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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?

Watch 20 Years Ago Biz Markie Got The Last Laugh

May 6, 2013 – After Biz lost a legal battle over sampling, the mere existence of All Samples Cleared! was a win.

Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March.

Watch Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

May 4, 2013 – Three hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in 2011.

Watch 'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

May 3, 2013 – The guitarist channeled darkness into the sound of a band that exemplifies pain.

Erykah Badu answers questions on stage during the Red Bull Music Academy, a series of lectures and performances in New York City.

Read A Night Of Worship In The Church Of Badu

May 3, 2013 – Answering questions on stage in New York recently, Erykah Badu was more like a guru than a pop star.

Beyonce in her most recent Pepsi ad, which premiered her song "Grown Woman."

Watch The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?

May 3, 2013 – As a pop star, no one comes close to dominating culture and conversation the way Beyonce does.

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Listen enough, and you can even grow tired of Jeff Buckley's music. Once burnout sets in, how do you rekindle a musical love?

Watch You've Burned Out On Your Favorite Music — What Now?

May 2, 2013 – Familiarity can breed contempt. So how do you rekindle passion for the albums you once loved?

Conductor Valery Gergiev, who turns 60 today.

Watch What Do You Get Valery Gergiev For His 60th Birthday?

May 2, 2013 – If you're the conductor's friend Vladimir Putin: a resuscitated Soviet prize — and a new theater.

Savages.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

May 10, 2013 – Download new songs from British singer Laura Mvula, post-punk band Savages, Shuggie Otis and more.

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Iggy & The Stooges just released a new album, Ready to Die.

Read Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear'

May 2, 2013 – The Stooges frontman discusses living life over the edge and ways to "become a part of yesterday."

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Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig.

Watch Vampire Weekend On The Secrets Of Its New Album

May 1, 2013 – In an interview, the band talks about the long process of making Modern Vampires of The City.

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John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have returned with their first new music as Fleetwood Mac in a decade.

Watch Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play'

May 1, 2013 – Stream the band's new EP, and hear the drummer and founding member's thoughts on longevity.

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