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McDonalds Using Classical Music to Fight the Thugs

While it's always good to hear about people turning to classical music, we're not sure what to think about the news that a branch of McDonalds is to play the classics as a way of persuading local thugs to stay away.


Study Music Playlist, 1.0

To all those who are about to study, we salute you. Everybody needs a little sanity when it's time to hit the books.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Music Festivals Are Environmental Disasters

Beyond good vibes and heady memories, a primary export of U.S. music festivals is garbage.

New York Village Voice


Haven't I Heard This Song Before?

"Songwriters have borrowed from each other, played off each other. People have claimed the right to songs in the public domain,". This is part of the art of pop."


How Old Are Your Ears?

Most of us never could hear frequencies higher than what the MP3 file can play (20 kHz), and as we hear loud noises, we lose hearing.


In music, the eyes matter as much as the ears

A new university study about the importance of the eye in appreciating music shows that the classical music world has to stop believing in the fairy-tale that 'only the notes matter'.

The Telegraph

Musicians Use Beta Blockers as Performance-Enabling Drugs

Anyone who has had to give a speech at a wedding or deliver a Powerpoint presentation at the office knows the symptoms: sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, even nausea.


Nigeria: The Rise and Rise of Porn Music Videos

Every day, scores of pornographic music videos by Nigerian artistes besiege the market, plague the airwaves and flood the internet.

All Africa

Jazzbros: A Force for Jazzgood or Jazzevil?

Last month, the critic Nate Chinen wrote a column in JazzTimes that has roiled the jazz blogosphere.

The Atlantic

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