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Deceptive Cadence
5:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

album cover for Corps Exquis

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:41 am

It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before.

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The Record
7:51 am
Sat June 29, 2013

The Slow Hit Movement: Year-Old Songs On The Pop Charts

Icona Pop, whose "I Love It" was released last summer, only recently moved into the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.
Fredrik Etoall Courtesy of Big Beat Records

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:28 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:20 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert

Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:25 pm

Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — @CelloGoddess — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.

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The Summer of '63
4:40 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:22 pm

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Alt.Latino
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Bosnian Rainbows: Carving Out A New Place In Latin Rock

Bosnian Rainbows, left to right: Deantoni Parks, Teri Gender Bender, Nicci Kasper, Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The band's self-titled debut comes out Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

To understand why Bosnian Rainbows' music stands out, you have to go back to 2007 in Guadalajara, Mexico. A singer named Teresa Suarez has taken the stage name Teri Gender Bender — adopted as a feminist statement while at the head of a band called Le Butcherettes.

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Planet Money
4:19 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Kid Rock Takes On The Scalpers

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 5:46 pm

Kid Rock is tired of scalpers taking tickets away from his biggest fans.

One way to stop that: Raise ticket prices. If Kid Rock charged more for his tickets, scalpers wouldn't be able to sell them at such a big markup.

But Kid Rock doesn't want to raise prices.

"I don't want to break you by coming to see me, " he says. "I want to make as much money as I can, but I don't need to drive around in a tinted down Rolls-Royce or Maybach and hide from people because I felt like I ripped them off."

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A Blog Supreme
4:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection

Caravan Palace.
Courtesy of the artist

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Microphone Check
7:34 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

Mike Dean (center) backstage during the European leg of the Watch The Throne tour last year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:14 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Mike Dean

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Thistle and Shamrock
4:03 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Debuts

Pat Broaders and Liz Knowles
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 12:55 pm

Hear a new era of Celtic music with a group of artists performing on the show for the first time.

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NPR Music Essentials
4:18 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

Stephanie d'Otreppe NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:07 pm

The albums that made the first half of our year came at us from every direction (often, more than one at a time). We've collected our favorites into a handy little list that we're happy to share with you today.

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