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An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Read Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

November 19, 2012 – A leading conductor and an author explain the resonances behind a famous phrase in music.


Bill Withers onstage in 1973.

Read Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

November 19, 2012 – Since the singer's 1971 debut, he has had nine albums, all of which are now available in a box set.


Willie Nelson has recorded more than 100 albums and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Read Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts

November 18, 2012 – The 79-year-old country singer's new memoir collects his thoughts from long stretches on tour.


DJ Shadow's latest release is the career-spanning, limited-edition box set Reconstructed.

Watch DJ Shadow On Sampling As A 'Collage Of Mistakes'

November 17, 2012 – The hip-hop producer says he loves scouring old records in search of "accidental brilliance."


Also this week Rihanna began her 7 countries, 7 days, 7 shows tour. You may have heard about it, #rihannaplane. Here she is in the cockpit before the first flight.

Read The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Post Everything

November 17, 2012 – Read three pieces about conversations between musicians and people heavily engaged with their work.

Mick Jagger says "Gimme Shelter" is about a "world closing in on you."

Watch Mick Jagger On The Apocalyptic 'Gimme Shelter'

November 16, 2012 – The 1969 song is about a "world closing in on you" — and it still speaks to us today.


Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Watch Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

November 16, 2012 – Sibling duo Jesse & Joy won four awards, including record and song of the year for "¡Corre!"


Miguel, in a still from the video for "The Thrill," performed live at Different Fur Studios.

Watch First Watch: Miguel, 'The Thrill (Live)'

November 15, 2012 – This live in-studio performance distills the best parts of the R&B singer into a single video.

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.

Read The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records KMHD

November 15, 2012 – Known for rock, the Chicago-based record label has often embraced creative improvised music. KMHD

Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.

Listen Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

November 15, 2012 – Ambient music composer William Basinski's masterpiece is the sound of audio tapes falling apart.

Charlie Watts says "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones' 1965 hit, "sums up the whole period" in the band's development.

Watch Charlie Watts On What Makes 'Satisfaction' So Satisfying

November 14, 2012 – The Rolling Stones' drummer says the 1965 hit "sums up the whole period" in the band's development.


Read An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran

November 14, 2012 – The country-music star has enlisted the likes of Merle Haggard to salute the prolific songwriter.


Don't dare besmirch the good name of Carly Rae Jepsen.

Watch The Good Listener: What To Enjoy And How To Enjoy It

November 14, 2012 – We answer questions about snobbery, Taylor Swift, avoiding enemies and teaching kids about Phish.

Herb Alpert (left) and Jerry Moss, who founded A&M Records in Alpert's garage in 1962.

Watch A&M Records: Independent, With Major Appeal

November 14, 2012 – The eclectic label, which stayed independent for nearly 30 years, celebrates its 50th anniversary.


Guitarist and songwriter Keith Richards calls "Street Fighting Man" one of his favorite Rolling Stones songs.

Watch Keith Richards: 'These Riffs Were Built To Last A Lifetime'

November 13, 2012 – The guitarist and songwriter calls "Street Fighting Man" one of his favorite Rolling Stones songs.


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