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Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' Reveals Shades Of Gospel

The Chicago rapper's new mixtape, Coloring Book, walks a line between the secular and the religious, bringing gospel sounds to listeners who may not have darkened the doors of a church in a while.
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A Heavy Dose Of Glitter, Pyrotechnics and Politics At Eurovision 2016

Ukraine's Jamala is this year's winner with a haunting song about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars during World War II. Politics are never far from the surface at the European song contest.
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Tiny Desk Contest Stand-Out 'Seratones' Adjusts To Tour Life

Last year, NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to one of the bands that stood out in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest: Seratones. A year later, the band is releasing its first album.
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Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

It was happenstance that brought the Canadian DJ and Kanye West together. But A-Trak — Alain Macklovitch — first made his name by winning an international scratching competition, when he was just 15.
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'What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger:' Mr. Lif On Music And Healing

"I've suffered a lot of scars to get where I am," says the rapper, whose life was cracked in half when his tour bus crashed into a ravine. His new album, Don't Look Down, is his first in seven years.
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The Danish String Quartet's Manifold Vision For Classical Music

"Classical music is many things," says violist Asbjørn Nørgaard. "It can sound like Coldplay. It can sound like heavy metal." The quartet's new album, out now, is called Adès/Nørgard/Abrahamsen.
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More Than Just Covers: Team Familiar Helps Kick Off A Day Of New Go-Go Music

Update, May 16: This post has been updated to include a new Team Familiar video for “Straight to the Bar.”...
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Music Review: 'Monistic Theory,' Joe Driscoll And Sekou Kouyate

When Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate met at a music festival two years ago, they did not even speak a common language, but their musical connection was instant. Music reviewer Banning Eyre says their sophomore album, Monistic Theory is a refreshingly casual flow of rapping, singing, riffing and grooving.
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First Listen: Mudcrutch, ‘2’

“We thought The Epics was too corny a name,” Tom Petty once said in an interview, speaking of his garage band in Gainesville, Fla., in the late ’60s. “So we picked this really terrible one.” That...
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First Listen: Andy Shauf, ‘The Party’

Most of us have been to the kind of crowded house parties where you hang back and people-watch in relative anonymity. If you were to document it all from afar, who might you see? What might you...

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