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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.

American composer Elliott Carter, circa 1975. He died this Monday at age 103.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – Lamenting Carter's death, trouble in Spokane and another award for Dudamel: what you need to read.

Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, Red, sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, the highest first-week sales total in a decade.

Read The Secret Genius Of Taylor Swift

November 9, 2012 – Taylor Swift's answer to a surprisingly tricky question: What's the best way to sell an album?

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Drake, who had the top torrent downloaded in the U.S. in the first half of 2012, according to Musicmetric, poses at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

Read Studying How, And What, We Download

November 8, 2012 – Digital sales are high, but unauthorized music file sharing is still going strong.

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Elliott Carter at Tanglewood in 2008 on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is sitting right behind Carter.

Watch Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered

November 7, 2012 – Carter's vital new ideas changed 20th-century music. The composer died Monday at 103.

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Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989.

Watch Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

November 6, 2012 – The composer, who won two Pulitzers for his adventurous music, died in New York.

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Steven Tyler, Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel participate in NBCUniversal's Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Relief Benefit on Friday in New York City. Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi and Sting also performed. And now we're done talking about that.

Read The Week In Music: What To Read Now That Isn't About The Hurricane

November 3, 2012 – Read three music stories to divert and edify you while we all try to get back to normal.

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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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