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'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.
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'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

Be it an effects pedal or a hole stabbed in an amp, distortion and sound manipulation have long been part of rock 'n' roll's DNA.
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A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.
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Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they've released two albums and toured the U.S.
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The Bounce: The Week In Music From WAMU's Bandwidth

 

Our Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.
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J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.
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Local Piano Manufacturer Keeps Family Musical Traditions Alive

The nation's first African American piano manufacturer has received national and international acclaim for a skill that he picked up from his family.
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Local Viol Fans Stay Loyal, No Strings Attached

The New York Times may have called the viol a "failed invention," but local devotees of the 15th-century instrument beg to differ.

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Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

The founding publicity director of Def Jam Records, Bill Adler, amassed a highly valuable collection of music, writing and images.
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Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

Russian performers who have criticized the country's role in Ukraine have been denounced on TV programs and had concert dates abruptly canceled.

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