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The band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is leading the revival of an old Italian folk style called taranta, which has hypnotic rhythms meant to have restorative powers.

Read Trumpeters And Troubadours: New And Old Music From Italy

August 11, 2013 – Fresh off an Italian vacation, DJ Betto Arcos shows off some of his favorite musical finds.


Buddy Guy's new two-disc set is titled Rhythm & Blues.

Watch Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

August 6, 2013 – The 77-year-old legend's new album boasts celebrity cameos, but the jolts come with his guitarwork.


Vince Gill (left) and Paul Franklin.

Read Vince Gill And Paul Franklin Ain't 'Foolin' Around' With Bakersfield Sound

August 5, 2013 – The country-music star and steel guitarist's new album features Merle Haggard and Buck Owens covers.


Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.

Read 'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

July 30, 2013 – On the clarinetist's new album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away.


Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.

Read Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

July 27, 2013 – Sample recordings from Harold Mabern, Etienne Charles, the band Black Host and Lauren Desberg.


San Juan Bautista Mission in California, the inspiration for Kevin Puts' Symphony No. 4.

Read Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

July 24, 2013 – A trio of orchestral albums from our summer-long search for the Great American Symphony.

Sylvester's 1978 album Step II resulted in a couple of smash singles, "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)."

Watch Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight

July 16, 2013 – The disco star was not only a pioneer, but also someone with whom the times have finally caught up.


Nicole Mitchell.

Read Crystalline New Music For Flutes And Mallets

July 11, 2013 – Nicole Mitchell and Anna Webber harness melodic percussion in line with their flutes.

Jay-Z (left) and Timbaland (who produced most of the album) at the release party for Magna Carta Holy Grail July 3 in Brooklyn.

Watch Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Is A Fait Accompli

July 9, 2013 – Even on cruise control, Jay-Z is revolutionary by his very existence.

Rich Halley and his quartet play with Bobby Bradford at the Penofin Jazz Festival.

Read Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

July 9, 2013 – Rich Halley is inspired by Oregon's mountains and Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Plains.


Virginia's No BS! Brass Band adopts and ultimately expands the brass-band tradition.

Read On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose

July 8, 2013 – Virginia's No BS! Brass Band taps into, and ultimately expands, the brass-band tradition.


Personal Record is the second solo album by Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces.

Read Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things

July 8, 2013 – The Fiery Furnaces member writes songs with John Wesley Harding on her new solo album.


Pamina (Amy Carson) and Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) in Kenneth Branagh's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Read Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

July 1, 2013 – A film adaptation of the classic opera by the famed director yields mixed results.


As the title character (Melvil Poupaud) begins a new life as a woman, Laurence Anyways tracks the ups and downs of a relationship that will face more than one test.

Read Into Womanhood, With A Girlfriend Hand In Hand

June 27, 2013 – Xavier Dolan's film tracks a stormy but strong relationship through one partner's gender transition.

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