Music

Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Turns 30

February 6, 2015
Canadian poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at the Auditorium Stravinski during the 47nd edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 5, 2013. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Today the song has hundreds, perhaps thousands of versions. We revisit a conversation about its enduring appeal.

DJ Sessions: From Bjork To Bruno Mars

February 5, 2015
Recording artist Bruno Mars performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Travis Holcombe of KCRW shares some of his favorite new music of the year, including “Uptown Funk” and “Lionsong” off Bjork’s new album.

5 Oscar-Nominated Songs: Take A Listen

February 2, 2015
One of this year's Academy Award-nominated songs is from "The Lego Movie." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The songs nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song come from a number of genres: pop, country and hip-hop.

Fans Without Tickets Share Super Bowl Camaraderie

January 30, 2015
People walk past the logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan on January 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

In Phoenix, the NFL is not just putting on a game and a halftime show for the masses, it’s also putting on a community experience.

Miami Beach Marks 100th Anniversary With New Music

January 30, 2015
New World Symphony rehearses for the world premiere of El Sol Caliente, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach. Morrison's film stretches across eight screens. (Alicia Zuckerman/WLRN)

The New World Symphony will perform the world premiere of a piece by composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison.

DJ Sessions Go Deadhead

January 29, 2015
Fans attend a Grateful Dead concert at Red Rocks, Colorado, 1987. (Mark L. Knowles/Wikimedia Commons)

The Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years since the band’s start this year.

Vermont Singer-Songwriter Caitlin Canty

January 28, 2015
Caitlin Canty and Mark Erelli perform in the Radio Boston studios. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)

The 31-year old rock, folk and blues artist has just released her third album, “Reckless Skyline.”

On Stage: Broadway Shows From Vampires To Vegas

January 23, 2015
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson star in "Constellations" at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew H.

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

DJ Sessions: Jazz That’s Unearthed And Reinvented

January 22, 2015
Cellist Akua Dixon's take on Duke Ellington's "Freedom" is one of the songs featured in this week's DJ Session. (Facebook)

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

The Grateful Dead Comes Back

January 20, 2015
From left to right Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir with San Francisco Giants' Tim Flannery sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP)

The Grateful Dead, reuniting. We look at the long strange trip of one of the most successful bands in history.

DJ Sessions: From Traditional To Virtual Choirs

January 13, 2015
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir ‘Lux Aurumque’ was launched in March 2010 and featured online performances by 185 singers. (Screenshot via Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir)

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

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

January 13, 2015
Paying users increased for Spotify in 2014, but the company has yet to post a profit.

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

From Marches To Movies, The 'Selma' Story Today

January 12, 2015
The cast of the new movie "Selma," based on the historic 1965 march in support of voting rights in Selma, AL. (Paramount Pictures)

The new movie “Selma,” out this weekend. Its depiction, and your reaction, to civil rights on the march, from Selma to Montgomery.

The Best Music Of 2015: Our Guest Picks

January 9, 2015
The Boston-based band Krill is more enthused about being included in our music hour than you might expect from this photo. (Courtesy Krill)

We’ve got the soundtrack to your 2015 right here, and, well…if music is any indicator, it should be a pretty good year.

Best New Music Of 2015

January 9, 2015
Pop artist Shamir is one of the musicians to watch in 2015. (Courtesy Shamir)

New year, new playlist. We’re listening to great new music for 2015.

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