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Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.
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An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Army Pvt. Danny Chen fatally shot himself in Afghanistan in 2011. The real-life tragedy has inspired a new production by Washington National Opera with a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang.
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Just In Time For Father's Day: Bad Dads In Opera

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman, who says his candidate for opera's most evil father is the character of Alberich from Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.
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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised In Captivity

Whether he's producing, leading a band or on his own, White continues to evolve with each project. His first solo album was the sound of heartbreak, but the new Lazaretto feels more like isolation.
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Apple Jacks The Headphone Port

Industry folks and Apple fanatics are upset about the company's plan to lose the standard 3.5mm connector in favor of a Lightning port. But the decision might be good for consumers in the long run.
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Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff

For more than a year, YouTube has been trying to launch a music streaming service. It has reached licensing agreements with the major labels, but has put independents on notice.
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The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums. As they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic album Legend, the group shares what it's like to carry on Bob Marley's legacy.
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Ladies And Gentlemen, Silence Please, For Sir Mix-A-Lot

A version of the hit "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony drew a large crowd of dancers to the stage this weekend.
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For Guitarist Tom Chang, Opening Up Is A Constant Process

The guitarist and composer says that in spite of all the styles of music he's played — Indian Carnatic, classical, jazz, rock, blues — there's always more to learn.

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