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When it comes to music, there are plenty of strong opinions to go around. When you’re studying on a deadline and really need the best study music, you might get 10 different suggestions from 10 different people. Let’s talk about what tunes might help your brain, and you can decide for yourself! Classical Still Reigns […]

“Music is the love of my life. Music has taught me so many things. It taught me to be a more disciplined person.” At 18 years old, Maria de Jesus Rios has already outlived the dreams of all but the biggest rock‘n’rollers. She has played alongside Metallica and Megadeth and in the great music halls […]

If you’re the kind of New Yorker prone to wondering what it would have been like to go to a CBGB that wasn’t located inside the Newark airport, you might also wonder if you arrived in the city too late. Fair enough. But the old bohemian, culturally rich downtown Manhattan spirit still has a few […]

I had been on hold with the IRS for 30 minutes when I noticed that the music wasn’t driving me crazy. Background music can be a particularly noxious branch of the art of sound. The tinny elevator Muzak. The synthesized Christmas carols that fill drugstores for weeks. The buzzy sound in the background at the […]

Tokyo is a difficult place to begin a career in music. The city is massive, with hundreds of obscure and independent venues. There isn’t a town or district that burgeoning musicians call home, nor a bar that is known for its role in launching artists’ careers (though What the Dickens has certainly hosted great up-and-comers). […]

GarageBand celebrates 15 years across Apple ecosystem! GarageBand, Apple’s digital audio workstation that helps users easily create music on iOS and macOS devices, is turning 15 tomorrow. First introduced at Macworld 2004 by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and American musician John Mayer, the app, according to Apple, has grown to become the most […]

Happy new year! The Metropolitan Opera rang in 2019 with a boffo “Adriana Lecouvreur,” featuring a love triangle of Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili and Piotr Beczala with enough sizzle to lead some critics to warm to the not-always-respected work. More on that in a second. I was more than 4,000 miles away, celebrating in Vienna […]

Music is a regular fixture in my daily life. I listen to music to keep me motivated while I exercise, to relax and distract me when I travel, and for a quick creativity boost when I’m writing. My family—especially my kids—have music playing around the house all the time. I also use relaxing music to unwind before […]

CREDIT: ANL/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Nancy Wilson, one of the most revered jazz singers of the 20th century, has died at age 81, her manager told the Associated Press. The singer passed away at her home in Pioneertown, a small California community north of Palm Springs, after a long illness, according to manager Devra Hall. Wilson’s three Grammy awards spanned […]

                What an honor to have Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams (#1 Billboard hit “Kind of A Drag”) supporting Power of Positive Music Movement! #PoPMM Carl Giammarese began his music career as a founding member of The Buckinghams, as lead guitarist and vocalist, in 1965. The Buckinghams were an important part of […]

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