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January 23, 2015 Comment

On Stage: Broadway Shows From Vampires To Vegas

New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley says this season is a “surprisingly good one,” and shares his picks.

January 22, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: Jazz That’s Unearthed And Reinvented

Bo Leibowitz of KCRW shares sounds from a newly discovered recording of John Coltrane, to a new take on a Duke Ellington standard.

January 13, 2015 6 Comments

DJ Sessions: From Traditional To Virtual Choirs

Classical Minnesota Public Radio DJ Steve Staruch shares a range of choral music, from the traditional to the digital.

January 13, 2015 2 Comments

For Spotify It’s Full Steam Ahead, With Or Without Taylor Swift

Paying users on Spotify increased around 50 percent since May of 2014. However, the streaming music service has yet to post a profit.

January 6, 2015 Comment

Country Music Isn’t All From The South

Author Clifford Murphy brings us a selection of country music from the New England area.

January 5, 2015 13 Comments

Renee Graham’s Picks For Quintessentially American Music

In the first of a new series looking at American music, our pop culture critic shares a playlist including B.B. King and Nina Simone.

January 2, 2015 Comment

Documenting The Evolution Of Hip Hop

Music journalist Brian Coleman has compiled what he calls the “invisible liner notes” of hip hop in two anthologies.

December 31, 2014 2 Comments

Pop Culture Critic Renee Graham On Artists We Lost

Renee Graham remembers the musicians we lost this year, including Tommy Ramone of The Ramones and conductor Claudio Abbado.

December 30, 2014 6 Comments

2014 Was A Good Year For The Old 97’s

The members of the Old 97’s are showing no signs of their age, in a well-received album and stage show.

December 26, 2014 Comment

Dixie Cups ‘Chapel of Love’ Turns 50

The members of The Dixie Cups discuss their 1964 hit about “going to the chapel.”

December 25, 2014 Comment

The 1914 Christmas Truce Is Set To Music At Symphony Hall

The Boston Pops has commissioned a new narrated work combining words and music to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914.

December 25, 2014 Comment

Louis Armstong's Queens Home Celebrates The Holidays

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York goes all out for the holidays.

December 25, 2014 Comment

David Gray On New Beginnings

The British singer-songwriter talks about his music and plays songs off his new album “Mutineers,” which is his tenth record.

December 24, 2014 3 Comments

DJ Sessions: Christmas Favorites Of Yesterday — And Today

From “Christmas Island,” by Jimmy Buffett to “Mele Kalikimaka,” by Bing Crosby.

December 23, 2014 5 Comments

After Nearly 30 Years Klezkamp To Sound Final Note

This year’s 30th anniversary of the KlezKamp, an annual week-long Yiddish folks art festival, will be its last.

December 17, 2014 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Best Songs Of 2014

Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe of KCRW listen back to some of the best songs of 2014, including sounds from Ty Segall and Caribou.

December 15, 2014 Comment

‘A Goyishe Christmas To You!’

Despite not celebrating Christmas, Jews have been historically influential on holiday music.

December 15, 2014 Comment

For Some Alzheimer’s Patients Musical Memories Still Stir While Others Fade

Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley tells us how elder care providers are using music to help those who suffer memory loss.

December 12, 2014 Comment

Ziggy Marley’s ‘Fly Rasta’ Up For Grammy

Marley’s album has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, an award he won last year with “Ziggy Marley in Concert.”

December 11, 2014 Comment

Soprano Renee Fleming Releases A Christmas Album

Her album “Christmas in New York” includes collaborations with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright.

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January 22 Comment

The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 25 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 21 22 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

January 21 2 Comments

Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president's plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.