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The Guide to Getting into Miles Davis

In his own words, Miles changed music "five or six times." That might even be undercutting it. So where do you begin?<p>From the day he left St. Louis for New York as a teenager to the day he died, Miles Dewey Davis III was the coolest motherfucker on the planet. I don't say "motherfucker" to be …

Jimi Hendrix's 22 Greatest Guitar Techniques!

The Greatest Jazz Albums You’ve Never Heard

We’ve handpicked 13 classic jazz albums that we think you’ve never heard, but certainly should have. Each one is here on merit, giving you a chance …

Thelonious Monk Creates a List of Tips for Playing a Gig: “Don’t Listen to Me, I Am Supposed to Be Accompanying You!”

We’re fascinated by lists. Other people’s lists. Even the ones left behind in shopping carts are interesting (Jarlsburg, Gruyere and Swiss? Must be …

Different Kinds of Trips: Brian Wilson Reflects on 'Pet Sounds' 50 Years Later

Wilson revisits his masterpiece on its 50th anniversary and gives some insight into his recent biopic and long-awaited autobiography.<p><i>Illustration by Dessie Jackson</i><p>The summer of 2001 was an interesting time to live and listen to music in New York City. In the pre-9/11 NYC music scene, excitement …

Watch Kamasi Washington Talk Jazz & Hip-Hop, Perform On Charlie Rose

Kamasi Washington feels like jazz’s first crossover star in a long time, and certainly like the first in a while who found fame without smoothing out …

First Poster For Don Cheadle's MILES AHEAD

Having recently debuted the first trailer for the Miles Davis musical biopic MILES AHEAD, Sony Pictures Classics have released the very first poster …

Herbie Hancock And Wayne Shorter Share Open Letter To The Next Generation Of Artists

Flashback: Bobbie Gentry Haunts Radio With Mysterious Suicide Ballad

Bobbie Gentry, the pioneering but reclusive country star who captured the world's attention with her mysterious "Ode to Billie Joe," turns 71 years …

Music

Try not to dance as DJ spins a set using Apple Watch

Algoriddim’s DJ app, Djay has finally accomplished the insurmountable–making it possible to DJ from a smartwatch and to cool look while doing it. …

Smartwatches

A Spotify employee just leaked a new feature that builds retro playlists based on your current taste in music

It looks like Spotify is launching a new feature that lets you build decade-specific playlists based on your current taste in music.<p>VentureBeat …

Playlist

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth review – reclaiming Lady Day's artistry

To the public, Billie Holiday might simply be an icon. But to specialists, she’s the subject of a long and unsettled argument. In the view of some critics, her art has often gotten short shrift compared with discussions over the tabloid particulars of her too-short life. In 1956, she published a …

Soul Music

Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies at the Fillmore East: A Concert That Changed Rock

Who better to usher in a new year and a new rock decade than Jimi Hendrix? At the end of 1969, having liberated electric rock & roll from its Top …

Guitar

Jimmy Page Promises 'Quite Different' Direction With New Music

Jimmy Page says he's "warming up on the touchlines" for a live comeback.<p>Speaking at the West London launch of the 40th anniversary deluxe reissue for …

Music

John Lennon's "Paperback Writer" Guitar Just Sold For Over $500,000

If you’re a big fan of The Beatles and you were hoping to collect some really important memorabilia anytime soon, you may want to check your bank account, because the cost of owning truly special pieces continues to rise all the time.<p>Just recently, the guitar that was used by John Lennon when …

Guitar

9 best turntables under £500

After years of being usurped by cassettes, CDs, Minidiscs, MP3s, Spotify, and all other kinds of musical formats, old man Vinyl is still standing …

Audiophile

Bob Seger: Ride Out

New Bob Seger albums don't show up too often (this is his second since 1995). But he's still the same heartland warrior with the same sturdy, elastic …

Music

Pete Townshend Talks Mods, Recording, and Smashing Guitars

The Who are the best known and most brilliant expression of the most influential "youth movement" ever to take Great Britain, the Mods. Their career …

20 Feet from Stardom wins best documentary Oscar

20 Feet from Stardom has won the best documentary Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included Indonesian-massacre study The Act of Killing and Egyptian revolution insight The Square.<p>Directed by Morgan Neville, 20 Feet from Stardom is an examination of the lives and experiences …

Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jim Morrison to Appear on Postage Stamps

Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging …

Bill Clinton