Brazil’s music scene may be known for beats such as bossa nova, but newer sounds are making waves on the streets of Rio
August 18, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
Music Makeover: Smithsonian Folkways is offering free music downloads from three upcoming releases or reissues. One track each from Elizabeth Mitchell's new kid-friendly album Sunny Day and a reissue of bluegrass singer Ola Belle Reed's music called Rising Sun Melodies are available on the Folkway...
August 04, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
Being stuck in an elevator is never fun, but by and large when riding in one that's the biggest inconvenience you can expect.However, there was a time when these contraptions lacked the safety features we take for granted and were much deadlier. And let's face it, the notion of meeting your mortal ...
August 03, 2010 | By Jesse Rhodes
The inventor and MIT professor talks about where music and technology will intersect over the course of the next 40 years
August 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
The multi-faceted artist sees a future in which artists change our auditory experiences
August 2010 | By Jamie Katz
If you couldn't tell from the heat (and the accompanying humidity), we're smack in the middle of summer, which means it's prime time for people to go on vacation. And who doesn't want to take along the video camera and capture those vacation memories for posterity? Given the advent of home video ed...
July 20, 2010 | By Jesse Rhodes
Twenty-five years ago today, on July 13, 1985, more than 170,000 music fans descended on Wembley Stadium in the UK, and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA., to experience Live Aid - a 16 hour-long, multi-venue concert, organized to raise money for relief of the 1984-1985 famine in Ethi...
July 13, 2010 | By Katherine Purvis
When Moses Asch (1905-1986) founded a tiny record label called Folkways with Marian Distler (1919-1964) in 1948, he wanted to be a resource for musicians to document the "entire world of sound."And by that, he really did mean the entire world. Between the label's founding and Asch's death in 1986,...
July 03, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Soccer and music blend together to create an atmosphere that is unique only to the beautiful game. For 90 minutes, players are serenaded by supporters who don't ask for tips in return, just that magical goal that sends them into hysteria.As you read this, USA supporters in South Africa are almost c...
June 23, 2010 | By Ryan Reed
One of the things I remember most about growing up is that my dad was always whistling. Always. While he did the dishes, was out in the yard, driving us to soccer practice and even, to our horror, while walking around in public places (cause enough for my brothers and I to quickly dash to another a...
May 26, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Mariachi is a musical form whose popularity has endured for well over 100 years, crossing all cultural barriers. Indeed, these distinctive sounds of Mexico are even embraced by American schoolchildren with mariachi clubs springing up in middle and high schools, particularly in the southwest United ...
May 12, 2010 | By Jesse Rhodes
For more than 75 years, some of the world’s greatest entertainers have performed at the famous Harlem theater
May 10, 2010 | By Lucinda Moore
At an age when most children just begin to learn the piano, Mary Lou Williams already had a steady piano gig.Born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, Mary Lou was one of 11 children and began playing for parties when she was just six years old to help support her half-brothers and sisters. By age seven, she was...
May 06, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Medical 3-D imaging makes it possible to study the world's greatest stringed instruments – and uncover the secrets of its makers
May 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Despite setbacks, the Mississippi River city has held onto its rollicking blues joints, smokin' barbecue and welcoming, can-do spirit
May 2010 | By Jamie Katz
Hate to break it to you, but your federal taxes are due today. Post offices are staying open late to accommodate the madding crowds of people who waited until the last minute to send in their forms. (Although those who decided to electronically file have the privilege of keeping the mayhem of decip...
April 15, 2010 | By Jesse Rhodes
For most of the years I spent in my college’s music conservatory, I was the only female tuba major. A little more than half a century ago, though, it’s unlikely I would’ve been there at all.Today, it’s easy to count the music industry as one place where women have seen equal, if not more, success ...
March 23, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Featuring acts such as the Beach Boys, James Brown and the Rolling Stones, The T.A.M.I. Show defined popular music for a generation
March 19, 2010 | By Daniel Eagan
If you're stuck with a group of football fanatics, it's no fun being the odd person out having nothing to contribute to Super Bowl-related conversation
February 05, 2010 | By Jesse Rhodes
As happy as we were that Taylor Swift accepted her first four Grammy awards on Sunday sans interruptions from Kanye, a Smithsonian victory gave us more reason to celebrate after the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.The Texas-Mexican conjunto band Los Texmaniacs took home the 2009 Grammy award for Best Tej...
February 02, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry