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Sigrid Sees The Emptiness Within Your Elated Ego On "High Five"

Music<p>Your trusted destination for top music news, music industry information, and concert details.<p>Pop<p>It's pretty much the greatest pairing …

Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

Composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today, and the occasion is being marked by performances of his music around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Memorial Hall in Tokyo.<p>Britten was a central figure of 20th-century classical music: He was a conductor, pianist and festival …

The Sound of Struggle Tempered With Terror: Penderecki At 80

There's a beguiling photo of Krzysztof Penderecki, who turns 80 today, inside the brochure of this week's Warsaw music festival that bears his name. It shows the lauded Polish composer standing in his immense garden, surrounded by a labyrinth of trees and shrubbery trimmed to symmetrical perfection.<p>…

Building Eco-Friendly Instruments, Paths For Women In Tech

The online magazine <i>Ozy</i> covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins <i>All Things Considered</i> regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.<p>This week, Watson tells host Arun Rath about a female tech entrepreneur aiming to attract more women of color to the …

A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

The Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki turned 80 on Saturday. You may think you've never heard Penderecki's music, but I'm guessing you have — because I'm guessing you've seen <i>The Shining.</i><p>Listen closely to parts of <i>Utrenja</i> or <i>Polymorphia</i> and you'll have a hard time not picturing Jack Nicholson's …

For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter's Block Is A Game

Bob Schneider finished writing "The Effect," a song from his latest album, <i>Burden of Proof</i>, in just a few days. That's how he does it: For 12 years, the Texas musician has beaten back the urge to procrastinate by writing a song once a week, every week. It began casually, just him and a friend …

Kronos Quartet

Sunny Yang joined Kronos Quartet in June 2013. Now, just five months later, the cellist she says she's learned quite a few new works — not just a handful, but about 70 pieces.<p>That degree of dedication to contemporary composers, coupled with an insane concert schedule, has propelled Kronos Quartet …

New Albums

First Listen: Thelonious Monk, 'Paris 1969'

In the early summer of 1954, Thelonious Monk traveled to Europe for the first time and played the Paris Jazz Festival. He was assigned a local rhythm section which was probably unfamiliar with his music; he was booked into the Salle Pleyel, an enormous 3,000-seat concert hall; he had almost no …

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film <i>Moonrise Kingdom</i> last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's <i>Talk to Her</i> back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those. …

The Mix: Northern Soul Radio

<i>This audio is no longer available.</i><p>It's been 40 years since the first all-night R&B party at the Wigan Casino nightclub outside Manchester, England. The doors didn't open until 2 a.m., and its 1,200-capacity ballroom was packed until dawn with dance-crazy (possibly amphetamine-fueled) soul fans. …

The Arts

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

John Legend is already an R&B legend, even at a relatively young age. His buttery sound and sexy lyrics have earned him nine Grammy awards. But it's been awhile since he has delivered a solo album, and one with all of his own original material. But now he is back, with an album called <i>Love in the</i> …

Horns

Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine give $70 million to create new USC academy

Hip-hop star Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine are donating $70 million to USC for a new academy that they say will give students the tools they need to break into the rapidly changing music industry.<p>Scheduled to be announced by Dre (whose given name is Andre Young) and Iovine Wednesday in Santa …

Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

How much are lost sounds worth? That's a complicated question. Record collectors have been jacking up the value of rare music since at least the swing era, when the writer Leonard Feather popularized the term "moldy fig" to describe jazz fans who only liked the old stuff. As time went on and the …