Bonus Content

May 2016

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Much more music relating to our May issue, including tracks by Lukas Graham, Billy Joel, Cliff Richard, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse, John Williams, the Ronettes, the Four Tops, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Mighty Diamonds, Chic, and Tom Waits.


Gwen Stefani Makes Us Like Her - Our Song of the Month for May is a poppy, perky, and very danceable tune by the irrepressible Gwen Stefani, who’s returned to her strengths as a songwriter.
Setting the Bass and Drum Foundation - If you want a great band, you need a great rhythm section—and this month we’re taking a look at some of the best in popular music history.
This Studio Is Beatle-Approved - Arguably the most famous recording studio in the world, London’s Abbey Road is where the Beatles and their producer George Martin made music history again and again.


April 2016

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Much more music relating to our April issue, including tracks by The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Postmodern Jukebox, Doug Kershaw, Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, the Meters, John Coltrane, Paul Bley, and Sun Ra.


X Ambassadors Take a Stand for “Renegades” - The hit band on our April cover has plenty to say about the rights of the disabled—and that’s not surprising, because their own keyboardist was born blind.
Cry Freedom! - When Ornette Coleman and a few other daring musicians began improvising freely in the late 1950s and early ’60s, it set off a revolution in the jazz world.
Louisiana on Our Mind - The latest installment in our Music of the States article series looks at the state where jazz was born—and where many other styles of music thrive too.


March 2016

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Much more music relating to the March 2016 issue, including tracks by David Bowie, Kamasi Washington, Arthur Alexander, Percy Sledge, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Göksel Kartal, Nesrin Sipahi, Seyhan Karabay, Orhan Gencebay, Richard Thompson, and Arcade Fire.



Sara Bareilles: On the Stage, on the Page, and on Your Screen - With a new album, a new memoir, and a new musical on Broadway, this talented singer/songwriter is showing distinct signs of becoming America’s latest Queen of All Media.
A Taste of Turkish Delight - The land where East meets West has been a cultural crossroads for centuries, and you can hear that immediately in the dazzling diversity of Turkey’s music.
The Magic of Muscle Shoals - Fifty years ago, a little river town in Alabama became a hotbed of musical activity, producing a string of classic recordings and establishing a reputation for greatness that still holds today.


February 2016

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Much more music relating to the February 2016 issue, including tracks by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Joanna Newsom, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Chicago, the Staple Singers, Cheap Trick, Alison Krauss, Chris Kenner, Dr. John, Boz Scaggs, Allen Toussaint, and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.



Lianne La Havas Keeps It “Blood” Simple - Our February cover star is a British singer/songwriter who proves on her latest album, Blood, that a few basic ingredients—if prepared properly—can be enough to capture an admiring audience.
Illinois Makes Some Noise - We continue our Music of the States series with a look at one of the musical meccas of the Midwest, famous for its role in developing many artists and styles.
Remembering a New Orleans Master - For most of his 60-year career, Allen Toussaint covered plenty of musical ground but not much actual ground, choosing to stay near his hometown—until a devastating hurricane made that impossible.


January 2016


Much more music relating to the January 2016 issue, including tracks by Kwabs, Adele, Lionel Richie, Jaco Pastorius, Europe, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Prince Nico Mbarga, Adewale Ayuba, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, P Square, and Paul Simon.



Pentatonix Send a New Voice Message - They made a very tuneful kind of history in 2015—as the first vocal-only group ever to score a No. 1 album—and now this talented quintet is on a mission to raise everyone’s a cappella awareness.
A Quick Introduction to an African “Giant” - This month’s World Beat feature takes us to Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and source of many entrancing music styles, from highlife and juju to Afrobeat and Naija pop.
Getting Plenty of Sun - For the first installment of our “On the Right Track” series about famous recording studios, we head to the place where many say rock ‘n’ roll began: Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.


December 2015


700px-Ariana-grande-wallpaper-4Much more music relating to the December 2015 issue, including tracks by Ariana Grande, the cast of Hamilton, Matchbox 20, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Jimmy Buffett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, and Cannonball Adderley.


Great Chvrches of Scotland - Our December cover stars are a talented trio from Glasgow who’ve built a bridge—and quite successfully too—between pop and experimental electronic music.
Music of the States: Florida - The southernmost state in the union has a deep and rich musical culture that draws on influences from all over the United States and the world.
Ol’ Blue Eyes at 100 - Frank Sinatra would have reached the century mark this December, which makes it a very good year to celebrate this American music icon’s life and legacy.


November 2015

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Much more music relating to the November 2015 issue, including tracks by Smashing Pumpkins, Jewel, Shania Twain, Hootie & the Blowfish, Oasis, Blur, Tupac Shakur, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Enrique Iglesias, TLC, Selena, the Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, Colombiafrica, ChocQuib Town, and the Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense.


World Beat: Colombia - It doesn’t get as much attention as Cuba or Brazil, but this country of many cultures and two coasts—Pacific and Caribbean—is a musical powerhouse.
The Spirit of ’95 - Twenty years ago, popular music was dominated by artists who sold records in quantities that now seem almost unimaginable, and many of those records remain hugely influential today.
Tori Kelly’s Not-So-Secret Weapon: Songs - Our November cover artist turns heads with her singing, but she wants to be known more for her songwriting—and sure enough, that’s starting to happen.


October 2015

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Much more music from the October 2015 issue, including tracks by Hollis Brown, Ritchie Valens, Dave Brubeck, the Grateful Dead, Metallica, and Ali Akbar Khan.



Rachel Platten Wins With “Fight Song” - It took Rachel Platten more than a decade to achieve “overnight” success, but she’s finally done it with our October Song of the Month.
Music of the States: California - Our series on the musical states of the Union continues with an exploration of America’s most populous state—home to a dizzying variety of styles and artists, from the Beach Boys to Kendrick Lamar.
Long Live the King! - A young orphan on a Mississippi cotton plantation who became the world’s greatest bluesman, Riley “B.B.” King—who died this year at 89—led an inspired, and inspiring, life. 


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