506 Shows In 365 Days: Bob Boilen’s 2015 In Concerts

sufjan-stevens-15---version-2_wide-ced06656e55781d497964be4f94d764cad61ddd2-s400-c85After seeing exactly 662 bands in each 2013 and 2014, my concert attendance plummeted in 2015. This past year I saw only 506 bands take the stage, but I have an excuse. I wrote a book.

So more than 100 times this year I opted to sit on my couch and write instead of running out to one of my fave D.C. concert hot spots. I love the participatory nature of concerts. There’s something about screaming approval at a show that makes it an active and communal form of entertainment. I don’t get that from movies and TV shows — in fact, I never made it to the theater in 2015 and Portlandia was the only series of which I can say I watched every episode. On the other hand, I did see 59 bands play at the 9:30 Club and 31 bands play at DC9, and also plenty of shows at the Black Cat, Comet Ping Pong, The Hamilton, The Lincoln Theater, Sixth and I Synagogue and Rock & Roll Hotel. D.C. is a good town for music. Venues care about the performers and

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Appreciating Carly Rae Jepsen For Dummies Maybe

thHello! And welcome to “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Appreciating Carly Rae Jepsen For Dummies Maybe.” It’s really great that you’ve chosen to click on this link, for whatever reason. Thank you. As a D-list celebrity Carly Rae Jepsen appreciator, I get a lot of questions via email and Twitter about my second-favorite Canadian pop star. Maybe you’ve got a little crush: “Trent, do you know if Carly Rae is single?” Perhaps you’re a “Call Me Maybe” structuralist: “What is the deal with this song?” Or maybe you’re just challenging the authenticity of my “like:” “Do you really like Carly Rae Jepsen?”

No matter what site you were browsing before you clicked on this link, welcome! If you’re a tl;dr kinda asshole, I’ll give you this (for everyone else: spoiler alert!): I really do like Carly Rae Jepsen, really, which, if you’re still reading this, begs the crucial question of the Guide: “How do you really like Carly Rae Jepsen, really?”

This Guide grew out of my simple and very personal passion for the holistic beauty

With No Museum, Thousands Of Mexican Instruments Pile Into This Apartment

jaranas-edit_custom-fc3634e776ff3b146c0d24d4216c65086306d75d-s800-c85There’s a place in Mexico City that’s filled with thousands of musical instruments from all over Latin America — some of them more than 100 years old. It’s not a museum or music school. It’s an apartment. Actually, the collection’s grown so much, it now fills two apartments. It’s the result of a lifelong passion for the instruments and their history, as well as a determination to share them.

Guillermo Contreras is a brawny 63-year-old with gray hair and a beard, wearing blue jeans and a black dress shirt, but when he opens the door, you barely notice him. There are instruments everywhere. It’s more than any museum collection I’ve ever seen.

“No, I’ve filled one museum with 300 pieces,” Contreras says. “I can tell you, there are more than 4,000 instruments here.”

He’s got Jaranas, vihuelas, guitarrones, bajo quintos — all Mexican offspring of the Spanish guitar, which was brought here during the colonial period. There are also violins and harps of every size, marimbas, dozens of percussion instruments, and wind instruments of every shape, length and sound.

He pulls out a reed flute and

Tips to play the drum easily

Are you interested in music? Music is one type of art that liked by almost everyone, whether male or female, children and even adults. The music had been popular since in old time. Musical instruments are also very diverse, there are piano, violin, guitar, drums, trumpet, and others. In this article will be discussed about drums. Are you interested to learning about the drums? Want to be able to play the drums as a professional? private drum lessons Glendale is ready to help you to be proficient in playing the drums.

The drum is a musical instrument that belongs to the percussion instruments. In the genre is the music that pop, rock, and jazz the drum usually use as a determinant of tempo and beats the basis of a composition songs. Drum set is a group composed of drums consists of snare, hi hat, tom, tom, floor tom bass drum, and occasionally supplemented by an electric drum. Do not forgetting there is a disc made of gold-colored metal commonly called cymbals. For cymbals are at least 3 pieces of the drum kit, namely crash, ride and hi-hat. Of course in playing the drums there are

Tips for Piano Lessons in Singapore

No question there are many ways to search for piano lesson in Singapore. You can sign on with tune schools, piano training Singapore groups, or personal piano instructors. But hey, since you are right here, check out your skilled piano trainer!

