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The New York City Opera let its final curtain fall Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a production of Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Read Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

October 2, 2013 – After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down.

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Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now.

Watch Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

September 30, 2013 – Lorde's hit "Royals" is just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from her pop peers.

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Katy Perry (left) and Miley Cyrus at the Pre-Grammy Gala in February.

Watch Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Is No. 1, But Is It A Real Hit?

September 30, 2013 – On a chart with a history of one-off and faddish No. 1 hits, the song is part of a long tradition.

Vocalist Brianna Thomas and Michael Mwenso sang a duet of "Don't Blame Me" for the web series Capsulocity.

Watch The Jazz Documentarian Who Won The Lottery

September 29, 2013 – With a little luck, singer Brandon Bain decided to capture young New York jazz talent on video.

Drake at 106 & Park on Monday.

Watch Drizzy Sings The Blues

September 28, 2013 – Drake's magic is his ability to mix blues confessionalism with a take-it-or-leave it inauthenticity.

The electronic band Chvrches comprises Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty (center) and Iain Cook.

Read Chvrches Talks Technology (And 'Ghostbusters')

September 28, 2013 – The synth-pop trio from Glasgow, Scotland, is one of this year's success stories.

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Gabe Baltazar (fourth from left) at New York City's Birdland Club in 1962, with members of Stan Kenton's band and the Count Basie Orchestra. The photo, from Baltazar's collection, is signed by Kenton (fourth from from right) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (second from right).

Read 'If It Swings': An Asian-American Jazzman's Pioneering Career

September 28, 2013 – Gabe Baltazar's career began in the shadow of WWII, amid smoldering anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S.

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The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.

Watch Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

September 26, 2013 – A new compilation collects Shadow Morton's hits for The Shangri-Las, Iron Butterfly and Janis Ian.

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On September 29, 1998, Outkast's Aquemini came out the same day as A Tribe Called Quest's The Love Movement, Brand Nubian's The Foundation and Jay-Z's Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life.

Read The Choice Is Yours: 10 Great Rap Release Dates Of The 1990s

September 25, 2013 – The fat spectrum of hip-hop music released in the '90s made Tuesdays a day of tough decisions.

Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013.

Read In New Afro-Cuban Music, Ancient Tradition Meets Future Shock

September 24, 2013 – After 30 years, Michele Rosewoman and Francisco Mora-Catlett recorded their otherworldly Latin jazz.

?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost.

Watch ?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

September 22, 2013 – Costello and The Roots have forged one of the more unusual, invigorating partnerships of the year.

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The Whisky a Go Go club on the storied Sunset Strip, once the hub L.A.'s music scene, acknowledged the May 2013 death of The Doors' keyboardist on its marquee: "Rest In Peace Ray Manzarek, Thanks for the Memories."

Read Walking The Sunset Strip, A Fading Beacon Of Cool

September 21, 2013 – The future of the district where The Doors and Jane's Addiction launched careers is in question.

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Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.

Read Leonard Bernstein's Unconventional 'Anxiety'

September 21, 2013 – For conductor Marin Alsop, Bernstein's Age of Anxiety is a musical quest into life's big questions.

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In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.

Read Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers WBGO

September 20, 2013 – The soprano tells WBGO that studying jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs. WBGO

The Sacred Steel tradition is an integral part of worship. From the House of God Keith Dominion Church, Aubrey Ghent (pictured) helped revive the style in 1990s.

Watch Sacred Strings Guide Gospel Through Thunder And Steel

September 18, 2013 – For the Church of the Living God in Toccopola, Miss., the lap steel guitar channels a divine voice.

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