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Grace Potter's Solo Album 'Midnight' Mixes Styles And Rhythms

In her first solo album, Potter moves away from the hard-rock groove for which she's known and explores new genres. Critic Ken Tucker says Midnight "sounds like the breakaway from formula that it is."

With 'Stereotypes,' A Duo Raised On Hip-Hop And Classical Has It Both Ways

As Black Violin, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste say they're merely demonstrating what two music styles with traditionally disparate audiences have in common.

... And Beer For All: Budweiser Makes A Metallica Beer In Canada

The beer, which has the tag line "Coulée dans le rock" (cast in rock), will get a wider release in Canada later this month when fewer than 100,000 cases of special-edition black cans hit shelves.

Death, Unintentional Punk Pioneers, Preserved In The Smithsonian

Death, the rock 'n' roll band from Detroit, has been called the first black punk-rock band — not to mention the first punk-rock band, period. Now the trio has found a place in the Smithsonian.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 16, 2015

You can pay tribute to a late blues legend or attend a concert celebrating the recognition of the Indonesian Angklung.


Chris Stapleton: Tiny Desk Concert

As a songwriter in Nashville, Chris Stapleton has written hits for Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Darius Rucker. As a singer, he once led the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, and more recently...

Nature Boi’s Mom Wanted Him To Be An Electrical Engineer. He Pursued Hip-Hop Instead.

It’s been said that music is a form of therapy. That’s as true for listeners as it is for musicians....

Music Review: 'Over And Even,' Joan Shelley

Music critic Will Hermes has been won over by the remarkably beautiful, pure voice of Joan Shelley. He reviews her new album, Over and Even.

First Listen: Mac Miller, ‘GO:OD AM’

It’s a new day for Mac Miller. In just a few years the 23-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh has gone from teenage Internet sensation to top-selling—albeit critically-maligned—indie artist to accepted...

A Working Jazz Band Shows Off Its Polish In 'Canada Day IV'

Eight years ago, jazz drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt put together a quintet called Canada Day. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the group's new album shows the wisdom of sticking together.