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Moog is reissuing one of its earliest synths

<b>Channel the spirit of Wendy Carlos with this classic ’60s model.</b><p>Moog has announced the reintroduction one of its earliest synths in a limited run of …

The song that rocked your prom, based on the year you graduated

Prom in 2017 hardly resembles prom in 1997— the promposals alone have reached impossible heights. There are, however, common threads tying the youth …

Music

This 14-Year-Old Prodigy Cellist Won A Coveted National Music Competition

While most teens are consumed with navigating puberty, Ifetayo Ali-Landing is busy being a cello master. A student at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute …

Bruce Langhorne, folk musician who inspired Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' dies at 78

Bruce Langhorne, a 60s-era folk musician and prolific session guitarist who Bob Dylan said inspired him to write "Mr. Tambourine Man," has died at the age of 78 at his home in Venice.<p>Langhorne was a mainstay of the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the early '60s, playing or recording with the …

New Freestyle Rap Card Game Is Bringing Hip-Hop Culture To Your Tabletop

It's time to determine who really got bars.<p>If you’ve ever watched a rap cypher, you’ve probably wondered how someone can string together a substantive narrative of rhymes while also ethering someone or offering a sociopolitical analysis of some form.<p>Who really knows? But new freestyle rap-based …

Father Daughter Wedding Songs That Won't Leave a Dry Eye at the Reception

From the days of dancing on his feet to adorable father daughter dances at school, you and Dad have been practicing for this moment all of your life. …

Watch Lauryn Hill play Fugees hits with DJ Snake at Coachella

The singer was a surprise guest at the Californian festival yesterday (April 15)<p>DJ Snake welcomed a very special surprise guest to the stage during …

Happy Birthday, Kool Herc: 5 Stories About The Father of Hip-Hop You Should Read

On this day, Apr. 16, 1955, <b>DJ Kool Herc</b> was born <b>Clive Campbell</b> in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 12, he and his family moved to the Boogie Down …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The night Sharleen Spiteri got to hang out with Harry Dean Stanton

It was 1989 and a 22-year-old singer from Glasgow was fronting up her band Texas, when she spotted her idol standing at the side of the stage…<p>The first time I saw him we were already on stage. He stood to one side watching us, looking exactly like you’d expect Harry Dean Stanton to look: cool and …

Selah Marley Stuns On The U.K. 'Sunday Times' Style Magazine

Selah Marley, the 18-year-old daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, is blazing her own path. The teen model, whose resume includes working with …

SummerStage Season to Feature Mavis Staples, Parliament Funkadelic

Mavis Staples will kick off SummerStage’s 2017 season of more than 100 free concerts in parks around New York City.<p>Ms. Staples will perform in Central Park on June 3; she released an album, “Livin’ on a High Note,” last year, and also received a lifetime achievement award at the Kennedy Center …

BBC Radio 6 Music - Mary Anne Hobbs, Restoring Nina Simone's Home, Preserving Nina Simone's Home

Artists Adam Pendleton and Julie Mehretu on their quest to breathe life back into Nina Simone's childhood home in North Carolina.<p>Conceptualist Adam Pendleton, abstract painter Julie Mehretu, sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, and filmmaker Ellen Gallagher, paid £95,000 for the house in 2017, …

'I'm like a secret assassin': Poo Bear on writing for Justin Bieber, Skrillex and Sam Smith

The songwriter aka Jason Boyd has been writing hits for more than 20 years, but his collaboration with Bieber on Where R Ü Now? made him an overnight sensation. ‘It literally changed music,’ he tells <b>Elle Hunt</b><p>You may not have heard of Jason Boyd, better but not widely known as Poo Bear, but you’ve …

An investigation into Drake’s fake Jamaican accent

Drake was born in Toronto and to an American father and a European Jewish mother, so why does he sometimes slip into a Jamaican patois? He’s also …

An Exhibition Chronicling The History Of Electronic Instruments Has Opened In Berlin

The exhibition features iconic electronic instruments from the last 100 years.<p>The exhibition is entitled <i>Good Vibrations</i> and is the first of its kind …

Synthesizers

When Gary Moore and Albert Collins Teamed Up for "Too Tired"

Gary Moore's 1990 album, <i>Still Got the Blues,</i> signaled the beginning of a new phase of the guitarist's career. Moore, who had played mostly …

Jewish A Cappella Group Remixes 'La La Land' Song Into Passover Anthem

"God called us to be on His team/Whoa! Buy 1 get 1 free?!"<p>If you love musicals and are gearing up for Passover, then look no further for your seder-prep pump up song.<p>Jewish a cappella group Y-Studs is celebrating “that day when the entire Jewish nation puts their bread away” with a Passover-themed …

Watch a chimp throw shit at an old lady

Fuck everything, man, here’s a chimp throwing its shit at an old lady:<p>Let’s talk about the toss, though. The monkey has a good long spell of gaining …

Rock’n’Roll Animals: Musicians Tell Us All About Their Pets

Though their contributions rarely receive credit, pets have played their part across pop history. Think about it: Paul McCartney and his sheepdog Martha, Kate Bush and her hounds, Miley and her doomed husky Floyd, Taylor Swift and her cats, the list goes on. An animal’s presence can offer comfort, …

Record Store Day fans may witness the power of a Star Wars turntable

Crosley Radio, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of entry-level turntables, has announced a special new piece of hardware that will excite …

Vinyl Records

ROLAND DJ-808 CONTROLLER

Will Roland’s new DJ-808 controller become a legend in its own right?<p>When DJ Mag Tech first heard of the Roland/Serato hook-up we were intrigued. …

Music Production

An NYC rap icon’s latest hustle: Hip-hop coordinator at the local library

<b>(Photos by Jessica Bal/Narratively)</b><p>The man who helped Biggie and Jay Z make their names is now teaching hip-hop history to a new generation of youth<p>Britta Lokting<p>April 4, 2017 11:52pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Narratively.<p>When Ralph McDaniels wanders around the first-floor atrium of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Parts That Make Up Robert Johnson’s Blues

Six years ago, something remarkable happened: Robert Johnson started to play the blues in a silent room, instead of on a scratched LP with a dusty …

A New Documentary Explores a Lee Morgan’s Short, Vibrant Life in Music

By Adam Shatz April 3, 2017<p>On Film<p><i>Kasper Collin’s new documentary celebrates the vibrant, turbulent life of the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan.</i><p>Photo: Kasper Collin Produktion AB. Courtesy of the Afro-American Newspaper Archives and Research Center.<p>“Every listener to jazz has had a few experiences so …

Trumpeter

Botanic Gardens 2017 summer concerts: Herbie Hancock, Randy Newman and more

It’s April, which means that before you know it, the hills of Denver’s Botanic Gardens will be alive with the sounds of music.<p>This morning, Swallow …

It's time for the Last Waltz, again

It was 40 years ago last Thanksgiving that the Band threw itself a farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. "The Last Waltz" was a sprawling, legendary affair lasting more than five hours, featuring guest appearances from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Van …

This 11-year-old just conducted a 75-piece orchestra, and we're so impressed

Move over, Mr. Holland! Your opus is totally 1995. Our new favorite music conductor is 11-year-old Matthew Smith, who directed a 75-piece orchestra …

Cute

The New Wave of East African Sound

Nu Fvunk of East African Wave<p>“I hate when someone tells me I don’t sound African,” says Ukweli, the youngest member of East African Wave—or EA Wave …