The Musics

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Remembering AC/DC's Malcolm Young, Band's Unassuming Mastermind

Rhythm guitarist's grasp of the swing at the heart of the hard-rock masters' sound powered the group for four legendary decades<p>"There's very few rock …

AC/DC

Deezer brings lossless audio to the desktop with a new app

Music streaming service Deezer moved beyond Bose and Sonos speakers a couple of months ago in US markets, expanding its subscription offerings to pretty much everyone via a mobile app. Around the same time, Deezer opened up its HiFi tier to any speaker with Chromecast built-in. Now, the company is …

Audiophile

YouTube adds concert listings to music videos

Google announced a new YouTube feature today that will make it super easy to find and purchase concert tickets. Starting today, official music videos posted on YouTube will show upcoming concert dates for that artist and each show will have a link to where you can purchase tickets. The feature is …

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Los Angeles

Watch De La Soul's Behind-the-Scenes 'Royalty Capes' Video

Group member Dave details battle with congestive heart failure in intimate clip, which documents group's latest world tour<p>De La Soul document their …

Rap & Hip-Hop

R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Automatic For The People'

In the summer of 1991, R.E.M. was riding an unexpected wave of monumental success. The once little-known rock band from a sleepy southern town was nearly a decade into its career when it suddenly found itself sitting on a number one hit, "Losing My Religion," from the band's seventh full-length, <i>Out</i> …

Michael Stipe

Sonny Rollins Spent A Mythical 'Night at the Village Vanguard' 60 Years Ago Today

One of the greatest jazz albums ever made was recorded 60 years ago today. It's <i>A Night at the Village Vanguard</i>, a live date by saxophonist Sonny Rollins, featuring a muscular backdrop of bass and drums. It's not a carefully plotted concept album, nor a manifesto, but a document with the slangy …

Jazz

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Memphis

Bootsy Collins on What James Brown Taught Him, Why He Quit Drugs

As the bass icon releases new LP 'World Wide Funk,' he reflects on the perils of stardom, the genius of his late friend Bernie Worrell and …

James Brown

The Roots’ Black Thought on Philadelphia Style. And His Beard.

Tariq Trotter, 44, a founder of the music collective the Roots (and the house band for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”), could be hip-hop’s Dostoyevsky. Like the Russian novelist, Mr. Trotter (also known as Black Thought) has refined literary fire from the soulful furnace of pain and …

Crime

The 'World Wide Funk' Of Bootsy Collins

With his signature top hat and star sunglasses, Bootsy Collins is considered by many to be amongst the godfathers of funk.<p>But before he became one of the biggest forces ushering in the funk era, Collins was playing with James Brown, the godfather of soul, back in the early '70s after the two met at …

Entertainment

Fats Domino, rock 'n' roll pioneer and New Orleans hero, dies at 89

As one of the founding fathers of rock ’n’ roll, Fats Domino blazed a singular path in the history of popular music. Pounding a piano and booming in a baritone both warm and conversational, he gave the nascent genre a shot of rhythm and blues, jazz and boogie woogie from his native New …

Fats Domino

'Like Electricity': Jascha Heifetz Made His American Debut 100 Years Ago

It was 100 years ago this week that Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1917. Considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists in history, he was just 16 years old at the time. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with commentator Miles Hoffman about …

Violin

The History Of Hip-Hop, Ingeniously Mapped Like Turntable Circuitry

Hip-hop’s evolution is so rich that it makes the perfect subject for information designers. How better to prove, once and for all, who has the best vocabulary, who has the most unique lines, and which regions produce the most stars?<p>Dorothy–a London-based maker of music-inspired prints–just launched …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Billboard Charts Will Put 'Greater Emphasis' on Paid Streaming Services Like Apple Music in 2018

Billboard has announced that its Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts -- which measure singles and albums, respectively -- will begin weighing plays made on paid subscription streaming services/tiers more than plays made on pure ad-supported services/tiers in 2018. This means services that only support …

