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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 …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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 …

Music

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 …

Podcasting

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. …

iTunes

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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

Japan

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 …

Classical Music

Hear Jazz Supergroup Hudson Cover Bob Dylan's 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall'

On <i>Hudson</i>, the upcoming debut by their band of the same name, jazz luminaries Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield pay …

Music

The designers behind music’s most iconic album art

A new photo book is presenting the entire Hipgnosis catalogue together for the first time, featuring all 373 of their famed, pre-digital cover designs<p>When someone brings up Pink Floyd’s <i>The Dark Side of the Moon</i>, it’s hard not to be reminded of the greatness of the album’s cover.<p>The famed 1973 …

Graphic Design

Latin Roots: Chicano Batman

This <i>Latin Roots</i> session all started when four guys from Los Angeles showed up at our studio looking like, well, four guys from Los Angeles, in track pants, T-shirts and sneakers. They finished sound check and disappeared for a while — and when they came back, it was like somebody'd hit the 1976 …

Entertainment

Playing Against Type: The Typewriter Orchestra

At Ashley Park PreK-8 Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, fifth grade English teacher Barry White, Jr. has created a new classroom …

Music

Watch Vulfpeck's Funny, Super-Funky Video For 'Cory Wong'

Vulfpeck's video for "Cory Wong."<p>Vulfpeck's output has the feel of an upbeat reality TV show on PBS. It's as if the Los Angeles collective is playing traditionally-minded funk music together all day, every day. Sometimes, they turn their cameras on to share a bit with the world. Often, that means …

Music

Nile Rodgers Talks Rock Hall Induction: 'Everything Is Rock & Roll'

Guitarist Nile Rodgers was honored at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony with the Award for Musical Excellence. Pharrell Williams …

Rock & Roll

The Dark Side of the Grateful Dead: Inside the New Doc 'Long Strange Trip'

For Mickey Hart, watching the upcoming grateful dead documentary <i>Long Strange Trip</i> was both moving and unsettling. "It's charming and it's heartfelt," …

Documentaries

Most of Jay Z's albums are already back on Apple Music

Hip hop legend Jay Z pulled most of his music off of Spotify and Apple Music last Friday. It wasn't a huge surprise given Jay Z's involvement and stake in competitor Tidal, but it looks like things aren't quite so cut and dry here. After confirming that the majority of his discography was indeed …

Music Industry

Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes Score Epic Night at Rock Hall of Fame

The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony featured Steve Perry's first onstage appearance with Journey in 26 years (even though he …

Music

For Mongo Santamaria's 100th Birthday, Hear 5 Of His Best

The Jesús Maria district in the oldest part of Havana, Cuba, might be pretty much overlooked if not for the fact that, 100 years ago Friday, Ramon Santamaria was born there.<p>"Mongo" Santamaria was born into a deeply African-influenced Cuban life. He was just two generations removed from Cuba's …

Art

Watch David Letterman's Eloquent Pearl Jam Rock Hall Induction Speech

<i>David Letterman showed his fondness for Pearl Jam when he inducted the grunge rockers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band had been a staple</i> …

Music

Jay Z's albums are disappearing from Apple Music and Spotify

If you were hoping to make Jay Z's "Lucifer" part of your "getting ready to go out" playlist tonight that could be tricky depending on the streaming service you use. That's because as <i>MacRumors</i> and <i>9to5Mac</i> noticed, Beyoncé's husband has started pulling his solo catalog from the likes of Apple Music …

Music Industry

Hold Up! Renée Fleming Is Not Retiring From Opera

The opera firmament was shaken yesterday when a <i>New York Times</i> article, headlined "The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming's Farewell to Opera," landed online.<p>The lengthy piece gave the impression that Fleming, a beloved star of classical music and one of the most successful sopranos of her generation, was …

Opera

Spotify's plan to go public might not include an IPO

Now that Spotify is locking down long-term deals with record labels, the company's next big task is going public. Before you run to the hills at the sound of financial speak, this influx of cash could help the company you know and love keep delivering the tunes you listen to on a daily basis. …

IPOs

Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' is The First-Ever Stream-Only Album To Go Platinum

<b>Kanye West</b> has set another historic music milestone. His seventh studio album, <i>The Life of Pablo</i> has become the first-ever-stream-only album to go …

Music

The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming’s Farewell to Opera

Richard Strauss’s opera “Der Rosenkavalier” is about the passage of time. It’s the story of a wealthy married woman, the Marschallin, who is having an affair with a much younger man, and who realizes that she is getting older and that he will sooner or later move on. Her most famous aria, at the …

Performing Arts

Beatles Prep Massive 'Sgt. Pepper' 50th Anniversary Reissue

The Beatles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking album <i>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> with several reissue packages …

Albums

The NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert Transcends Its Fraught Political Moment

Dee Dee Bridgewater found a moment in her acceptance speech at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, on Monday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to sound a note of thanks for the NEA itself. "They have provided the possibility for artists to dream," she said, "and to share their …

Performing Arts