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On May 21, Daft Punk will release Random Access Memories, the duo's first album since 2005.

Read Robots In Ecstasy: Daft Punk's 'Memories' Embraces The Pleasure Principle

May 14, 2013 – The long-awaited album from the Parisian dance music duo basks in the smooth sounds of the 1970s.

Characters Scarlett O'Connor and Gunnar Scott are young, unknown artists in Nashville, just like the songwriters behind their song, "When the Right One Comes Along."

Watch When The Right One Comes Along: How 'Nashville' Tells Stories In Song

May 13, 2013 – The songs performed on the TV show are woven into the drama, but someone has to track them down.


"Payphone" by Maroon 5 is one of the songs covered on YouTube.

Watch Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Is Starting To Pay TURNSTYLE

May 13, 2013 – Musicians, like Tyler Ward, who make videos performing covers are negotiating better revenue shares. TURNSTYLE


Attendees at the 2012 show of the National Association of Music Merchants. MIDI was first demonstrated at the NAMM show in 1983; today, it's built into most of the gear at the show.

Watch The MIDI Revolution: Synthesizing Music For The Masses

May 12, 2013 – The technology used to translate sound into digital information celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Swedish-born guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released more than two dozen albums.

Read Yngwie Malmsteen: 'I've Always Been A Little Bit Of An Extremist'

May 11, 2013 – The king of neoclassical shred guitar on being a family man and growing up on Bach and Hendrix.


Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby — but the new film's music is so bold it may as well be a character, too.

Watch 'It Led Us On A Journey': The Musical World Of 'The Great Gatsby'

May 10, 2013 – Between the Jazz Age and the hip-hop era, says music supervisor Anton Monsted, is a sliding door.


Trombonist and arranger Melba Liston is one of the women featured in a new documentary about female instrumentalists in jazz, The Girls in the Band.

Watch A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz

May 10, 2013 – As "Women in Jazz Day" officially hits New York City, here are more resources on the subject.

Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Read 'A Strict Taskmaster': 5 Ways To Play The Jazz Clarinet

May 9, 2013 – Ben Goldberg picks five legends, from legends to the present, who worked with the difficult horn.

Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.

Read Moms In Opera: 5 Women On The Edge

May 9, 2013 – Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love.

Read On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

May 8, 2013 – New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.


Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day.

Read A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made

May 8, 2013 – At the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, music happened during, around and afterwards.

Read Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

May 7, 2013 – Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe are all the more compelling as a trio.


Pianist James Rhodes.

Watch Do You Have To Nearly Kill Yourself To Be A Musician?

May 7, 2013 – A pianist ponders how far he's gone to learn to play his instrument — and suggests you try, too.

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City in November 1993.

Read MTV's Musical Legacy: How 'Unplugged' Sold The Radio Star

May 7, 2013 – The original MTV VJs explain how revolutionary spinning records on television wasn't.

Harry Connick, Jr. (center) with the final four contestants on season 12 of American Idol. From left: Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison.

Watch Can You Define 'Good' Singing?

May 6, 2013 – Does perfect technique make a flawless song? Can emotion be learned?

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