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Jack Clement Worked With Some Of Country Music's Best

We remember recording producer Cowboy Jack Clements, who died Thursday in Nashville at the age of 82. In the 1950s, he helped record Elvis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison when he worked at Sun Records in Memphis. He also discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and began a life-long friendship with Johnny Cash. Clement later provided the signature sound to one of Cash's biggest hits, "Ring of Fire."
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Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

On the new album Pushin' Against a Stone, the Tennessean surveys a spectrum of her home state's signature sounds. She tells NPR's Audie Cornish that she got over old anxieties about her singing voice by embracing it as a storytelling tool.
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Shout Out Louds On World Cafe

Having worked together for a decade, the Swedish indie-pop band goes lighter on its recent Optica.
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Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva

In a 1999 interview, Kongar-Ol Ondar demonstrates his ancient style of singing for Terry Gross.
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On Vine, Brands Look To Deliver Their Message In Six Seconds

With the smartphone app known as Vine users are creating short video stories, making Internet celebrities out of everyday users. The app's most popular members have millions of followers. With such a large audience, companies like Virgin Mobile and MTV are paying users to produce videos for them.
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The Olms On World Cafe

On their new collaborative album, Pete Yorn and J.D. King blend jangly folk with psychedelic vibes.
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Reunited After 50 Years, An Algerian Buena Vista Social Club Makes Its U.S. Debut

A group of Jewish and Muslim musicians who played together in the bars and cafes of Algiers in the 1940s and '50s thought they'd never see each other again. But after a chance encounter one of them had with a tourist in an Algerian bazaar, their lives changed forever.
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Telekinesis On World Cafe

Hear four summery tracks from the power-pop multi-instrumentalist's latest album, Dormarion.
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Derrick Hodge: Finding Music In Unexpected Moments

From church services to arguments at the table, the jazz musician finds himself drawn to the music of the everyday. His debut album, Live Today, is anchored in jazz grooves and layered with influences from hip-hop to gospel.
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Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

The 77-year-old guitarist and vocalist's new two-disc set features cameos from Kid Rock, Keith Urban and members of Aerosmith. But the lyrics merely set the scene, and the jolts come after the verses — when the profound legend begins to play.

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