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The Full Escovedo: What You May Not Know About Sheila E.

If her Prince-assisted '80s hits are all you know of Sheila Escovedo, you're missing half the story. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the drummer, singer and bandleader and dives in to her early history.
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The Youngest Von Trapp Generation Mashes Cultures

NPR's Scott Simon talks to China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale of the band Pink Martini, and Sofia, August, Melanie, and Amanda von Trapp about their collaborative album and upcoming performances.
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Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

To mark the bicentennial of the hand-made flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore and the national anthem it inspired, Kojo explores little-known tales of the people and events that produced them.

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An Old-School Entertainer, Making Jazz In The Present Tense

One of Europe's biggest jazz stars, pianist Stefano Bollani is also a TV personality, a published author and, his friends attest, a skilled impressionist.
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In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.
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Paying Homage To A Summer Of D.C. Street Music

We hit D.C.'s sidewalks to capture the sounds of the city's street musicians, or buskers.

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Sinkane Makes Music For An Open World

"The music that I make can be related to anybody all over the world," Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab says of his uprooted life, which informs a masterful blend of R&B, shoegaze, African and country music.
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On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar

Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that's exactly how Beck's music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck's posthumous release, "Get Me Joe Beck."
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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded it the day Pete Seeger died. Originally broadcast July 30.
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The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival

The archetypal '70s band had a charismatic frontman and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo.

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