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Four-person pop band GLASS ANIMALS was formed in 2010 and has been cooking up a unique mix of psychedelic pop, electronic, indie rock, and R&B influenced music since its inception. Vocalist Dave Bayley, drummer Drew MacFarlane, keyboard player Edmund Irwin-Singer, and bassist Joe Seaward originally intended to start a soul band but ended up forging their sound as an electronic-pop group. Check out this month's Music Alive! cover story to learn more.

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  • “Heat Waves” turned up the heat as a “Song of the Summer.”

  • Bollywood accounts for 80% of music revenue in India.

  • The music of the Appalachians laid the groundwork for Country music.

  • Learn from J. Dash on what it takes to be a Music Producer.

Activity plans for this month's features

Appalachian Music The Roots of American Musical Styles

The Music of Bollywood The term "Bollywood" combines the words Bombay and Hollywood and is often used to categorize Indian movies. Bollywood music refers to the wide range of Hindi film songs, including older classics and newer hits called "filmi." 

Listening Guide Paul Simon's "Graceland"

Song of the Month
Glass Animals' "Heat Waves"


Hear the Music: This monthly playlist accompanies every issue of Music Alive!

  1. Heat Waves Glass Animals & iann dior 2:55
  2. Graceland Paul Simon 4:51
  3. Heat Waves (Diplo Remix) Glass Animals 2:22
  4. Narrow Gauge Blues El Watson 2:54
  5. Keep On the Sunny Side The Carter Family 2:53
  6. Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) Jimmie Rodgers 2:57
  7. Foggy Mountain Top Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs With Mother Maybelle Carter 2:25
  8. Whitehouse Blues Charlie Poole With The North Carolina Ramblers 3:29
  9. Rocky Top Appalachian Pickers 1:45
  10. Appalachian Spring: VII. Doppio movimento Aaron Copland 3:12
  11. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (From “O Brother, Where Art Thou” Soundtrack / With Band) [feat. Dan Tyminski] The Soggy Bottom Boys 4:17
  12. Crawdad Song Doc Watson, Clarence Ashley And Group 3:36
  13. College Hornpipe Mark O'Connor & Maggie O'Connor 1:59
  14. Mere Gully Mein Divine feat. Naezy 3:03
  15. Taralirada S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:32
  16. Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai Lata Mangeshkar 3:58
  17. Awaara Hoon Awaara 3:01

Also in this month's Music Alive:


Music Notes: Top 10 Rock Vocalists of all Time, First Ever Chart for Short Video Content Creators, Grand Ole Opry's 5,000th Show, More Lyrics to "Happy Birthday,"and more...

Musical Moments: Some of the many events that have impacted music throughout history

Cool Careers: JJ Dash, Founder and CEO, Slapdash Productions