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José González on Secular Humanism, ‘Local Valley,’ and Lyrical Inspiration

​​José González used to have difficulty writing lyrics, but with his new studio album, “Local Valley,” he has tapped into new sources of inspiration.

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Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl of Nirvana sit with WFNX DJ Kurt St. Thomas, doing a radio interview the evening before Nirvana release their breakthrough album, "Nevermind" in 1991.

Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ at 30

Here we are now, entertain us: It’s 2021, exactly 30 years since Nirvana released their breakthrough second album, “Nevermind,” has anything really changed?

Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone on His Career ‘Odessey’ and the ‘Time of the Season’ for Playing Live Again

Colin Blunstone started singing with the Zombies at the age of 16. They broke up shortly after releasing their 1968 masterpiece, “Odessey and Oracle,” but reformed in 2000, and have been going strong ever since.

Brandon Iljas: A Coursera Worker Paving a Musical Future with Berklee Online

Coursera manager Brandon Iljas saw his 30th birthday approaching from a distance, and decided to make a key change, courtesy of Berklee Online.

Attendees of a nondescript sporting event sing a nondescript national anthem for a nondescript country in this stock image.

What is the Best National Anthem?

Berklee Online instructors weigh in on which country takes the gold for best national anthem, which is important to know as you watch the Olympic Games medal ceremonies.

Don Letts

Don Letts on the Culture Clash of Punk and Reggae and ‘There and Black Again’

Don Letts introduced punks in the 1970s UK scene to reggae, kind of. He was a good friend of Bob Marley, sort of. He is the embodiment of punk’s ethos of empowerment, freedom, and individuality, totally!

Butch Vig on Recording Drums, New Garbage Album, and Producing Nirvana

You know Butch Vig as the drummer and producer of Garbage, or the producer of mammoth 1990s recordings from Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. But there is a lot more to him than that. For one, he has been playing with most of the people he makes music with for nearly 40 years.

Sly and Robbie Drummer Sly Dunbar on Revolutionizing Reggae Drums

If you’ve heard any reggae music in your entire life then you’ve heard Sly Dunbar’s drumming, or at the very least, his influence. As one half of Sly and Robbie, Sly says he’s probably played on a million songs.

Anna Bulbrook discusses her life in music in this podcast.

Anna Bulbrook on Toxic Violin, Kanye West Epiphanies, and Girlschool

Anna Bulbrook began studying violin at four. She quit at the age of 21, but then changed the terms of the relationship after a gig with Kanye West, and went on to become a founding member of the Airborne Toxic Event.

Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia

Hailu Mergia on Walias Band, Dahlak Band, and Fleeing Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia is an accordionist, keyboardist, and bandleader from Ethiopia, where he played with Walias Band and Dahlak Band before defecting to the US.