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The Record
2:32 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Living Just Enough For The Music

Usher performs onstage during his The UR Experience tour at Madison Square Garden.
Noam Galai Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 3:04 pm

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Music Articles
5:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

T-Pain Rises Above The Haters

T-Pain.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden Courtesy of RCA Records

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:28 pm

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The Record
1:04 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

TV On The Radio And The Paradox Of The Midcareer Band

TV On The Radio's new album, its fifth, is titled Seeds.
JUCO Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 5:02 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
10:44 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Jazz

Luka Bloom.
Courtesy of the artist

Luka Bloom and Karan Casey are best known for singing traditional and contemporary folk songs. Hear them and others as they work with jazz artists to craft a different style of music.

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Microphone Check
8:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

El-P (Jaime Meline) and Killer Mike (Michael Render) are Run the Jewels.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 6:59 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:15 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Roomful Of Teeth: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:15 pm

Mix a bit of yodeling with Tuvan throat singing, add in a pinch of Sardinian cantu a tenore, fold in compositions from cutting-edge composers and you have the vocal group Roomful of Teeth.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Making Movies: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

When Los Lobos' Steve Berlin sent me an audio file of a band he was producing, I stopped what I was doing and listened closely. There was something about the energy coming from Enrique Chi's vocals as the rest of Making Movies enveloped him in sound.

The band has been making fans across the country one gig at a time, one song at a time — whether singing in English or Spanish, whether playing guitars or stringed instruments that come directly from Making Movies' ancestral Panama, whether playing drums or dancing a Mexican zapateado.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:52 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's once brilliant career took a dive after the official party paper criticized one of his operas in 1936. Shostakovich responded with his powerful Fifth Symphony.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:33 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Brittany

Alan Stivell.
Courtesy of the artist

Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the air this week, with Breton bands Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel and the father of contemporary Celtic music in Brittany, Alan Stivell.

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The Record
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

A Rational Conversation: The 20-Year-Old Album That's MF DOOM's Missing Link

Rapper DOOM, Zev Lov X of KMD, performs at the I'll Be Your Mirror festival in London, July 2011.
Jim Dyson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:15 pm

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