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How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

After 55 years, the voracious creature, built to absorb whatever medium is delivering music to the masses at any given time, is complicated and imperfect — any chart where Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Missy Elliott peak only at No. 2 is — but it's still the best benchmark we have to measure the bigness of hits.
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African-American Musicians, More Than Just Jazz

Jazz may be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the contributions African-Americans have made to music. But the Gateways Musical Festival highlights African-Americans' classical past.
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Daughn Gibson On World Cafe

Josh Martin's nom de plume is an homage to country legend Don Gibson. He joins World Cafe host David Dye for an in-studio performance and shares a few stories about his distinctive blend of country and electronic soundscapes.
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Why Steinway Is Likely To Be Sold To A Hedge Fund Manager

Steinway Musical Instruments is on the auction block and a mystery bidder, rumored to be hedge fund manager John Paulson, appears to have the winning bid at $458 million. Ilya Marritz explains why the fairly healthy company is seeking a buyout in the first place.
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Martha Wainwright On World Cafe

The Wainwrights and McGarrigles are songwriting royalty. Here, Martha Wainwright joins David Dye to revisit the tribute concerts held in the wake of Kate McGarrigle's death. Some of those performances are captured on the compilation Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle.
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Alice Russell On World Cafe

The British soul singer stopped by World Cafe Live in Philadelphia during her first U.S. tour in three years. On this episode of World Cafe, David Dye sits down with Russell and spotlights the best recordings from her sold-out show.
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Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor

In the cloistered world of classical music recordings, there is great interest in choral music by Catholic nuns these days. On Mater Eucharistiae, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, are "able to bring other people into that space of prayer when we're singing."
Friday, August 30, 2013

Cornstock Acoustic Music Fest

Nestled at the gateway of the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, Lazy Brook Park's beautiful, scenic countryside is the perfect setting for the Cornstock Acoustic Music Fest. With over 40 hours of the state's best homegrown acoustic music and featuring 22 bands on two stages, the festival offers something for everyone in acoustic entertainment.

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Valerie June Wants To Be On Your Mind

June can sing a duel with the Devil, even as her voice tells you she knows she's already triumphed.
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The White Mandingos: Music That Defies Definition

Three black musicians — a punk bassist, an LA rapper and a part-time guitarist — took on a name with ugly associations to make music that can't be categorized.

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