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Good Enough for Jazz: New Scientific Study Suggests Brain Correlation Between Music and Language

Like Chomsky said, the power of language stretches beyond mere dialogue and conversation. And like MIT's Marvin Minsky maintained, many art forms, too, have their own language-like associations (not conceived or exchanged orally but through the vast ...

eighth blackbird's Tim Munro on "Still in Motion" Program (Ligeti, Mackey, T. Johnson, Arcade Fire) at MCA Chicago

eighth blackbird's performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on March 8 and 9 will hold some of the group's favorite music, including works by György Ligeti and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

'Scrubs' TV Show Rushed to Broadway in a Musical Adaptation, Bill Lawrence (and Maybe Zach Braff) Involved

Scrubs, as true fans will recall, has already pulled off a musical episode--aired in 2007 and generally well-received. The show is a big hit, too, in the U.K., which all contributed to Lawrence's decision to take it to the theater.

Weasel Walter's Defunct ugEXPLODE Label Posting Brilliant Older Titles to Bandcamp for Discount Prices

Weasel Walter's ugEXPLODE Records hit the scene in 1991, built upon his wiley notion that extreme metal, noise rock and free jazz could exist peacefully on one man's mail-order imprint. Albert Ayler, Captain Beefheart, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, ...

Stephen Sondheim Totally Approves of Landless Theater Company's 'Sweeney Todd - Prog Metal Version'

"Since I believe that what keeps theater alive is its openness to reinterpretation from generation to generation, I look forward to seeing (and hearing) what they do," Sondheim said.

Georgia Tech's Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Begins February 20 in Atlanta, Featuring 23 International Contestants

The Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta remains the foremost contest for all sonic inventors.

Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' Musical Taking Hit from Molestation Charges, Can Zach Braff Save the Box Office?

The ongoing ignominy of Woody Allen has brought with it a serious inquiry: Will public opinion hinder his career? Ever since Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter accusing Allen of molesting her when she was seven, an overwhelming majority have gone into ...

Novelist Haruki Murakami's Cites Lost Tokyo Jazz Club Peter Cat as Influence, Harper's Aaron Gilbreath Journeys to Find It

Alas, the Peter Cat club closed in 1981. But the shuttering didn't taint Murakami's writing. In fact, jazz continued to be a fount of inspiration. To wit, Aaron Gilbreath at Harper's Magazine led a solo expedition to locate these inspirational ...

Some Kind of Monster: Metallica and Lang Lang (Langtallica?) Rehearse "One" for the 2014 Grammys

Metallica is a band that likes the video camera. A lot. But for a band who clearly over-documents (and has a new studio album forthcoming), footage of their practice sessions has proved surprisingly scarce. Until now...

REVIEW: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' Amazon Prime's Symphonic Sex Farce, Plays Sour for Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters, Gael García Bernal

The long-awaited pilot episode of 'Mozart in the Jungle' is finally available on Amazon Prime's Instant Video. It's based on Blair Tindall's novel of the same name, a story of "la vie bohème" in New York City, where young musicians scramble for ...

Chicago Philharmonic Conductor Scott Speck Talks "Romantic Remix" Program at Nichols Concert Hall

The Chicago Philharmonic's concert on Sunday at the Music Institute of Chicago will explore music written for Molière's play 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,' including excerpts from Jean Baptiste Lully's music written for the play's premiere in 1670.

A Question for Sports Fanatics: What If Music Was Our National Pastime?

If sports didn't exist, we would have to find some other activity to focus our energies on as a community. It seems to be a deep-seated need in the human psyche to engage in one meaningful, shared activity. And I'm wondering if there was a time when ...

Guest Blog: Aspen Music Festival CEO Alan Fletcher on Who's Really Behind Renée Fleming's Brilliant Super Bowl XLVIII Performance

"The unsung heroes of the classical world of singing are coaches." -- Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival & School

Third Eye Blind: Totally Not Gay Hugh Jackman, Again, to Host 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8

An Emmy award-winner for his 2004 gig as a Tony-giver, Wolverine himself, Hugh "Logan" Jackman, will make an unprecedented third-time appearance as the much sought-after host of the 68th annual Tony Awards on June 8.

UPDATE: 'Dancing With the Stars' Caves, Hires Ray Chew as New Musical Director

In a recent press release from ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions, the hit reality-television dance show Dancing With the Stars announced today that it will instate Ray Chew as the new Music Director of the show.

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