Music

  • 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…