I Didn’t Like Prince, But He Taught Me Some Things About Being a Man

13 Things I learned from Prince about masculinity.

Music and Recording: A Wild 100 Years or So

The recording medium itself has changed what it means to perform and share music.

The Long, Rich History of an African Art Festival

The first black arts festival was shaped by Cold War politics.

How Pop Was Born In West Africa

If you love blues, classic rock, jazz, or modern pop, you owe a debt to West African stringed instruments. Here’s why.

How Sgt. Pepper Got Its Cover

A new theory may explain the true inspiration for the famous album cover.

The True Impact of Spotify

If you’re a music lover, read on.

Highway to Hearing Hell: Musicians and the Danger of Deafness

Hearing loss among musicians is a serious occupational hazard.

The Yardbirds Still Blasting Their Guitars

The Yardbirds are back and ready to bring their music to a new generation.

The Wonder of Stevie Wonder

In the last 40 years, we have yet to produce an artist as gifted, socially relevant and vulnerable as Steve Wonder.

Three Life Lessons Ornette Coleman Taught Me

Teenagers always have someone they look up to, someone they wanna emulate, someone who inspires them.

Separating the Artist from Their Offensive Content

How do you reconcile your personal values with supporting artists whose content promotes a world you don’t want to be part of creating?

Finding Your Voice

Leo Babauta gives great advice to up and coming artists. Find your voice, and shout.

Don’t ‘Fall’ In Love

Falling in love implies a helplessness. And if you fall forever, Mark Radcliffe says, you’ll hit the ground.

One Month of Thankfulness: Bad Album Covers

The joy of the so bad it’s good album cover.

Open Thread: How Well Do You Separate Art and Artist?

You love the work; you hate the person who made it. How do you navigate that?