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In November 1964, Betty Kelly, Martha Reeves and Rosalind Ashford (aka Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were at the top of the charts with their hit "Dancing in the Street."

Watch How 'Dancing In The Street' Became A Protest Anthem

July 7, 2013 – Mark Kurlansky's book tells the story of how one song became the anthem of 1960s protests.


Fulcrum Acoustic engineer Rich Frembes (left) and founder Dave Gunness pose in their workshop. The company produces more than 2,000 speakers a year, often testing and tweaking the units obsessively to meet each client's specific needs.

Read Small-Town Audio Geeks Bring Big Sounds To The Dance Floor

July 7, 2013 – Fulcrum Acoustic speakers are in some of the hottest clubs in Hollywood, Las Vegas and Singapore.


Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J make of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, seen here in their stage makeup in 1999.

Read Finding Meaning In The Mosh Pit

July 6, 2013 – Nathan Rabin follows the followers in a new book about the fans of Phish and Insane Clown Posse.


Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960.

Read Patriotism And Protest: Jazz For July 4

July 4, 2013 – Improvised takes on American patriotic songs range from the reverent to the ironic.

Conductor JoAnn Falletta.

Read The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

July 3, 2013 – Conductor JoAnn Falletta asks: Does a great American symphony even have to be a symphony?


A still from Miley Cyrus' video for her song "We Can't Stop," directed by Diane Martel.

Watch When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste

July 3, 2013 – Recent hits by Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus live at the juncture where simple fun turns dangerous.

A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.

Watch New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

July 3, 2013 – On July 4, Jay-Z will release an album to smart phone users three days before it sees wider release.


The Memphis pop band Big Star (composed at one point of, from left to right, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton) would eventually be acknowledged as a significant force among purveyors of power-pop — though not until years after the group's demise.

Read For Power-Pop Fans, The Woeful Ballad Of 'Big Star'

July 2, 2013 – The cult band Big Star never fully earned its name until years after it fell apart.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich?

Read In Search Of The Great American Symphony

July 2, 2013 – If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony?

Dayna Stephens.

Read An Improviser Learns The Art Of Patience

July 2, 2013 – For saxophonist Dayna Stephens, serenity has been a key to dealing with a rare kidney disease.

Icona Pop, whose "I Love It" was released last summer, only recently moved into the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.

Watch The Slow Hit Movement: Year-Old Songs On The Pop Charts

June 29, 2013 – Some hits don't shoot up the charts, they march, as they crossover, set off a meme or land on TV.

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.

Watch Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

June 28, 2013 – Underlying the sweetness of the unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.


Bosnian Rainbows, left to right: Deantoni Parks, Teri Gender Bender, Nicci Kasper, Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The band's self-titled debut comes out Tuesday.

Read Bosnian Rainbows: Carving Out A New Place In Latin Rock

June 28, 2013 – The new band brings together two of the most talented musicians in Latin rock.


Kid Rock performs in Las Vegas.

Read Kid Rock Takes On The Scalpers

June 27, 2013 – Kid Rock has a plan to get more of his tickets into the hands of true fans.


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