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Tuba player Bob Stewart led a quintet at the pond in the southeast corner of Central Park.

Read 30 Intimate Jazz Concerts In One Gigantic Park

November 12, 2012 – This weekend, New York's Central Park hosted 30 different groups all playing the same songs.

In Flight: Pete Townshend of The Who during a concert in 1975.

Read My Arena Rock Boycott Is Over

November 12, 2012 – After refusing to attend huge shows for 34 years, Bob Boilen is finally giving arenas a chance.

Legendary guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend composed rock operas like Tommy and Quadrophenia, and helped define rock music for generations.

Read 'Who I Am': The Public And Private Pete Townshend

November 12, 2012 – In Who I Am, Pete Townshend explores how his childhood informed his dreams of becoming an artist.


Rita reimagined classic Persian songs for her latest album, My Joys.

Watch Iran To Israel And Back To Iran: Rita's Music Goes Home

November 12, 2012 – The singer's album, My Joys, has successfully crossed borders to her homeland, despite being banned.


Nickelback's Chad Kroeger performs during halftime of a Canadian football game in Vancouver. On the band's own tours, expensive pyrotechnics are more rare.

Read Love To Hate Nickelback? Joke's On You

November 10, 2012 – The divisive band is laughing all the way to the bank.


Bob Daisley recording Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz in 1980.

Read The Week In Music: What To Read Now To Learn A Little Something

November 10, 2012 – This week we're schooled by a British dance music fan, Chad Kroeger and Ozzy Osbourne's bassist.

Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.

Read John Williams' Inevitable Themes

November 10, 2012 – Perhaps the world's most recognized contemporary composer, Williams calls retiring "unthinkable."


It's been more than 20 years since My Bloody Valentine put out the band's now legendary Loveless album.  Frontman Kevin Shields is promising a followup by the end of the year.

Watch Which Bands Should Have Another Record Out By Now?

November 9, 2012 – This week's All Songs Considered debate is all about the bands that keep us waiting for new records.

Two legendary 19th century Finnish murderers grace the cover to Kimmo Pohjonen's Murhaballadeja.

Read Squeezebox Brutality: Murder Ballads From Finland

November 9, 2012 – Accordion renegade Kimmo Pohjonen collects a series of gruesome tales on Murhaballadeja.


Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – RIP Ted Curson, a new jazz singer and the Jazz Composers Collective's modern history.

American composer Elliott Carter, circa 1975. He died this Monday at age 103.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – Lamenting Carter's death, trouble in Spokane and another award for Dudamel: what you need to read.

Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, Red, sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, the highest first-week sales total in a decade.

Read The Secret Genius Of Taylor Swift

November 9, 2012 – Taylor Swift's answer to a surprisingly tricky question: What's the best way to sell an album?


Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener as the Fugue String Quartet.

Read 'A Late Quartet': Melodrama With A Pounding Musical Heart

November 8, 2012 – Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener try to make beautiful music.

Watch Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

November 8, 2012 – Yirga finds his way into standards with a voracious talent that savors each musical flavor.


The Beatles rehearse for that night's Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963.

Read The Beatles' Surprising Contribution To Brain Science

November 8, 2012 – It's the brain's motor system, not areas involved in hearing, that helps us remember what we hear.


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