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A Chinese and a North Korean embrace in a pledge of everlasting (political) love. From Raid on the White Tiger Regiment, 1971.

Read Amazingly Odd Operas From Revolutionary China

April 26, 2013 – Explore the extravagant, but politically dogmatic, operas of China's Cultural Revolution.

Elliott Wilson (left) and Tyler The Creator Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom.

Read The Tyler Interview: Silly, But With A Purpose

April 26, 2013 – In front of a paying audience, Tyler was flippantly entertaining and surprisingly vulnerable.

Sturgill Simpson performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Sturgill Simpson On Mountain Stage

April 26, 2013 – The former Sunday Valley frontman plays outlaw country songs from his solo debut, High Top Mountain.


Still from Dragged Into Sunlight's set at Maryland Deathfest

Watch Embrace The Darkness: Dragged Into Sunlight Live At Maryland Deathfest

April 26, 2013 – The skin-crawling, multi-sensory set from the U.K. metal band gets the horror film treatment.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Ultimate Soloist

April 26, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Pat Metheny.

Listen Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

April 26, 2013 – The ever-evolving guitarist plays Ornette Coleman with a joyous, carnivalesque groove on Piano Jazz.

George Jones in the late 1980s.

Read Country Star George Jones Dies

April 26, 2013 – Starting in 1959 and for decades after, Jones recorded some of country's greatest songs. He was 81.


"Any show that's any good is much better a month later," Davie Hyde Pierce says of Broadway critics who only show up the first night. "And if it's been done right, it's way better a year later, but such is life."

Listen David Hyde Pierce On 'Song Travels'

April 26, 2013 – The TV and Broadway star performs his favorite standards and talks Beethoven, rap and Spamalot.


Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN.

Read Jazzahead! Highlights: 5 New Bands From Europe WBGO

April 26, 2013 – More than 20,000 jazz fans and industry types descend upon Bremen's discovery-intensive festival. WBGO

Jonny Fritz's third solo album, after two under the alias Jonny Corndawg, is called Dad Country.

Watch Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal

April 25, 2013 – On his new album, the Nashville songwriter once known as Jonny Corndawg reveals a more serious side.


Blue Yonder performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Blue Yonder On Mountain Stage

April 25, 2013 – The West Virginia trio fuses country, honky-tonk and jazz during this home-state live performance.


Sons of Fathers.

Read Sons Of Fathers: Texas Rockers, Inspired By Their Dads WXPN

April 25, 2013 – The raucous, rootsy folk-rock duo performs songs from its most recent album, Burning Days. WXPN


Allison Miller leads Boom Tic Boom at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Listen Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet WBGO

April 25, 2013 – Players pair off and rejoin, chase each other and catch up at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. WBGO


How much should parents feel responsible for making sure their kids hear Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?

Watch Should Parents Try To Get Their Kids Into Great Music?

April 25, 2013 – Parents pass down countless behavioral and cultural inheritances. What about their musical tastes?

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