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Schoolhouse Rock!, the series of educational shorts that ran on Saturday mornings in the 1970s and '80s, is 40 this year.

Watch The Voice Of 'Schoolhouse Rock' On The Series At 40

January 6, 2013 – Bob Dorough composed, conducted and sang much of the music in the beloved children's series.


Antibalas was founded in 1998 by baritone sax player Martin Perna (far right, in hat) and is fronted by singer-percussionist Amayo (center, in head wrap). The group has seen many lineup changes in its decade and a half together.

Read Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen

January 6, 2013 – The band relies on two things to play well: tropical temperatures and a relaxed pace.


Bikini Kill performs in Washington, D.C., in the 1990s.

Watch Bikini Kill Rises Again, No Less Relevant

January 5, 2013 – The 1990s punk group is giving listeners a second chance to hear the music — and its message.


Professor Longhair performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, circa 1970.

Read Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor

January 5, 2013 – Any Big Easy pianist worth his fingers owes a debt to Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair.


Emel Mathlouthi

Watch Emel Mathlouthi: Voice Of The Tunisian Revolution

January 5, 2013 – One of her songs became an anthem for protesters in her homeland during the December 2010 uprising.


The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.

Read The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan

January 4, 2013 – Laina Dawes has loved heavy metal since she was 8, but her peers haven't always loved her back.


Patti Page — known for such songs as "Tennessee Waltz" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" — is seen here in 1958. Page died Tuesday at age 85.

Watch Patti Page, Who Dominated The '50s Pop Charts, Dies

January 3, 2013 – Page had one of the biggest-selling singles ever with her version of "The Tennessee Waltz."


In Bernie, Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.

Listen Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

January 1, 2013 – Actor Jack Black plays a funeral director who murders his live-in companion in Bernie.


Ed Sheeran.

Watch Ed Sheeran: All Pluses, No Minuses

January 2, 2013 – The rising British singer-songwriter talks about his do-it-yourself beginnings and his new album.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the science-fiction thriller Looper.

Read 'Looper': A World Of Musical Clicks And Pops

January 1, 2013 – Composer Nathan Johnson crafted the film's score by immersing himself in its nonmusical sounds.


Natalie Maines performing in April.

Read Hearing A Mother's Song After Tragedy

January 1, 2013 – In her cover of the song, Natalie Maines takes the sting out of Pink Floyd's accusatory "Mother."

In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.

Read Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall? MPR

January 1, 2013 – Contentious negotiations and financial woes have plagued many American orchestras this year. MPR


Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.

Read Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2012

December 31, 2012 – Hear and see the artistry of fine classical musicians who passed away in 2012.

Miguel, whose album Kaleidoscope Dream was released in 2012, is nominated for five Grammy Awards.

Watch Miguel: An 'Honest Introduction' To An R&B Star

December 31, 2012 – The Grammy-nominated singer says his 2012 breakout is the introduction he's waited a decade for.


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