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Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965.

Read A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall

December 15, 2012 – An educator and activist for decades, Myrlie Evers-Williams is fulfilling a long-held musical dream.

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Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.

Read Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

December 15, 2012 – The Dutch violinist and conductor is one of the most successful classical artists in history.

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The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here.

Read 5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

December 14, 2012 – These recordings range from deep meditation on the Christian narrative to more offbeat celebration.

In 2012, the British MC Chunky (left) began working as a producer and made one of our favorite tracks of the year.

Listen Top 10 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

December 14, 2012 – A sampler of the many genres — garage, techno, house and bass music — that made us want to move.

The cover of Sofrito: International Soundclash, a compilation of Tropical music recently released by the Strut label.

Read Now That's What I Call A Compilation

December 13, 2012 – In the Internet era, single-artist albums are suffering, but compilations are thriving.

Virtually every genre of music yields enough new material to overwhelm even the most dedicated listener.

Watch Learning To Love Music You Don't Know

December 13, 2012 – How do you get into forbidding genres when you're coming in cold? Tips on approachable entry points.

The Vijay Iyer Trio is Marcus Gilmore (left, drums), Iyer (center, piano) and Stephan Crump (right, bass).

Read Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Dancing in rhythm, and exemplifying creativity, here are 10 records which belong to a great lineage.

Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012.

Listen Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Ten albums released this year that you absolutely, positively won't want to miss.

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Holly Herndon.

Read Top 10 Outer Sound Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Fractured grooves got the noise kids dancing and we went heavy on deconstructing tape loops in 2012.

Asphyx.

Read Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – From straight-up death to a bluegrass 'n' black hybrid, these are the metal LPs that hurt so good.

The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday at age 92.

Read 5 Essential Ravi Shankar Recordings

December 12, 2012 – Ravi Shankar was an intrepid musical explorer. Hear five of his collaborations you must know.

Robin Thicke performs in Feburary. His song, "Another Life" leaked on the Internet this summer, but didn't land on the charts.

Watch Top 5 Slept-On R&B Songs Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – Many singers made great R&B away from the mainstream this year. Here are five worth your attention.

The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967.

Read Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

December 14, 2012 – TV critic David Bianculli reviews a new documentary about the 1967 Beatles film.

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Ke$ha's new album is titled Warrior.

Read Ke$ha: A 'Warrior' In Search Of Legitimacy

December 12, 2012 – On her new album, the pop star tries to show that she's not just in the business for the money.

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Ravi Shankar circa 1960 in the U.K.

Watch Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies

December 12, 2012 – The sitar master and composer worked with George Harrison, Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass and more.

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