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In his new memoir, Words Without Music, Philip Glass tells the story of how he slugged a man in the jaw in Amsterdam. At a concert, a quarrelsome audience member climbed onto the stage and began banging on the composer's keyboard. That was in 1969, when Glass' repetitious, slowly evolving music fell on many ears like a needle stuck in the groove of a record.

In interviews, members of The Vaccines have said they're making music for the moment, with the understanding that it may well lose its luster within a few years or even months. In the case of the band's third full-length album, English Graffiti, that means jettisoning post-punk thrash in favor of a sturdier sound with which The Vaccines' members seem close and comfortable: Top 40 pop from the early to mid-'80s.

Drive-By Truckers On Mountain Stage

May 18, 2015

Drive-By Truckers' members return to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Mixing alt-country, Southern rock and even punk, the band's enduring sound has long been built around the smart, thoughtful songwriting of founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. The band is based out of Athens, Ga., though it's worth noting that Hood (son of famed Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood) spent a lot of time in southern West Virginia as a child visiting his grandparents.

Review: 'I Can't Imagine,' Shelby Lynne

May 18, 2015
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World Cafe Next: Cayetana

May 18, 2015

The three women who form Cayetana — Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch — made a thrilling debut last year with Nervous Like Me. They're a big part of why Philly's homegrown rock scene has gotten so much attention lately.

Waxahatchee On World Cafe

May 18, 2015

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders' intent was to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new."

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