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Your Mid-July Treat: Vibe With the Hottest Israeli Song of the Summer

Imagine if the Red Hot Chili Peppers grew up not in Los Angeles but in Tel Aviv and you have a sense of Elai Botner

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Mixtape Part III: Eastward Bound

In a music scene dominated by Ashkenazi culture, Mizrahi singers had to patiently pave their way to the Israeli mainstream one song at a time. In Part III of our miniseries, we meet two Yemenite trailblazers, who took very different approaches to their heritage.

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Mixtape Part II: Iron and Gold

We continue our musical journey through the intricacies of Israeli society. And this time we explore a song that, ever since the dramatic month that forever changed Israeli history, has become the soundtrack of the country: ‘Jerusalem of Gold.’

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Mixtape Part I: Our Hope?

We begin a four-part musical journey through anthems, songs of yearning, of war, and of peace, and hear the stories behind some of Israel’s most iconic tunes. In the first part of the miniseries—the national anthem.

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The Seven Quintessentially Israeli Songs

A musical celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut

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Tel Aviv’s Indie Bands Take SXSW by Storm

Lola Marsh and Oren Lavie win over fans, awards in Austin

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Chag Valentine Sameach! Here Are the Seven Most Gorgeous Hebrew Love Songs of All Time

Love of men, love of women, love of God, love of sex: It all sounds better in Lashon HaKodesh

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Israeli Singer and Gay Rights Activist Dies Saving Niece from Drowning

Amir Fryszer Guttman’s life was a roller-coaster of personal struggle and public advocacy

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How Musician Meir Banai Reflected Israeli Culture’s Recent Return to Jewish Tradition

Banai, who died yesterday at 55, was part of a wave of Israeli artists who derived meaning and inspiration from religious texts their secular Zionist forebears had spurned

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Shai Tsabari Storms the Heavens, From Bat Yam to New York

The Israeli singer, with his Middle East Groove All Stars, is worth catching in performance on a rare U.S. trip this week

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‘You Touch My Heart’

Watch Lipa Schmeltzer sing a touching rendition of ‘Ein Li Eretz Acheret’ with Corinne Allal, the song’s composer

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Your Weekly Dose of Israeli Musical Genius

Hadara Levin Areddy’s “What About Us?” is the song you need today

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Israel’s Hypnotic ‘Aleph-Bet’ Singer

Victoria Hanna chants the Hebrew alphabet to a catchy hip-hop beat

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The Jewish Monkeys Aren’t Messing Around

Israeli band’s new album showcases distinctive mix of rock, klezmer, and funk

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Israeli Musician Ariel Zilber Denied Lifetime Achievement Award

Right-wing artist’s snub sets off a firestorm about free speech and art

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Israel’s Kurt Cobain Turned Religious Doubt and Mental Illness Into Haunting Music

Gabriel Balachsan, found dead this week at age 37, turned a troubled interior life into powerful art

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Tel Aviv’s Karma Police

When an Israeli artist reinvented a Radiohead classic as Arabic music, some cried racism. They missed the point.

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Fat Man Saves Israeli Hip-Hop

How Itay Lukach and YouTube defeated the bombast of Subliminal to revive Israeli rap

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Israeli Band Invades Britain

Tel-Aviv-based band Men of North Country has become a neo-Mod sensation in London

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Q&A: Miri Ben-Ari

The Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer talks Kanye West, Jay-Z, and serving in the IDF

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Criminal Record

Israeli singer Shmulik Kraus wrote a classic of psychedelic rock while sitting in a jail cell in the 1970s. His album deserves another listen.

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Jazz Standards

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

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Message

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

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Sundown: Bibi Talks A New Talk

Plus the U.S. advertises in Israel, and more

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Bleeding Melodies

Composer Osvaldo Golijov

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