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The Mallett Brothers Band is, from left to right, Brian Higgins, Wally Wenzel, Luke Mallett, Will Mallett, Nate Soule and Nick Leen.

Watch How Much Does Crowd Funding Cost Musicians?

November 23, 2012 – Two bands add up what they've spent while asking you for money.


For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967.

Read Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

November 21, 2012 – This Friday, independent record stores will offer new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl.

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

Read Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center Jazz24

November 21, 2012 – Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction. Jazz24

Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Read Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

November 21, 2012 – The composer has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic.


A still from the video for "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch It Isn't (Just) Ironic: In Defense Of The Hipster

November 20, 2012 – A rising hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis helps refute the idea that irony dominates youth culture.

Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s.

Read The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

November 21, 2012 – A new 10-CD box set collects the complete works of the colossus who straddled jazz and blues.


The Insect Trust.

Watch The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

November 20, 2012 – Free jazzers, hippie rockers and country-blues musicians made up this ragtag late-'60s band.


The L.A. duo Foxygen just released a new song, "Shuggie," which Philadelphia's WXPN quickly embraced.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

November 20, 2012 – Download new music from Foxygen, bassist Marcus Miller, folk singer Rayna Geller and more.

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.


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