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On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, her first collection of original material since 2004 and the first record she's released since the publication of her memoir Just Kids. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Banga is marvelously uneven and frequently transporting.

Ice-T Gives A Hip-Hop History Lesson In 'The Art Of Rap'

The rapper and actor says he is paying a debt with his film about hip-hop. "Rap music saved my life," he says.

One Road Trip, One Novelist, One-Fifth Of The Decemberists

Two creative siblings — Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy and writer Maile Meloy — recall a family road trip made memorable by the handful of cassettes in the car.

The Untold Story Of Singer Bobby Charles

Charles was one of those rock 'n' roll figures whose work you're almost certainly familiar with, even if you've probably heard of him. He lived in isolation, recorded very little, didn't perform live and died in 2010. Rock historian Ed Ward looks at his memorable body of work.

Clear Channel Will Be The First To Pay Royalties For Music On Its Air

The network will pay for the recordings — not just songs — it airs, and less for those it streams.