Moldova's entrant, Pasha Parfeny (left), and his dancers.
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May 25, 2012 This week, Europeans can forget about the debt crisis and politics for a moment. Six grandmothers, a half-Congolese Ukrainian singer and Eleftheria Eleftheriou are competing in the international singing competition held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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The author in the pit.
May 24, 2012 Who listens to metal? Engineers, government employees and writers who wear combat boots and leather in 85-degree weather.
Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner of American Idol on Wednesday night.
May 24, 2012 American Idol crowned another guy last night who's an awful lot like the guys they've been crowning for the last four seasons.
Joey Ramone: Weightlifter.
May 24, 2012 The singer left behind a number of song fragments, now collected and cleaned up on a new album.
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Pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger says it "seems insurmountable" to develop jazz audiences in the face of the dominant culture.
May 23, 2012 Pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger urges musicians to "make money doing something else."
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