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Donna Summer performs in October 2011. Summer, who died in May, is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year for the fifth time.

Watch Explaining The Rock Hall Of Fame Nominees

October 7, 2012 – Many of the 15 acts in this year's class of nominees fall into easy-to-define categories.

Mumford & Sons is led by singer Marcus Mumford (second from left). The band's second album, Babel, was released on Sept. 25 and is on pace to be the highest-selling debut of 2012.

Read Mumford & Sons Preaches To Masses

September 27, 2012 – The British band, which draws from American folk and Christianity, has earned a huge following.

The Black Lips, not in Cairo.

Read A Punk-Rock Band On Tour In The Land Of The Arab Spring

September 24, 2012 – The Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips is playing shows in cities across the Middle East.

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Bob Dylan performs on stage during the 21st edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival on July 22, in Carhaix-Plouguer, western France.

Read Why Some Musicians Last

September 20, 2012 – It's hard to know now what the future will sound like, but small things often make a big difference.

Gotye and Kimbra in the video for "Somebody That I Used To Know".

Watch Requiem For A Monster Hit

September 4, 2012 – As summer fades, we bid farewell to the year's biggest hit, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

Lighting director Jackie Finney runs the light show during concerts for the band fun.

Watch It's Her Spotlight, The Band Just Lives In It

August 18, 2012 – We're following the band fun. and its crew (including lighting director Jackie Finney) on tour.

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A supporter of feminist punk band Pussy Riot wearing the group's trademark colored balaclava waves a flag on a balcony in Moscow on Friday.

Watch 'We Are Not Guilty; The Whole World Says So'

August 17, 2012 – The trial of three women in the Russian punk group Pussy Riot set off a global wave of support.

Muse: (from left) Chris Wolstenholme, Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard.

Watch Muse's Ridiculous(ly Awesome) Olympic Anthem

August 10, 2012 – "Survival" is the band's tribute to Olympic athletes and the first taste of its album The 2nd Law.

Antony performs in Oslo, Norway in 2011.

Watch Antony's 'Future Feminism': Stage Banter As Statement Of Purpose

August 7, 2012 – A recording (and transcript) of the singer's remarks about nature, religion and gender.

Bob Dylan at a press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1966.

Read On Bob Dylan And Jonah Lehrer, Two Fabulists

August 2, 2012 – For a journalist, there's a code. If you follow Dylan's example, there's another way of operating.

Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Nadezha Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (center) and Maria Alyokhina, at a hearing in Moscow court on Monday.

Watch Feminist Punk Band Gets Next Gig: Russian Courtroom

July 30, 2012 – The band staged a protest of Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in February.

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Nils Lofgren, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Van Zandt performing in Paris earlier this month.

Read Do You Really Know What Live Is?

July 27, 2012 – On stage, boy bands, DJs and even rock bands make sometimes mysterious use of technology.

The Grateful Dead circa 1970. The band's members were quintessential rock hippies — but, a new exhibit reveals, savvy businessmen as well.

Read The Practical Side Of The Great American Jam Band

July 25, 2012 – A newly opened Grateful Dead exhibit reveals the quintessential rock hippies as savvy businessmen.

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In 1969, Plant and See, a band led by the late Lumbee Indian singer Willie Lowery (second from left), made its only album, a cult classic rereleased this month.

Read A Tribal Anthem's Author — And A Cult Rock Hero

July 21, 2012 – Lumbee Indian singer Willie Lowery's psychedelic Plant and See has just been rereleased.

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Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, on stage on Saturday during the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Watch At The Pitchfork Festival, Best New Music In Real Life

July 17, 2012 – A festival run by the music reviews website puts up-and-coming acts on a big stage.

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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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