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It Began At The Ditto Tavern: Chris Cornell's Life As Grunge's True Seattle Son

Of course it's a story about death and Seattle music.<p>I woke up this morning after bad dreams last night, only to find the real nightmare — that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden was dead. As with all these losses it seems surreal, untrue, unimaginable. But there it is.<p>If there was one Seattle band of …

Chris Cornell

Bambu: 'My Music Is Here To Push People To Organize'

Jonah Deocampo grew up in Los Angeles in the 1990s, one of the estimated 3 million members of the Filipino diaspora in the United States. At 15, he got involved with Filipino street gangs, which eventually led to an arrest for armed robbery. At that point — on what he describes as the "advice" of a …

Music

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Death Of Chris Cornell, Powerhouse Voice Of Soundgarden, Ruled A Suicide

<b>Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET</b><p>Chris Cornell, the unmistakable voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52. He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to police.<p>The office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner on …

Music

Record labels are pushing Apple Music to have fewer exclusives

Exclusives have been a way streaming services can gain a (temporary) advantage over their competition, but Apple is ready to take it easy on those …

The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry?

Classical music makes shoppers buy more. Gentle tunes can cure insomnia. How? Writer, composer and science lecturer John Powell explains<p>Like many music lovers I’ve always had a fascination withthe emotional power. How can a combination of sounds make all the hairs on your arms stand on end, or make …

French Wine

Jimi Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced': 10 Things You Didn't Know

What "Purple Haze" was really about, why Mitch Mitchell almost got sacked and other lore related to the guitar god's landmark debut LP<p>Few debut …

Guitar

MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired -- in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, announced that it had terminated licensing for …

Podcasting

Listen to This First 1920s Recording By One of the Kings of Jazz

Sidney Bechet, born in New Orleans May 14, 1897, was a jazz original.<p>“Along with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, Bechet is part of the pantheon of …

Jazz

‘Save Some Film for This Jimi Hendrix Cat’

An aspiring rock photographer crammed into the pit at a music festival could get a lot worse advice than this: “Save some film for this Jimi Hendrix cat.”<p>It was June 1967, and as it happened, that Hendrix cat was little more than a name to Ed Caraeff, who was 17 and had managed to get himself and …

Guitar

Ableton's interactive lessons teach the basics of music production

It's incredibly easy to make a music track today with all the killer tools out there. You don't have to convince a bunch of musicians to show up in your garage to record a session, nor do you need to become a multi-instrumentalist like Prince. All you need is a decent digital audio workstation like …

Music Production

Review: Opera Matters, and the Met Just Threw a Party to Prove It

Every once in a while, an institution gets a chance to hit a reset button. In the midst of myriad challenges — struggling attendance, changing entertainment habits, donor fatigue, looming labor negotiations — that’s what the Metropolitan Opera did on Sunday evening.<p>In a five-hour gala concert …

The Arts

Steve Bannon Once Wrote A Shakespearean Rap Musical About The L.A. Riots

<i>Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters</i><b>Steve Bannon</b>, <b>Donald Trump</b>‘s Chief Strategist, once wrote a rap musical and now it has seen the light of day.The …

Steve Bannon

Brother Ali Spits Divine Flows On 'Never Learn'

Brother Ali is a prophet, plain and simple. Even if you're unmoved by his life story — being a legally-blind albino rejected by society who found identity through hip-hop and the Muslim faith — his music most certainly will move you.<p>And on the second single from his forthcoming album, <i>All the Beauty</i> …

Music

Metallica's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls,' Played On Bells

How has this not been done before? Even Metallica itself has covered "Enter Sandman" with classroom instruments.<p>YouTube musician Rob Scallon has made a habit of clever Metallica covers, but now he makes his "fight on the hill" a twee battle. Using singing bowls, toy xylophones and bells both sleigh …

Metallica

Would you pay $1,600 to replace your sheet music with a tablet?

