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Fat Boys: A Hip-Hop Novelty Act Strikes Back

The New York group was best known for a series of crossover pop hits recorded with everyone from The Beach Boys to Chubby Checker. Fat Boys had faded from the spotlight by the 1990s, but a new reissue makes a case for the group as more than just a gimmick.
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Kat Edmonson On World Cafe

Singing standards, the Texas native can move from a lilting falsetto to a raspy growl with ease.
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Bibi Tanga: Where Afropop Meets Walt Whitman

The African singer says his new record 40 Degrees of Sunshine draws from Afrobeat, French pop and transcendentalist poetry. He says his tour of the U.S. is a bit of a homecoming for him.
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Feminist Punk Band, Imprisoned For Five Months, Gets Next Gig: Russian Courtroom

Three members of the band, which staged a protest of Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in February, face up to seven years in prison. They pleaded not guilty on Monday.
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This Time, R. Kelly Burns With (Relatively Chaste) Passion

The prolific, often risque crooner's fourteenth album explores sounds from earlier eras with surprising restraint.
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MoZella: Recording An Homage To The Motor City

On her latest record, the Detroit-born singer teams up with songwriting veteran Brian Holland to pay tribute to the Motown sound.

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