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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.
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Richard Branson Fails To Get Led Zeppelin Back Together

The Virgin Atlantic billionaire reportedly offered the group $800 million. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones signed on, but lead singer Robert Plant did not have a "Whole Lotta Love" for the idea.
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Why The Caged Bird Raps

Caged Bird Songs pairs some of the late Maya Angelou's poems and lyrics to hip-hop beats — but producer Shawn Rivera says the rhythms were already there.
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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.
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In Berlin, A Beat That Bloomed From Rubble

Today Berlin is a techno hot spot. The scene has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall, when young people from East and West got together in abandoned buildings to dance and celebrate together.
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven's ninth symphony, the "Ode to Joy."
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Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn't Always Have Lyrics

It might be unthinkable now, but groups like The Ventures cracked Top 40 radio with instrumental tunes. The Nashville duo Steelism hopes to do the same today by focusing on memorable melodies.
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Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral

They're some of the most popular musicians in West Africa, joining voices to sing (mainly in French but also in some local languages) about defeating an "invisible enemy."
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Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

Midler has delighted in listening to girl groups since she was a kid. On a new album, she takes a crack at her favorites — from the tight harmonies of The Andrews Sisters to the slow groove of TLC.
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Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

After he was publicly denounced, Shostakovich rebounded with the compelling and calculated Symphony No. 5. The music supplied a soundtrack for the Soviet people and satisfied the apparatchiks.

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