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The show Portlandia recently featured a skit titled "The Battle Of The Gentle Bands." Portland will host the Quiet Music Festival this weekend.

Watch Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

May 31, 2013 – The festival gained fame after a skit on Portlandia featured the Battle Of The Gentle Bands.

Valerie June's first album, Pushin' Against A Stone, will be out in August.

Read Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original

May 31, 2013 – Few musicians find a way to make music that sounds old but feels new. Here are five who do.

Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.

Read Jazz Pianist And Pedagogue Mulgrew Miller Dies

May 29, 2013 – The former Jazz Messenger's supple, commanding style can be heard on more than 500 albums.

Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week in stores, the second highest total for any  new album in 2013.

Watch What It Means When 'Hip' Albums Top The Charts

May 29, 2013 – Are the new albums by Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk the hippest to ever top the charts back to back?

Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."

Read Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

May 28, 2013 – Guthrie's relationship with his home state is complicated. A new space aims to change that.

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An image from the 2013 production of Le Sacre du Printemps by the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, reflects the hard jumps and stamps of Vaslav Nijinsky's original choreography.

Read Then The Curtain Opened: The Bracing Impact Of Stravinsky's 'Rite'

May 25, 2013 – The ballet premiered in 1913, provoking a response just as striking as the music and dance.

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Georges Moustaki with Edith Piaf in New York in 1958. Moustaki wrote the lyrics to "Milord," one of Piaf's biggest hits.

Watch Georges Moustaki, Who Wrote Songs For Edith Piaf, Dies

May 23, 2013 – He was known for infusing French song with sounds from around the world.

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Henri Dutilleux, a leading French composer and unique voice in new music, has died at age 97.

Watch Henri Dutilleux, Leading French Composer, Dies At 97

May 22, 2013 – The composer will be remembered for a small quantity of perfectly realized, richly textured works.

The video for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's newly released song starts by re-creating the conditions of his captivity during the 81 days he was held in police detention in 2011, and later dissolves into a dystopian nightmare.

Read China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal

May 22, 2013 – Ai Weiwei has created a protest song and video out of his 81 days in police detention.

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Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.

Watch The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

May 21, 2013 – Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at 74.

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Former bandmates Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin, seen here on stage at Univision's 2013 Premio Lo Nuestro awards celebration, reunite on Rosa's new album, Vida.

Watch Draco Rosa: A Pop Survivor Returns From The Brink, With Friends

May 18, 2013 – When the songwriter and former teen idol fell ill, Latin music's biggest names offered support.

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Watch Andris Nelsons Named Music Director Of The Boston Symphony

May 16, 2013 – The announcement puts an end to years of uncertainty at the storied orchestra.

Chris Yerga, engineering director for Android at Google Inc., speaks at the company's I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Read Google Launches A Streaming Music Service

May 15, 2013 – On Wednesday the company launched All Access, which will directly compete with Spotify and Pandora.

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The video of Commander Hadfield's performance of David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" has been viewed more than 11 million times since it was posted to YouTube.

Watch The Canadian Astronaut's Accompanist

May 15, 2013 – Canadian pop singer Emm Gryner worked with astronaut Chris Hadfield on his cover of "Space Oddity."

On May 21, Daft Punk will release Random Access Memories, the duo's first album since 2005.

Read Robots In Ecstasy: Daft Punk's 'Memories' Embraces The Pleasure Principle

May 14, 2013 – The long-awaited album from the Parisian dance music duo basks in the smooth sounds of the 1970s.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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