Cellist Yo-Yo Ma turns 60. What musical adventure will he try next?
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October 7, 2015 Sample the musically omnivorous cellist's wide-ranging work — from J.S. Bach to modern invocations of ancient folk traditions.
David Gilmour (left) and Polly Samson, who have been married since 1994 and have collaborated on songs for albums by Gilmour and Pink Floyd.
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October 7, 2015 Watch the striking, animated video for David Gilmour's "The Girl in the Yellow Dress," from his new album Rattle That Lock. The song features lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.
Festivalgoers at TomorrowWorld Electronic Music Festival in 2013.
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October 6, 2015 Do the struggles at SFX Entertainment reflect the challenges of turning the dance-music experience into big business? Or is it something bigger?
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. Last month, Iron Maiden released its 16th album, The Book of Souls.
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October 5, 2015 A year after his diagnosis with cancer, the lead singer of Iron Maiden talks about recovery, mortality and the band's 16th album, The Book of Souls.
King Mez, of Raleigh, North Carolina, through Baltimore, in Los Angeles now.
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October 2, 2015 The Raleigh native's trajectory is both exceptional and what should always be the result of the combination of clear-minded determination and the exercise of god-given talent.
Mac Miller in Los Angeles in September. Note the Beats, Rhymes And Life tattoo on his right wrist.
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September 29, 2015 "It's liberating to realize you have the freedom to make mistakes. You have the time," says the Pittsburgh rapper, who lifted himself out of a dark period. "Because you're so small."
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Galactic brings the bounce to Portland's Crystal Ballroom, which has one of the few remaining spring-loaded dance floors in the country.
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September 29, 2015 Portland's Crystal Ballroom has one of the few remaining spring-loaded dance floors in the country. It's put a spring in the step of jitterbuggers, Grateful Dead fans and EDM dancers alike.
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Tyler, the Creator joins former rival A$AP Rocky as well as Danny Brown and Vince Staples on tour.
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September 24, 2015 Once at opposite ends of the hip-hop spectrum, two young rappers join forces for an unlikely tour.
Ryan Adams' latest release is a song-for-song cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album.
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September 24, 2015 Adams' 1989 recognizes a rock lineage born of a woman. He's not legitimizing Swift's work – he's figuring out how her voice can validate and include his.
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Bad artist biographies don't exactly excite or engage audiences.
September 17, 2015 Artist biographies on websites, in concert programs and press releases are often deadly dull and irrelevant. Why not use them as vehicles for insight and engagement?
Black Violin's new album is called Stereotypes.
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September 17, 2015 As Black Violin, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste say they're merely demonstrating what two music styles with traditionally disparate audiences have in common.
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Indian composer A.R. Rahman performing in Mumbai in February 2014.
September 15, 2015 A Muslim group in Mumbai has issued a religious edict against Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman — because he scored an Iranian film chronicling the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
Jill Scott's Woman is out now.
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September 13, 2015 Scott's fifth studio album draws on influences from the Beach Boys and Aretha Franklin — and much self-reflection. "I've been doing a lot of stewing," she says. "I've been making stews out of music."
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You know Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, but his new album, Higher Truth, is a solo project.
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September 13, 2015 Cornell will never not be that guy from Soundgarden, but three decades after the dawn of Seattle punk, his life is in a different place — and his music has followed suit.
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Zach Condon (center) began writing and recording under the name Beirut as a teenager in New Mexico.
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September 11, 2015 Ten years after Gulag Orkestar, the extravagantly arrayed breakthrough album he wrote as a teenager, Condon says he's finally learning how to be subtle.
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