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Minstrel Show

Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.

Sway to the Music

Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire

Oudist Colony

Talking with Jewlia Eisenberg about the Algerian divas who rock her world

A Different March

Sufjan Stevens makes a record his own way

Beautiful Loser

With a new documentary and a book of poems, Leonard Cohen is primed for a comeback. For Suzanne Snider, he never went away.

Roots Music

Galeet Dardashti finds the Israeli audience her grandfather never had

A Man Possessed

A visit with the composer who took over where Marc Blitzstein left off

So Long Nasty

The Beastie Boys grew up, and so did I

Showtime at the Apollo

Idan Raichel mixes traditional Ethiopian music, prayers, and funky beats to create dance tracks that speak to young Israelis

Beats Without Borders

Balkan Beat Box’s diaspora mix

Melody Maker

The true story of a White Plains boy who found both God and reggae

My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

Beyond the Melting Pot

A hipster scholar makes room on his provocative playlist for the jubilant, in-your-face shtick of Mickey Katz

Death Wish

A tour through my private Grand Guignol

Immaterial Girl

Madonna, Kabbalah, and me

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