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First Listen: '9 Dead Alive' By Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela had a strange path to success. They started as a failed heavy metal band in Mexico, before moving to Ireland and changing to flamenco music.
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Album Review: 'Abracaco'

Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Veloso's new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.
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Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back

Molina's songs turned a tiny Midwest indie label into an industry mainstay and influenced scores of musicians — facts borne in two new releases around the anniversary of his death.
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Kelis Puts 'Milkshake' Behind Her And Moves On To 'Food'

Singer songwriter Kelis Rogers, who's also a trained chef, goes by just Kelis. She's best known for the 2003 hit song "Milkshake." Steve Inskeep talks to the R&B artist about her new album Food.
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Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-D.M.C?

The Library of Congress recently added 25 new recordings to its National Recording Registry, but none of them were hip-hop or rap songs. Did it miss a beat?
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Christine Jensen's Multiple Personalities Expand Her Musical Repertoire

Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full "jazz orchestra" of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
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Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros. Records 18 years after an acrimonious split, and will release an expanded edition of Purple Rain in time for its 30th anniversary.
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Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.
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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.
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On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots

Singer-songwriter Gina Chavez may be a Texan, but on her latest album she reconnects with her Latin roots, singing in both English and Spanish. Up.Rooted blends Latin folk and American pop.

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