Musicians & Bands

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On Sept. 5, 2020, a small crowd gathered in the St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany, to hear the first sound change in almost seven years to an organ piece by composer John Cage that will go on until the year 2640.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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!

By Mark Mancini

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!

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

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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.

By Patty Rasmussen

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?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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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?

By Dave Roos

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!

By Danielle Douez

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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.

By Jonathan Strickland

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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

By Alison Cooper

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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?

By Bambi Turner

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?

By Alison Cooper

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