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The New Wave Of Cartoon Bands

Anime character Hatsune Miku is part of the new generation of virtual bands achieving real success.

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Major Trove Of Classical Music Manuscripts For Sale

The group of original scores, costing $135 million, reads like a greatest hits of classical music.

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Grind And Shine: Shabazz Palaces And THEESatisfaction

We sat down with the city's most enigmatic groups in Capitol Hill, the hub of Seattle nightlife.

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Deceptive Cadence

Bernard Herrmann At 100: Master Of The Movie Score

With his unorthodox orchestrations and harmonies, Hermann changed the way we heard film music.

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Why We Like Singing Talent Shows So Much

New variations on Idol remind us we actually like our pop stars a little weird.

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