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Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath

Into funk-jazz-Latino-soul-psychedelic-metal music? Then check out Brownout's new album Brown Sabbath. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with bandleader Greg Gonzalez about the surprising mix of styles.
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Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.
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Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

One year after J.J. Cale's death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don't know the half of the late songwriter's talent. Read Clapton's extended interview with NPR's Eric Westervelt.
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War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.
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Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he's still singing. At 70 he's put out a new album, "I Got More Soul." NPR's Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.
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Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears

Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.
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Rapping 'Ice Ice Baby,' TMM Producer Doesn't Miss A Beat

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer Bridget De Chagas shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.
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'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."
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Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
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Erykah Badu's 'Tyrone' Gives TMM Producer Amazing Stage Presence

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer Bridget Armstrong shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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