Music

Movie Reviews
2:04 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

A Parisian Finds Her Place In A Rarely Seen Part Of 'Girlhood'

Karidja Toure in Girlhood.
Strand Releasing

Early on in Celine Sciamma's striking Girlhood, a deft twist confounds what you might expect from a teen movie set in a mostly black, poverty-stricken suburb of Paris. Shut out of conventional paths to realize her ambition to be "like others, normal" and fed up with the tyranny of a bullying older brother at home, 16-year-old Marieme (Karidja Toure) takes up with a gang of tough-talking girls whose charismatic leader, Lady (Assa Sylla), fights other girls and wields a knife.

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The Record
1:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Pop's New Old Sound: Retro Without Rules

Bruno Mars (left) and Mark Ronson, whose song, "Uptown Funk!," has been the No. 1 song in the country for four weeks in a row.
Vevo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:49 am

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Music News
1:37 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

Everybody can play the kazoo, practically no skill required — but only two places in the U.S. make them.
Kazoobie Kazoos

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 11:10 am

In case it's not marked on your calendar, Wednesday, Jan. 28, is National Kazoo Day.

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The Record
11:43 am
Wed January 28, 2015

A Rational Conversation With ASAP Yams

Some of A$AP Mob at BET's 106 & Park Studios in July 2013. Standing, from left to right, ASAP Bari, ASAP Yams and ASAP Illz. In front, from left to right, ASAP Ferg, ASAP Twelvyy and ASAP Rocky.
John Ricard Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 12:03 pm

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NPR Story
2:14 am
Wed January 28, 2015

First Listen: Israeli Singer Asaf Avidan

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 5:09 am

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Music Interviews
10:23 am
Tue January 27, 2015

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:46 pm

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2013.

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The Record
9:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

From The Isleys To Aaliyah To Frank Ocean, The Evolution Of 'Love'

Frank Ocean released an Aaliyah tribute, "At Your Best (You Are Love)," on the late R&B singer's birthday.
Courtesy of the artist

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Fifty Years Of Steve Reich's 'It's Gonna Rain'

Steve Reich, with a phase-shifting pulse gate, photographed in New York in 1969.
Nonesuch

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:14 pm

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Music News
3:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Punch Brothers May Look Like A Bluegrass Band But Their Sound Is Unique

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:27 am

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Music Interviews
1:01 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

George Ezra: Listen To This Man, He'll Make You Swoon

"If this is the only album I get to release, so be it," George Ezra says. "I've had the best time."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 4:45 pm

George Ezra has a voice that can float high and delicate, but it can also wade deep. At 18, he was discovered via YouTube; now, at 21, he's released a debut album that's No. 1 in England.

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