Billboard Charts

After Midnight: Thelonious Monk At 100

He was called "the high priest of bebop." With his goatee, dark sunglasses and exotic hats, Thelonious Monk was the quintessential hepcat. He patted his feet in mad rhythm while he was playing — and when his sidemen soloed, he got up and danced in circles.<p>Monk, who was born 100 years ago today, was …

Jazz

How Clive Davis Shaped 'The Soundtrack Of Our Lives'

Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana. Few people can even claim to have met this many musical greats — let alone be responsible for jump-starting their careers.<p>Clive Davis has played quite a few roles in the music industry. A Harvard Law …

Whitney Houston

'Familia' Affair: Paying Homage To Afro-Cuban Jazz Pioneers

It's hard to overstate the importance of both Bebo Valdes and Chico O'Farrill to Afro-Cuban jazz and Cuban music in general.<p>Valdes, who died in 2013 at age 94, was winning Grammys and Latin Grammys for his music right up near the end of his life. One contemporary Cuban pianist called him "the …

Jazz

Bunny Sigler, 'Philly Sound' Singer and Songwriter, Dead at 76

With Gamble and Huff, producer helped forge distinct soul sound for artists like O'Jays and Patti LaBelle<p>Walter "Bunny" Sigler, the singer and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A Young Lion Tamed By Chopin's 'Fantasy'

When Daniil Trifonov was 20, he scored a double victory, taking home top prizes at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein International Piano Competitions. That was six years ago, and by now he has secured a spot as one of the most revered – perhaps even feared – classical pianists on the scene …

Dance

Rock Star Tom Petty Dies At 66

Rock star Tom Petty has died, his manager Tony Dimitriades announced Monday. He was found in critical condition at his home in Malibu, Calif., Sunday night after suffering full cardiac arrest, as first reported by the website TMZ. Petty was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he died on …

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Cardi B Makes Billboard History With 'Bodak Yellow'

Rapper Cardi B's song "Bodak Yellow" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This marks only the second time in history that a female rapper has topped the charts unaccompanied.<p>Transcript<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO")<p>CARDI B: (Singing) Oh, look what you made me do. Look what you made …

Bodak Yellow

20 Years On, That Buena Vista Social Club Magic Endures

Twenty years ago this month, Americans were introduced to the romantic sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was an unlikely group of stars: mostly elderly musicians from Cuba playing very old-fashioned music. But when the group's debut album was released in 1997, it wound up selling millions …

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How EDM Insurgents Discwoman Are Taking on Gender Discrimination

Get to know the grassroots DJ collective, booking agency and all-around badass crew<p>Emma Burgess-Olson, founding member of the all-female dance-music …

Watch Dancers Perform a Radiohead-Inspired Ballet

Edward Clug: “Radiohead is more than just my favorite band; they are the soundtrack to my other side.”

Watch Prophets of Rage's Trump-Skewering New 'Hail to the Chief' Video

Mike Pence becomes President's puppet master in clip by rock-rap supergroup<p>Prophets of Rage – the supergroup/"elite task force of revolutionary …

'Rolling Stone' Magazine Is Put Up For Sale

Wenner Media, the company founded by publisher Jann Wenner, is selling its controlling stake in the iconic music and culture magazine <i>Rolling Stone</i>, citing a desire "to best position the brand for future growth."<p>The news comes one year after Wenner Media sold 49 percent of <i>Rolling Stone</i> to BandLab …

Journalism

Get a glimpse of the music behind ultra-hard platformer ‘Cuphead’

<i>Cuphead</i> will probably be equally remembered for two things: Its already-infamous punishing difficulty and its gorgeous hand-drawn look. But folks shouldn't count out its delightful big band/swing soundtrack, which pairs perfectly with the game's 1930s-esque animated style. Studio MDHR released a …

Cuphead

Kamaiyah on Making Feel-Good Hip-Hop, Becoming a West Coast Icon

Oakland MC of "Why You Always Hatin?" fame talks hometown pride, navigating a male-dominated market<p>"If I've [made a hit] once, I can do it again," …