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John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.

Listen John Zorn: The Fresh Air Interview

September 3, 2013 – At 60, the composer is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before.


To kick off the new school year, we have 10 ways to make practicing more effective and a happier experience.

Watch 10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

September 3, 2013 – Easy ways to help you maximize your music practice time, regardless of age or level.

American composer Irving Berlin sings his song "God Bless America" in front of Boy Scouts troop members and spectators gathered at a tent in Monticello, New York in 1940. Instead of collecting royalties from "God Bless America," Berlin created a fund that collected and distributed them to the Boy and Girl Scouts.

Read The Shifting Identity Of 'God Bless America'

September 2, 2013 – A new book explores the evolution and co-option of Irving Berlin's enduring song.


Kathleen Hanna (center) is the frontwoman of The Julie Ruin. The band's debut album is titled Run Fast.

Watch Kathleen Hanna On Working Through Illness And Focusing Anger

September 1, 2013 – The icon behind two pioneering bands, Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, has a new project: The Julie Ruin.


Buika's latest album, her first as both the producer and performer, is titled La Noche Más Larga.

Watch Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night

August 31, 2013 – The singer's first self-produced album mirrors her journey to a new stage in her career.


Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.

Read Jazz With A Jamaican Accent KMHD

August 30, 2013 – For late summer, here are five songs inspired by the island's characteristic riddims. KMHD

Over the Rhine is the married duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The pair's new double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, is its 15th studio release.

Watch 'We Grow Songs': Over The Rhine On Making Untamed Music

August 30, 2013 – A new double album grows from the musical couple's deep and tangled roots in rural Ohio.


On June 15, the day that Pandora became a publicly traded company, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wore the company's insignia.

Read Can Streaming Services Make Money?

August 29, 2013 – Streaming services lose millions each year, but they insist that profitability is a matter of time.


Goodie Mob (from left to right, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Cee Lo Green and Khujo) at a Dodgers game the day the group's first album in 14 years was released.

Watch Goodie Mob Puts Crossover Acceptance On The Line

August 29, 2013 – The gift and the curse of the group's album is that Goodie Mob doesn't aspire to be anyone else.

Sathima Bea Benjamin in 1974.

Read How One Singer Made Four Debut Albums

August 29, 2013 – The late South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin launched her career after several false starts.

American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963.

Read The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

August 28, 2013 – It is not a marching song. It is not necessarily defiant. It is a promise.


Trent Reznor (left) of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which puts its seventh album, Hesitation Marks, out next Tuesday. Rapper Earl Sweatshirt (right) released his major label debut on Tuesday.

Watch Nine Inch Nails And Earl Sweatshirt Explore Darkness

August 28, 2013 – New albums by Nine Inch Nails and Earl Sweatshirt offer distinct visions of anxiety and isolation.

New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.

Watch Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

August 28, 2013 – New York City honors tenor Richard Tucker, a mainstay at the Met Opera for three decades.

Julia Holter's latest album is titled Loud City Song.

Watch Julia Holter's 'Loud City Song' Is A Story On Top Of A Story

August 25, 2013 – The experimental musician's latest album is loosely based on the 1958 film musical Gigi.


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