As an experienced Singapore piano trainer, playing the piano for over 17 years, giving piano classes Singapore for greater than 3 years, I consider that the position of piano instructors is not handiest to have students research the piano nicely, however additionally to inspire them to enjoy the splendour and leisure of piano track.

Seeing that 2009, Piano teachers  have been carrying out piano instructions in Singapore ranging from young youngsters to adults, coaching graded piano instructions, to recreational piano instructions. Their best pleasure of teaching comes from seeing their students revel in the piano track they play.

Irrespective of age, piano training are certainly pleasurable and profitable. Come play along! Track is a laugh and playing the piano is an experience every person should experience. It’s miles an pastime you can percentage with circle of relatives and friends at gatherings and capabilities. So for you adults obtainable who have been placing this off… it’s time to give yourself the gift

What to expect from this year’s Grammys

Music’s biggest artists will bring home the hardware, Gwen Stefani will shoot a live music video, and Taylor Swift will inevitably put her dance moves on display. But there will be more to Monday’s Grammy ceremony than performances, acceptance speeches, and stunning (for better or worse) red carpet fashion.

Take a look at the video above to get a sneak peek of what’s to come Grammy night, but viewers can expect the Hamilton cast to livestream a performance from Broadway, Rihanna will take the stage for the first time since releasing Anti, and Lady Gaga will pay tribute to David Bowie. Late Eagles band member Glenn Frey will be honored with a performance by Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsch, and Timothy Schmit, and Lionel Richie will receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award. Other artists slated to perform include Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Adele, and more. Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and country newcomer Cam are among the night’s presenters.

This year’s show will air live without delay, taking place at L.A.’s Staples Center. LL Cool J will host for the fifth time.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air 8 p.m. ET on Feb. 15 on CBS. Head here

Inside Clive Davis’ pre Grammys bash

Grammy week in Los Angeles is a wild, strange piñata of parties, but there’s really only one soirée where you can see the likes of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and “Trap Queen” rapper Fetty Wap nibble on roast chicken at adjacent banquet tables while Courtney Love, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Rock, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson socialize in the aisles, Gwen Stefani perches giggling on Blake Shelton’s lap, and estranged bandmates Harry Styles and Zayn Malik pose separately for photos but do not (sorry, One Direction dreamers) take the stage.

The man who has brought this annual event together for four decades now is Clive Davis, the legendary 83-year-old record mogul and raconteur. And he did, as he does every year, take care to point out the many friends and artists in the room – a black-tie tangle of EGOTs, industry icons, and tech billionaires – and describe their accomplishments. Those introductions can make for a very extended evening, but they’re actually just interstitials for the performances, which this year included Beck and the surviving members of Nirvana paying tribute to David Bowie with a standout “Man Who Sold the World”; Earth, Wind and Fire running down funk classics like

Kanye West Is Fixing His Album in Public. You’ll Want to Read the Edits.

When Kanye West first tweeted a handwritten 10-song track list for his seventh album, “The Life of Pablo,” late last month, the photo was captioned, “So happy to be finished with the best album of all time.”

Best? Could happen. Finished? Not even close.

What is “The Life of Pablo” then? Is it one of the notepad-scrawled track listings Mr. West released on Twitter? Is it the nine-track version of the album that played at Mr. West’s Madison Square Garden extravaganza, illegally ripped and made available for unauthorized download soon after the show (which some critics chose to review)? Is it

Scientists Just Discovered Why All Pop Music Sounds Exactly the Same

Anyone who listens to pop radio regularly has probably been hit with this realization at one point or another – a ton of pop music sounds very similar. It seems like grandpa logic, but a growing body of research confirms what we all suspect: Pop music is actually getting more and more homogeneous. And now, thanks to a new study, they know why.

