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Ne-Yo's newest album is called R.E.D.

Watch Ne-Yo On A Career Made Stronger By Missteps

December 23, 2012 – The singer says his transition from songwriter to performer was clumsy, but instructive.


Robert Glasper at SXSW in March 2012.

Read The Black Arts: Making Jazz In The Mainstream

December 20, 2012 – Breakthrough records made an ongoing conversation about jazz's place in popular music more visible.

For a Johnny Cash superfan, the 63-disc Complete Columbia Album Collection is a dream come true.

Watch Last-Minute Gift Alert: The Season In Music Box Sets

December 20, 2012 – Critic Tom Moon explains why three lavish new collections are worth your attention.


Geddy Lee of Rush performs at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2012 in Brooklyn.

Watch Loving Rush, With All My Heart And Brain

December 20, 2012 – For one nerd, mean, mean pride in the band and its election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Joe Strummer performs with his solo project, The Latino Rockabilly War, in 1989. The Clash frontman died of heart failure in December 2002.

Watch Joe Strummer's Life After Death

December 20, 2012 – The singer, co-founder and potent political voice of The Clash died 10 years ago this week.


Homeboy Sandman's fourth album is called First of a Living Breed.

Read Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind

December 19, 2012 – The New York MC gave up a promising career path to rap full time.


Stasia Irons of THEESatisfaction performs at KEXP's All Songs Considered party at The Vera Project on August 20, 2012.

Read 10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012

December 19, 2012 – Download 10 songs from public radio's favorite new artists of the year.

Music by guitarist Fields Ward appears in the new collection Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936.

Read Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To

December 19, 2012 – Critic Milo Miles says these rare old-timey songs contain "the currents of long-ago lives."


Director David Chase and Executive Producer and Music Supervisor Steve Van Zandt on the set of Not Fade Away.

Read 'Not Fade': Rock 'N' Roll, Here To Stay

December 19, 2012 – Sopranos creator David Chase enlisted Steven Van Zandt's help on a movie about a '60s band.


On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers.

Read When A Thoughtful Cellist Meets An Imaginative Composer

December 18, 2012 – Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist-composer Thomas Adès shine in a recital of disparate pieces.

Mokoomba, a rising young band of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe

Read Top 10 World Music Albums Of 2012

December 18, 2012 – This year, a youthful strain of techno-Afropop musicians stepped into the spotlight.

INTERACTIVE: BOB BOILEN'S WRISTBANDS 2012 - Wristbands, ticket stubs and badges from a few of the hundreds of shows Bob Boilen saw in 2012.

Read Bob Boilen's 243 Favorite Concerts Of 2012

December 17, 2012 – Out of 462 concerts, the ones that stuck with Bob Boilen all featured an element of surprise.

Dave Douglas' new album, Be Still, includes hymns he played at his mother's funeral service.

Read Dave Douglas: Jazz Hymns Honor A Dying Wish

December 16, 2012 – The trumpeter's new album of reinterpreted religious music is a tribute to his late mother.


Rod Stewart is a Grammy-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He has two new releases this fall: the memoir Rod and the holiday album Merry Christmas, Baby.

Watch Rod Stewart: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair

December 16, 2012 – At 67, Stewart is finally tackling two rock-star milestones: a memoir and a Christmas album.


The Stray Birds released one of the finest debuts of the year.

Read Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums Of 2012 FolkAlley

December 15, 2012 – The best folk and roots of the year, from solo musicians to stomping bands, focused on community. FolkAlley

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