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Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs in England last August. Along with five nominations for his band, Auerbach is nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical division.

Read In A Diverse World, Grammy Sticks To Its Values

February 8, 2013 – In pop's era of infinite playlists, some surprisingly traditional ideas still endure at the Grammys.


J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.

Watch Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator

February 7, 2013 – The legacy of the late hip-hop producer extended far beyond the beats he painstakingly created.

Justin Bieber on stage in December. Bieber's 2012 album Believe, despite selling over 1,000,000 copies, wasn't nominated for a single Grammy Award.

Watch Why Al Walser Got A Grammy Nomination And Justin Bieber Didn't

February 7, 2013 – The voting rules for the awards almost always leave room for disappointment or confusion.


Lena Hughes recorded one album of Southern parlor music before her death in 1998.

Read The 'Ancient Vibration' Of Parlor Music, Revived By Two Generations

February 6, 2013 – The only album ever recorded by the masterful Lena Hughes acts as a kind of time capsule.


The Pharcyde (from left to right, Tre "SlimKid3" Hardson, Romye Robinson, Emandu "Imani" Wilcox and Derrick "Fatlip" Stewart) backstage at KMEL's Summer Jam in July 1993 in Mountain View, Calif.

Watch The Bizarre 20-Year Ride Of Two Pharcydes

February 6, 2013 – In November of 1992 the unruly, exuberant quartet loosed their debut album upon the world.

Read When Your Grandfather Is The Greatest Living Jazz Drummer

February 6, 2013 – Marcus Gilmore, 25, is in high demand these days. So is his grandpa: jazz legend Roy Haynes.

Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro.

Read Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

February 6, 2013 – On a new album, Claroscuro, the clarinetist explores influences from Louis Armstrong to Latin jazz.


Reg Presley in Hamburg, circa 1965.

Watch Reg Presley, The Voice Of 'Wild Thing,' Dies

February 5, 2013 – The lead singer of The Troggs, who had a string of hits in the 1960s, was 71.


Marcos Valle in Los Angeles in 1968.

Read Reissued And Relevant, Marcos Valle's '70s Bossa Nova Returns

February 5, 2013 – Four of the Brazilian singer-songwriter's classic records are being re-released this week.


Composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose hour-long chamber opera Sumeida's Song recently appeared on recording and on stage.

Read Lean But Seen: The Joy Of Smaller Opera

February 5, 2013 – An intense yet modestly scaled opera Sumeia's Song by composer Mohammed Fairouz offers a model.

Karen Carpenter, of The Carpenters, performs in London in 1974.

Watch Remembering Karen Carpenter, 30 Years Later

February 4, 2013 – Joel Samberg makes a case for the late singer's legacy, which remains a source of disagreement.


My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher during the band's set at Coachella in 2009.

Watch Listening To My Bloody Valentine Three Ways

February 4, 2013 – Three writers spent Sunday soaking in the the band's first album in 22 years.

Read Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

February 4, 2013 – A moving essay in the New York Times by pianist Sara Davis Buechner poses many questions.

Yo La Tengo's new album is titled Fade.

Read Yo La Tengo: Decades In And Far From Fading

February 4, 2013 – The band's new album, Fade, demonstrates that Yo La Tengo is all grown up but not at all stuffy.


Beyonce performs during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.

Read The Roots Of Beyonce's Super Bowl Spectacular

February 4, 2013 – Sunday's display of imperial charisma was an illusion, but what a substantial one.

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