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Beck's Long Balancing Act

Reflecting on a career that has long synthesized old and new forms, the versatile musician says engaging with everything may be the only way left to innovate.
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'Let It Go': A Global Hit In Any Language

You've heard "Let It Go" sung by Tony Award-winning soprano Idina Menzel. But what if you wanted to hear the Frozen anthem in Cantonese, Portuguese, French, Japanese, German or Russian?
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Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

The star violinist's new multi-year project goes to the heart of a difficult and fascinating era: the 1930s, when dazzle and sorrow commingled musically.
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Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

Daughter of Everything is a superb pop album with one foot in the past and another in the future.
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St. Vincent's Eerie Musical Alchemy

Annie Clark says it's not hard for her to wring the beauty from ugly sounds: "That's what's going on in my brain."
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Megaband Formed On Craigslist Becomes The Family Crest

There are big bands and then there are really big bands, like The Family Crest, which features around 300 players. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead vocalist Liam McCormick about the band.
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That Elusive Element Of Brazilian Bossa Nova

Classic Brazilian bossa nova music has a familiar, slow, graceful pulse. NPR's Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino plays some songs for NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Last Of The 'Sound Of Music' Von Trapps Dies At 99

Maria Von Trapp, the last of the seven-member Trapp Family Singers that inspired the play and film, died on Tuesday at her home in Vermont.
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Fred Armisen's Fake Bands (And Their Real Songs)

The Saturday Night Live alum's sketches about fictional musicians strike a believable chord. Fitting, then, that the original songs he wrote for them are now getting a proper release.
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Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter'

Fred Ho has combined improvisation with Asian themes to create his own form of political activism. Now, at age 56, Ho is dying of cancer.

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