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A new study, surveying more than 500,000 albums, shows simplicity sells best across all music genres. As something becomes popular, it necessarily dumbs down and becomes more formulaic. So if you’re wondering why the top 10 features two Meghan Trainor songs that sound exactly the same and two Taylor Swift songs that sound exactly the same, scientists think they finally have the answer.

The study: In a recent study, researchers from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria studied 15 genres and 374 subgenres. They rated the genre’s complexity over time — measured by researchers in purely quantitative aspects, such as timbre and acoustical variations — and compared that to the genre’s sales. They found that in nearly every case, as genres increase in

Music Can’t Last Forever Not Even on the Internet

Recorded music was once incredibly fragile. Before the days of digital music, an independent band might press only a few thousand, or even a few hundred copies of a vinyl record. Those albums only became more rare over the years as copies were scratched, broken, or thrown out. Likewise, master recordings could be damaged or lost, making the record difficult or impossible to reissue.

But today, thanks to the wonders of digitization, recordings can be backed up and saved indefinitely. When a formerly obscure band hits it big, fans can instantly find their early work, without having to hunt it down in used record stores or waiting for a reissue, thanks to streaming music services.

The trouble is that, even as music has become more durable, it has—paradoxically—also become more ephemeral. Your physical records don’t evaporate if the store you bought it from closes shop or the record label that published them goes out of business. If a streaming music company goes under, a stockpile of important cultural artifacts could go with it.

Fears that exactly this could happen erupted this week when a financial statements from popular audio hosting site SoundCloud surfaced online. The company, which has become a vital

The power of music: how it can benefit health

 I think music in itself is healing,” American musician Billy Joel once said. “It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Most of us would wholeheartedly agree with this statement, and it is this universal bond with music that has led researchers across the globe to investigate its therapeutic potential.
We can all think of at least one song that, when we hear it, triggers an emotional response. It might be a song that accompanied the first dance at your wedding, for example, or a song that reminds you of a difficult break-up or the loss of a loved one.

“We have a such a deep connection to music because it is ‘hardwired’ in our brains and bodies,” Barbara Else, senior advisor of policy and research at the American Music Therapy Association told Medical News Today. “The elements of music – rhythm, melody, etc. – are echoed in our physiology, functioning and being.”

Given the deep connection we have with music, it is perhaps unsurprising that numerous studies have shown it can benefit our mental health. A 2011 study by researchers from McGill University

Drake, Meek Mill Trade Disses on New Tracks

Two weeks after the Meek Mill and Drake beef was stirred from its five-month ceasefire thanks to Mill’s “I’m da Plug Freestyle,” the feud is officially back on after both rappers fired new disses at one another with a pair of freshly released tracks.

On Drake’s OVO Sound show Saturday on Beats 1, the rapper once again took aim at his “Back to Back” target with a new single titled “Summer Sixteen.” “I let the diss record drop, you were standing right below me, nigga / We must have played it a hundred times, you was going to bed,” Drake says on the song. “Why would I put on a vest I expect you to aim for the head / I coulda killed you the first time / You don’t have to try and say it louder nigga / Trust, we heard you the first time.”

“Summer Sixteen” also finds Drake ribbing President Barack Obama for stating that Kendrick Lamar was a better rapper (“Tell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he in / They bulletproof”) and boasting about his success. “I used to want to be on Roc-A-Fella / Then I turned into Jay,” Drake says. “Now I

Billy Strayhorn In Five Songs

The composer Billy Strayhorn spent almost all of his adult life in the professional company of Duke Ellington, operating as a crucial but seldom visible creative partner whose own greatness has finally emerged only in the past two decades — long after his death in 1967 at age 51. The author of “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Lush Life” and “Satin Doll,” Strayhorn wrote songs, suites, scores and other works that run to well over 1,000 pieces in all. He was an impeccable and sensitive craftsman whose own musical universe overlapped and expanded the vast world of Ellingtonia; his tonal language ran the gamut from classical to bebop.

