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Tabu Ley Rochereau performing at a 2003 festival in Hertme, Netherlands.

Watch Remembering A Congolese Rumba King

December 2, 2013 – Tabu Ley Rochereau, who ruled dance floors across Africa, died in Belgium on Saturday.

Djuro Zivkovic's On the Guarding of the Heart has won the Grawemeyer award for music composition.

Watch Serbian Composer Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize

December 1, 2013 – Hear On the Guarding of the Heart, the piece that earned the award for the Serbian-born composer.

Steve Swallow switched from acoustic bass to bass guitar in 1970, and hasn't looked back.

Watch The Electric Bassist With An In-House Composer

November 28, 2013 – When Steve Swallow met Carla Bley, he was still playing acoustic, and she was married to his mentor.


The Beatles in 1965.

Read At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

November 27, 2013 – It was no easy task for Kevin Howlett to track down all 53 BBC appearances for an extensive book.


Composer William Jay Sydeman, whose first major orchestral premiere was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.

Read As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

November 26, 2013 – Meet the man whose music premiered on one of the saddest days of the Boston Symphony — and the U.S.

Edgar Quintero of the band Los Bukanas de Culiacan likens what he does in the narcocorrido genre to gangster rap.

Watch AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen

November 26, 2013 – Narco Cultura looks at violence by Mexico's drug cartels and the popular culture it has inspired.


Bun B getting ready to take the stage with the Houston Symphony two days after this interview took place.

Watch Bun B On Janis Joplin, UGK's Label Struggles And His Voice

November 25, 2013 – The musician from Port Arthur, Texas, also speaks about his drive, Ed O.G. and the meaning of trill.


In Penderecki's music there is a struggle between melody and dissonance.

Read The Sound of Struggle Tempered With Terror: Penderecki At 80

November 23, 2013 – Discover the great Polish composer's haunting, viscerally dramatic music in a Penderecki primer.

Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962.

Read Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

November 23, 2013 – To mark Britten's centennial, Marin Alsop discovers the composer via his blood-soaked War Requiem.


A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.

Read Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

November 19, 2013 – Britain's artistic idol would be 100 this Friday. We've got your cheat sheet to his music.

Garret Klahn of Texas Is The Reason performing in London this summer during the band's reunion tour.

Read A Rational Conversation: Is Emo Back?

November 18, 2013 – If it is, what kind of emo has returned? Is it the beloved or the maligned parts? And who cares?

John Digweed, shown here performing in August at Electric Zoo, was one of the biggest names at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last weekend.

Read Business As Usual At The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

November 14, 2013 – One of the electronic-dance calendar's more curious weekends still doesn't have much personality.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.

Read '12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music

November 13, 2013 – The film holds a semi-submerged narrative about music feeding both racism and the fight against it.

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