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Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

All Things Considered's Audie Cornish speaks with the teenage New Zealand singer about her new album, Pure Heroine. "Royals" is just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from Lorde's pop peers.
Monday, September 30, 2013

Julie Fowlis Performs At BlackRock Center for the Arts

Julie Fowlis, one of the foremost interpreters of Gaelic music currently on the scene, will be performing at BlackRock Center from September 30 to October 26, 2013.
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Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider

Schneider's Burden of Proof is a frequently beautiful, often morose, downcast album. You get the sense that, when he sings about not connecting with someone he loves, he's also singing about not connecting with a bigger audience.
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Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

For three years, the jazz musician and his collaborator Mike Ladd have been working with war veterans-turned-poets to bring their words to light. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Iyer and Iraq veteran Maurice Decaul about the album that resulted, Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project.
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O'Brien And Scott Return To Stripped-Down Roots

Roots musicians Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott first recorded together in 2000 and fans have waited 13 long years for another studio release. The wait is over, with their new CD, Memories and Moments. O'Brien and Scott tell host Rachel Martin what got them back in the studio together.
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Chvrches Talks Technology (And 'Ghostbusters')

The synth-pop trio from Glasgow, Scotland, is one of this year's success stories. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty share some insight on the making of their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe.
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'If It Swings': An Asian-American Jazzman's Pioneering Career

Saxophonist Gabe Baltazar is one of the last living links to an era when Asian-Americans began to make a name for themselves in jazz. Now, at the age of 83, he's sharing his story in an autobiography.
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Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy

Lawrence Lessig was not pleased when Liberation Music persuaded YouTube to take down one of his online lectures because of an alleged copyright violation. So Lessig, one of the most famous copyright attorneys in the world, decided to take a stand against broad, intimidating takedown notices.
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After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly

The composer imagined his music more than 40 years ago. Known as the father of "Ethio-jazz", Astatke has been credited with creating a new genre that blends Ethiopian music and jazz. His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, is as complex as it is easily enjoyable — the mark of a master.
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Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

When record producer and songwriter George "Shadow" Morton died on Valentine's Day this year, he left behind a legacy as murky as his nickname, which he got from disappearing on long benders. A new compilation collects Morton's hits for The Shangri-Las, Iron Butterfly and Janis Ian.

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