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From Slash to Stevie: The Rock Star Name Quiz

How did Saul Hudson become Slash? And where did the name Meat Loaf come from? Test your knowledge of musical nicknames with this rockin' quiz!

I Can Go For That: The Yacht Rock Quiz

This smooth music style of the late '70s and early '80s features a SoCal vibe and lots of collaboration among its practitioners (Toto, Michael McDonald, etc.) Don your captain’s hat, grab a pina colada and test your yacht rock knowledge!

Remembering Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole, the Voice of Hawaii

Known for his lilting cover of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' which he sang while playing the ukulele, IZ was a big part of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance.

5 Real-Cool Facts About Wayne Newton

The living embodiment of the Las Vegas lounge singer, Wayne Newton's been packing in the crowds on the Strip for over 50 years. So, what's his secret?

BABYMETAL: Three Japanese Girls Make Heavy Metal Cute

With a fiercely loyal fanbase, kawaii band BABYMETAL is reshaping heavy metal into something the world has never quite seen before.

From Backstreet to BTS: The Boy Band Quiz

Whether you’re a tween, teen or middle-aged mom, chances are good that at some point, your heart has been captured by at least one boy bander. So, we think you've got the right stuff to ace this quiz.

The Devil and Robert Johnson: Did the Blues Legend Really Sell His Soul at the Crossroads?

The story goes that the only explanation for Robert Johnson's sudden prowess at playing the blues must have been an unholy alliance with Satan. But what was the truth?

Quiz: Are You a True BTS Fan?

So you think you know BTS? They're the K-Pop sensation taking over the airways (and social media). But only the ultimate BTS ARMY fans can pass this quiz. See if you're good enough!

Why Is BTS Taking Over the Pop Music World?

K-pop phenoms BTS took first place in Time magazine's 2018 online poll for person of the year. Now for the first time they've been nominated by Billboard for their music as well as their social media presence.

5 Reasons Concert Tickets Are So Expensive

You paid how much for that Taylor Swift concert? Why are musicians charging so much for live shows these days?

Mamma Mia! The ABBA Quiz

Take a chance on our ABBA quiz and find out how much you know about the 70s Swedish supergroup!

Who Is Sister Christian, Anyway?

Is she a nun? A jilted lover? We know you're dying to find out.

How Kronos Quartet and NASA Will Transform the Solar Eclipse Into Music

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bob Marley

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

How Does the YMCA Feel About the Village People Song 'Y.M.C.A.'?

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'London Calling'

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About Jim Morrison

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

What Does Your Playlist Say About Your Personality?

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.

Pianist Plays Gorgeous Music While Floating in the Arctic Ocean

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

Killer Mike Talks Activism and Music at SxSW

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

Love Kate Bush? Join the Crowd. Literally.

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

5 Times David Bowie Was Censored in the Past

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

Where Have All the Angry Mainstream Musicians Gone?

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.

You Might Not Get to Hear Wu-Tang Clan's Latest Album

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

Not All Musicians Live Fast and Die Young

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