Last year, we told you about the Gvido, a lovely double-screened tablet designed to organize and display sheet music. Created by Japanese company Terrada Music, it allows musicians to turn pages with the tap of a finger. Now, it looks like the Gvido is finally getting ready to ship. It'll be …

Tablets

Spotify's latest move shows it's trying to get royalties right

Spotify has struggled with unpaid royalties recently, though it's promised to fix things to help support frustrated artists. The company recently limited its free streaming option to build trust with music creators. In addition, Spotify just acquired New York startup Mediachain, which created a …

Blockchain

Streaming is boosting the music industry worldwide

The music industry has struggled to adapt to the digital world over the past couple of decades, but it might just be hitting its stride again. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has published its annual Global Music Report for 2016, and it notes that music revenue …

Music Industry

Mr. Wilson’s second act: Virtuoso’s progression from SF Opera to middle-school classroom

Tim Wilson steps onto the small stage platform, raises his baton and asks the 100 or so students seated before him to settle down. Music, he tells …

Bill Murray Goes Classical? Hey, Why Not?

What will Bill Murray do next?<p>The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist.<p>Jan Vogler and Murray met a few years back on an overseas flight, where the seeds of an idea were planted. The result …

Poetry

Kendrick Lamar's First Interview After Releasing 'DAMN.' Is A Doozy

Kendrick Lamar has spoken. In his first interview since the debut of his (soon-to-be) chart-topping cultural phenomenon-of-an-album, <i>DAMN.</i>, the rapper sat down for the now-requisite interview with Zane Lowe of Apple's Beats 1 Radio.<p>If, like so much of the general listening public, you have found …

Music

Alt-J Perform “In Cold Blood” With the Roots on “Fallon”: Watch

Last night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” featured musical guests Alt-J. They performed “In Cold Blood”—a song from their forthcoming album <i>Relaxer</i>—and got some assistance from the Roots. Watch it go down below. <i>Relaxer</i> is out June 2 via Canvasback Music. The band recently …

Legendary radio duo Stretch & Bobbito return as NPR podcasters

Throughout the 90s, a late night stop in the WKRC studios with Stretch and Bobbito was a requirement for many up-and-coming rappers. Now, in 2017 the pair are returning, but because it's 2017 they're doing it with a podcast on NPR. The rise and fade of their show, which featured names like …

Music

Pandora's on-demand streaming service is available to everyone

It's been just about a month since Pandora unveiled its attempt at building full-fledged, on-demand streaming music service. Aside from a handful of bugs, the big problem with Pandora Premium was that it was invite only. That's changing today: Pandora Premium is now available for anyone to try. …

Pandora

Spin your yacht rock playlist from Spotify in Facebook Messenger

If you want to listen to Run the Jewels in Facebook Messenger, you'll totally be able to do that. From the F8 stage, Facebook's David Marcus announced that soon you'll be able to share tracks from both Apple Music and Spotify within the app -- all without the need to have either of the music …

Facebook Messenger

Los Angeles Has America’s Most Important Orchestra. Period.

LOS ANGELES — On Saturday, I went to a symphony hall and had an experience unlike any I’ve had before.<p>At 11:30 p.m., a couple thousand people stood and cheered for the lush and loud art-rock band Sigur Ros. Many had filed into Walt Disney Concert Hall here nearly five hours earlier, for some new …

Orchestras

82-year-old woman spins hot beats as a club DJ in trendy Tokyo

Japan's first octogenarian DJ can spin a mean beat.<p>82-year-old Sumiko Iwamuro, who goes by "DJ Sumirock," is a monthly fixture at DecabarZ, a club in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo.<p>And boy can she <i>play</i>.<p>Iwamuro, who's spent over 50 years running a <i>gyoza</i> (dumpling) restaurant, only took up the turntables …

Music

Monterey Pop, the Rock Festival That Sparked It All, Returns

Fifty years ago, the idea of the rock festival was hatched with a simple but bold ambition: to get the same respect as jazz.<p>Lou Adler, the Los Angeles record producer and ageless hipster, recalls a meeting in the spring of 1967 where he, Paul McCartney and the Mamas and the Papas — the group that …

Festivals

With Politics as Backdrop, Hamburg’s New Hall Looks to America

HAMBURG, Germany — The stage of the Elbphilharmonie here on Wednesday was filled with an assembly of instruments so diverse that it looked more like a social experiment than a musical ensemble.<p>In the back row, Baroque recorders nestled up to an Afro-Brazilian percussion section. In front of them, a …

Hamburg