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When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear 'The Last Transmission'?

Famed film director Melvin Van Peebles joined the band The Heliocentrics to create music inspired by the sounds and signals of deep space exploration.

Brilliance In Bumps And Bruises, On Air And On Screen

New Jersey radio station WFMU prides itself on radically open programming — like three hours of "Eleanor Rigby" covers. But as a new film shows, it can be tough to pay bills and maintain a mission.

Tango Lessons: Rubén Blades Sings His Way Into Discovery

On his new album, the salsa singer, actor and one time presidential contender in Panama rearranged some of his salsa songs as tangos. In doing so, he found new things in his lyrics and himself.

T-Pain Rises Above The Haters

After initial success, the 30-year-old singer and songwriter, known for his Auto-Tuned hits, became a target for derision. It took time but now he's made it clear: "I'm not fake."
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'Concert For Valor' Was Unforgettable Tribute To Vets

Swarms of active-duty service members and music fans packed onto the National Mall yesterday for the concert put on in honor of the nation's veterans.


Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

While The Endless River may not satisfy song-hungry fans, it does make clear the group's knack for lush textural explorations.

'Concert For Valor' Honors Veterans' Contributions

Tens of thousands of people will be on the National Mall Tuesday night for a Veterans Day event called "The Concert for Valor."
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In D.C., The Best Jam Sessions Don’t Involve Jam Bands

D.C. jazz musicians have been building quite a jam-session scene recently.


Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Download a free sampler of tunes hand-selected by our panel of public-radio hosts, including new music from Oil Boom, Damien Rice, Melody's Echo Chamber and Lost Midas.

Accordionist Interprets French Waltz Tradition In 'Musette Explosion'

Will Holshouser has played all kinds of music on the accordion, including Cajun, avant garde jazz and indie rock. He joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross in her studio to play features from his new album.