Music

2:13pm

Sun December 25, 2011
Music Interviews

A Jazz Pianist's Cinematic 'Fantasy'

Originally published on Sun December 25, 2011 3:06 pm

Harold O'Neal's new album is Marvelous Fantasy.
Luke Kaven Courtesy of the artist

Harold O'Neal is a jazz pianist with an unusual resume. Born in Tanzania and raised in Kansas City, Miss., O'Neal is also a hip-hop dancer, martial artist and actor. He's just released a new album with an unusual back story of its own: Marvelous Fantasy is a largely improvised collection of solo piano pieces, an homage to the music of silent films.

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8:59am

Sat December 24, 2011
Music

Weekend Audition: A Bluegrass 'Night Before Christmas' and a charmer from SHEL

Screen capture from 'The Night Before Christmas'

Sharing two seasonal treasures-- and not your grandfather's carols!

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7:43am

Sat December 24, 2011
Music

The Music of 2011: The Complete List

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Amazing albums were released this year - powerhouse works by Adele, Arcade Fire, BeirutBon Iver, Burlap to Cashmere, Coldplay - as well as great albums by Brett Dennen (fun!), Feist, Fleet Foxes, Gomez, Lisa Hannigan, Mumford & SonsPaul Simon, and more! All of these should lead a list of favorites of 2011.

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6:00am

Sat December 24, 2011
The Record

K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

Korean pop group Girls' Generation pose on the red carpet to attend the MNET Asian Music Awards ceremony in Singapore in November.
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Korean pop music groups turned a corner in 2011, expanding their audience worldwide, despite the language barrier. Two of the most popular bands are 2NE1, whose music projects ideas of self-worth, and Girls' Generation, which has nine members.

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1:30pm

Fri December 23, 2011
Music Interviews

Songs To Annoy You This Holiday Season

Twisted Sister in 2008, posing backstage at a live performance of its holiday album, A Twisted Christmas.
Mark Weiss WireImage

This is the time of year that either has you humming about a one-horse open sleigh or bah-humbugging the various versions of "Jingle Bells" you've heard in stores, on hold and in commercials. Wherever you reside on the Christmas cheer spectrum, we have something to annoy even those who wear reindeer sweaters.

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