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Lana Del Rey performs in France in July. Her album, Born To Die, came out in January, to mixed reviews.

Read A Critic Atones

November 27, 2012 – As list-making season begins, a critic looks back at her own early judgments and blind spots.

Watch State Department: Andrew W.K. Won't Party In Bahrain On Government Dime

November 26, 2012 – The State Department rescinded an invitation to visit the restive Gulf country.

Korean rapper PSY is responsible for the song Gangam Style, whose flashy and humorous video has brought K-pop to new ears.

Watch Never Enough 'Gangnam': K-Pop Video Is YouTube's Most-Viewed

November 25, 2012 – Gangnam Style, by Korean pop star PSY, is now the site's most-viewed video of all time.

The Mallett Brothers Band is, from left to right, Brian Higgins, Wally Wenzel, Luke Mallett, Will Mallett, Nate Soule and Nick Leen.

Watch How Much Does Crowd Funding Cost Musicians?

November 23, 2012 – Two bands add up what they've spent while asking you for money.

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Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 21, 2012 – The microcosmic movements that move us to a first-timer tweeting from a live classical concert.

Drummer Pete La Roca plays during the May 19, 1965 recording session for his album Basra.

Read Pete La Roca, Top Post-Bop Jazz Drummer, Has Died

November 20, 2012 – Born Peter Sims, the percussionist was a first-call player in New York's '50s and '60s heyday.

A still from the video for "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch It Isn't (Just) Ironic: In Defense Of The Hipster

November 20, 2012 – A rising hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis helps refute the idea that irony dominates youth culture.

Mary Lou Williams.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Top ten deaths to listen to before you jazz, Blue Note's branding and Marian on Mary Lou.

Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Watch Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

November 16, 2012 – Sibling duo Jesse & Joy won four awards, including record and song of the year for "¡Corre!"

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Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Vänskä pleads for both sides to work together in Minnesota and a monocled (!) tenor signs to DG.

Herb Alpert (left) and Jerry Moss, who founded A&M Records in Alpert's garage in 1962.

Watch A&M Records: Independent, With Major Appeal

November 14, 2012 – The eclectic label, which stayed independent for nearly 30 years, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Rita reimagined classic Persian songs for her latest album, My Joys.

Watch Iran To Israel And Back To Iran: Rita's Music Goes Home

November 12, 2012 – The singer's album, My Joys, has successfully crossed borders to her homeland, despite being banned.

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Nickelback's Chad Kroeger performs during halftime of a Canadian football game in Vancouver. On the band's own tours, expensive pyrotechnics are more rare.

Read Love To Hate Nickelback? Joke's On You

November 10, 2012 – The divisive band is laughing all the way to the bank.

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This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere.

Read A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making

November 10, 2012 – This week, Harold Van Heuvelen finally saw the debut of a symphony he wrote during World War II.

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Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – RIP Ted Curson, a new jazz singer and the Jazz Composers Collective's modern history.

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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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