Summer looks different for musicians this year

Jul 2, 2020
More than three months into the pandemic, we check in with Chicago musician Seth Shulman.
A stage in Las Vegas in 2015. In 2020, it's hard for musicians to find performance venues.
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What sound does a volatile stock market make?

Mar 31, 2020
We know what the data looks like. But what if we could hear it?
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China COVID-19 shut-in tunes in to the world via radio

Mar 9, 2020
Our Shanghai correspondent, forced to stay home like so many others, shares what she's hearing about the virus on the airwaves.
Although it's hard to breathe while wearing a face mask for an extended period of time, they're now required in all public spaces in Shanghai.
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What the Beatles taught us about tax policy

Feb 20, 2020
The Fab Four were saying something about British public policy with the lyrics, "There's one for you / Nineteen for me."
The Beatles pose at the BBC Television Studios in London before the start of their world tour in 1966.
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The musician turned hologram could be the future of live entertainment

Jan 16, 2020
Some startups are hoping the concept reignites the music industry’s profits.
A hologram performance of Roy Orbison during The Hologram UK Tour.
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Thoughts on creativity from lyrical powerhouse Rakim

Sep 27, 2019
The influential emcee reflects on his life, his creativity and his career.
"I loved every aspect of the culture and tried my hand at all of it," Rakim says of growing up with hip-hop.
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Ben Folds worries about becoming uncool (not really)

Aug 7, 2019
"As satisfying and safe as it can feel to have mastered a craft, it also can be a sign that it’s time to learn a new trick," the musician writes.
"I cannot grow artistically if I am beholden to the opinions of an industry I’ve outgrown," Ben Folds writes in his memoir.
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Song lyrics are a big business online. Here's how it works.

Jul 9, 2019
Once upon a time, lyrics were extras. If you were lucky they were stuffed inside the sleeve of an LP. Now, they’re all over the place.
The original handwritten lyric sheet for the song "Royals" by New Zealand musician Lorde.
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For violinist Keiko Tokunaga, her instrument is more than just a tool for work. "It is a part of me," she says.
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