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In The Battle Between Taylor Swift And Apple, Swift Didn't Fight Alone

Swift made headlines when her Tumblr post seemed to force Apple to pay musicians for music streamed during a three-month free trial period. But other music industry players get credit as well.

Taylor Swift Wins Battle With Apple Over Free Music Streaming

Pop star Taylor Swift picked a fight with Apple over the weekend, saying that artists should get paid in the free trial version of Apple's new music streaming service. She won the battle, but the streaming wars continue.

Back In Ghana, Pat Thomas Gives New Life To Highlife

Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band's eight songs unfold in beautifully paced arrangements that are unhurried, but also packed with ideas. Legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen guests.
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‘Your Band Sucks’ Author Jon Fine: ‘I Got A Job. That Was A Big Failure’

WAMU 88.5's chatted with the author about his memoir, the reunion of his band, and indie rock's "failed revolution."


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musician Gunther Schuller Dies At 89

Gunther Schuller, who bridged classical music and jazz, has died at age 89. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator ranged widely in his musicianship.

Robert Glasper Puts His Trio On Shuffle

The jazz pianist has spent the past five years essentially making modern R&B records. On the new Covered he returns to a more traditional form, but adds an eclectic twist to keep things interesting.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Hits The Right Notes For The Road

On this week's Wingin' It, music journalist Anthony DeCurtis tells us about his favorite road-trip song. DeCurtis is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine.

Bored Flautist Plays The Tiny (Instrumental) Desk

Angela Sheik started out as a classical flautist but got bored mid-career and she started writing songs. She submitted a video to the Tiny Desk Concert Contest and speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Husband-wife team Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about their play based on the life and writings of legendary rock scribe Lester Bangs.

'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

The man credited as the father of minimalism is celebrating a big birthday Wednesday. And his influence reaches well beyond classical music.