Tired of all the homogenized, pseudo-intellectual music you hear on most public radio? Yeah, The World's Clark Boyd is too. He argues it's time to go back to basics. And he says a good place to start is with Aussie rock greats AC/DC.
April Verch, a Canadian fiddler, comes from the Ottawa Valley that straddles the border between Ontario and Quebec. It's the home of a bluegrass-like "old time Canadian" style with deep roots, but an uncertain future.
We have a story of a Flamenco musician in Los Angeles. But he's not Spanish ... he's Armenian. Vahagni's family left Armenia in September 1991, just a few weeks before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Yuna Zarai didn't make it too far on Malaysia's version of American Idol, but that drove her to work harder on her music. Now she's becoming a star, but is usually labeled the "singer in hijab" — something she wants to simply make normal.
Acclaimed violinist Lara St. John is an avid fan of "Game of Thrones." But episode after episode, she got fed up with the theme song which features a digitized cello. She came up with a solution to re-record the cello part of the theme and give it to HBO producers, for free.
Israeli-Palestinian collaboration is rare enough in the fractious Middle East. But harmony? Two pianists are showing personal peace is possible, along with world-class performance in Europe and the Middle East.
On what would have been his 70th birthday, we ask: How did Bob Marley become Bob Marley? "He was the hero of the youth when I grew up in Benin," says singer Angelique Kidjo. "The day he died all the schools closed."