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The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Four decades after its first performance, the San Francisco-based string quartet still nudges composers and audiences in new directions.
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First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan's 'Ya Nass'

NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Anastasia Tsioulcas talk about Lebanese artist Yasmine Hamdan and her new album, Ya Nass.
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A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God

Dan Willson drifted away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager. His second album as Withered Hand finds him at loose ends with his religious faith — not lost so much as spiritually dislocated.
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Dave Brockie, GWAR's Oderus Urungus, Dies At 50

The mastermind behind metal's most cartoonishly grotesque band brought a sense of levity to the genre when it was in danger of being overwhelmed by negativity and self-importance.
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After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.
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For Boy George, Music And Style Is Just 'What I Do'

Morning Edition host David Greene talks to British singer-songwriter and former Culture Club frontman Boy George about his first album in 19 years, This Is What I Do.
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John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

Adams speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about a large-scale work inspired by the women in Jesus' life.
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Lost Album Gives Voice To A Johnny Cash In Recovery

Fresh out of rehab and a rocky point in his marriage to June Carter, Cash recorded an album in the early 1980s that his fans never got to hear.
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Skrillex, The Darling Of Dubstep, Speaks

In an extended chat with NPR's Arun Rath, the DJ and producer breaks down his unconventional release strategy, collaboration process and how he turned "brostep" from a dirty word to a badge of honor.
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Leaving Behind The Cartel's 'Songs Of Death'

Narcocorrido singer El Imperial was once the favorite balladeer of the Sinaloa Cartel, living a life that mirrored his songs about drugs, women and death. Then he decided to walk away from it all.

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