Dec 7, 2013 — Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
Dec 5, 2013 — The story of 2013's wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.
Dec 2, 2013 — The honey-voiced singer, bandleader, songwriter, and impresario Tabu Ley Rochereau ruled dance floors across Africa. He died in Belgium Saturday.
Dec 1, 2013 — Hear On the Guarding of the Heart, an ethereal work for chamber orchestra that earned the award for the 38-year-old Serbian-born composer. He thinks of this music as a discourse about inner transformation.
Nov 26, 2013 — A linchpin of "cool" jazz in the 1950s and '60s, he assembled bands that came to be described as chamber jazz, full of unusual textures and future star talent. Hamilton, who continued performing into his ninth decade, was 92.
Nov 26, 2013 — The new documentary Narco Cultura looks at violence by Mexico's drug cartels and the popular culture it has inspired.
Nov 25, 2013 — The Boss is back with his 18th studio album, which is due out Jan. 14. Listen to the title track right now.
Nov 24, 2013 — Bob Schneider, a songwriter from Texas, has challenged fellow musicians to a game for 12 years: Every Friday, a closed email group submits a new song of the week. Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and Patty Griffin have all answered the call, and Schneider says the game has gotten him through five albums.
Nov 14, 2013 — Underground dance music is retreating from the EDM juggernaut by moving toward tastefulness. But in dance music, as in life, the line between polite and tedious is perilously thin.
Nov 12, 2013 — British composer Sir John Tavener — whose music was beloved by many far outside the usual classical sphere — died Tuesday at age 69. We look back at a career that took him from being signed by The Beatles' Apple label to a performance of his music as part of Princess Diana's funeral.