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The-Dream performing in New York City in May.

Watch The-Dream: Why We All Need R&B

June 19, 2013 – The singer and songwriter Terius Nash says R&B is the genre that's closest to the reality of love.


Kanye West at his album listening party at Milk Studios last week in New York City.

Watch Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

June 18, 2013 – West's latest album was meant to be an event, and it's served that mission quite well.


As kids, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer were all obsessed with hip-hop and TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps.

Listen The Lonley Island: The Fresh Air Interview

June 18, 2013 – The hip-hop parody group has produced some of the funniest SNL material in recent memory.


Three of today's most fascinating violinists have new albums, including Augustin Hadelich, who pairs off with Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Read Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

June 18, 2013 – Sweet melodies by Bach and haunting sounds of Morton Feldman enliven new albums.

Even the name of J. Cole's new album, Born Sinner, is a nod to the hip-hop lineage from which he descends: Biggie > Jay > J.

Watch Don't Kill Your Idols: J. Cole Looks For His Place In Hip-Hop

June 17, 2013 – The rapper's new album, Born Sinner, is a reckoning with the hip-hop lineage from which he descends.

The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.

Watch The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

June 16, 2013 – Author Colin Fleming says early BBC sessions provide a blueprint for who the band would become.


Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.

Watch Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

June 15, 2013 – The jazz composer's latest project is an opera based on the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s.


Blake Morgan's songs were played some 28,000 times over a 90-day period on Pandora, earning $1.62 in royalties.

Read Pandora Buys A Radio Station, Songwriters' Group Calls It A 'Stunt'

June 15, 2013 – Pandora's move, an effort to get more favorable royalty rates, also has some songwriters up in arms.


Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.

Read Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

June 14, 2013 – Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other.


Dagger Beach, John Vanderslice's new album, is out this week.

Read Heartbreak Takes John Vanderslice To 'Dagger Beach'

June 14, 2013 – Isolation led the avant-indie rock veteran to new songs and an album made outside the label system.

Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey.

Watch Reflections On A Dozen Years With Abbey Lincoln

June 14, 2013 – Marc Cary came to New York City to find his father. He also found a long gig with a jazz legend.

Buika blends flamenco with African rhythms, jazz, blues and soul.

Watch Flamenco Sensation Buika Embraces Her 'Animal' Voice

June 13, 2013 – Growing up, Buika was used to people saying her voice was ugly. But that didn't stop her.


Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. His set included "Only a Pawn in Their Game," which he would also play at the 1963 March on Washington.

Read Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture

June 12, 2013 – "Only a Pawn in Their Game" suggested that Evers' killer wasn't the only one to blame for his death.


The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.

Watch The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

June 12, 2013 – One of rock's perpetual underdogs has endured and survived the irony-laden swagger of the aughts.


Boards of Canada's new album is titled Tomorrow's Harvest.

Watch Boards Of Canada Tap A Devout Following To Push New Album

June 12, 2013 – By leaking details of its new release in code, the electronic duo worked the press game backwards.


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