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Title Image Toni Cuenca · Date 07/12/2018

My Racist Kentucky Home

In 1957, Congress considered outlawing unapproved changes to historic songs. Nick Tochka examines the legacy of Stephen Foster and an overlooked test case for the hot-button issue of political correctness in the arts.


Beaches and bathing suits are to teenage girls on Instagram as marked-up scores and coffee cups are to famous conductors. Zack Ferriday critiques the best and worst of the Instagram score-studying aesthetic.

The Halls Are Alive

Over the last 15 years or so, there’s been a revolution in where classical music is heard: bars, clubs, parks, museums, factories, distilleries….But what do we lose when we dismiss the traditional concert hall? Linda Shaver-Gleason on the art of listening with concentration.

Expressive Spirals

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is perhaps the world’s most musical choreographer. Astrid Kaminski meets up with her to talk about Bach, Grisey, the Flemish Wave and the golden ratio.

Indigo Moods

Listening is subjective, so it’s no surprise that brain chemistry changes our relationship to music. A deeply personal essay by the critic George Grella about the sounds that attract and repel him now that he’s been diagnosed with depression.