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The New York City Opera let its final curtain fall Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a production of Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Read Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

October 2, 2013 – After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down.

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Katy Perry (left) and Miley Cyrus at the Pre-Grammy Gala in February.

Watch Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Is No. 1, But Is It A Real Hit?

September 30, 2013 – On a chart with a history of one-off and faddish No. 1 hits, the song is part of a long tradition.

Vocalist Brianna Thomas and Michael Mwenso sang a duet of "Don't Blame Me" for the web series Capsulocity.

Watch The Jazz Documentarian Who Won The Lottery

September 29, 2013 – With a little luck, singer Brandon Bain decided to capture young New York jazz talent on video.

Gabe Baltazar (fourth from left) at New York City's Birdland Club in 1962, with members of Stan Kenton's band and the Count Basie Orchestra. The photo, from Baltazar's collection, is signed by Kenton (fourth from from right) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (second from right).

Read 'If It Swings': An Asian-American Jazzman's Pioneering Career

September 28, 2013 – Gabe Baltazar's career began in the shadow of WWII, amid smoldering anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S.

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Law professor Lawrence Lessig, shown here in 2009, is suing an Australian record label for threatening to sue him over an alleged YouTube copyright violation.

Read Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy

September 27, 2013 – Lawrence Lessig, a world-famous copyright attorney, was not pleased when YouTube removed his video.

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Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk are 2013 MacArthur fellows.

Watch Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants

September 25, 2013 – The two pianists exemplify creative thinking and wide-ranging intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ in an image from his Facebook page.

Read As Artistic Freedoms Dwindle, A Tunisian Rapper Is On The Run

September 24, 2013 – The mother of Klay BBJ says he was arrested and beaten for a song that criticized police.

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The Whisky a Go Go club on the storied Sunset Strip, once the hub L.A.'s music scene, acknowledged the May 2013 death of The Doors' keyboardist on its marquee: "Rest In Peace Ray Manzarek, Thanks for the Memories."

Read Walking The Sunset Strip, A Fading Beacon Of Cool

September 21, 2013 – The future of the district where The Doors and Jane's Addiction launched careers is in question.

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Police escort a neo-Nazi suspect in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 34-year-old hip-hop artist.

Read Greek PM Denounces Neo-Nazi Party After Musician's Murder

September 19, 2013 – Antonis Samaras' remarks follow the killing of a prominent hip-hop artist by a right-wing extremist.

The Sacred Steel tradition is an integral part of worship. From the House of God Keith Dominion Church, Aubrey Ghent (pictured) helped revive the style in 1990s.

Watch Sacred Strings Guide Gospel Through Thunder And Steel

September 18, 2013 – For the Church of the Living God in Toccopola, Miss., the lap steel guitar channels a divine voice.

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Melissa Aldana performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Read Melissa Aldana Wins Thelonious Monk Competition For Saxophonists

September 17, 2013 – Aldana, 24, is the first female instrumentalist to take home the annual prize for young musicians.

New York musician Dan Kaufman (third from right) traveled to Rome to learn more about the city's Jewish community and the Italian resistance during WWII. The result is a new album by his band Barbez, based in part on the lost melodies of Roman Jewish music.

Read Barbez Mines Resistance And Tradition Of Italian Jews

September 14, 2013 – Inspired by an ethnomusicologist, musician Dan Kaufman revives forgotten melodies on Bella Ciao.

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The Postmodern Jukebox performs Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop."

Watch A Vintage Filter On Today's Top 40

September 13, 2013 – Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" as doo-wop? Scott Bradlee imagines pop music in a time machine.

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Ray Dolby arriving for the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.

Read Ray Dolby, Who Pioneered Recorded Sound, Dies

September 12, 2013 – Dolby's inventions helped remove the hiss from tapes and screen Star Wars in Dolby Stereo.

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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.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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.

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