Peter Frampton Plays a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, Featuring Acoustic Versions of His Classic Songs

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Having recently released a new album featuring acoustic versions of his big hits, Peter Frampton is now back on tour, playing in some smaller venues across the U.S.

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Young Patti Smith Rails Against the Censorship of Her Music: An Animated, NSFW Interview from 1976

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The latest installment from Blank on Blank‘s series of animated videos drops us inside the bohemian Portobello Hotel in London. It’s May, 1976, and we hear a young Patti Smith railing against the censorship of her music, using some colorful–that is to say, NSFW–words. She talks Rimbaud. The poetry and combat of rock.

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Watch a Shot-by-Shot Remake of Kubrick’s The Shining, a 48-Minute Music Video Accompanying the New Album by Aesop Rock

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In this increasingly atomized world of music, how does one get a new record release noticed above the hum of the internet? If you’re Beyoncé, you just drop the whole thing unannounced and watch the media play catch up. If you’re not Beyoncé you might consider rapper Aesop Rock’s tactic.

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What Makes the Stradivarius Special? It Was Designed to Sound Like a Female Soprano Voice, With Notes Sounding Like Vowels, Says Researcher

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What makes violins made by the Stradivari and Guarneri families as valuable to musicians as they are to collectors? And how do we measure the optimal sound quality of a violin? One answer comes from violin maker Anton Krutz, who speculates that these highly-prized classical instruments sing so sweetly because they are “made with propo

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Prince Plays Unplugged and Wraps the Crowd Around His Little Finger (2004)

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Google the words “Prince” and “shade.” Go ahead. It’s worth it. Or just click here, lazybones. Listicle after article on how the departed genius was the “King of Shade.” And seriously, check out the memes.

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An Ancient Philosophical Song Reconstructed and Played for the First Time in 1,000 Years

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Above and below, you can watch musicians perform “Songs of Consolation,” a 1,000-year-old song set “to the poetic portions of Roman philosopher Boethius’ magnum opus The Consolation of Philosophy,” an influential medieval text written during the 6th century.

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Founding Fathers, A Documentary Narrated By Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Presents the True History of Hip Hop

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Cranky, aging rock stars may kvetch and bitch, but it doesn’t really matter. Hip Hop is here to stay. The musical revolution that began in the Bronx has gone global, acquired billions of dollars in holdings, and pushed every other form of popular music to adapt to the world it created over the past several decades.

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Scientific Study Reveals What Made Freddie Mercury’s Voice One of a Kind; Hear It in All of Its A Cappella Splendor

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Rock and roll hagiography presents us with a canon of instrumental saints, guitar gods, drum demiurges, bass demons.

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Hear Prince and Miles Davis’ Rarely-Heard Musical Collaborations

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The days and weeks after a celebrity death tend to fill up with public inquiries. The vaguer the circumstances, the more questions proliferate, lead to investigations, trials, depressing tabloid paydays…. But many fans don’t linger over procedural goings-on or prurient details.

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Tom Waits For No One: Watch the Pioneering Animated Tom Waits Music Video from 1979

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Tom Waits For No One, above, is surely the only film in history to have won an Oscar for Scientific and Technical Achievement for its creator and a first place award at the Hollywood Erotic Film and Video Festival.

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