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Album reviews: The Strokes, Dream Syndicate, Dan Montgomery

What you should, or should not, be listening to.

Hal Willner, Philly-born producer and ‘Saturday Night Live’ music director, has died at 64

The Philadelphia-born record producer grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, near where his father, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor, owned Hymie’s Deli in Merion. His symptoms were consistent with the coronavirus, though he had not been diagnosed.

The Roots will now stream YouTube content five nights a week

With this year's Roots Picnic postponed from May to August, the Philly hip-hop band is putting its energy into creating musical content on YouTube, five night a week.

Philly musician Orion Sun sings songs of isolation that soothe the soul

Philadelphia songwriter Orion Sun's debut album 'Hold Space For Me' is a beautifully becalmed pop-R&B album. She talked to The Inquirer about solitude as a creative force.

Wallace Roney, Philadelphia-born jazz trumpeter, dies at 59 of coronavirus complications

Mr. Roney, a protégé of Miles Davis, first made a name for himself as a club musician in New York City in the late 1970s.

Coronavirus is hitting the music world hard as John Prine and others are diagnosed

Coronavirus has brought the concert business to a halt. Now comes word that many beloved musicians have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Bob Dylan has just dropped ‘Murder Most Foul,’ his first original song in 8 years

Our music critic puzzles through some of the mystical clues of the 17-minute epic about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Coronavirus has put Philly indie music venues at risk. What will the future look like?

Venues like World Cafe Live, Johnny Brenda’s, and the Locks at Sona have been shuttered since mid-March. How long can they stay dark and survive?

Album reviews: Childish Gambino makes triumphant return with ‘3.15.20’

What you should, or should not, be listening to.