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The Smashing Pumpkins: Making Peace With The Immediate Past

As his band unveils its ninth album, Oceania, Billy Corgan says he's outgrown the desire to make every release a complete stylistic departure from the previous one.

The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'

Boston Conservatory professor Jan Swafford explains how a piece written to celebrate a Russian war victory became the theme song for American independence.

Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

Once described by Time as "America's best singer," Wilson explores a lifelong relationship with the guitar on her new album, Another Country.

Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

The jazz drummer tells NPR's Guy Raz that great percussionists like Buddy Rich and Max Roach make their cymbals "sing."

A Summer With Fun.

For the summer season, we'll follow the rising band behind the hit "We Are Young" — and its backstage crew — as it hits the road.

Richard Adler, Broadway Composer And Lyricist, Dies

He co-wrote Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, then hired Marilyn Monroe to sing "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy.