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    Popcast: XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality

    Popcast: XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality


    Fans mourned the 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion outside the Florida motor sports dealership where he was shot and killed on...

    The 20-year-old broke out of the SoundCloud rap scene and reached No 1. But he faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman, and leaves behind a troubling legacy.
    5 K-pop Acts to Watch at KCON 2018

    5 K-pop Acts to Watch at KCON 2018


    The K-pop girl group EXID is performing at KCON in New Jersey on...

    American audiences often get their first exposure to K-pop’s rising stars at this annual festival. Here’s who to keep an eye on in New Jersey this weekend.
    That Decisive Moment: Saved, Freed: The Week in Classical Music

    That Decisive Moment: Saved, Freed: The Week in Classical Music


    Summer days: As part of the solstice celebration Make Music New York, the composer and guitarist Elliott Sharp played near (and in a boat on) the Gowanus...

    An underrated Strauss anniversary and a rising conductor’s take on Mozart were some of the highlights.
    A Musical Solstice Spectacle Sprawls Across New York

    A Musical Solstice Spectacle Sprawls Across New York


    Kayla Kaushansky, 10, plays from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” at the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan as part of Make Music New...

    Make Music New York, a June celebration, including a three-hour Bach marathon, a piece inspired by bird song and guitar music on the Gowanus Canal.
    Meet the 11-Year-Old Girls Whose Music Wowed the Philharmonic

    Meet the 11-Year-Old Girls Whose Music Wowed the Philharmonic


    Jordan Millar, left, and Camryn Cowan joined an after-school program to learn how to compose. Now tens of thousands have heard their...

    Jordan Millar and Camryn Cowan joined an after-school program to learn how to compose. Now tens of thousands have heard their work.
    Rider Reaches Deal to Sell Westminster Choir College to Chinese Firm

    Rider Reaches Deal to Sell Westminster Choir College to Chinese Firm


    Westminster Choir College in downtown Princeton has a storied history, going back more than 80...

    Under the agreement, Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology would buy the renowned but struggling music school for $40 million. The deal, however, faces legal challenges.
    Suspect, 22, Is Arrested in Killing of Rapper XXXTentacion

    Suspect, 22, Is Arrested in Killing of Rapper XXXTentacion


    Fans mourned XXXTentacion in Florida after he was shot and killed outside a Deerfield Beach motor sports dealership on...

    Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested on charges including first-degree murder. The rapper was shot and killed on Monday.
    Review: ‘The King’ Chases the American Dream and Elvis

    Review: ‘The King’ Chases the American Dream and Elvis


    Eugene Jarecki’s documentary “The King” tells two stories — one about Elvis Presley, the poor boy who became a king, and the other about the United States. Here, the king is in the...

    This seductive documentary tracks the rise and fall of Elvis Presley, a tragic arc that the director Eugene Jarecki likens to that of the United States.
    Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85

    Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85


    Mr. Giaiotti with Carlotta Ordassy, left, and Joan Sutherland in a production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Met in...

    Mr. Giaiotti, known for his a resonant, majestic sound, appeared on the Met stage more than 400 times in his 30-year-career.
    5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Away From the Mainstream

    5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Away From the Mainstream


    NYC Pride’s biggest events, including the flagship March, return this...

    NYC Pride can easily overwhelm even the most extroverted people. Here are five ways to take part away from the crowds.
    XXXTentacion, Rapper Accused of Violent Crimes, Shot Dead at 20

    XXXTentacion, Rapper Accused of Violent Crimes, Shot Dead at 20


    XXXTentacion, the 20-year-old rapper who climbed the charts as he faced charges for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, was shot dead in Florida on...

    The singer and rapper Jahseh Onfroy was killed outside a motor sports store in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Monday afternoon. His album “?” topped the chart in March.
    In the Capital of Electronic Music, Women Rule the Scene

    In the Capital of Electronic Music, Women Rule the Scene


    Nina Kraviz playing a set on the Great Wall of China in May. “Now a woman on a main stage is normal,” she said. “But when I started it was, like, no...