This month marks Strayhorn’s centennial. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on Nov. 29, 1915 and grew up in Pittsburgh, a jazz capital known for producing other pianists and composers. A musical prodigy, he began composing while in high school, writing a musical called Fantastic Rhythm that included the future standard “My Little Brown Book.”

In late 1938, while Ellington was playing in Pittsburgh, a two-degrees-of-separation friendship resulted in the bandleader granting Strayhorn a

Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music Right Now

In mid-November, I was lucky enough to accompany a group of American composers and performers traveling to Cuba for the Havana Contemporary Music Festival

Going to Cuba was a longtime dream for me, especially as it has been an incubator for incredible music and dance that draw upon its history as a crossroads — and crucible — for indigenous, West African, Spanish and other imported traditions. As Fernando Sáez Carvajal, the director of an independent contemporary dance company, Malpaso, pointed out to me, Cuba is not just an island. It is also a collection of ports, and historically, port cities are incredibly fertile grounds for creativity and innovation because different peoples come together.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll have much more reporting and conversations from this trip, but Cuba is such sacred ground that I couldn’t help but dedicate this month’s edition of Latitudes entirely to its music.

The Havana Contemporary Music Festival ishttp://acai-beeren.org/wp-admin/post-new.php led by composer and conductor Guido López-Gavilán, who was a very enthusiastic and warm host to the 10 U.S.-based composers selected for this experience. I’ve now heard a few different versions of one of his works, the lively and polyrhythmic Camerata en Guaguancó.

The guaguancó is a kind of Cuban

‘We Use Music To Understand Where We Are’: David Lang On The Music Of ‘Youth’

In the new movie Youth, an elderly, retired composer-conductor is called upon to conduct for the first time in years. He’s an Englishman named Fred Ballinger — and the request is from Queen Elizabeth II. It seems Ballinger’s composition Simple Songs, written when he was a much younger man, is the only thing the Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, will listen to.

That premise necessarily makes a few demands of the film. Someone had to play Ballinger convincingly, which Michael Caine does. More importantly, though, someone had to compose a piece of music that could plausibly account for Prince Phillip’s fictitious fondness, and for Ballinger’s fictitious fame. That job was handed to David Lang.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer spoke with NPR’s Robert Siegel about the curious task of writing music fit for royalty, from the perspective of an artist well past his glory days. Hear their conversation at the audio link, and read an edited version below.

Robert Siegel: Tell me about “Simple Song #3,” the composition at the heart of the story. Was this written after you saw or read the movie, or did you have it in the drawer all along?

David Lang: No, I wrote it specifically for this film. But the

Kendrick Lamar And Taylor Swift Lead Grammy Nominations

A battle between upbeat, finely crafted pop and politically minded hip-hop seems to be what’s shaping up for the biggest prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced this morning, in advance of the awards ceremony on Feb. 15.

Leading the way with 11 total nominations is Kendrick Lamar and his album To Pimp A Butterfly. But Taylor Swift racked up seven nominations, including three out of the four biggest categories — Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. But R&B singer, songwriter and producer The Weeknd matched Swift’s total tally.

For those looking for a “Swift vs. Lamar” narrative, however, things aren’t so simple: the Best Pop Group/Duo Performance and Best Music Video nominees include their collaboration “Bad Blood.” (Lamar also has another nominated video in the latter category, for his anthemic “Alright.”)

Especially among the four major categories — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist — many of the nominees were nearly a forgone conclusion, considering the rapturous response they’ve already received from critics and fans alike.

Nominees for Album of the Year are Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color; Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A

Hear A New Solo Song By John Paul White, Formerly Of The Civil Wars

“Lyrics drove me to country music,” said the producer Dave Cobb in an interview we published yesterday about his path from the L.A. rock scene to producing a handful of albums that signal a return of traditional country to Nashville’s main stage, including ones by Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton. “I think maybe what I wanted to do is to find a way to make country records feel like all the other records I adored, but with those lyrics. And voice. I’m always looking for a voice.”

