No Mr. Nice Guy: Lou Reed

On the late Lou Reed’s 69th birthday, Elizabeth Wurtzel explained that contrary to the assertions of Philip Roth and others, the problem with Jewish male artists is not that they are too nice

Jazz Standards

Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, a master of expressive improvisation, leads a talented wave of expatriate musicians flooding the New York jazz scene

Back to Bach

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein wowed critics in 2007 with her original and passionate take on the Goldberg Variations. With her new Bach: A Strange Beauty, she’s poised to do it again.

Hear Israel

When the Weavers recorded the popular Israeli folk song ‘Tzena Tzena’ in 1950, they did more than legitimize a strain of musical culture; they introduced Israel to a generation of young Americans

Voice of Peace

Elie Wiesel took to the 92Y stage this week for an evening of Yiddish standards, childhood reminiscences, and Borscht Belt shtick. Somehow it worked.

Songs of Songs

What are the 100 greatest Jewish songs ever? Tablet Magazine’s musicologists rank them all, from sacred to pop to hip-hop, from Rabbi Akiva to Amy Winehouse.

Anander Mol, Anander Veig

Another Time, Another Way: Tablet Magazine’s Hanukkah album, remixed versions of holiday and Jewish classics

Another Way

Marc Weidenbaum explains the art of the remix and the creation of Anander Mol, Anander Veig

Message

The success of Subliminal, Israel’s most popular rapper, is a reflection of the Jewish state’s conservative moment

Sephardic Sounds

A new compilation album highlights the diversity of contemporary Jewish music

Plucky Move

A picture of his Polish grandfather’s mandolin orchestra inspired Avner Yonai to start his own

Grandmother’s House

Her family’s Holocaust-haunted past informs the new album from singer-songwriter Clare Burson

Fusion Confusion

A new CD claims to shine a light on a secret chapter in black-Jewish music history, but the secret is long out

Sacred Remake

We may talk of its eternal qualities, but the music of Kol Nidre is forever being made anew

Redemption Songs

In The Naming, Galeet Dardashti honors the Bible’s unsung women

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