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Music Reviews: 'Wired' And 'Appetite For Construction'

Amid the debate over the appropriateness of kids' use of the Internet comes the release of two kids' music albums that celebrate a less digital world.
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Apple's U2 Album Promotion Backfires

U2 and Apple teamed up for what Apple's CEO called, "the largest album release of all time." They released U2's album, Songs of Innocence, for free to everyone with an iTunes account.
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Controversial Mexican Musician Temporarily Retires From Drug Ballads

Alfredo Rios, aka El Komander, is the Jay Z of Mexican drug balladeers. He says government pressure, in the form of fines and banned or canceled concerts, is forcing him to think about retirement.
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Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The Brazilian musician and composer says his life has been a succession of serendipitous moments. One of them led to the song that transformed his career — his first hit, "Mas Que Nada."
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Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Finally Cracks Billboard Top 10

While the 30-year-old album has sold millions of copies over the years, it only reached No. 54 when it was released. The new spike comes courtesy of a steep price cut.
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The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

It began as a conversation over a beer. Now, a collaboration between musicians across the Nile basin has expanded to concert tours, albums and courses at universities in the U.S. and East Africa.
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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.
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Bob Crewe Knew How To Make Artists Sing

Bob Crewe co-wrote and produced such hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as "Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll" and "Sherry." He died Thursday at the age of 83.
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Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies At 75

Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR's Arun Rath has this remembrance.
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Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

On a new tribute to Waller, Moran explores his subject's many contradictions: "The son of a preacher, the man who likes to drink, the man who finds his sorrow but expresses it through comedy."

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