For his newest project, Cobb has rounded up a dozen. The concept album Southern Family, coming out on his own Elektra Records imprint in March, features his closest allies in creating what he simply calls “honest” music. It features his close friends Anderson East, Isbell and Stapleton; the latter singer’s gifted wife, Morgane; longtime allies Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson and new collaborators Holly Williams and Brandi Clark; and Cobb’s cousin, Brent, who’s written some of the most memorable tracks by artist like Luke Bryan and Little Big Town. Also participating are musicians from every corner of country’s big picture, including Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown, and Rich Robinson of Black Crowes

20 Feet From DJ

The British singer Diane Charlemagne passed away on Oct. 28. You may be forgiven, at least a bit, if her name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, because the music industry rendered her anonymous, especially in the U.S. To audiences in the UK, where electronic dance music has long been a readily translatable dialect in pop music’s lingua franca, she was the “voice of a generation,” the vocalist of 1990s dance-floor landmarks like Goldie’s “Inner City Life.” On these shores, she was better known as a backup singer and guest vocalist, having spent several years touring with Moby

Charlemagne’s voice may be indelibly imprinted on our ears and brains, but like too many others, her name evaded familiarity, her identity subsumed in the groove and buried deep in the liner notes. The Oscar-winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom shone a welcome spotlight on the plight of rock backup singers like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Claudia Lennear, luminous talents pigeonholed into a niche where, according to one singer, “they would like you to come in, make things sound great, take very little credit, and go home quickly.”

In dance music, however, such voices aren’t in the background at all but provide the

Why listening to music is the key to good health

There’s no doubt that listening to your favourite music can instantly put you in a good mood. But scientists are now discovering that music can do more for you than just lift your spirits.Research is showing it has a variety of health benefits.Fresh research from Austria has found that listening to music can help patients with chronic back pain.And a recent survey by Mind – the mental health charity – found that after counselling, patients found group therapy such as art and music therapy, the most useful.Here, we present six proven ways that music can help you and your family’s health


How it helps: Music works on the autonomic nervous system – the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function – and also the limbic system – the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions. According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.

When slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly, thus reducing muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back. And experts say that apart from physical tension, music also reduces psychological

David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust-Era Stylist Recalls Dressing Him in Iconic Jumpsuit

Small moments of happiness occurred many times while working with David,” recalls Yacco Takahashi, a Harajuku pioneer and Japan’s first fashion stylist, who first met the artist in 1972 and introduced him to Kansai Yamamoto, the designer responsible for some of his most famous looks.

In 1972 I was in London coordinating a photo shoot with T. Rex for Masayoshi Sukita [Bowie’s longtime unofficial portraitist and lensmen behind the Heroes album cover]. One day, we found a strange poster in the street. It was of David Bowie. I called RCA and they approved Sukita to photograph David. We did a session with him, wearing Kansai Yamamoto’s clothes, after his July 8th show at Royal Festival Hall, which Sukita and I attended. It was the first time seeing him live, and we were really into his world.

I went to New York in 1973 for David’s first performance at Radio City as his stylist. I brought all the clothes from Kansai’s London show for him to wear. David wore traditional Japanese ninja outfit in order to change costumes quickly and I worked as a “Kuroko” (a stagehand in Kabuki theater), wearing a black leotard and pantaloons. To my outfit, I added children’s suspenders with

How Music Affects Teens

The Affect Music Has On Different Teens
Music is something that every person has his or her own specific opinion about. Different people have different taste, and various types of music have many ways of leaving an impact on someone. It can be relaxing, angering, soothing, energizing, and many more.
There are so many types of music out there today. Rap, pop, rock, country, indie, alternative, hardcore are some of the abundant types in the world. Music sends out either good or bad messages that have big impacts on how people act. People usually become friends with others who have a same taste in music as the rest of the people they hangout with, or it can be vice versa. People may not want to associate with people who have different tastes in music because they’ll argue about what they think is better but its just their own opinions.
Rap and Rock music are two very important types of music in the world. They both send out different messages and help kids. The lyrics sung or rapped by the artists can be things going on in their own personal lives, and people with the same types of problems can listen