Rounder helped launch Alison Krauss and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and also preserved a wealth of folk culture.
Some towns make handcrafts or goods for niche markets, but one indigenous village in Oaxaca produces highly-skilled musicians.
A video making the rounds online features actors dressed up as peasants singing American jazz standards with Japanese lyrics.
Frank Sinatra's “My Way” deadly to sing in Philippine karaoke bars as altercations over the song have resulted in several deaths.
Acclaimed jazz guitarist Pat Metheny plugs into the Orchestrion, a massive instrument based on the old player piano orchestrations of yore.
As conductor-composer Pierre Boulez looks forward to turning 85, he has no intention of slowing down.
Broadway has brought figures like Jesus and Thomas Jefferson to the stage; Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is the latest.
French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le draws from an epic 16th century novel for his 21st century recording.
Rapper and political activist Immortal Technique is on a mission to help orphans in Afghanistan, raising money through concerts and CD sales.
There's something cathartic about listening to sad music -- why listening to songs of loneliness and despair helps us feel better.