    A growing network of booking agencies and community groups have made female artists more visible in Berlin, erasing the boy’s club atmosphere of the past.
    Hero or Villain? Death of Rapper XXXTentacion Divides the Internet

    Hero or Villain? Death of Rapper XXXTentacion Divides the Internet


    A fan of XXXTentacion leaves a tribute outside the motor sports store in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where the 20-year-old rapper was shot and killed on...

    As news spread of the 20-year-old’s killing, his fans and critics struggled with how to mourn an artist with a complicated reputation.
    ‘It Was 11 Guys on a Bus, and Then Me’: Women on the Warped Tour

    ‘It Was 11 Guys on a Bus, and Then Me’: Women on the Warped Tour


    As the traveling punk-rock extravaganza begins its final full cross-country run, the women who performed on the male-dominated festival tell their...

    As the traveling punk-rock extravaganza begins its final full cross-country run, the women who performed on the male-dominated festival tell their stories.
    Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies

    Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies


    Frances Walker-Slocum in an undated photo. She championed the works of black composers and was the first black women granted tenure at Oberlin College and...

    The first black woman granted tenure at Oberlin College, she was a champion of black composers as well as a celebrated concert performer.
    Matt Murphy, Master of Blues Guitar, Is Dead at 88

    Matt Murphy, Master of Blues Guitar, Is Dead at 88


    Matt (Guitar) Murphy at the Rialto Theater in Joliet, Ill., in 2012. In his long career he played with Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and many...

    He was best known for his work with the Blues Brothers, but he had established himself as a mainstay of the Chicago scene long before then.
    Dawes Has Been Tied to the Past. The Band’s New Album Unlocks Its Future.

    Dawes Has Been Tied to the Past. The Band’s New Album Unlocks Its Future.


    From left, Wylie Gelber, Griffin Goldsmith, Lee Pardini and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. The band’s sixth album, “Passwords,” is about our tech-driven...

    The Los Angeles group led by the singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith stretches its sound and scope of lyrical inquiry on its sixth LP, “Passwords.”
    Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Developing a Broadway-Bound Bio-Musical

    Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Developing a Broadway-Bound Bio-Musical


    Michael Jackson’s estate is developing the bio-musical with Columbia Live Stage, aiming for Broadway in...

    The book is to be written by Lynn Nottage, a playwright who has won two Pulitzers, and the show is to be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
    Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Gets ‘National Treasure’ Designation

    Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Gets ‘National Treasure’ Designation


    The childhood home of Nina Simone has been designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic...

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation will start a campaign to rehabilitate Simone’s birthplace — which two years ago was on the brink of destruction.
    Beyoncé and Jay-Z Deliver a Surprise Album: ‘Everything Is Love’

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z Deliver a Surprise Album: ‘Everything Is Love’


    Jay-Z and Beyoncé are currently on a joint stadium tour, “On the Run II.” They released their long-rumored collaborative album, “Everything Is Love,” Saturday...

    The married titans of popular music released their long-rumored collaborative project after a concert in London on Saturday.
    Dave Matthews Band Outsells Kanye West’s Project and Debuts at No. 1

    Dave Matthews Band Outsells Kanye West’s Project and Debuts at No. 1


    Dave Matthews Band’s seventh No. 1 album, “Come Tomorrow,” had the equivalent of 292,000 album sales, but only a tiny fraction of that total came from...

    “Kids See Ghosts,” Mr. West’s album with Kid Cudi, had 10 times as many streams as “Come Tomorrow,” but the Dave Matthews Band LP benefited from a ticket bundle.
    Album Review: Beyoncé and Jay-Z: The State of the Union Is Strong

    Album Review: Beyoncé and Jay-Z: The State of the Union Is Strong


    Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s surprise joint album “Everything Is Love” is a statement of solidarity in the face of personal and institutional...

    The couple abruptly released their long-rumored joint album, “Everything Is Love,” a statement of solidarity in the face of personal and institutional challenges.
    Popcast: Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings

    Popcast: Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings


    Charlie Puth’s latest album, “Voicenotes,” gives him a significant...

    Boy bands are on the rise and young male singers have some choices to make. A conversation about two performers with their sights set on pop ubiquity.