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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up!

Read Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

November 29, 2012 – A new compilation traces the history of electric blues from its rocky start through its heyday.


Austin Peralta.

Watch Austin Peralta: A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

November 29, 2012 – The death of 22-year-old pianist prematurely ended a rapidly expanding career.

Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim.

Read 'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

November 28, 2012 – Friends and songwriters Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale just released a new album of duets.


Spencer Manio in front of his office (his door is the one with the Ghostface poster) at PlayNetwork.

Read Who Picks The Music You Hear At The Mall?

November 28, 2012 – Spencer Manio tries to communicate a brand, intrigue consumers and expose people to good music.

Benjy Melendez (right) founded and led The Ghetto Brothers in the early 1970s.

Read Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns

November 28, 2012 – The group's one and only album, Power Fuerza, captures music and politics in 1970s New York City.


R. Kelly (left) as Sylvester, and Eric Lane as Twan, in Trapped in the Closet, which relaunched with new chapters last week on IFC.

Read R. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens

November 27, 2012 – The R&B singer recently unveiled new chapters in his melodramatic Trapped in the Closet series.


After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.

Read Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

November 27, 2012 – The Kennedy Center finally replaced its not-quite-up-to-the-task pipe organ.


Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977.

Read Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

November 27, 2012 – A computer science study shows that conductors play decisive roles in the performance of orchestras.


Dolly Parton, known as "The Queen of Country Music," has won eight Grammys and sold more than 100 million records.

Read After Decades Of Dreaming, Dolly Parton Says, 'Dream More'

November 27, 2012 – In her new book Dream More, Parton explains the principles behind her enormous commercial success.


The Lambreaux family meets with New Orleans city planners concerning a national jazz center.

Read 'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits WBGO

November 27, 2012 – As season three winds to a close, many regular guests of the show play a few numbers. WBGO

Lana Del Rey performs in France in July. Her album, Born To Die, came out in January, to mixed reviews.

Read A Critic Atones

November 27, 2012 – As list-making season begins, a critic looks back at her own early judgments and blind spots.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Read Joyce DiDonato: Sublime Singing Makes The Unreal Real

November 27, 2012 – Hear a celebrated mezzo-soprano sing an aria from her exceptional new recording of Baroque opera.

Le Tigre.

Watch Bedroom Dancing: Le Tigre By Accident

November 27, 2012 – A new fan recalls first hearing the band in high school, on a mixtape meant for someone else.

Teddy Wilson (center) and drummer Zutty Singleton in 1940.

Watch 100 Years Of Don Byas And Teddy Wilson

November 26, 2012 – This fall marks the centennial anniversaries of two all-time great improvisers, born in 1912.

Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist.

Read Meshell Ndegeocello Honors Simone's 'Sovereign Soul'

November 26, 2012 – The singer performs the songs of Nina Simone on her new album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine.


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