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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Mumford & Sons: Finding Balance In 'Babel'

Mumford & Sons.
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Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 11:43 am

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The Record
12:52 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Prince Edition

Andy Allo and Prince performing last July in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Brian Ach WireImage

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:38 am

Need something to distract you from politics news? Yeah, us too. So here you go: behind the scenes with intense, high-achieving, middle-aged men; a list of ways the common man is being screwed over by big industry; Springsteen and fact-checking our present understanding of the past. Oh, sorry. Maybe lean back with this video of a British radio legend extolling the virtues of Biggie's "One More Chance" instead.

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Music Interviews
11:03 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Elliott Sharp: 'Blues Is A Feeling'

"Blues is a feeling, and it exists cross-culturally. It always has existed, and it always will. It's part of being human," says musician Elliott Sharp.
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Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 2:36 pm

In the 1980s, Elliott Sharp was the height of New York City cool, a central part of that town's experimental music scene. His creations were inspired by advanced mathematical concepts. He tuned his guitars according to the Fibonacci Sequence and wrote challenging pieces inspired by fractal geometry.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Lake Street Dive: A String Band With Soul

Lake Street Dive performs for Folk Alley at the Green River Festival.
Folk Alley

Imagine you're strolling down a dark and steamy alley. In the distance, you think you overhear Adele jamming with some combination of country and bluegrass pickers. As you round the corner and get a look at the band, you realize it's actually Lake Street Dive: singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney and guitarist Mike "McDuck" Olson.

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A Blog Supreme
4:37 am
Sat September 22, 2012

What Did The Monk Competition Ever Do For You?

Emmet Cohen performs in the final round of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, where he placed third. The 2012 competition takes place this weekend.
Brendan Hoffman WireImage

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:17 am

Pianist Ethan Iverson launched a debate last month when he evoked "the dark side" of musical competition — specifically, of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, whose semifinals and finals take place this weekend in Washington, D.C. Iverson took issue with overemphasizing technical convention, and with the very nature of judging art, making the somewhat hyperbolic suggestion that Monk couldn't have competed in the contest named for him.

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