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'Only The Truth' Gets At Reality Through Legend

An opera nominated for a Latin Grammy explores Mexico's current political climate. It's based on a fictional bandida who continues to inspire fear and admiration along the border.
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Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who was born in Mississippi but lent his soulful voice to hits for Detroit's Motown Records, died Monday at age 78, according to reports.
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Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

While the Nazis may have used the children's opera Brundibár as a propaganda tool, it also was a symbol of hope for the children who performed it. It is now a way to remember profound loss.
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Music Review: 'Here is Barbara Lynn' Reissue

Singer and guitarist Barbara Lynn is well-known for her classic late '60s soul music sound. Back then, she toured with James Brown and Otis Redding, and appeared on American Bandstand. Now, Atlantic Records has reissued her third album on vinyl.
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'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars

The newest version of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" raised a $1 million within a few minutes of its release on Tuesday. Critics say the song still sends the wrong message about Africa.
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Bryan Ferry Slinks Home

The 69-year-old singer returns to the brooding style he pioneered with Roxy Music in the 1970s and early '80s — and the result is some of his best solo work.
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Bryan Ferry: A Classic Crooner Informed By The Art-Rock Movement

For more than 40 years, former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry has been making some of the most suave, luxurious music. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Ferry about his 17th solo album, Avonmore.
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'Twinkle' Sparks Fireworks As Fiddler Guts Violin Method

Fiddler Mark O'Connor claims Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the popular Suzuki Method of violin instruction, was a fraud. O'Connor has created his own teaching system.
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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.
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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.

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