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Watch Drummers for the Police, Rush, Tool Make Jazzy Jam

'South Park' co-creator Matt Stone and Vertical Horizon frontman also participate<p>Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland recently gathered together …

Jazz Jam Session Tips and Etiquette

If there’s one thing that divides jazz musicians more often than not, it’s jam sessions. Jam sessions can be one of the most enjoyable events that …

Electric Guitar

Beginner's Guide to Vinyl Collecting | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cameron Schaefer.</i><p>“Is it wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? It’s not like collecting …

Top 10 Jazz Albums for People Who Don't Know Shit About Jazz

Lots of folks know almost nothing about jazz, but condensing the hundred some odd years of the genre into ten albums is not easy, something akin to …

Top 10

Celebrate New Orleans Jazz Fest With These Photos of the 1940s Jazz Scene

Louis Armstrong, New Orleans 1944.<br>Hansel Mieth—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 20<p>As the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off …

Bourbon Street

Ten Classic Grime Photos and the Stories Behind Them

If you’ve never gazed at a copy of Don’t Call Me Urban, then you need to fix that ASAP, because it’s probably the most famous documentation of the original London grime scene and the culture that birthed it.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.</i><p>If you’ve never gazed at a copy of <i>Don’t Call</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Last Book I Loved

As the names of the unarmed casualties of police shootings continue to appear on our computer screens, many wonder how to speak in the face of the …

BBC Radio 1 sees the future on iPlayer and YouTube

Station adopts strategy of ‘listen, watch, share’ as it battles to stay relevant to an audience that has shifted to social media<p>A video of Radio 1 DJ Greg James naked on a wrecking ball might seem an unlikely glimpse into the future of the BBC’s youth radio station. But with Radio 1 increasingly …

How a Norwegian public radio station is using Snapchat to connect young listeners with news

“A lot of people check their phones before they get out of the bed in the morning, and they check social media before the news sites.”<p>In 2011, the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK set the world record for the longest single television show by broadcasting a cruise ship traversing the country’s …

Public Radio's Most Played Songs Of 2014

<i>This audio is no longer available.</i><p>NPR Music publishes a popular feature each month called Heavy Rotation, which collects 10 songs that public radio hosts across the country can't stop playing. We decided to do the series one better during our year-end festivities and create a 24/7 stream made up of …

Public radio is seeing a shift in digital listening: Live streaming is slowing, on-demand is growing

“This reflects the larger consumer trend that we see across all media, which is live consumption of any media, including television, shifting to on-demand, self-curated experiences.”<p>There are early indications that the digital listenership habits of the public radio audience are changing, as fewer …

Radio Industry

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

It's officially summer, and our panel of public-radio hosts clearly had the warmer months in mind when we asked them to select their favorite songs of the moment. Their mix includes an impossibly catchy jam from BØRNS that could have been crafted especially for summer nights, a road-trip-worthy …

New Albums

Iowa Public Radio streaming Studio One 24 hours a day

Iowa Public Radio is expanding its Studio One program into a 24 hours a day online stream starting Wednesday. The stream will feature a mix of …

31 of the best drummers to grace rock ‘n’ roll

As Red Hot Chili Peppers’ mischievous sticksman turns 56 years old, we look at the other drummers that join Chad Smith in the percussion hall of fame.<p>…

15 songs to listen to this summer

We all know that summer is prime time for the perfect soundtrack. Coinciding with the first day of the season on Sunday, here’s a roundup of 15 new …

Happy 70th Birthday, Debbie Harry—We Love You More Than Ever

Only a select few style icons have truly stood the test of time, but Blondie's Debbie Harry leads the pack. The singer turns 70 today and decade …

Debbie Harry

The Last Waltz: The Final Concerts For 8 Legendary Bands

Over the weekend, the Grateful Dead played their final show. MAYBE.<p>It seems like Bill Walton’s favorite band has had as many last concerts as The Eagles (who froze over Hell) and Cher, combined, but they — “they” being the current iteration, which doesn’t include Jerry Garcia, so I’m not sure if it …

Grateful Dead

Guest DJ: SOAK

<i>Before We Forgot How to Dream</i> is one of my favorite albums of 2015. It's by an artist you may not yet know, but I'm hoping you'll fall in love with her. Her name is Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as SOAK.<p>Bridie is nineteen years old now, but she was fourteen when she wrote some of the music on …

nineteen

Five teen rebel girl bands you should be listening to

Last week, cult rebel icon Joan Jett was immortalized in Dazed 100 photographer Petra Collins’ portrait series for Levis. Leaning against an orange-tinged window in a leather jacket, and staring off into the middle distance, Joan looked every bit as explosive as the anarchic, glitter-soaked …

Six female rappers you should be listening to right now

Way back in 2003, Missy Elliott was asked why she hadn’t joined in with that iconic, faux-lesbian love-in between Madonna, Britney and Christina at the MTV VMA Awards. She apparently looked aghast. “No, no, no” she said. “Hip hop would never do that. Never, never, never in a million years.” Well, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

10 New Artists You Need to Know: July 2015

Alessia Cara, Mø, Disasterpeace, Ultimate Painting and more<p>By<p>Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking …

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shipment of cat sedatives that have us pondering just how often we order shipments of cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on sedating children (not cats) via music.<p><b>Sara M.</b> …

Love Songs

The High Priestess Of Soul: Nina Simone In 5 Songs

There are certain figures in jazz history whose iconic status can be telegraphed by a single name: Miles. Billie. Bix. Coltrane. Though there is a deity-like ring to the stand-alone moniker, there's also a suggestion of the intense connection that these artists inspired in fans, and a notion that …

Soul Music

Readers' assignment: share your musical instrument photos

You’ve sent in some great assignment ideas for GuardianWitness so we’ve started a series based on your best suggestions<p>Your contributions so far<p>For this week’s assignment we’re interested in seeing photos and videos of your favourite musical instruments after stantom sent in the picture below.<p>Maybe …

Flute

Exclusive: 10 Photos from Danny Clinch's Rock-Star Portrait Collection

Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Patti Smith, and more<p><i>"When Danny pulls up my drive and saunters in... It's like a reunion with someone you've spent a thousand nights talking music, dreaming your glory dreams, except that he's brought his camera, too." —Bruce Springsteen on Danny Clinch, from the</i> …

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