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Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.

Read Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical

October 24, 2013 – From pulsating techno to a sublime adagio, what happens when two opposite musical realms collide.

Arcade Fire on Saturday night in Bushwick. Win Butler on the left, Richard Reed Parry on the right.

Watch Arcade Fire In The Throes Of Transformation

October 23, 2013 – The masquerading group that played Brooklyn this weekend was not the Arcade Fire of days past.

Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.

Watch Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

October 23, 2013 – Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating?

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band's Robbie Robertson (from left to right) onstage in 1976. The performance was filmed for Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz.

Read Do We Really Need Bob Dylan And Van Morrison Box Sets?

October 22, 2013 – Outtakes can enlarge our understanding of canonical work — but they're not always essential.


Read Do Surprise Album Releases Work For Everyone?

October 21, 2013 – An industry vet weighs the pros and cons of musicians dropping albums with little warning.

Chic in 1977. From left to right, Bernard Edwards, Norma Jean Wright, Nile Rodgers and Tony Thompson.

Read How To Read This Year's Rock Hall Nominations

October 19, 2013 – It's official: Chic cofounder and sole survivor Nile Rodgers is now the Rock Hall's Susan Lucci.

D'Angelo in his video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," right, and Brendon Urie, in Panic! at the Disco's video for "Girls/Girls/Boys."

Watch Still-Unanswered Questions In 'Untitled' Video Remake

October 18, 2013 – An imitation of D'Angelo's 2000 clip cannily inserts race into a song about bisexuality.

Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.

Read Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

October 17, 2013 – Bob James' proto-smooth jazz featured infectious melodies and riffs — as rap producers know well.

Hoobastank has sold more than 10 million albums. Does it really matter what you call your band?

Read How Do I Name My Band, Anyway?

October 17, 2013 – Hoobastank has sold more than 10 million albums. Does it really matter what you call your band?

Onyx in an undated photo. From left to right, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Suave and Big DS.

Watch The Year Onyx's 'Slam' Crashed Pop Radio

October 17, 2013 – In 1993 Onyx's raucous single became a hit at MTV and pop radio, signaling a media change of heart.


Ben Zion Shenker (right) is a world-renowned composer in the Modzitzer tradition of Chasidic Judiaism.

Watch The Greatest Living Figure Of Chasidic Music

October 16, 2013 – Brooklynite Ben Zion Shenker, 88, is among the most emblematic composers in his tradition.


Pusha T.

Watch Pusha T On A Tribe Called Quest, His Frustrations And Pharrell (Part 2)

October 16, 2013 – "If we're talking about the streets — we can't just glorify it. We have to tell the whole story."


Paul McCartney's latest album, New, is out now.

Watch What Makes Paul McCartney Nervous?

October 15, 2013 – The former Beatle tells NPR's Robert Siegel that a little insecurity can be an artist's best friend.


Wild Tales, by Graham Nash

Read Graham Nash: The Fresh Air Interview

October 15, 2013 – Nash discusses the influence of Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and marijuana on his career.


Elwood Cornett is the  moderator, the church's term for preacher, of the entire Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptists.

Watch Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel

October 15, 2013 – Old Regular Baptists in Appalachia still sing a mournful, soaring type of call-and-response hymns.


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