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A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.
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Nortec Collective's Last Album Reflects Changing Times In Tijuana

Fifteen years ago, two men from Tijuana came up with a new style of music called Nortec — a mix of norteno and techno. Now they are out with their latest and last album, Motel Baja.
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The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

It begins, "Do you remember?" — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
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Breaking A Song Apart, Note By Note

"It's about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather," Phil Elverum says of "I Want Wind To Blow," the opener from The Microphones' 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
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The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.
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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
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Music Review: 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller'

One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920's on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.
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Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: "just hard labor."
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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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