Musicians & Bands

The Musicians & Bands Channel has information about the greatest musicians and bands that have made a huge impact in the music industry.


The renowned string quartet will improvise live music to accompany 'space sounds' created by sonification of the total solar eclipse.

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery by learning more about this reggae superstar.

Nearly four decades after the Village People anthem hit the discos, the song's namesake still isn't really ready to fully embrace it.

When the Clash started working on their third album, they had no idea it would be so influential.

Which other famous rock star inspired the Lizard King's persona?

Whether you love cheery pop tunes or melodramatic ballads has a lot to do with your age and gender, right? Actually, your musical taste depends more on your personality.

Ludovico Einaudi's 'Elegy for the Arctic' is part of a Greenpeace campaign to draw attention to the region's rapidly melting ice.

Music executive Shanti Das and rapper Killer Mike have a conversation about Atlanta, music and social justice.

Reenactments of the 'Wuthering Heights' video are happening all over the world in July.

Overt religious themes? Canine-human hybrids? Gender-bending marionettes? Yep, David Bowie did it all, and often faced censorship because of it.

Protest music? What's that? Maybe musicians today are too concerned about getting paid. Or maybe there are ones who care, but industry forces make it tough to get heard.

That infamous pharma exec Martin Shkreli just bought the sole copy. Bummer.

Sure, some do, but it depends on what kind of music you're listening to.

Did David Bowie really write "Space Oddity" to pay tribute to a brave astronaut who was lost in space? Or is it solely a testament to Bowie's unique brilliance?

John, Paul, George and Ringo were the Fab Four of The Beatles – or did they have a fifth member? Legend hints there was one, but who was he?

Many Pink Floyd fans can attest the band's music can be mind-altering. So it's no surprise that if you have a feeling that you're not in Kansas any more, it might be because you've gone to the Dark Side of the Rainbow.

Journey, you know we love you, but that "south Detroit" lyric in "Don't Stop Believin'" just mars an otherwise hard-rocking song. There. We got that one off our chest (along with a few others) inside the article.

Known as the King of Pop and beloved by millions, Michael Jackson died at his home in California on June 25, 2009. Though his heart failure was ruled a homicide, questions still linger after his death.

For a week in 1964, the Beatles had 12 songs on Billboard's Hot 100. See our list of the Beatles' top singles.

Some musicians love a place so much they name their band after it. See our list of 10 bands named after places. Can you guess what bands made the list?

Music festivals are a great way to see your favorite bands alongside your fellow fans. See scenes from some of the major music festivals around the country.

Some of the most valuable records on the market aren't what you'd think they would be. Did any favorites from your vinyl collection make the list?

Some bands don't even need to be real to produce a hit song! See our list of 9 fictional bands with hit songs, including The Blues Brothers and The Chipmunks.

Madonna is one of the top-selling artists in pop music history. See our list of Madonna's 25 most popular songs including 'Material Girl' and 'Like a Virgin.'

Woodstock is possibly the most famous concert of all time -- the capstone of an era and a highlight in music history. See our list of all 32 bands that performed at Woodstock including Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Sly and the Family Stone.