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Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Musicians and insiders talk to NPR about the jazz label's legacy. "It's just like the Empire State Building or the White House," says one. "It's a monument."
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State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial

Under music director Alan Gilbert, the orchestra is taking a page from the visual arts world by launching an 11-day festival featuring both established and emerging composers.
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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Download new music from rising Americana star John Fullbright, Malian banjo player Habib Koite, seductive Australian trio Movement, indie-rock veteran Bob Mould, and more.
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How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents

"If they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug. They will not hold a gun," says Santa Cecilia Orchestra conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega. "It's that powerful."
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Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary'

Amy LaVere sings in a sweet soprano, but her lyrics are anything but sweet. Robert Christgau reviews her new album, Runaway's Diary.
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Two New Items From Hank Williams

Williams is commonly considered the most important country music songwriter. Critic Ken Tucker has a review of a newly released CD of radio broadcasts and DVD of TV performances.
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Alt.Latino: Cumbia Tracks With Surf Guitars And Theramin

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino spin some cumbia tracks for NPR's Rachel Martin.
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'I Wanna Make Art': Sturgill Simpson's Twisting Path To Nashville

The mystic-minded songwriter spent years literally working on the railroad — and it's one reason he says he's no longer interested in making straight-ahead country music.
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A Few Words With Ennio Morricone

Learn how the 85-year-old composer got his start spoofing on John Cage, and hear his best impression of the coyote howl from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
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Marin Alsop's Guide To Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Inspired by Shakespeare, Mendelssohn captures all the magic and frivolity in the music he wrote for the Bard's otherworldy play.

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