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WPR Music Hosts Share Music That Calms And Inspires

Many of you have reached out to us to say how much the music on WPR matters to you during these challenging times posed by the new coronavirus. We’ve been grateful to hear listeners describe how music can be calming, reassuring, and inspiring. Especially when the news, important as it is, can sometimes feel so exhausting. Since you’ve told […]

Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside

Life looks very different right now as the novel coronavirus has millions around the world stuck indoors. Festivals, clubs, and even house parties are banned in many cities, leaving musicians (and music lovers) housebound and searching for creative outlets. Over the past few weeks, several music companies have responded by offering freebies in order to, […]

Music to beat the isolation blues

From the first note, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin Sonata No. 22, A Major K. 305” relays a feeling of energetic optimism. In tandem with a more gentle piano harmony, the floating violin, which is rich in timbre and tone, launches into a light — if sometimes staccato — melody that transports the listener into a […]

El-P on the Music That Made Him

Grinderman: Grinderman 2 I had gotten into Nick Cave through to the score for the [2006] film The Proposition. After that, I just was randomly picking up shit that he was a part of, and that’s how I found Grinderman. This album nails that raw energy that I look for—and when I find it, I […]

Livestreaming from global to local music — Listen Up!

When the reality struck me that my live music scene options were about to be completely cut out in the foreseeable future, I admit my first thought was kind of selfish. I went to that place in my head that really enjoys and benefits from the communal gatherings of people at both large and intimate […]

A hit, a writ: why music is the food of plagiarism lawsuits

Have you written a song? A song so memorable that everyone who hears it starts humming it? A song so good it feels as though it has been around forever and you simply plucked it from the ether? Then a word of advice: get an expert to listen to it. Because somewhere, someone is going […]

Music and Encouragement From Balconies Around the World

From its beginnings in January, the coronavirus outbreak has driven millions of people to shelter at home for long days of anxiousness and boredom. In country after country, people have responded by taking to their balconies, windows, and rooftops to sing to one another, to applaud and show gratitude to their health-care workers, to play […]

Paradigm Layoffs Hit Senior Agents in Music, Movie and TV Literature

Layoffs at talent agency Paradigm have hit employees of every rank, multiple sources told Variety — including top agents in music and motion picture and TV literature — as fallout from coronavirus continues to mount. More than 100 agency staffers were pink-slipped last Friday, individuals familiar with the company said, among them New York-based music […]

The Heartbreaking Cost For Musicians As COVID-19 Stops The Music

Manu Dibango Getty Images As the novel coronavirus continues to flourish, it is with a sad inevitability that some of our most beloved musicians will be taken from us. Today it was the turn of the 86 year old Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango to join the “gig in the sky” after contracting COVID-19. The 86-year-old […]

Spotify to donate up to $10 million to COVID-19 music relief fund

Spotify has set up a COVID-19 music relief project. Angela Lang/CNET Spotify has announced it’s setting up COVID-19 Music Relief, a project through which users will be recommended verified organizations to donate to. The organizations offer financial support to people in the music community worldwide whose jobs have been affected by the spread of the […]