Spotify announced a new platform that expands its music offering to include video, podcasts and interactive features at an event in New York today.
New video offerings will include clips from partners like Comedy Central, VICE News and The Nerdist. The company displayed playlists that include podcasts from American Public Media and BBC for the first time.
The King of the Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday, May 14, at his home in Las Vegas after suffering from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. He was 89 years old. King was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. The 13-time Grammy Award winner played hundreds of live performances a year, spreading the blues across the nation, and the world. Continue reading
An Austin-based singer-songwriter founded Songwritingwith:Soldiers, a free program that pairs professional songwriters with veterans to craft original songs based on their experiences. For many of the 120 military members who have participated, songwriting begins the healing process. Continue reading
“Pop music is dead.” You’ve heard the refrain dropped by nostalgic music lovers at backyard barbecues. And it’s no surprise. Everyone thinks the tunes of their generation marked a sort of cultural pinnacle and that music has since become bland. … Continue reading
Bill Arhos, founder of Austin City Limits, the longest-running music show in American television history, died on Saturday at the age of 80.
Big Ears is a small, personal and eclectic music festival that aims to showcase how diverse genres can stretch and influence one another. This year, acts like the Kronos Quartet and Rhiannon Giddens and musicians from Wilco and The National shared billing with a Canadian throat singer and minimalist composer Terry Riley. Jeffrey Brown reports from Knoxville, Tennessee. Continue reading
Salif Keita is known today as the “golden voice” of Africa, but in his youth he was an outcast, unaccepted by his community because he was born with albinism. Turning to music as an outlet, Keita rose to be one of Mali’s biggest stars, bringing traditional African rhythms and instruments to a broader audience. Jeffrey Brown meets Keita and other Malian musicians who blend activism with their art. Continue reading
As part of a growing national movement to revitalize the symphony experience for patrons, the San Francisco Symphony recently launched SoundBox, a show series meant to create new musical experiences and entice new audiences. KQED’s Cy Musiker reports. Continue reading
The song “Blurred Lines” was one of the biggest hits of 2013, but a jury has decided that some of that success is thanks to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” Gaye’s children were awarded $7.3 million after they sued the songwriters for liberally lifting from the 1977 song. Gwen Ifill talks to Kory Grow of Rolling Stone about how the decision could affect the music industry. Continue reading
Ever wondered why your cats don’t share your appreciation of Johann Sebastian Bach or aren’t as enthusiastic to rock out to an old Led Zeppelin record? Turns out, it’s not their style. Continue reading