Music

  • Dance the Night Away for Sandy Relief

    Since super storm Sandy hit my hometown, I've donated to the Red Cross and dropped off food for those in shelters. But when I found out that a stellar group of award-winning musicians was coming together at Madison Square Garden for…

  • Travel Everywhere (Man!) with Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash has been everywhere (man!) and a clever project from British web developer Iain Mullan lets you follow along visually as Cash names his way across North America. Mullan crafted his tuneful creation for London's Music Hack…

  • Oh, yes! The 30th Anniversary of “Thriller”

    2012 has brought us many iconic anniversaries—Reader's Digest celebrates 90 years, the Oreo is now 100 years old. But perhaps the most inspiring, touching, and jaw-dropping of them all is this: Michael Jackson's Thriller album…

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  • Holiday Lights, ‘Gangnam Style’

    "Gangnam Style," the dance hit  by Korean pop star PSY, has become perfect fodder for video reenactments worldwide, from dancing Thai prisoners to Ellen Degeneres' JCPenney takeover to dancing lights. Yes, dancing…

  • The Perfect Fall Road Trip: No Car Required

    The wonderful Grace Potter (left) and I.

    The first thing I noticed when I spoke with Grace Potter at Farm Aid was her down-to-earth demeanor. It was like talking to a neighbor in a cozy coffee shop—not a star singer at a crammed amphitheater where 30,000-plus fans had…

  • In Case You Missed It: ‘Gangnam Style’ Goes Gangbusters

    You didn’t really think you’d heard the last of “Gangnam Style,” did you? The viral video of this outrageous and infectious song by South Korean pop rapper Psy has been viewed more than 430 million times on YouTube, according…

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  • A Movie That Sings, From a Member of the Dave Matthews Band

    Boyd Tinsley

    When I trace back the events that have led to my greatest happiness, inevitably I arrive at this little musical group from Charlottesville, Virginia: The Dave Matthews Band.  So when I found out that Boyd Tinsley, violinist for the…

  • ‘Classify’ Makes Classical Music Accessible, More Awesome

    Though I'm a big music fan, I've never really gotten into classical. Maybe it's because my parents preferred the soundtrack to Murphy Brown when I was growing up, or maybe it's because the genre has an intimidating centuries-long…

  • The Sweet (Rockin’) Sound of American English

    It's a question I've often pondered when hearing foreigners talk in an unfamiliar tongue: What does American English sound like to someone who doesn't understand the language? Italian singer Adriano Celentano has the answer. In…

  • Squeaky Door Sounds Like Miles Davis

    Jazz artists study sheet music, expand on techniques and fine-tune their sound for years to develop even an iota of the talent that coursed through iconic trumpeter Miles Davis' veins. This door at a Chicago Navy Pier parking…

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  • Throwback Thursday: The Worst (Or Best) ’90s Music

    The crown jewels of the 90s: Scrunchies, Spice Girl lollipops, and Tamagotchis, to name a few. And who could forget those wonderfully terrible songs that laid the foundations for our guilty pleasure playlists on Spotify? When I…

  • The Desert Island Game: What’s the Best Music?

    If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one album, what would you pick? Here's what our staffers declared they just couldn't survive without.

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  • U.S. Marines Take On “Call Me Maybe”

    We've seen "Call Me Maybe" spoofed by politicians and puppets, we've even figured out why it's so catchy. But no amount of overplay can detract from the pure fun of watching these U.S. troops in Afghanistan lip-sync and dance to Carly…

  • 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the Greatest Musical of All Time

    Many call "Singin' in the Rain" the greatest musical of all time, and it's getting a diamond anniversary party on July 12—a special one-day-only theatrical event at a multiplex near you. Break out your tap shoes! Call Debbie…

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  • “Call Me Maybe”: Why Is It So Addictive?

    Don't be embarrassed. We've all blasted it in our cars or turned it up on our iPods (and then turned it down because people were staring at us). The Harvard baseball team got down with the tune when they made a spoof music video that…

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  • 3 New Bands My Dad and I Can Both Appreciate

    Dads? Cool? Turns out they figured out the best in fashion, music, and even movies years ago. For example, websites like dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com prove that, try as I might, my taste in music will never be as awesome as my…

  • The Night I Met Einstein

    The Night I Met Einstein

    This Reader's Digest Classic of "My Most Unforgettable Character" offers a lesson in life—and music—from the most brilliant mind in the world.

  • 8 Recipes to Remember Elvis Presley

    August 16 marks the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. If you can't join the fans in Graceland, at least you can whip up a recipe in remembrance.