Music

Sousa Beyond ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’

July 2, 2015
Keith Brion conducts his New Sousa Band in this undated photo. (Courtesy)

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, conductor Keith Brion shares a selection of patriotic marches by John Philip Sousa.

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

July 1, 2015
Joy Williams' new solo album is "Venus." (Chuck Willis via Facebook)

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

June 30, 2015
Chorus members Laurie Wolft (left) and George Hastie (right) pose for a photo with choral director Sandi Hammond. (Eileen Bolinsky)

The all-trans chorus was founded to help people learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

DJ Session: Mariachi

June 24, 2015
Sebastien De La Cruz, 12, performs the national anthem prior to Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cynthia Munoz, an expert on all things mariachi, shares examples of the genre’s range, including 13-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz.

Remembering Composer Gunther Schuller

June 22, 2015
Gunther Schuller conducts at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. (Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

We revisit Robin Young’s interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer on the occasion of his 75th birthday, 15 years ago.

Apple Changes Policy After Criticism From Taylor Swift

June 22, 2015
Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

Swift wrote on Tumblr, “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Music Legend Glen Campbell’s Long Goodbye

June 19, 2015
Musician Glen Campbell. (Courtesy Glencampbellmusic.com)

We revisit our 2011 conversation with the legendary performer, who is now living in a memory support community in Nashville.

DJ Session: From Summertime Pop To Brooding Electronica

June 17, 2015
DJ, producer and remix artist Jamie xx performs in Liverpool, England. He released two singles in March and is currently touring in Europe. (dannyjohnryder/Flickr)

Travis Holcombe of KCRW shares a playlist including a Jamie xx song that’s “my favorite track on my favorite album of the year so far.”

James Taylor’s Back With New Music On ‘Before This World’

June 16, 2015
James Taylor (Facebook)

The music legend says he sequestered himself away from his family to focus on “putting the puzzles together.”

Remembering Jazz Saxophonist, Composer Ornette Coleman

June 11, 2015
U.S. Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, right, plays the sax during his only concert in Germany at the philharmonic concert house in Essen, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. (Martin Meissner/AP)

He’s being remembered as one of the most powerful and influential innovators in the history of jazz.

Ed Helms Takes Music Seriously With ‘The Lonesome Trio’

June 11, 2015
The Lonesome Trio performs in the Here & Now studios. From left: Jacob Tilove on mandolin, Ian Riggs on bass and Ed Helms on guitar. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The bluegrass band, featuring Ed Helms of “The Office” and “The Hangover,” is releasing its debut album next week.

DJ Session: African-American Classical Musicians

June 10, 2015
Jason Moran performs at the Souillac en Jazz Festival in France in 2008. Moran currently serves as artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (mpix46/Flickr)

WQXR’s Terrance McKnight shares performances from Jeff Scott, Tahirah Whittington and Jason Moran.

Apple’s New Music Service Joins The Streaming Scene

June 8, 2015
Apple logos adorn the exterior of the Moscone West building on the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 8, 2015. The maker of iPods and iPhones is expected to announce its new, paid streaming-music service to launch this summer. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The streaming service has been anticipated since Apple bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion last year.

Music From The Show

June 4, 2015

From Interpol to Aphex Twin

DJ Sessions: What Outer Space Might Sound Like

June 3, 2015
Italian DJ and producer Daniele Baldelli is known for his "cosmic disco" style. (Facebook)

KCRW’s Mario Cotto shares his cosmic-themed playlist, headlined by European DJs Daniele Baldelli and Jose Padilla.

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