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Rodriguez: Forgotten In America, Exalted In Africa

The new documentary Searching for Sugar Man explains how a Detroit singer reached Beatles-level fame abroad — without knowing it.
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Michael Kiwanuka: For Those Who Think Young

The British singer says songwriting, at its best, mimics the thought process of a child being read a story. "You just conjure up all these images in your head that are so unique to you," he says.
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Ocean's 'Orange' Revolution

Frank Ocean has written songs for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and John Legend; last year his mixtape Nostalgia Ultra attracted wide attention and acclaim. Now Ocean has released his first major-label album, Channel Orange. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of Ocean's album and career thus far.
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Bright Moments On World Cafe

Multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt has toured with Coldplay and Arcade Fire, among others. Now at the helm of a sunny, shiny pop band called Bright Moments, Pratt joins World Cafe's David Dye to show off his solo work.
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An Indie Rock Baseball Tribute: 'Ichiro's Theme'

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan, and such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder. Though he wrote it years ago, he decided this week — when Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees — was the right time to release "Ichiro's Theme."
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A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Don't be caught empty-headed when talk turns to the music of the London Games.

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