Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2003 and 2011, aging well.
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December 18, 2011 Kurt Andersen writes in Vanity Fair about the recycling of culture, and specifically, how the 90s, '00s and today look incredibly similar. He's not wrong, says Sarah Handel. But it's also not entirely a bad thing.
Vocalist Mfa-Kera and guitarist Mike Russell performing from their album Talking Africa.
November 14, 2011 This month's music tip looks at vocalist Mfa-Kera and guitarist Mike Russell's latest album release, Talking Africa. The duo will be performing this Friday at Quasimodo.
June 1, 2011 The new book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song, explores many questions including: Do other species enjoy music? The Thai Elephant Orchestra and Snowball the Cockatoo offer proof that they can.
Ever come across this scene while shopping?
April 20, 2011 Aside from fancy eateries and concert venues, clothing stores also provide music from live musicians... Or, at least, Nordstrom does. But some in-store piano players are getting laid off in L.A. Could the reduction in these musicians signify a cultural change?
March 17, 2011 Soul-jazz lost one of its pioneers Tuesday. Melvin Sparks died at his home in Mount Vernon New York. He was one of the originators of the genre, and then again enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s.
With a combination of a violin and trumpet in hand, this street musician shouldn't have a problem competing for customers with others.
January 13, 2011 Buskers are all around -- we see (and hear) them on street corners and underground while waiting for a train. But what does it take for them to draw in a crowd and keep gigs entertaining? A street cellist lays down some rules for street performers.
January 5, 2011 Tweets may be a dime a dozen, but many people seem to be hanging on every last one of Kanye West's sporadic 140 character blurbs. Josh Groban is the latest fan -- and he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to sing his favorites.
Rick Astley never really gave up anything, until he was offered the chance to cover Roy Orbison's famous song "Pretty Woman" for the movie of the same name.
December 30, 2010 In the late 80s, British pop singer Rick Astley of "Never Gonna Give You Up" fame turned down the opportunity to cover Roy Orbison's classic track for the movie Pretty Woman. He regrets the decision, but learned a lesson in the process.
Ok Go performing "What to Do" -- through the use of only bells -- off their self-titled debut album.
Ciro Boro - photo/flickr
December 16, 2010 If there's one band that music fans may recognize more for their videos than music. it's Ok Go. They've danced, marched, and jumped creative ways -- and now have the viral video formula down pretty well. But is it worth the effort in the long run?
There's one artist you're bound to find on any list: the latest act more famous for ‘being big on Twitter’ than selling records.
December 8, 2010 It's December again -- the month of many festivities, shopping, and of course, "Best Albums of the Year" lists. They're anywhere and everywhere, and at times, a bit overwhelming. Not to worry -- Vice Magazine offers a list to sort out the rest.
December 8, 2010 Willow Smith inspired young girls with her hit, "Whip My Hair." Now, the Astronomical Kid (nee Brian Bradley) is rallying for black women to have a similar moment -- specifically, his mom. Check out "Stop Looking At My Mom."
November 3, 2010 The release of Lil’ Wayne from Rikers Island prison Thursday has former President Bill Clinton eager for the young rapper to get on with his life.
August 31, 2010 The Georgia Theatre in Athens burned from the inside out in 2009. Owner Wilmot Greene is rebuilding, balancing historic building requirements with 2011 building codes. He's hopeful about reopening soon, and bringing in some cash.
Louis Armstrong, Newport Jazz Festival, 1955
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August 16, 2010 He photographed the greats and gave jazz a visual style.
Romanian Antheneum, Bucharest, Romania, 2007
August 10, 2010 Anton Gutman dreamed of being a singer. And while he never made it to worldwide opera houses, his grandson, a photographer, did.
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